If you are a traveler who brings with you many suitcases, the choice is only one: the taxi. If you are free of luggage you can also use public transport, but it is not always safe and depends, of course, on the city or country where you are.
Let’s start with Moscow and with a short excursion into the past, just 10 years ago, when there was only terminal F at Sheremetyevo and had to wait several hours to pass passport control. As soon as you left the door, a horde of alleged official taxi drivers asked you for your destination in the city. The prices were incredibly high, especially for foreigners who did not speak the language. The price was around 2,500 rubles when the euro was 40; that is 4,375 rubles today!
In 2009, Sheremetyevo airport began to provide additional services in order to get to the city. After all, Moscow is 31 km from the airport. But Moscow is not the only destination in Russia! For this reason, I often asked at the hotel reception the average price of a taxi ride, and usually asked them to arrange a transfer from the airport to the hotel.
For many years I used Faeton Taxi in Moscow, avoiding owning a car and coordinating all the appointments with various alternate taxis. Reasonable service before Uber’s arrival as a competitor. They had a wifi system that allowed me to work with my laptop during long hours of waiting in traffic. Their precision in terms of punctuality was of the Swiss type and the whole taxi fleet consisted of white Hyundai Sonata cars with leather interiors and, above all, clean inside and out!
Today it is very easy to use “UBER” for traveling around the city for little money. But if I want an exclusive service, I must use Wheely in cities like London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Perm, Sochi and Krasnodar. Unfortunately, “Wheely” is not yet in Rostov-on-Don, where I live. Here we always specify the type of car that we want … and even if we choose the “top” class, the cars that we propose are terrible! Imagine the others! …
But of course the taxi is not the only solution for getting around the city. From the airport with aeroexpress, fast connecting train, you get to the city quickly at the Bieoloruskaya station. From here it is possible to move around the metro almost anywhere. In about 10 years of use I have never had any problem in the Moscow metro. It is recognized as one of the most beautiful metro in the world, as 44 stations out of 200 are objects of cultural heritage (which is almost 25%). In the first years of my stay in Moscow, when I did not yet know a word of Russian, the metro was my faithful ally in order to get to any meeting on time. And this was possible thanks to almost 350 km of roads connecting all the main points of the capital. But during peak hours to get to the destination on the metro is not very comfortable, because, as you know, the Moscow metro is used by 9 million people every day. It is also worth mentioning that every year traffic on 12 lines is more than 3 billion people, and this is the fifth place in the world after Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Shanghai.
In Rostov, I miss the metro and the service “Wheely” a bit, because the only convenient vehicle for me is a private car. The level of taxi is very difficult to determine and often this type of transport is not reliable, both in terms of punctuality and in terms of cleanliness… Uber is present but is unreliable (but generally cleaner than normal taxis).
But I still believe that, after the inauguration of Platov (new Rostov-on-Don international airport), things will change and this city will soon become a city of international scope. I stay here waiting for that moment …