Bus and Trolleybus Services in Moscow

Find out how to get around Moscow using the city's public transport network…

Moscow public transport system includes buses, trams, trolleys, commuter rails, metro, route taxis (minibuses), taxis and water transport.

  • For information about the metro and commuter rail transport system in Moscow, see the Information page Moscow Train Travel

The State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) “Mosgortrans” transit company runs the majority of the surface public transport services in Moscow. A unified Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system is used on trams, metro, buses and trolleybuses, and tickets are interchangeable between all modes of public transportation. Tickets can be bought at kiosks, at metro stations or from bus drivers.

  • Mosgortrans
    At: 22/21, Raushskaya Embankment, Building 1, Mos?ow, 115035
    Tel: (495) 951 6653 
    Fax: (495) 951 3827

Buses, Minibuses and Trolleybus

There are ground transport routes covering all of Moscow and the nearby regions. Buses and trolleybuses run from about 05:30 to 00:30 depending on the route. Children up to seven years can travel free of charge. Bus stops are identified by the letter “A” for “avtobus”. Tickets can be bought onboard.


A trolleybus is a form of trackless electric bus that draws its electricity from overhead wires. Moscow’s trolleybus network is the largest in the world. Trolleybus stops are identified by the letter "?" for “trolleibus”. Tickets can be bought onboard.


Route taxis, or "Marshrutkas", are privately-owned minibus taxis (12-18 seats) circulating across Moscow and between Moscow and the suburbs. They generally run from about 07:00 until 22:00. Route numbers of Marshrutkas are marked with “M” at the end; for example, 108M. Tickets can be bought directly from the driver.

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  • For an interactive map of the Moscow transport routes: Click here

Disabled Passengers

There are currently some lower-floor municipal buses, trolleys and trams running in Moscow which allow easier transportation for disabled passengers. In response to the “Accessible Environment” state initiative, Mosgortrans aims to ensure that all rolling bus and trolleybus transport will be low-floor and fully adapted for passengers with disabilities by 2015.

Water Transport

Water Transport services in Moscow operate from mid-April to mid-October along Moscow River and Moscow navigation channel. There are two passenger terminals in the city; South River Terminal and North River Terminal. Riverboat services are mostly used for tourism purposes, and some companies offer boat excursions and trips.