Moscow never sleeps: How the city’s public transportation system even runs at night
Night public transportation in Moscow may become an alternative to taking a taxi. At present, eleven night routes are available: seven bus routes, three trolleybus routes and a tram route as well. Intersecting each other at convenient points and running along key motorways and metro lines, these surface transit routes offer an opportunity to get to railway stations, airports or parks and from one end of Moscow to another.
The night surface transit operates from midnight to 5.30 am. There are 24-hour routes as well. Apart from the B bus which runs every 15 minutes, the other transportation runs every half an hour. .
From one end to another
The H1, H2, H3, H4, H5 and H6 night buses have a common interchange at Slavyanskaya Square near Kitai-Gorod metro station. They intersect with other night routes along the way.
The H1 bus (01.00-5.30) shuttles between Ozernaya Street in the south of the city and Sheremetyevo Airport in the north: past Yugo-Zapadnaya, Universitet, Leninsky Prospekt, Lubyanka and Belorusskaya metro stations and then along Leningradsky Prospekt parallel to the green metro line.
The H2 route (midnight–05.30) connects the city centre with Kutuzovsky Prospekt and Mozhayskoye Motorway. H3 (midnight–05.30) runs from Lubyanka metro station to Ussuriyskaya Street parallel to the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya metro line. H5 (23.35–06.00) runs from Kitai-Gorod and past the Taganskaya and Kuzminki metro stations to the intersection of the MKAD Ring Road and Kashirskoye Motorway and then turns southward and heads to the Maryino and Domodedovskaya metro stations.
H4 (23.57-05.30) will take you from central Moscow to Novokosino metro station in the east of the city and H6 – from the centre to the northern stations of the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya metro line and Ostashkovskaya Street. In addition to this, there is the T15 route running from VDNKh metro station to 10-letiya Oktyabrya Street in the Khamovniki District through the centre.
The Bch and Bk trolleybuses run 24 hours a day along both the outer and inner sides of the Garden Ring. The M7 bus route runs from Lubyanka metro station to the Vykhino District in southeast Moscow along Ryazansky Prospekt.
Finally, tram No. 3 (01.00-05.30) runs from Chistye Prudy metro station past the Paveletsky Railway Station, the Tulskaya metro station and the ZIL railway platform to Akademika Yangelya Street in the Yuzhnoye Chertanovo District.
Passengers using night buses, trolleybuses or trams can pay for their rides according to the standard scheme – with the Unified travelcard, 90 Minutes ticket and TAT tickets or with a Troika card.
Suppose you are in the city at night and need to get to the airport as quickly as possible. The easiest way would be to take a taxi. The largest taxi operators in Moscow are Yandex.Taxi, Uber and GetTaxi. Calling a taxi is simple: download the operator’s mobile application, indicate your location, choose the service class and wait. Normally, the car arrives within 10-15 minutes. The trip will cost you 1,100 roubles or more, depending on the class of the service. You can also use car sharing if you have more time to spare. Five operators offer short-term car rental services: Delimobil, Car5, Anytimecar, Youdrive and BelkaCar.
The cost of the trip depends on the operator: around 8-11 roubles per minute on average. To be able to rent a car, you will have to register on the operator’s website or mobile application and enter your passport and driving license details. After the data has been checked, the system will offer you an agreement to sign. Then you get a log-in name and a password. The fee will automatically come off your credit card linked to your account.
You can leave the car near the airport. But keep in mind that every car rental operator has its own parking zone. At Sheremetyevo, for example, hired cars can be left free of charge near terminal F. The parking card can be found inside the pocket of the sunscreen right above the driver’s seat.