The Old Man And The Sea: All Aboard The Motorhead Motorboat

Motörhead Motörboat: floating den of debauchery, or retirement cruise for the grand old man of metal?

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“The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck… Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same colour as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.” – The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway

It is almost 3pm. The storm that met us in the Cancun Channel has passed and the passengers are disembarking into the island port of Cozumel. A long line of dudes with beards and black T-shirts stretches down the dockside where Mexicans dressed as ancient Mayans, psychedelic mariachi bands and gay pirates prepare to separate them from their money with salty cocktails and fancy shitnaks.

The old man in the naval captain’s hat in Penthouse 1, a deluxe suite that overlooks the deck of the Carnival Ecstasy, couldn’t care less. He’s not going to Mexico (“I’ve been ,” he shrugs). The blinds are drawn, the ship is still for the first time in three days, and the man sips a glass of rosé wine and thinks of an old friend of his who went by the name of Daniels.

“I can’t drink Jack now,” he says. “I don’t like the taste of it any more. I came out the hospital with a set of different tastes in me. I drink vodka now. Only now and again. More social. I don’t drink at home hardly. Just wine mostly. I don’t smoke at home, but I’ll smoke a few cigarettes out here because you meet people who still smoke and, fuck it, you know? Does smoking affect my singing? My singing depends on it , man.”

You could say there are two captains on the Carnival Ecstasy. There’s the man responsible for navigating the Gulf of Mexico, docking the ship and running the crew – Pierluigi Barrile, Italian born and the youngest captain in the Carnival fleet – and then there’s our guy, the old man in Penthouse 1, who not only has the hat, he’s the reason 1,500 or so people have come from all over the world to fill this boat and wear his uniform: the one with the badge that says ‘Motörhead, England’. Today, this is his fucking boat.

The old captain, Lemmy (a man who can’t swim and doesn’t even have a driver’s licence), has been keeping the young captain up at night. “I didn’t go into the main lounge where Motörhead were playing,” says Barrile. “It was too noisy.” He adds that he’s “heard of Motörhead but not heard them”. Well, not really: “I could hear them from my cabin,” he says. “I’m at the back of the boat so the speakers are right under – everything vibrates!”

But for now the cabin is still. Almost exactly 10 years ago, in what was my first official assignment as a Classic Rock staffer , I interviewed Lemmy in a hotel room in London. Back then, within minutes he had poured me the first of many half pints of Jack Daniel’s with a dash of Coke (“Well, you don’t want it diluted too much, do ya?”) and offered me drugs off the end of a knife. Today, Lemmy sips wine and offers me a beer.

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I ask him the same question I asked Mikkey Dee earlier and will ask Phil Campbell days later: how would he sum up the last year in Motörhead?

“Pretty good actually,” says Lemmy. “Apart from the illness I had. But that’s not Motörhead, that’s me. Motörhead’s been going from strength to strength.”

“It’s been good,” says Campbell. “We’re just finding our feet again. Lem’s a lot healthier now, the album’s done really good for us and there’s more work on the table than we can handle. If we’re turning down work all the time it can’t be too bad.”

And Mikkey? How would he sum up the past year? Mikkey doesn’t hesitate: “A fucking mess,” he says.

The Motörhead Motörboat is the latest in a long flotilla of band-branded cruises: the Mötley Cruise, the Kiss Kruise, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man cruise, not to mention generic rock cruises like Shiprocked and 70,000 Tons Of Metal. If it feels like a new phenomenon, it’s not – the Silja Rock cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki has been running for 25 years. But it’s become a novel money-maker for bands (it’s rumoured that Kiss got $4 million for their last one) and an intense alcoholiday for fans.

Motörboat is scheduled to go from Miami to Key West and then to Cozumel – an island off the Yacutan Peninsula, south Mexico – and back, with a bill that includes Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Down, Testament, Danko Jones and many more, each playing two gigs over four days. So Classic Rock is here to write about this (the rumours are that it could be a total Motörmess, with underwhelming ticket sales and Megadeth cancelling at the 11th hour) and about the ‘fucking mess’ that was Motörhead’s last year.

That mess, says Mikkey, is what you get when you live as fast as Motörhead. “If you drive a car at 250 kilometres an hour and you do any jerky moments on the steering wheel, you will flip that car,” he says. “If you’re driving at 50 kilometres, no problem – you can swerve any way you want. The same thing goes with Motörhead. We have such a tough schedule – or have had – and we live at 250 kilometres. In a normal fucking band, yeah, they run into a few health problems: unfortunate, sad, not too bad, you can deal with it. When it happens to us, it’s such a huge disaster immediately. Health problems, yes, no big deal – but the effect is huge.”

Motörhead’s appearance at Wacken, summer 2013, came to an early close with Lemmy unable to continue due to a combination of intense heat and bad health. In video of the festival he looks pale and uncomfortable and two songs in he tells the crowd: “I’ve just been in hospital but I’m getting better now – ha! – so I thought we’d come along and see if we could completely fucking cripple ourselves playing for you fuckers.” He almost did.

Motörhead’s traditional November tour was cancelled and rescheduled for February. Then the rescheduled shows were cancelled too. “I made them cancel [the November tour],” manager Todd Singerman told Decibel . “Lemmy didn’t wanna cancel. But what was gonna go down is what happened in Europe over the summer. See, he fucked up in Europe. He was supposed to rest for three months, and he refused. He ended up doing that show [at Wacken], which he wasn’t supposed to do, and it ended up being 105 degrees out there.

“He’s got a really bad diabetic problem,” he went on. “He probably sneaks Jack and Coke here and there. He’s been trying to substitute it with wine, and I’m sure he’s slowed down on the speed. He thinks wine’s better than Jack, but it’s still got tons of sugar, you know? He doesn’t grasp that he’s just trading one demon for the other. That was the compromise with the doctors, by the way – trade the Jack for the wine. But he doesn’t tell them he’s drinking two fucking bottles, either. These are the battles we’re up against. Keep in mind, he’s been doing all this stuff on a daily basis since Hendrix. And it’s coming to roost.”

With two tours cancelled, says Mikkey, “…All hell broke loose. We went out officially and said: ‘Look, we can’t apologise because there’s nothing to apologise for .’ I mean, if you get sick, if your wife gets sick, you don’t go out and apologise . I don’t want to fucking apologise if I’m sick – I can’t help it. You don’t go to a guy in a wheelchair and give him a fucking bollocking, you know what I mean? There is nothing to apologise for. You have feelings for the fans that actually lost some money, but apologise? I don’t know.”

Album number 21, Aftershock , certainly needed no apology. Possibly the strongest album of the five-album purple patch they’ve enjoyed since hooking up with producer Cameron Webb, it boasted bruised psychedelic blues and raw quasi-ballads alongside the usual gang of flick-knife-fast rockers, with Phil Campbell letting a particularly feral pack of riffs off the leash. There were moments where Lemmy sounded wounded, but mostly he sounded as defiant as ever.

