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Central Moscow is best seen on foot. For the rest of the city, the Metro is good - stations are marked by a large 'M' sign. Buy a 10-ride ticket to avoid queues (£5.60; mosmetro.ru). Official taxis have a chequerboard logo on the side (city centre rides £5).

When to go

Winter is a good time to visit Moscow. The December Nights music festival takes place, ice sculptures are carved on Red Square and orthodox Christmas is celebrated. Otherwise, visit between May and July when the snow has melted and temperatures hover around 22°C.

How to go

Moscow has four airports. Sheremetyevo-2 is the main international hub, but British Airways flies to Domodedovo from Heathrow (£250; ba.com). The Aeroexpress train connects both with the city (£6; aero-express.ru).

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