FAQ's - Driving in Russia

Driving in Russia FAQ

Can I use my national driver’s license?
Avis accept all national category B driving licenses provided they are written in the Latin alphabet and the owner is minimum 21 years old (for some car models 23 years old). We recommend to have a notarized translation of your driver’s license or international driver’s license, but we do not require this.

Accidents and damages?
The procedure for dealing with accidents and even material damages is different in Russia. Turn you hazard lights on to alert other cars and place the warning triangle 10 meters behind the car. Do not move the car or leave the place of accident. We strongly recommend you to call us.

Do I pay for parking?
Just like all other cities, you are also charges for parking across Moscow, and gradually other cities are following. In Moscow the current rate is 40-80 RUR per hour, except for Sunday and holidays, which are free of charge. You can either pay with card in the parking machine. If you have a Russian phone number you can use the Moscow Parking app (in Russian only). As of March 2016 the fines for violating the parking regulations in Moscow are minimum 3 000 RUR. We advise you to ask us at the counter during check out as these rules are subject to change.

What are the speed limits?
All distances and speed limits are in km/h. Generally speaking for the speed limit for category B vehicles in cities and towns are 60 km/h, on highway 90 km/h and on express highways 110 km/h, unless otherwise indicated on signs. While fines are low compared to many European countries, many bigger cities have speed cameras as well as cameras detecting prohibited use of bus lanes.

What if I am stopped by the police ?
The Russian traffic police is called DPS (ДПС). When they approach cars they should introduce themselves and indicate the reason for stopping your car. At their request you must present driver’s license, vehicle registration documents (included in the red Avis book you received from us), passport and migration card. We welcome all our clients to call us immediately should there be any communication issues or emergency issues.

Driving in winter?
Snow tires with spuds are mandatory in Russia, a regulation that is 100% observed by Avis.

Are there any advantages driving in Russia?
Many places are suddenly within reach more effectively if using a car. Obviously, the big supermarkets, but also many lesser known attraction and hidden gems [link]. With Avis you also have the opportunity to rent a car in one city and return it in another, an experience that suddenly is very attractive and affordable if you wish to visit both Moscow and St Petersburg or Kazan – or even drive from Lake Baikal and fly home from Kazan. Many of these experiences are one in a lifetime, and we are only happy to assist you with making it happen.

How do I rent a car?
All you need is a driving license, passport and a credit card. You may pay in cash, but we always block a deposit on your credit card simultaneously. The deposit we unblock immediately when the car is returned.

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