“I was surprised how good it came out because I was sick as a dog when I was doing it,” says Lemmy. “I had no strength at all. I was shuffling to the mic out of the control room. I had to sit down to sing a couple of them. It’s incredible that it came out that good. Lucky, lucky, lucky, again.”

He was in and out of hospitals for months. One hospital, says Phil, voted him their ‘worst patient in living memory’. “He was giving the nurses hell,” he says. “He wasn’t lying in bed – he was sitting up, reading his book, grunting and groaning, demanding this and that. ‘Why can’t I go out for a fucking fag? I’m paying so much a night for this fucking hospital, if I want a glass of wine, fucking bring it in! Where’s my rosé?’ All this business.”

Out of the hospital, he moved out of his famous porn-and-nazi-memorabilia-filled flat off Sunset and into a new place with a long-term on-and-off-girlfriend. Slash was a regular visitor. His return to the stage was planned carefully. Key gigs this summer included Coachella, Hyde Park and Wacken. “One of the best things was when I came back and found out I could still do it,” he says. “Because I had serious doubts, y’know. But we did Wacken – paid back. So that was a good thing. I couldn’t have come offstage even if it was the worst agony I’d ever had because I had to repay it.”

The days of the punishing tour schedule are over. This month, Motörhead’s annual UK jaunt has been reduced to three UK gigs. “I’ve got to slow down a bit,” says Lemmy. “I remember on the seventy-nine tour with Saxon, we did fifty-three gigs in fifty-six days. You know, that’s out of the question. I can’t do that no more. You get tired easier. I mean, old age sucks, man. Don’t ever get to it. I don’t recommend it.”

People worry about him. They see him on stage, thinner – looking vulnerable for the first time in his career – and they think: “He oughta slow down, take it easy! Who’s making him do this ?” The answer, of course, is no one. It’s what he does. “I’ll be there till I drop dead,” he says. “What am I going to do otherwise? I’m qualified to be a single parent, that’s about it. I didn’t make my GCSEs.”

“You can’t force him into doing anything,” says Campbell. “He likes doing it – his life is on the road, he’s always said that. And it always will be. He’s skinnier than he was, but that’ll build back up. As soon as he said he was ready to do it, we put all the options in front of him. You can’t force him to do anything – he’d just say ‘Fuck you’ and that’s it.

“He’s going to be a bit slower but he’s enjoying it. Nobody’s bloody perfect. And he sounds great. He’s not going to be the same as he was thirty years ago with what he’s been through. He can have a bit of my weight! A bit of mine and Mikkey’s – they could call us the Liposuction Brothers!”

For a while it looks like the Motörhead Motörboat might be another mess to add to Mikkey Dee’s shitlist. Our first stop at Key West is abandoned due to severe weather. Megadeth were scheduled to appear but just 12 days before the ship was due to depart, Dave Mustaine cancelled due to illness. Their name is still on the official cruise T-shirts – but misspelled as ‘Megadeath’.

The VIP restaurant – where the band, crew and media are eating – is a classy affair with a dress code: “Cruise Elegant – shorts, T-shirts, jeans, flip-flops… are not allowed in the dining room.” 

This week it’s dress-code carnage. There’s dudes in wife-beaters, tattooed metal chicks in bikinis, Midwestern moms in ‘Metal As Fuck’ T-shirts, waiters tripping over facial hair and a distinct air of not giving a fuck. But contrary to what you might expect, the staff have nothing but praise for the levels of politeness shown by a bunch of guys that look like they’ve just stepped out of a Hollywood prison yard. I try to prompt a reaction from several crew members – “What do you think of this lot, eh? Bet this is a shock to the system!” – but no one bites. 

I catch one crew member, dressed in nautical whites, singing along to Anthrax soundchecking, visibly excited: “Proper music!” she says. Apparently having 1,500 bearded, bandana-wearing growlers on board is a walk in the park compared to the EDM cruises they regularly do.

The boat is a blast. They’re going to do it again and you should go. Think Hard Rock Hell with hot tubs, on the high seas, with a hard-on. The schedule gets back on track. There are Black Sabbath yoga, beer and bingo sessions run by the bands, and a belly flop competition judged by Chris Broderick and David Ellefson of Megadeth (who’ve come as part of Metal Allegiance – a metal covers band who are joined by Phil Anselmo, Joey Belladonna, Chuck Billy, Mike Portnoy and more). Each gig has a celebratory holiday atmosphere. Anthrax are on fire. Down are fun. And Motörhead? Well Motörhead are…

In Penthouse 1, Lemmy has another glass of rosé. Some bands, I tell him, get in keyboard players or second guitarists that just so happen to be able to sing a bit like the frontman. For a bit of backup, like. Ever consider that?

“No,” he says. “Nobody plays bass like me and nobody sings like me. Nobody wants to, you know.”

At the Hyde Park gig in the summer, people were saying that there were loads of solos in the set to give him a break.

“No. The reason that the solos came so close to each other was that we only had 40 fucking minutes to play. Mikkey has always had a drum solo. He’s good enough to do it. We never gave Phil Taylor a drum solo, or Pete Gill, but with Mikkey you just have to own up: he’s that good.”

I could see Lemmy behind the amps during a drum solo the night before: his face wasn’t in an oxygen mask.

“No. I’m not Bon Scott. I remember going to see him with a bird I really fancied. We were backstage and he’d come off for his oxygen all the time. He was really fucked. It caught up with him quicker. He was more of a drinker than me, I think. I don’t actually drink a lot but I can out-drink people. I don’t get drunk any more. I’m immune. I just like the taste, you know?”

In conversation, Lemmy jumps all over the place. He revisits stories he’s told before and goes off on all sorts of interesting tangents. He mentions his old sparring partner (and former Classic Rock writer) Mick Farren, who died on stage last year. “Somebody told me his last words were ‘Tell Lemmy I’m sorry’ but I don’t believe them,” he says. The two fell out over an article Farren wrote about Lemmy’s predilection for Nazi memorabilia.

“Steve Sparks – who was one of the contemporaries of Mick – wrote a letter to him saying, ‘You fucking arsehole! I remember you putting on an SS uniform to get onstage at The Roundhouse – what the fuck are you talking about?’ But there you go. He’s dead and I’m not.”

New York writer Legs McNeil is also on the Lemmy shitlist for a similar transgression.

He tells a story about Keith Moon rushing into The Speakeasy naked one night and sticking his cock in John Lennon’s dinner. “Yoko went ‘ffrmmm!’ [rushing noise] out the fucking door. John said: ‘Fucking hell, Keith,’ and he said: ‘It was the only way I could think to get you on your own, old boy!’ Fucking great days they were.”

At one point I ask if he thinks that being single all his life has given him an edge. “Yeah, definitely,” he says. “My crew and the band is my family. I live with a great girl, she’s my family too. But the crew and the band are where I am, even when I’m off the road. I believe you should treat the crew how you would like them to treat you. A lot of bands treat the crew like dirt and I don’t understand it. You depend on them to make you sound good and look good, right? How can you treat them like shit?

