Essential Apps for Getting Around in Moscow

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In this post, I will detail some essential apps for Moscow. Since moving to Moscow, the following apps have been a permanent fixture on my phone and range from ‘very useful’ to ‘indispensable’. This is by no means a definitive list and if anyone finds or uses an app that makes Moscow a more accessible city, or us more informed of what Moscow has to offer, please post a comment.

Gettaxi

I cannot live without this taxi ordering application. You do not have to speak Russian as everything is done automatically via your phone and the car comes to you via your wifi signal. The second reason why I prefer this app, is on the one or two occasions I have needed to contact the help desk, they offer an English speaking person and the issue has been dealt with quickly and professionally. The Yandex Taxi application does not offer this functionality.

You can get the app at their site, or via the Google Play and iTunes stores: http://gett.com/ru/

Yandex Metro

This app is excellent – this is all you will need to navigate around the wonderful Moscow metro. This app helps create optimal routes for travelling by metro. The program tells how long the journey will take, advises you of any station closures and gives several options for travel. The app is currently available for five cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is available in both Russian and English.

You can get the app at their site, or via the Google Play and iTunes stores: https://metro.yandex.ru/moscow

Yandex Maps

Yandex is a Russian based search engine and currently has a 60% market share so is the most supported provider in the region. This app contains a map of the entire world, but it is most detailed and precise in Russian cities. You can download the city map and use it in offline mode to navigate the city. The application also helps build routes around the city, taking into account traffic jams, and helps you find any organization, from office buildings to Starbucks. You may have noticed many taxi drivers using the app, as it also shows the location of fixed speed cameras! Yandex Maps also offers information on bus routes and connections which are very accurate.

You can get the app at their site, or via the Google Play and iTunes stores: https://maps.yandex.com/

Rusavtobus

This is a useful app that it is offered in English, which removes some of the stress of catching buses. I like the fact that it offers options for different travel routes and shows a number of choices for the bus number you can take. However, this can sometimes be a little too much and for this reason some people prefer the transport options offered by Yandex Maps. At the time of writing this app is only available for iOS and not Android. Despite these small issues, I find this app to be a great way to ease myself onto the Moscow bus network with confidence.

Download it from the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/rusavtobus/id693820987?l=en&ls=1&mt=8

 

 

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Essential Apps for Getting Around in Moscow
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Andrew Mexsom

Andrew Mexsom

Andrew has been an international Teacher for 17 years and has lived in The UK, Qatar, Spain, The UAE and is currently living in Russia.
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Andrew has been an international Teacher for 17 years and has lived in The UK, Qatar, Spain, The UAE and is currently living in Russia.

3 Comments on "Essential Apps for Getting Around in Moscow"

  1. Thank you for sharing this helpful apps. Do you have a recommendation on finding an excellent tour guide in both Moscow and st. Petersburg?

    • Hey Mary, thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

      I have very limited knowledge of tour guides, as my lovely wife tends to fill that need! Because of that, I cannot personally recommend a tour guide.

      However, I am aware of a popular Russian Youtuber and Blogger who offers personalised tours and gets really great feedback. If you watch his videos, he is very personable and aims to offer a ‘Real Russian’ experience.

      You can find out more on his website: http://realrussiablog.com/tours/

      Please don’t hesitate to ask any other questions you may have via the comments or our contact form.

      Jason.

  2. I agree with the Gettaxis comment – it’s been a lifesaver for me and allowed me to be far more independant as I don’t have to worry too much if I do get lost. They also run deals for cheaper fares and on occasion when a taxi has had to cancel they apologise by offering free rides… what’s not to like…

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