Boating season has opened for passenger vessels on the Moskva River in the capital city. The ceremony took place at the Northern River Terminal from where Mikhail Bulgakov riverboat set off on its maiden voyage. Journalists were on hand to learn about the first Russian low-cost carrier organising short river trips. They also learned about the interactive programmes of the River of Time project which will run on passenger boats throughout the summer.
“Please accept the congratulations of the Moscow Mayor, the Moscow Government, the transport complex and all your colleagues who are working on the shore. For our part we will do our best to boost navigation and attract more tourists, visitors and vessels,” Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the City Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov said at the ceremony.
He added that the historic building of the Northern River Terminal will be restored in the near future. “The company has been chosen to develop the restoration project for this wonderful building. I am sure that in the next couple of years it will be able to provide for all transport needs, primarily the needs of the river fleet,” the Deputy Mayor said.
Summer boat season on the Moskva River has begun, according to the Moscow Mayor’s official website.
The Moskva River is open to passenger boats from April to October generally. Exact dates vary depending on the weather. Over this period, river boats of several carriers have been operational within the city and its environs.
Over the past few years, commercial companies have developed winter river fleets. As a result, passenger travel continues in cold seasons as well. Special river icebreakers have been provided on days with the lowest temperatures.
Tickets for boat trips are sold at ticket offices at the quays or on the websites of shipbuilding companies. A ticket purchased on the website rekaonline.ru can be added to one’s Troika card.