“They do half of your job. Some of our guys have been with us 20 years. Tim’s been with me nearly 30, with a couple of breaks here and there. He keeps getting married, you know, but he always comes back after he gets divorced.”

To his real family, I say. “He knows where he lives,” says Lemmy. “This way of life ruins you for everything else. It’s like, you’re on the road and you’re free, they can’t catch you. You’re in one place and then you’re in another place, several hundred miles away, so you’re in and gone before they catch you. It’s a community in the bus and on the road. You’ll never find anything like that again. It’s like being in the marines – it’s that camaraderie.”

Ernest Hemingway fished on these seas. I have packed just one book to read on this trip: the last book he finished, The Old Man And The Sea, a novella about an ageing fisherman called Santiago and his attempt to end an 84-day dry spell in which he hasn’t caught a fish. Alone on the sea, the old man hooks the biggest marlin he’s ever seen but in trying to land it, he’s dragged far out into the Gulf. When he finally kills the fish, it’s too big to get in his boat. He ties it to the side and on the way back to shore is beset by sharks attracted by the scent of the dead fish. They devour the marlin. By the time Santiago gets home, weakened by his days at sea, there is nothing left of the fish but its head, tail and skeleton.

The Old Man And The Sea is often interpreted as Hemingway’s reaction to the critical mauling handed out to his previous novel, and, maybe it’s cabin fever, but I start finding parallels with Lemmy. The old man, cheerful and undefeated: still gigging, making some of the best albums of his career, while the sharks nip away at his reputation. The Mick Farrens, Legs McNeils and Hawkwinds of old, the journalists and the bloggers of today, the doctors and the well-wishers telling him to slow down, the assholes that have been saying he’s too old for a decade now – each taking a chunk out of all he’s worked for.

And still he goes on, determined to ‘land the fish’: to record a better album than the one before, to keep on killing ’em live, keep his family on the road.

Because the point of The Old Man And The Sea is not that human struggle is futile – it’s that it’s all we have . “Man is not made for defeat,” Santiago tells himself. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.“.

“So, how is Lemmy? How were Motörhead?” Those are the questions I’ve been asked over and over since I got back. “How’s he looking? What was the gig like?” And it’s hard to answer. In person, he’s funny and warm, earthy, wise – great company. Cheerful and undefeated. Live? The shows were good. You couldn’t fault the delivery. Phil works the stage a bit more. Mikkey is the madman centre stage and the powerhouse driving them. Musically, it’s solid. At the end of the first gig, Lemmy’s voice was strained, but by the second it was fine.

The difference is in the performance. Lemmy is thinner. Where he used to look invincible, now he looks vulnerable. He never used to move much on stage, but he had an easy confidence about him. Bass players talk of the importance of ‘pushing air’ – the physical effect that amplified bass notes can have – and there was a time that every molecule of Lemmy pushed air. His presence alone seemed to guarantee a good time.

So it’s hard to watch. That’s old age for you. We can choose not to witness it or we can accept it. It’s where we’re all headed. We are the generation that will be in the old folks’ home listening to Anarchy In The UK and Ace Of Spades , with faded tattoos and Ramones T-shirts. There’s nothing we can do about that, and nothing we can do about Lemmy. Except respect and wish him well.

Think about it. This is a guy whose father left when he was three months old. Reunited with him in his twenties, Lemmy told him to go fuck himself. At school he was the only English kid in 700 Welsh. He fought every day: break time, lunch time, on the way home. Sacked by Hawkwind, he went home, fucked all their wives and formed a band more commercially successful.

He said fuck you to his father. He said fuck you to religion. He said: “Fuck god, fuck the devil, and fuck the church too. I’m responsible for my actions, I don’t have to hide behind that. The devil didn’t make me do it – I did it, whatever I did.”

He said fuck you to politicians, fuck you to their laws, fuck you to all the doctors. He’s just a fuck you kinda guy.

Telling a Fuck You Guy what to do – how do you think that’s going to work out? And even if you could force him to change? Just because you got the power, it doesn’t mean you got the right.

On the other hand, he can’t do this forever. Unless…

Idea for a movie: a cruise ship full of metalheads is blown off course in a tropical storm and docks at the nearest island off Mexico. The guests go ashore to party, welcomed by the locals – mariachi bands, gay pirates, Mayan warriors – the usual shit. Tequila is pounded, beer chugged. Motörhead take to the stage in the bar and play Going To Mexico . But… Midnight signals the arrival of The Day Of The Dead and the locals turn into zombies. They descend on the metalheads. There is carnage – limb-tearing, beard-eating, eyeballs in margaritas. Motörhead are onstage playing throughout it all. They haven’t noticed. Lemmy maybe cocks an eyebrow.

The metalheads retreat back to the boat and set sail. Phew. Except the kitchen staff have turned zombie. Limbs bob in hot tubs. Zombies strip the tattooed flesh from the metalheads and wear it over their own rotting skin. People jump off the boat. But there are sharks. Zombies jump off the boat after them. Now there are zombie sharks.

While all this is kicking off, in the main hall, Motörhead are on stage. Cornered in the venue, there’s a massive metalhead versus zombies showdown. Mikkey Dee is beheading zombies with cymbals. Phil Campbell plays a solo so gnarly it makes zombie eyes explode from their sockets. Lemmy just stands there and shakes his head a bit. Well, that’s what he does .

A plucky hero – I dunno, a journalist let’s say – works out how to kill the zombies and rescue the band. But… Lemmy has been bitten. He turns into a zombie. Luckily, instead of an appetite for human flesh, all he craves is Marlboro Reds, Jack Daniel’s and amphetamine.

Motörhead’s tour schedule remains unaffected. Dates are added . Meet And Greets become Sight And Bites, as fans queue up to get shit signed and be gnawed as Lemmy creates an undead audience across the world. The band’s new album, Born To Ooze, Undead To Win , becomes their biggest hit.

And everyone dies happily ever after.

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Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc, responsible for the editorial strategy of online and print brands like Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Guitarist, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar etc. He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock magazine for 10 years and Editor of Total Guitar for 4 years and has contributed to The Big Issue, Esquire and more. Scott wrote chapters for two of legendary sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson 's books ( For The Love Of Vinyl , 2009, and Gathering Storm , 2015). He regularly appears on Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club , and was the writer/researcher on 2017’s Mick Ronson documentary Beside Bowie . 

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Last week, the first annual  Motörhead Motörboat cruise set sail with an all-star lineup. Motörhead, of course, headlined the event, but there were tons of of other bands, including Anthrax, Testament, Down, Zakk Wylde, High on Fire, and the much-talked-about Metal Allegiance, featuring members of Anthrax, Megadeth and Mike Portnoy, among many others. Ralph Sutton and Jay Oakerson of the Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll  podcast were there, recording their podcast nightly, and we got Sutton to recap the inaugural cruise. Also on board was Wes Orshoski , co-director of  Lemmy , the highly entertaining documentary about the Motörhead frontman, who hosted a screening of the film. He also documented the cruise with the photo gallery you’ll see  below. Take it away, guys! 

