Accessibility and Facilities for People with Disabilities in Moscow
Overview of where to go and what to do if you are mobility, sight or hearing impaired, a wheelchair or cane user, and living in or visiting Moscow…
Getting Around Moscow
There are some lower-floor buses, trolleys and trams running in Moscow. About 47 percent of buses, 33 percent of trolleys and 3 percent of trams have low step and wheelchair accessibility. Mosgortrans, the Moscow transport compnay, aims to adapt all buses, trolleybuses and trams to fully accommodate passengers with disabilities by 2015.
People with disabilities can travel on public transport free of charge.
- For additional information: Click here (in Russian)
Working in partnership with the City of Moscow, Mosgortrans operates a state-subsidised "social taxi" service for people with disabilities, with a fleet of specially-equipped vehicles. Tickets (talony) can be bought at the All-Russian Society of Disabled People, and places should be reserved at least 24 hours in advance as demand for the service is high.
- All-Russian Society of Disabled People (in Russian)
Tel: (495) 276 0333
Open: Daily 08:00-20:00
In addition, many conventional taxi companies provide paid transportation services for people with disabilities including lower-floor minibuses and wheelchair rentals.
There is little provision for people with disabilities on the Moscow metro and very few stations have disabled access. There are no lifts or specialised elevators for wheelchairs, and train carriages are also largely unsuitable.
Russian Railways (Rossiyskie Zheleznye Dorogi - RZD) provides specialised carriages for passengers with disabilities. These carriages are equipped with an elevator, specialised toilets, and compartments are more spacious.
- For more information: Click here
Streets and traffic lights
In recent years much has been done to improve the accessibility of Moscow's streets for people with disabilities. Pedestrian roads and crossings are now mostly equipped with ramped curbs and traffic lights with audio signals for people with impaired vision.
Tourism and Sightseeing
Most of the main tourism sites in Moscow are accessible to people with disabilities, including Red Square and the Kremlin museum complex, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Tretyakov Gallery, Bolshoi Theatre, all major trading centres, and many stadiums. However, it may be difficult for people with disabilities to access sites of interest beyond the centre of the city.
There is often a reduction in the price of admission for people with disabilities, and there may also be special provision for the entry procedure to facilities such as cafés, museums, cinemas and shops in order to avoid queuing.
Organisations and Support Groups in Moscow
- All-Russian Society of Disabled People (Vserossiyskoe Obschestvo Invalidov) (in Russian)
At: ul. Udal'tsova 11, Moscow
Metro: Prospekt Vernadskogo
Tel: (495) 935 0012 / (495) 935 0013
- The Russian Union of the Disabled (Souz Invalidov Rossii)
At: ul.Novy arbat 21, building 1, Moscow
Tel: (495) 229 5782
- Russian Society of Visually Impaired People (Vserossiyskoe Obschestvo Slepykh - VOS) (in Russian)
At: Novaya Ploschad 14, Moscow
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Lubyanka
- Russian Society of Deaf People (Vserossiyskoe Obschestvo Glukhikh - VOG) (in Russian)
At: ul. 1905 goda, 10a, building. 1
Tel: (499) 252 2381
- Down's Syndrome Association
At: ul. Myasnitskaya 13-3, Moscow
Tel: (495) 925 6476
- Downside Up: A non-profit organisation that provides support and advice for parents of children with Down Syndrome
At: 3rd Parkovaya Str. 14A, Moscow
Tel: (499) 367 1000 / (499) 367 2636
- National Society for the Study of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders (in Russian)
At: Volokolamskoe shosse 80, building 1, Moscow
- Moscow Regional Federation of Sport for Disabled People (in Russian): The federation organises sports competitions between athletes with physical disabilities in multiple sports disciplines including swimming, skiing, volleyball, tennis, basketball, powerlifting and curling
- Tel: (495) 528 6136
- Federation of Physical Culture and Sport for Persons with Physical Disabilities of Russia
- Tel: (499) 922 1196