If you do not know a word in Russian, don’t have much time to experiment with, or like a certain level of comfort, a prearranged transfer is your best choice. An English-speaking driver can be arranged to meet you at the airport and safely deliver to your destination. You can even hire a guide to accompany you on the way. If you're arriving to Moscow, be sure you have enough time as traffic jams are an everyday entertainment on Russian capital's streets.
We would like to discourage any foreigner who is unfamiliar with driving in Russia from renting a car. Not only the rules and local driving laws are very country-specific, but you would have to deal with some very "Russian issues", like bargaining with the traffic police and competing with local aggressive drivers.
If you need a transfer on arrival to your Russian destination, a prearranged transfer is the safest option. You do not want to play the Russian roulette with guessing whether you can find your Russian-speaking driver, requested through an online or phone app or through a local taxi company.
Go To Russia is a US-based corporation, providing travel and visa services since 1998. We have Russians, Ukrainians and Americans in our staff and our company history began at a time when Russia-US relations were on an extraordinary upswing, led by charismatic presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin.
Unfortunately, times have changed, and Russia is now ruled by an autocratic leader, who destroyed all liberal and democratic institutes, free elections, independent justice system, jailed opposition activists and caused the largest brain-drain immigration in the country’s history.
We deplore militaristic policies of the current Russian government toward Ukraine and the annexation of its territories, beginning with the Crimea in 2014 and now with Donetsk/Luhansk region. And we are also extremely worried that Putin will not stop at this, as he clearly mentioned that he considers Ukraine’s government to be illegitimate and a result of a coup.
We believe in Ukraine’s right to self-determination and trust in peaceful solutions to this crisis with the help of world leaders and good people everywhere.
As for our core business — we invite everyone to visit Russia now more than ever. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring us, but we live in historical times today, and while the borders are still open — come meet Russia’s people, discover what they really are like and see its beautiful sights.
Alex Khodorkovsky, President and CEO