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How to park in Moscow


Even those who have never sat at the wheel know that parking a car in Moscow is not that easy. Curbs in the city are generally crammed with vehicles in two rows, finding a parking space in shopping centres or megamalls requires intensive searching, and parking a car by your own building is also not that easy… What can you do to avoid parking in Moscow becoming an insurmountable problem?  

The main rule of parking in Moscow is that you can leave your car anywhere where it does not break any laws or go against relevant road signs. Unfortunately, many Muscovites do not park according to the rules, for example on pavements, near stops for public transport, etc. Do not follow their example! Cars are regularly towed from such places and impounded, and recently cars have also been being actively fined.

Parking is free for customers in most of Moscow’s shopping centres, however in some of those located within the Third Ring Road only the first two or three hours of parking are free. In relatively small shopping complexes and hotels in the centre, for example around Semenovskaya metro station or on Tverskaya Street, charges apply from the first hour of parking. It is true that there are ways to be cunning, for example you can park your car for free at Hotel Moscow if you buy something in one of the shops in the local shopping gallery.

At expensive restaurants, guests’ car parking is taken care of by special staff. So if you decide to go to this kind of expensive establishment, drive straight up to the entrance and ask which of the restaurant’s employees can assist you with parking.

As a rule, it is acceptable to park in available spaces in courtyards in Moscow. However, in some courtyards vehicle owners often “squat”, placing parking bollards on “their” space. Apart from the illegality of this initiative, it is difficult to deal with these offenders on your own, and so if you see such a situation it is better to find yourself another parking space.

Parking at various business centres is the privilege of a select few. Even if you are going to the business centre on official business, you will not necessarily be let in with your car without a long and tedious process to obtain a pass.

Winter parking rules are no different from summer ones, apart from perhaps one nuance. When parking by the curb on the street, try not to leave your car there overnight, at least during snowfall. The clearing equipment that brushes the snow from the streets will, of course, go around your car, however the snowmobile will not attempt to move the snowdrifts from the wheels but simply push the pile of snow up towards your car. As a result, in the morning your car may be surrounded by impressive snowdrifts that you will need to shovel yourself.

In the centre, cars are often parked in two rows, especially on one-way streets. Bear in mind that those who are in the second row should leave their mobile phone number in their windshield so that the owner of a car whose entry is blocked can call the owner of the other car. This is only done on rare occasions and only by those who are able to come out immediately when called to free up passage.

In autumn 2012 on the central streets of Moscow in the areas around Karetny Row and Petrovsky Boulevard, experimental paid parking was initiated. Bright information boards about how to pay for parking were installed on the streets where the experiment was implemented. We categorically advise against parking here without paying. Traffic wardens continuously patrol the experimental parking area to make sure that every parking space has been paid for, and the fine for offending will be a much more significant amount than the official parking fee.