The first annual  Motörboat presented by legendary rock band Motörhead: Hard rock and heavy metal at its finest on the open sea! Big Jay Oakerson and I got ready to host this beast of a cruise as well as do a live podcast of Sex Drugs & Rock and Roll every night at 12:30. Being that the headliners were Motorhead, Anthrax, Testament, Down and Zakk Wylde (along with a bevy of other kick-ass bands) we knew we were in for a one-of-a-kind experience. Although since the bands were so dude-centric and the cruise security was somewhat tight, this cruise may have lacked in sex and drugs, but it more then made up for in rock n roll.

While we were blown away by some of the ‘newer’ bands like Kill Devil Hill, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry and Wilson – as well as getting true heavy metal at its finest from the veteran bands aboard –  it was the last minute addition of the Metal Allegiance comprised of two members of Megadeth, two members of Anthrax, Mike Portnoy and featuring the rotating vocal talents of Testament’s Chuck Billy & Anthrax crooner Joey Belladonna as they tore through a set list of heavy metal standards. (Favorite moment: Joey Belladonna invoking Geddy Lee for a downright amazing cover of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”). Rumors were afoot that there would be somewhat of a Pantera reunion – and sure enough, it happened – twice!  Phil, and Rex joined Charlie of Anthrax and Chris of Megadeth as they barreled into a mini Pantera concert featuring songs like “Mouth For War,” “5 Minutes Alone,” “A New Level” and more. Jay giggled like a school girl saying ‘I gotta tape this for Luis!’ (his co-host of his other podcast Legion of Skanks).  It was one of those rock moments you always want to happen – but seldom does.  For that moment, time stood still, and rock was alive again, regardless of what Gene Simmons will tell you!


Over the course of the cruise – we had several of those ‘oh-wow’ moments.  From Dave Ellefson and Chris Broderick hosting a bellyflop contest,  Me singing Christopher Cross’ ‘Ride Like The Wind’ with Down right before an interview (Phil took lead as Bobby and I did the Michael McDonald parts), Jay doing his mandatory karaoke of Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box” or that first moment Lemmy walked out on stage and said “We are Motorhead and we play rock n roll.”  The rock n roll moments were happening over and over again.   By day two – Alan, the organizer of the event, said this will 100% be an annual event.

By the end of the cruise – we had our rock n roll and pina colada fix and now we are ready to do it all again for Shiprocked 2015 kicking off Superbowl Sunday.  Big Jay and I will be there,  The SDR Show will be on board, and we’d love ya to join us!

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Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax + Zakk Wylde Set for Inaugural ‘Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise’

Motorhead are hitting the high seas, and if they have their way, you'll never hear the ship's horn. That's because there will be some stellar metal bands on board ready to drown out any outside sounds on "The Loudest Boat in the World." The inaugural 'Motorhead's Motorboat Cruise' will set sail in September 2014 with Megadeth , Anthrax and a whole host of heavy rock acts joining in the fun.

Now for the specifics! The 'Motorhead Motorboat Cruise' launches Sept. 22 from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Fans will have a chance to check out sets from Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde , Danko Jones , Fireball Ministry, Wilson and more. There will also be comedy from Jim Breuer as well as several big surprises for those attending. The Carnival Ecstasy ship will eventually come full circle, docking back in Miami on Sept. 26.

Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister states, "This will be everything you've come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping! If you thought waves could rock a boat, you've got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!"

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine adds, "There never has and never will be another cruise like Motorboat cruise. Come on a thrashing voyage with Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy's friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a metal concert."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian chimes in, "Anthrax, Motorhead and Megadeth at sea??? To quote Chief Brody, 'We're gonna need a bigger boat.'"

Tickets for the 'Motorhead Motorboat Cruise' go on sale Tuesday, March 18 at noon ET. The event's website -- -- is set to launch soon with full details and cabin pricing.

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Spend some time in one of Moscow’s finest museums.

Subterranean commuting might not be anyone’s idea of a good time, but even in a city packing the war-games treasures and priceless bejeweled eggs of the Kremlin Armoury and the colossal Soviet pavilions of the VDNKh , the Metro holds up as one of Moscow’s finest museums. Just avoid rush hour.

The Metro is stunning and provides an unrivaled insight into the city’s psyche, past and present, but it also happens to be the best way to get around. Moscow has Uber, and the Russian version called Yandex Taxi , but also some nasty traffic. Metro trains come around every 90 seconds or so, at a more than 99 percent on-time rate. It’s also reasonably priced, with a single ride at 55 cents (and cheaper in bulk). From history to tickets to rules — official and not — here’s what you need to know to get started.

A Brief Introduction Buying Tickets Know Before You Go (Down) Rules An Easy Tour

A Brief Introduction

Moscow’s Metro was a long time coming. Plans for rapid transit to relieve the city’s beleaguered tram system date back to the Imperial era, but a couple of wars and a revolution held up its development. Stalin revived it as part of his grand plan to modernize the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30s. The first lines and tunnels were constructed with help from engineers from the London Underground, although Stalin’s secret police decided that they had learned too much about Moscow’s layout and had them arrested on espionage charges and deported.

The beauty of its stations (if not its trains) is well-documented, and certainly no accident. In its illustrious first phases and particularly after the Second World War, the greatest architects of Soviet era were recruited to create gleaming temples celebrating the Revolution, the USSR, and the war triumph. No two stations are exactly alike, and each of the classic showpieces has a theme. There are world-famous shrines to Futurist architecture, a celebration of electricity, tributes to individuals and regions of the former Soviet Union. Each marble slab, mosaic tile, or light fixture was placed with intent, all in service to a station’s aesthetic; each element, f rom the smallest brass ear of corn to a large blood-spattered sword on a World War II mural, is an essential part of the whole.

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The Metro is a monument to the Soviet propaganda project it was intended to be when it opened in 1935 with the slogan “Building a Palace for the People”. It brought the grand interiors of Imperial Russia to ordinary Muscovites, celebrated the Soviet Union’s past achievements while promising its citizens a bright Soviet future, and of course, it was a show-piece for the world to witness the might and sophistication of life in the Soviet Union.

It may be a museum, but it’s no relic. U p to nine million people use it daily, more than the London Underground and New York Subway combined. (Along with, at one time, about 20 stray dogs that learned to commute on the Metro.)

In its 80+ year history, the Metro has expanded in phases and fits and starts, in step with the fortunes of Moscow and Russia. Now, partly in preparation for the World Cup 2018, it’s also modernizing. New trains allow passengers to walk the entire length of the train without having to change carriages. The system is becoming more visitor-friendly. (There are helpful stickers on the floor marking out the best selfie spots .) But there’s a price to modernity: it’s phasing out one of its beloved institutions, the escalator attendants. Often they are middle-aged or elderly women—“ escalator grandmas ” in news accounts—who have held the post for decades, sitting in their tiny kiosks, scolding commuters for bad escalator etiquette or even bad posture, or telling jokes . They are slated to be replaced, when at all, by members of the escalator maintenance staff.

