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As student, the best time to enjoy Moscow would be during early spring till mid autumn (May - November).

As student, the best time to enjoy Moscow would be during early spring till mid autumn (May - November). Unless you are interested in the cold Russian winter, which is very beautiful, or if you plan to have some winter sport activities.

Population: 12.108.257

Moscow is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eastern Europe. 

Moscow has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world, has been ranked as the ninth most expensive city in the world and one of the world's largest urban economies, being ranked as an alpha global city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, it is also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. 

This city is the northernmost and coldest megacity and metropolis on Earth, the second most populous city in Europe after Istanbul and the largest city proper in the world, as well as the largest amongst high income economies.

Source:http://www.moscow.info/quick-facts.aspx

In winter, which lasts from mid-November to mid-March, the temperature averages about -8 ºC. There are plenty of opportunities to go sledding or skating, or just enjoy the magical atmosphere in the historic center. 

Early spring (March, April) Temperatures do not get much above 10 ºC. This is probably the most popular time for tourists to visit the city, with the conditions just right for sightseeing.

Moscow is a different city in the summer. From the beginning of June onwards the temperatures start to rise up into the low thirties - which, in a land-locked city this size, can feel pretty hot.  It's also the time of year when most theaters close or go on tour, although provisions are made for the tourist season. 

Autumn comes on fast in Moscow, starting in mid-September, it's the start of Moscow's cultural year, with a rush of premiers and openings after the summer hiatus to put some energy back into city life.

Source: http://www.moscow.info/essentials/seasons.aspx 

Moscow Metro: It is easy to use it, although there are no signs in English. As you can see on the Moscow metro map all the lines have its own color.

There is a ring-line (brown) which has crossings with all other radial lines. Metro entrances are marked with a large red letter "M".

The open hours are from 5.20 a.m. to 1.00 a.m. Usually the last train starts its way at 00.50 from the last station at any line; the passes between stations are closed at 1.00 am. When there're rush hours (8.00-9.00, 17.00-19.00) the metro is overcrowded, so it's better to avoid it.

The metro has no special zones - all the metro is one zone, and there's no time limit for using your ticket. You can buy a ticket for 28R ($1) for one trip and spend as much time inside as you like. You can also save money and buy tickets for 5, 10 or 20 trips – they are less expensive. If you don't pay, then you'll have to pay around $50 fine.

Buses, trolleys and trams: The bus stops are yellow plates marked with "A" signs, trolleys' - white plates with "T" and trams' with "Tp". There are no night buses or trolleys or trams. If you're late, you can only take a taxi.

Prices are the same for buses, trolleys and trams, one trip costs 28 R ($1). You can buy them from the driver directly, in metro stations, or from the kiosks located near the busier bus stops. 

People are encouraged to enjoy the innumerable sights, events and activities which Moscow offers its visitors.  To immerse the environment and culture, visit:

The Kremlin: From medieval citadel to modern power centre, the Moscow Kremlin has played a dominant role in Russian life for over eight hundred years. 

The Red Square: Red Square remains, as it has been for centuries, the heart and soul of Russia. Few places in the world bear the weight of history to the extent that Moscow's central square does. From the 16th Century St. Basil's Cathedral - one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world - to the constructivist pyramid of Lenin's Mausoleum, Red Square is rich in symbols of Russia's turbulent and intriguing past.

Museums and Galleries: In the Soviet era, Moscow was called the "world capital of museums". It's no surprise, considering that there are over a hundred very different museums open in the city, and each is unique in its own way. That's why anyone paying a visit to the Russian capital will be able to find something to satisfy their interests and passions.

GUM and TSUM: Are the largest, most over-the-top shopping malls in Moscow.  GUM faces Red Square; TSUM is across the street, just opposite Karl Marx Place.

Parks and Gardens: Moscow is famous as one of the greenest capitals in the world, with over 100 parks within the city limits, not to mention countless gardens, boulevards and squares.

Source: http://www.moscow.info/attractions/index.aspx

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