Flights into Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) land about 18 miles from the city center. Road transportation into Moscow itself is slow, due to very heavy traffic.
Moscow is a city with a complex history and some of the world's most iconic buildings. Visitors today will find the Russian Federation capital to be a busy, sometimes chaotic but always fascinating city, with lots to see and do.
Most tourists will head straight to Red Square, which puts you just moments from most of Moscow's main sites. The unmissable St Basil Cathedral with its famous domes is a must-see, as is the Lenin Mausoleum.
The Kremlin complex contains a host of museums and buildings, including the Grand Palace, the Armory, and Assumption Cathedral - hire a guide to get the most from this amazing place.
Nearby, the Bolshoi Theatre, home to the world famous ballet, is not to be missed. Tverskaya Street is packed with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, and New Arbat Street is where Moscow's wealthy elite go to play. Visit Gorky Park to take in an open air show or view public art displays.
Hints and Tips
Don't assume that everywhere will take credit cards - many smaller stores will insist on cash.
For a healthful, if bracing experience, try a Russian bathhouse complete with birch branch whipping.