For all its achievements, the Metro lags behind Moscow’s above-ground growth, as Russia’s capital sprawls ever outwards, generating some of the world’s worst traffic jams . But since 2011, the Metro has been in the middle of an ambitious and long-overdue enlargement; 60 new stations are opening by 2020. If all goes to plan, the 2011-2020 period will have brought 125 miles of new tracks and over 100 new stations — a 40 percent increase — the fastest and largest expansion phase in any period in the Metro’s history.

Facts: 14 lines Opening hours: 5 a.m-1 a.m. Rush hour(s): 8-10 a.m, 4-8 p.m. Single ride: 55₽ (about 85 cents) Wi-Fi network-wide

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Buying Tickets

  • Ticket machines have a button to switch to English.
  • You can buy specific numbers of rides: 1, 2, 5, 11, 20, or 60. Hold up fingers to show how many rides you want to buy.
  • There is also a 90-minute ticket , which gets you 1 trip on the metro plus an unlimited number of transfers on other transport (bus, tram, etc) within 90 minutes.
  • Or, you can buy day tickets with unlimited rides: one day (218₽/ US$4), three days (415₽/US$7) or seven days (830₽/US$15). Check the rates here to stay up-to-date.
  • If you’re going to be using the Metro regularly over a few days, it’s worth getting a Troika card , a contactless, refillable card you can use on all public transport. Using the Metro is cheaper with one of these: a single ride is 36₽, not 55₽. Buy them and refill them in the Metro stations, and they’re valid for 5 years, so you can keep it for next time. Or, if you have a lot of cash left on it when you leave, you can get it refunded at the Metro Service Centers at Ulitsa 1905 Goda, 25 or at Staraya Basmannaya 20, Building 1.
  • You can also buy silicone bracelets and keychains with built-in transport chips that you can use as a Troika card. (A Moscow Metro Fitbit!) So far, you can only get these at the Pushkinskaya metro station Live Helpdesk and souvenir shops in the Mayakovskaya and Trubnaya metro stations. The fare is the same as for the Troika card.
  • You can also use Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Rules, spoken and unspoken

No smoking, no drinking, no filming, no littering. Photography is allowed, although it used to be banned.

Stand to the right on the escalator. Break this rule and you risk the wrath of the legendary escalator attendants. (No shenanigans on the escalators in general.)

Get out of the way. Find an empty corner to hide in when you get off a train and need to stare at your phone. Watch out getting out of the train in general; when your train doors open, people tend to appear from nowhere or from behind ornate marble columns, walking full-speed.

Always offer your seat to elderly ladies (what are you, a monster?).

An Easy Tour

This is no Metro Marathon ( 199 stations in 20 hours ). It’s an easy tour, taking in most—though not all—of the notable stations, the bulk of it going clockwise along the Circle line, with a couple of short detours. These stations are within minutes of one another, and the whole tour should take about 1-2 hours.

Start at Mayakovskaya Metro station , at the corner of Tverskaya and Garden Ring,  Triumfalnaya Square, Moskva, Russia, 125047.

1. Mayakovskaya.  Named for Russian Futurist Movement poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and an attempt to bring to life the future he imagined in his poems. (The Futurist Movement, natch, was all about a rejecting the past and celebrating all things speed, industry, modern machines, youth, modernity.) The result: an Art Deco masterpiece that won the National Grand Prix for architecture at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. It’s all smooth, rounded shine and light, and gentle arches supported by columns of dark pink marble and stainless aircraft steel. Each of its 34 ceiling niches has a mosaic. During World War II, the station was used as an air-raid shelter and, at one point, a bunker for Stalin. He gave a subdued but rousing speech here in Nov. 6, 1941 as the Nazis bombed the city above.

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Take the 3/Green line one station to:

2. Belorusskaya. Opened in 1952, named after the connected Belarussky Rail Terminal, which runs trains between Moscow and Belarus. This is a light marble affair with a white, cake-like ceiling, lined with Belorussian patterns and 12 Florentine ceiling mosaics depicting life in Belarussia when it was built.

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Transfer onto the 1/Brown line. Then, one stop (clockwise) t o:

3. Novoslobodskaya.  This station was designed around the stained-glass panels, which were made in Latvia, because Alexey Dushkin, the Soviet starchitect who dreamed it up (and also designed Mayakovskaya station) couldn’t find the glass and craft locally. The stained glass is the same used for Riga’s Cathedral, and the panels feature plants, flowers, members of the Soviet intelligentsia (musician, artist, architect) and geometric shapes.

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Go two stops east on the 1/Circle line to:

4. Komsomolskaya. Named after the Komsomol, or the Young Communist League, this might just be peak Stalin Metro style. Underneath the hub for three regional railways, it was intended to be a grand gateway to Moscow and is today its busiest station. It has chandeliers; a yellow ceiling with Baroque embellishments; and in the main hall, a colossal red star overlaid on golden, shimmering tiles. Designer Alexey Shchusev designed it as an homage to the speech Stalin gave at Red Square on Nov. 7, 1941, in which he invoked Russia’s illustrious military leaders as a pep talk to Soviet soldiers through the first catastrophic year of the war.   The station’s eight large mosaics are of the leaders referenced in the speech, such as Alexander Nevsky, a 13th-century prince and military commander who bested German and Swedish invading armies.

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One more stop clockwise to Kurskaya station,  and change onto the 3/Blue  line, and go one stop to:

5. Baumanskaya.   Opened in 1944. Named for the Bolshevik Revolutionary Nikolai Bauman , whose monument and namesake district are aboveground here. Though he seemed like a nasty piece of work (he apparently once publicly mocked a woman he had impregnated, who later hung herself), he became a Revolutionary martyr when he was killed in 1905 in a skirmish with a monarchist, who hit him on the head with part of a steel pipe. The station is in Art Deco style with atmospherically dim lighting, and a series of bronze sculptures of soldiers and homefront heroes during the War. At one end, there is a large mosaic portrait of Lenin.

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Stay on that train direction one more east to:

6. Elektrozavodskaya. As you may have guessed from the name, this station is the Metro’s tribute to all thing electrical, built in 1944 and named after a nearby lightbulb factory. It has marble bas-relief sculptures of important figures in electrical engineering, and others illustrating the Soviet Union’s war-time struggles at home. The ceiling’s recurring rows of circular lamps give the station’s main tunnel a comforting glow, and a pleasing visual effect.

