General Information on Moscow

General Information on Moscow

Learn everything you need to know for your trip to Moscow, from visa requirements and currency to language tips and which plugs to bring! We'll try and answer all of your most frequently asked questions.

The basics...

Moscow in numbers

The political, economic and cultural centre of Russia, Moscow is the capital and most populated city in the country with more than 12 million inhabitants.

Time zone

Moscow is on GMT+3 throughout the year: there is no daylight saving time.

Electricity and plugs

Moscow uses standard European plugs (two rounded prongs) and the electricity is 220V.


The official currency of Russia is the Rouble.


No vaccinations are required to travel to Moscow, but we advise making sure your general vaccinations are up to date anyway. Emergency medical treatment can be expensive, so we highly recommend that you have comprehensive travel insurance.

While brushing your teeth with tap water is fine, we wouldn't drink it. Stick to bottled water, and if you're travelling for a longer time, it's worth looking into buying water sterilisation tablets or a reusable water filter bottle to save on money and disposable plastics.

Useful contact numbers

  • Prefix for Russia: +7.
  • Prefix for Moscow: 496.
  • Police: 02.
  • Emergencies: 112.