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Opening hours

From the 15th of May until the 30th of September it is open from 9.30am until 6pm.

From the 1st of October until the 14th of May it is open from 10am until 5pm.

The Kremlin is closed every Thursday.

The ticket windows close an hour before the scheduled closing time.

How to get there

Metro- several metro lines stop close to the Kremlin. The most convenient stops are Biblioteka imeni Lenina on the red line or line 1, or the Alexandrovsky Sad on the light blue line, line 4. The metro is by far the easiest way to travel around Moscow and operates from 5.30am until 1am.

Taxi- taxis are readily available but drivers do not speak English. There are some companies that you can book a car in advance online and set the price. Traffic in Moscow however is horrendous and expect long delays in getting to your destination.

Bus, trolleybus- unless you know the city or speak Russian it is best not to use these services.


Should I use a tour guide?
When travelling around Moscow it is often easier to use a tour guide as they will arrange to meet you at your hotel and guide you through the city to the Kremlin. If you book an affiliated guide then this guide can then take you around the Kremlin. The guide will then escort you back to your hotel after the tour has finished.
How long in advance should I book a tour?
During the peak season of the summer some people will book in advance to guarantee their place. Some attractions within the Kremlin Palace only permit a limited number of visitors per day. If you are visiting outside of the peak season you can usually book a tour at short notice.
Where do the tours begin?
The Kremlin is a large place; you should arrive at the Tour and Ticket Office (a large glass fronted building) on Alexander Garden.
How old is the Kremlin?
The Kremlin was built as a fortress during the 15th century. It was at one time used as the President’s residence, although now it is used as his office and a museum.
What else can I visit in the Kremlin?
Inside the Kremlin Palace you will also find three of the most important Royal Cathedrals in Russia, the Annunciation, the Assumption and the Archangel. These Royal Cathedrals were the locations for Russian Tsars to be crowned, married and buried.
What is Ivan the Great, Bell Tower?
The Ivan the Great Bell Tower is the tallest of the bell towers within the Kremlin complex. You can also visit the Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell during a tour to the Moscow Kremlin.
Are there skip-the-line tours available?
Yes, these tours are a great advantage as long queues of people form at the Kremlin. The price for this service is 109 Euros per person and contains your entrance tickets and an accompanying guide/interpreter for the duration of your visit to the Kremlin.

Must Know

Dress appropriately for the weather
The Kremlin tour includes about one hour outside, so you should ensure you are dressed appropriately for that day’s weather conditions.
The cost of a visit to the Kremlin
To visit the Cathedral Square, the centre of the Kremlin complex including the palaces and churches, a ticket costs 500 rubles. A visit to the Armory Chamber will cost 700 rubles.
Buying tickets online
You can only buy tickets online through the Moscow Kremlin Museums official website once you have completed your payment you will receive an electronic voucher through your email. Tickets can be bought up to 17 days in advance of your visit.
Printing your ticket
It is advisable that you print out your ticket and present it at the ticket office. If you do not do this you can still get your tickets by giving the number of your order along with your ID.
Ivan the Great Bell Tower
This church tower is located within the complex of Saint Basil’s Cathedral and stands 81 metres high. It was completed in 1508 in Cathedral Square for the three Cathedrals of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Assumption Cathedral
Also known as the Cathedral of the Dormition, this is considered the mother church of Muscovite Russia. It is a Russian Orthodox Church, constructed from 1475-9 and is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. It is where the Coronation of the Russian monarch was conducted from 1547 until 1896, also the burial place of several leading figures in the Russian Orthodox Church and serves as part of the Kremlin Museums.
Cathedral of the Archangel
This cathedral is dedicated to the Archangel Michael and is the main burial place of Russian Tsars until the capital relocated to St. Petersburg. It was built from 1505-8, replacing an earlier cathedral that was built in 1333.
Cathedral of the Annunciation
Belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church, this cathedral is dedicated to the Annunciation of Theotokos and connects directly to the main building of the Kremlin Palace. It was at one time the personal chapel for the Muscovite Tsars with its abbot being a personal confessor for the Russian Royal Family until the early part of the 20th century. It now forms part of the Kremlin Museums.

Places Nearby

Red Square
Red Square is located at the heart of the Russian capital and one of Moscow’s most visited attractions. The cobblestoned square is surrounded on all sides by some beautiful architecture and is full of history. It was once a market square where traders would bring their goods, now it is surrounded by sites such as the Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum.
Lenin’s Mausoleum
This is considered to be Moscow’s love-it or hate-it landmark attraction. It houses the glass sarcophagus containing the embalmed body of the Russian revolutionary leader, Vladimir Lenin. This attraction first opened to the public in August 1924 and receives 2.5 million visitors every year.
State Historical Museum
The building that now houses the State Historical Museum was once used as the Principal Medicine Store. The museum was founded in 1872 and houses an impressive collection of relics dating from pre-history through to present day Russia. The collection includes 6th century manuscripts, the largest collection of coins in the country and artwork collected by the Romanov dynasty.
GUM is the main department store found in Russia. The building’s impressive interior contains a number of high end boutiques. It was built between 1890 and 1893 and until the 1920s it was known as the Upper Trading Rows. It now contains more than 200 luxurious boutiques and the glass roofed building facing Red Square should be visited even if shopping is not to your taste.