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Double back two stops to Kurskaya station , and change back to the 1/Circle line. Sit tight for six stations to:

7. Kiyevskaya. This was the last station on the Circle line to be built, in 1954, completed under Nikita Khrushchev’ s guidance, as a tribute to his homeland, Ukraine. Its three large station halls feature images celebrating Ukraine’s contributions to the Soviet Union and Russo-Ukrainian unity, depicting musicians, textile-working, soldiers, farmers. (One hall has frescoes, one mosaics, and the third murals.) Shortly after it was completed, Khrushchev condemned the architectural excesses and unnecessary luxury of the Stalin era, which ushered in an epoch of more austere Metro stations. According to the legend at least, he timed the policy in part to ensure no Metro station built after could outshine Kiyevskaya.

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Change to the 3/Blue line and go one stop west.

8. Park Pobedy. This is the deepest station on the Metro, with one of the world’s longest escalators, at 413 feet. If you stand still, the escalator ride to the surface takes about three minutes .) Opened in 2003 at Victory Park, the station celebrates two of Russia’s great military victories. Each end has a mural by Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli, who also designed the “ Good Defeats Evil ” statue at the UN headquarters in New York. One mural depicts the Russian generals’ victory over the French in 1812 and the other, the German surrender of 1945. The latter is particularly striking; equal parts dramatic, triumphant, and gruesome. To the side, Red Army soldiers trample Nazi flags, and if you look closely there’s some blood spatter among the detail. Still, the biggest impressions here are the marble shine of the chessboard floor pattern and the pleasingly geometric effect if you view from one end to the other.

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Keep going one more stop west to:

9. Slavyansky Bulvar.  One of the Metro’s youngest stations, it opened in 2008. With far higher ceilings than many other stations—which tend to have covered central tunnels on the platforms—it has an “open-air” feel (or as close to it as you can get, one hundred feet under). It’s an homage to French architect Hector Guimard, he of the Art Nouveau entrances for the Paris M é tro, and that’s precisely what this looks like: A Moscow homage to the Paris M é tro, with an additional forest theme. A Cyrillic twist on Guimard’s Metro-style lettering over the benches, furnished with t rees and branch motifs, including creeping vines as towering lamp-posts.

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Stay on the 3/Blue line and double back four stations to:

10. Arbatskaya. Its first iteration, Arbatskaya-Smolenskaya station, was damaged by German bombs in 1941. It was rebuilt in 1953, and designed to double as a bomb shelter in the event of nuclear war, although unusually for stations built in the post-war phase, this one doesn’t have a war theme. It may also be one of the system’s most elegant: Baroque, but toned down a little, with red marble floors and white ceilings with gilded bronze c handeliers.

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Jump back on the 3/Blue line  in the same direction and take it one more stop:

11. Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square). Opened in 1938, and serving Red Square and the Kremlin . Its renowned central hall has marble columns flanked by 76 bronze statues of Soviet heroes: soldiers, students, farmers, athletes, writers, parents. Some of these statues’ appendages have a yellow sheen from decades of Moscow’s commuters rubbing them for good luck. Among the most popular for a superstitious walk-by rub: the snout of a frontier guard’s dog, a soldier’s gun (where the touch of millions of human hands have tapered the gun barrel into a fine, pointy blade), a baby’s foot, and a woman’s knee. (A brass rooster also sports the telltale gold sheen, though I am told that rubbing the rooster is thought to bring bad luck. )

Now take the escalator up, and get some fresh air.

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Moscow, Russia is a bustling city located in Eastern Europe, with a population of over 12 million people. It is situated at an elevation of 144 meters above sea level, with coordinates of 55.75583 latitude and 37.61730 longitude. The time zone for Moscow is Europe/Moscow, GMT: 3.0.

When it comes to cost of living, Moscow can be quite expensive, especially for those on a tight budget. However, it is important to consider the benefits of living in such a vibrant city. Moscow offers a rich culture, history, and nightlife, as well as job opportunities and a high standard of living. It is important to do your research and budget accordingly in order to make the most of your experience in Moscow.

Another important factor to consider when it comes to cost of living in Moscow is transportation. Moscow has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, and a metro system. It is important to plan ahead and budget for transportation costs in order to navigate the city efficiently and cost-effectively.

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Restaurants prices

If you're looking for an upscale dining experience in Moscow, you won't be disappointed. The city boasts a variety of high-end restaurants serving sophisticated cuisine from around the world. From French and Italian to Japanese and Chinese, you'll find a wide range of options to fit every taste. Many of these restaurants offer stunning views of the city skyline or historic landmarks like the Kremlin. For those looking to indulge in some traditional Russian fare, there are plenty of options as well. With hearty soups, rich stews, and savory meat pies, Russian cuisine is sure to satisfy those seeking comfort food.

If you're on a budget or just looking for a quick snack, don't worry – Moscow has plenty of affordable eating options as well. Street food is a popular choice in the city, with vendors selling piping hot blinis (thin pancakes) with various fillings, fresh kebabs, and savory pastries on almost every corner. Cafeterias and canteens located in shopping centers and office buildings offer inexpensive meals with a variety of options. And of course, there are plenty of fast food chains around the city, from familiar names like McDonald's to local chains serving up burgers and fries with a Russian twist. No matter what your budget or taste, Moscow has something to offer.

Markets prices

Moscow, Russia is known for its high level of luxury and opulent living. As such, market prices in Moscow tend to reflect this trend, with many goods and services priced higher than in other parts of the country. The city also boasts a large number of upscale boutiques and luxury department stores, selling designer clothing and accessories for those who are willing to pay a premium.

However, there are also a wide range of market prices in Moscow to cater to different budgets and tastes. From traditional markets and bazaars selling local produce and souvenirs, to mid-range shopping centers and malls with a mix of local and imported goods, there is something for everyone in Moscow. Despite the higher cost of living, the city's diverse shopping scene ensures that consumers can find a range of prices and options to suit their needs.

Transportation prices

When visiting Moscow, Russia, there are various modes of transportation to choose from. One of the most common options is the metro, which is one of the fastest and most efficient systems in the world. The metro has over 200 stations, making it easy to navigate and access different parts of the city. It runs from 5:30 am to 1:00 am, and the trains come frequently, meaning you won't have to wait long for your ride. Additionally, the metro stations themselves are worth a visit, as many of them are beautifully designed and decorated with mosaics, sculptures, and other works of art.

If you prefer to see Moscow from a different perspective, you can also take a boat tour on the Moscow River. This is a great way to explore the city's famous landmarks, including the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, and the Moskva-City skyscrapers. The boat tours run from April to October and vary in length and price. Some tours even offer dining options, allowing you to enjoy a meal while cruising along the river. Overall, a boat tour is a relaxing way to take in the sights and sounds of Moscow while learning about its history and culture.

Utilities Per Month prices

Travelers visiting Moscow, Russia should be aware that utilities costs can be quite high, especially during the winter months. This is due in part to the extreme cold temperatures that require constant heating. As a result, many apartment buildings and hotels in Moscow have centralized heating systems which can be very expensive to run. In addition, the cost of electricity and water can also be high during certain times of the year. Visitors should plan accordingly and budget for higher than expected utilities costs during their stay in Moscow.

