Do you work in Moscow? We know how important it is to get out of the capital from time to time and breathe in some fresh air. The quiet towns of the Golden Ring like Suzdal or Plyos on the Volga are perfect for a weekend getaway where you can enjoy the discreet charm of the Moscow region. For those who enjoy world-class museums, Saint Petersburg is the perfect destination. If you want to take a short trip, we can recommend the best and least tiresome itineraries. Read on to discover our selection of two- and three-day getaways from Moscow.
<b>By Car</b><br> If you plan on taking the weekend off, remember that there are monstrous traffic jams on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday evening when locals are coming from or departing to their “dachas”.<br> <br> <b>High-Speed Trains</b><br> The easiest way to get to Suzdal and Vladimir is to hop on a high-speed train (1h40). By car, the same trip may last more than four hours if you take the Gorkovskiy motorway. It’s also better to travel to Yaroslavl by train (3h30). Heading to Saint Petersburg? Catch the high-speed train from Moscow that takes just 4 hours.<br> <br> <b>Night Trains</b><br> There are many night trains leaving Moscow to great weekend getaways: Plyos, Karelia, Pskov, Novgorod, Kazan, etc. Just leave on Friday evening and you’ll be home on Monday morning in time for work. <br> <br> <b>Planes</b><br> For long weekends of three days and more, like Astrakhan in the South, or Murmansk in the Arctic Circle, it’s best to fly there. These cities are more than 1,000 km away from Moscow. In September and October, it’s still sunny in Volgograd and Astrakhan. From January to March, head North to see the Aurora Borealis from the Kola Peninsula.