Moscow Oblast

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Moscow Oblast is in Central Russia, which borders Kaluga Oblast to the southwest, Smolensk Oblast to the west,Tver Oblast to the north, Yaroslavl Oblast to the northeast, Vladimir Oblast to the east, Ryazan Oblast to the southeast, and Tula Oblast to the south.



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Moscow Oblast is the economic and political heart of Russia and is by far its most populous oblast—even not including the city of Moscow itself, the region has approximately seven million residents. Destinations in the region are easily accessible by day trips from Moscow and have an extraordinary amount of sightseeing for the interested traveler.

Moscow oblast is in UTC+3 time zone.


Within Moscow Oblast, more English and other European languages are spoken than in most of Russia, but travelers should still consider familiarizing themselves with some key Russian phrases.

Get in

By far the easiest way to get to the region is to first head into the city of Moscow, which is a major international transit hub for air, ground, and river transport.

Get around

In general, the most efficient means of public transport in the region is the network of suburban electric rail, called elektrichki (eh-lehk-TREECH-kee), which radiates outwards from the capital. Elektrichki depart from the main Moscow rail stations. Detailed and up-to-date (including frequent changes) suburban trains time-table available online in Russian on the tutu.ru site. For point-to-point travel between cities and towns besides Moscow, buses and minibuses (marshrutki) are usually the best public transport option.

Get out

Moscow Oblast is the biggest central hub for Russia in its entirety; you can get to anywhere in Russia from here. Some nearby popular destinations include the cities of the Golden Ring, Saint Petersburg, and Novgorod.

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