One way to save money on utilities during a trip to Moscow is to be mindful of energy usage when staying in an apartment or hotel room. This might include turning off lights and electronics when not in use, regulating the thermostat to conserve energy, and limiting water usage. Another option is to stay in a budget-friendly accommodation that offers lower utilities costs, such as a hostel or sharing an apartment with other travelers. Overall, travelers to Moscow should be aware of the potential cost of utilities and plan accordingly to ensure a smooth and budget-friendly stay.

Sports And Leisure prices

Moscow offers a diverse range of sports and leisure activities for visitors to enjoy. Football fans can catch a game at the famous Luzhniki Stadium, which hosted the World Cup final in 2018. Ice skating is also a popular activity in the city, with numerous rinks available during the winter months. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, the city has several parks and gardens, including Gorky Park, which features outdoor yoga and fitness classes. Additionally, the city has a number of museums and galleries, such as the Tretyakov Gallery, which showcases some of Russia's most famous art.

Moscow is also a great destination for those interested in traditional Russian sports. Visitors can witness the intensity of Russian martial arts at a Sambo tournament or attend a game of bandy, a form of ice hockey played with a ball instead of a puck. For a truly unique experience, tourists can even try their hand at curling, a sport with a dedicated following in Russia. And after a long day of exploring the city, guests can relax in one of Moscow's many spas, which offer everything from hot stone massages to aromatherapy treatments. Overall, travelers to Moscow are sure to find something to suit their interests and tastes in the city's vibrant sports and leisure scene.

Salaries And Financing prices

If you're planning a trip to Moscow, it's helpful to know that salaries and financing in Russia's capital city can vary greatly depending on your profession and industry. For example, the average salary for a software developer in Moscow is significantly higher than the average salary for a cashier or sales assistant. Additionally, financing options may be limited for those without proper documentation or proof of employment. It's important to research and plan accordingly, especially if you're planning a longer stay in Moscow.

One thing to keep in mind is the cost of living in Moscow. While some industries may offer higher salaries, the cost of rent, transportation, and other expenses can be quite high in this bustling city. It's a good idea to budget carefully and explore options for affordable housing and transportation. If you're looking to save money, there are many free or low-cost activities to enjoy in Moscow, such as visiting public parks and gardens or exploring the city's museums during free admission days. With careful planning and budgeting, you can make the most of your experience in Moscow without breaking the bank.

Childcare prices

Childcare prices in Moscow, Russia can be quite high, particularly for schools and kindergartens. Families may need to budget carefully in order to afford high-quality childcare options for their children. However, many families do find that the investment in childcare is well worth it, as it can provide children with strong educational and social foundations that will benefit them for years to come.

When it comes to schools and kindergartens in Moscow, there are a wide variety of options available to families. Some schools and kindergartens are public and therefore more affordable, but others are private and can be quite expensive. Families should carefully research the options available to them and consider factors such as the quality of education, the location of the school or kindergarten, and the overall cost. It's also important to note that some schools and kindergartens may have long waiting lists, so families should plan ahead and apply as early as possible to secure a spot for their child.

Clothing And Shoes prices

Moscow is a bustling city with plenty of places to shop for clothing and shoes. From high-end luxury stores to trendy street markets, there's something for everyone. The prices vary greatly, so it's important to do some research before you head out to shop. If you're looking for designer labels and the latest fashion trends, head to one of the many luxury malls or department stores located throughout the city. Here, you'll find premium clothing and footwear at equally premium prices.

For those on a budget, there are cheaper options available too. Markets like Gorbushka and Danilovsky Market offer a more affordable shopping experience, with plenty of stalls selling clothing and shoes at lower prices. If you're willing to haggle, you can often get an even better deal. There are also a number of second-hand stores and vintage shops located throughout the city, where you can find unique and unusual fashion at reasonable prices. No matter what your budget, there's no shortage of places to find great clothing and shoes in Moscow!

Rent Per Month prices

Short-term rentals are a great option for travelers who want to experience the local culture and stay in a more authentic setting than a hotel. Moscow has a variety of options for short-term rentals, from private apartments to shared rooms. Prices can vary depending on location, amenities, and the time of year, but overall it can be a more affordable option than staying in a hotel.

For those who prefer a bit more luxury, there are also short-stay serviced apartments available in Moscow. These apartments typically come with housekeeping services, a concierge, and amenities like a fitness center or pool. Prices for these types of accommodations can be on the higher side, but can be a convenient and comfortable option for those who are willing to pay a bit more for their stay.

Buy Apartment prices

Moscow is known for its luxury properties and high-end real estate market, making it a prime destination for those looking to invest in a prestigious property. The city offers a variety of options to choose from, including modern apartments, historic mansions, and cozy cottages. With a plethora of real estate agents available to help navigate the market, buyers have access to a wide range of prices.

Over the past few years, the Moscow real estate market has grown steadily, offering different options for buyers to choose. The rising popularity of Moscow among foreign investors has led to an increase in demand, driving up prices in prime neighborhoods. However, buyers can still find affordable properties in emerging areas of the city. With a fluctuating market, it is important to work with a knowledgeable agent who can provide insight into pricing trends and local market conditions to get the best deal possible.

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How much will you spend in restaurants and bars? Is eating out expensive in Moscow? Below you will see our breakdowns and comparisons of prices and expenses in Moscow.

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Moscow - what are the supermarket prices? Moscow - are the costs of living higher than in United States? Moscow - how much do you have to spend on entertainment and how much will you pay in restaurants and bars? Below you will read the current price and cost statement in Moscow: food prices, Restaurant prices, cost of living, and entertainment costs (The last update: today 11 hours ago)

Currency in Russia to Russian ruble (RUB). For 10 US dollars you can get 950 Russian rubles. For 100 US dollars you can get 9.5 thousand Russian rubles. And the other way: For 100 Russian rubles you can get 1.12 US dollars.

Summing up costs, it can be concluded that in Moscow it is cheaper than in United States. Food is 56% cheaper. Dining in restaurants and bars will be cheaper by 45%. In turn, the cost of living in Moscow is lower than the cost in United States by 16%. If we want to spend time actively or to have fun, we will pay less than in United States about 14%.

Are hotels expensive in Moscow? How much will we pay for a room in Moscow?

The average price of accommodation in Russia is $47 (RUB 4.4K) . If you are looking for the cheapest accommodation: in a cheap one-star hotel you will pay: $13 (RUB 1.2K) and if you like hostels, you'll spend the night there for: $11 (RUB 1K) . The cost of a room in a 2-star hotel is Russia in $29 (RUB 2.7K) . 3-star hotels offer accommodation on average for $39 (RUB 3.6K) Overnight stay in 4-star hotel costs $57 (RUB 5.2K) in Russia If you are looking for the best conditions for your stay, then in 5-star hotels that will provide much more luxury you will have to pay $140 (RUB 13K)

Is it expensive in stores in Moscow? Will I pay a lot for groceries in Moscow? Below you will find the current price list of food products in Moscow, such as: bottled water, oranges, rice, chicken breast, or potatoes (The last update: 4 days ago)

Can you eat cheaply in restaurants in Moscow? What are the prices in affordable pubs in Moscow? How much will I have to spend a day when I only eat in fast food in Moscow?

If we are looking for an inexpensive place to eat, we should pay around 8.9 US dollars . With the lack of time and in order not to spend too much money you can also go to fast food, the cost of the set (sandwich, fries and some soda drink) is more or less 4.5 US dollars . And when we can afford to go out to the restaurant, we'll pay for a three-course meal around 44 US dollars . And if you want to drink a beer or two, you have to pay extra: 5.6 US dollars (price for 2 bottles) And if you prefer a Coke, Fanta, Sprite or similar carbonated drink, then you have to pay 0.9 US dollars for a small bottle. Below you will find a full list of prices in Moscow, among others bottled water, oranges, rice, chicken breast, or potatoes

And if you plan a trip to a given region of the world, maybe cheaper than in Moscow will be in nearby countries? See prices in: Mongolia , Kazakhstan , North Korea , China , and Kyrgyzstan .



Moscow - comparison of selected prices with prices in United States:

Price fees $110 ($67 - $150)

$110 ($67 - $150) by half less than in United States

Price internet $5.8 ($4.5 - $9.5)

$5.8 ($4.5 - $9.5) 92% less than in United States

Price jeans pants $83 ($33 - $130)

jeans pants

$83 ($33 - $130) 73% more than in United States

Price average earnings $990

average earnings

$990 77% less than in United States

Price renting a small apartment in the center $780 ($570 - $1.1K)

renting a small apartment in the center

$780 ($570 - $1.1K) by half less than in United States

Price renting a large apartment outside the centre $810 ($670 - $1.1K)

renting a large apartment outside the centre

$810 ($670 - $1.1K) 65% less than in United States

Price bread $0.59 ($0.39 - $1.1)

$0.59 ($0.39 - $1.1) 83% less than in United States

Price cheese $9.2 ($5.6 - $16)

$9.2 ($5.6 - $16) 23% less than in United States

Price rice $1.3 ($0.84 - $2)

$1.3 ($0.84 - $2) 69% less than in United States

Price tomatoes $2.3 ($1.1 - $3.6)

$2.3 ($1.1 - $3.6) by half less than in United States

Price bananas $0.93 ($0.69 - $1.3)

$0.93 ($0.69 - $1.3) by half less than in United States

Price wine $7.8 ($4.5 - $11)

$7.8 ($4.5 - $11) by half less than in United States

Price cheap restaurant $8.9 ($5.6 - $17)

cheap restaurant

$8.9 ($5.6 - $17) by half less than in United States

Price local beer $2.8 ($1.1 - $4.5)

$2.8 ($1.1 - $4.5) by half less than in United States

Price coffee $2.3 ($1.1 - $3.9)

$2.3 ($1.1 - $3.9) by half less than in United States

Price bottle of water $0.49 ($0.33 - $1.1)

bottle of water

$0.49 ($0.33 - $1.1) 74% less than in United States

Price mac burger king or similar bar $4.5 ($3.9 - $5.6)

mac burger king or similar bar

$4.5 ($3.9 - $5.6) by half less than in United States

Price cola pepsi sprite mirinda $0.9 ($0.61 - $1.7)

cola pepsi sprite mirinda

$0.9 ($0.61 - $1.7) 62% less than in United States

Food Prices Moscow

  • Milk (regular), (1 liter) $0.99 (RUB 91)
  • A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) $0.59 (RUB 54)
  • Eggs (regular) (12) $1.3 (RUB 120)
  • Local Cheese (1kg) $9.2 (RUB 850)
  • Water (1.5 liter bottle) $0.59 (RUB 54)
  • A bottle of wine (Mid-Range) $7.8 (RUB 720)
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) $0.81 (RUB 75)
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) $1.7 (RUB 160)
  • Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) $2.2 (RUB 210)
  • Chicken breasts (skinless and boneless) - (1kg) $4 (RUB 370)
  • Apples (1kg) $1.1 (RUB 110)
  • Oranges (1kg) $1.4 (RUB 130)
  • Potatoes (1kg) $0.54 (RUB 50)
  • Lettuce (1 head) $1 (RUB 94)
  • Rice (white) (1kg) $1.3 (RUB 120)
  • Tomato (1kg) $2.3 (RUB 210)
  • Bananas (1kg) $0.93 (RUB 86)
  • Onions (1kg) $0.48 (RUB 45)
  • Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) $7.9 (RUB 730)

Restaurant Prices Moscow

  • Meal in a cheap restaurant $8.9 (RUB 820)
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course $44 (RUB 4K)
  • McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) $4.5 (RUB 410)
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) $2.8 (RUB 260)
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) $2.8 (RUB 260)
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) $0.9 (RUB 83)
  • Water (0.33 liter bottle) $0.49 (RUB 46)
  • Cappuccino (regular) $2.3 (RUB 210)

Cost Of Living Moscow

  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) $0.57 (RUB 53)
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) $27 (RUB 2.5K)
  • Gasoline (1 liter) $0.59 (RUB 54)
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) $25K (RUB 2.3M)
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre $780 (RUB 72K)
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre $440 (RUB 40K)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre $1.5K (RUB 140K)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre $810 (RUB 75K)
  • Charges (electricity, heating, water, garbage) for an 85m2 apartment $110 (RUB 9.8K)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile local tariff (No discounts or plans) $0.028 (RUB 2.6)
  • Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $5.8 (RUB 540)
  • 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) $83 (RUB 7.6K)
  • 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M,...) $43 (RUB 3.9K)
  • 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) $95 (RUB 8.8K)
  • 1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes $110 (RUB 9.8K)
  • Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) $27K (RUB 2.5M)
  • Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child $430 (RUB 40K)
  • Price per square meter for an apartment in city centre $5.7K (RUB 530K)
  • International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child $8K (RUB 740K)
  • Price per square meter for an apartment outside of city centre $3K (RUB 280K)
  • Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) $990 (RUB 91K)
  • Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.7%
  • Taxi starting price (normal tariff) $1.8 (RUB 160)
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) $0.17 (RUB 15)
  • Taxi 1 hour waiting (normal tariff) $6 (RUB 560)

Moscow cost of living

Entertainment Costs Moscow

  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $36 (RUB 3.3K)
  • Tennis court rent (1 hour during a weekend) $22 (RUB 2.1K)
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat $5.6 (RUB 520)

What are the different prices in the cities in Russia? Look here: Prices in cities in Russia

Prices: Barnaul   Irkutsk   Izhevsk   Krasnodar   Krasnoyarsk   Moscow   Novosibirsk   Omsk   Rostov-na-donu   Saint Petersburg  

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