Generally recommended: Shell and Lukoil.
Lukoil has been recently involved in scandals with one of its top dogs causing a fatal car accident and attempting to cover it up or something of that sort but the question was where to buy gas/diesel, not the luxury of making a statement.
Generally NOT recommended as of the last 2-3 years MORE>>
Horse riding in the Upper Volga hills near Staritsa, Tver region >>
I am no longer actively involved with the project but things seem to be doing quite well without me.
Individual car tours. Tver region, Gold Ring, Karelia, Kola. Camping trips. You can easily save enough on hotels and cafes to cover the cost of my involvement. MORE>>
Sergei, +7 925 832 6101. Another heroic assistant in overcoming bureaucratic hurdles. I think it was him who made it considerably easier for me to get a piece of paper that was required to get another piece of paper that was etc. Or was it a safety check that as required to buy liability insurance? Specialization: auto and other transportation licences and related.
Intercity buses from Moscow: www.busgo.ru. Think of $10-something per 100 miles as about the average cost. Or, if you are a large group, hiring a bus in the city will cost you $50-100 per hour, and up to $2 per mile for long hauls.
Cruise ships from Moscow: www.starflot.ru/cruise. Prices from $200 to $2000 per person per day, eg. the cheapest of the cheap one week cruises will cost you $1400.
The next few days is probably your last chance to sign up for a Winter is the Soul of Russia” (c) trip with elements of Misery Tourism” (c).
And dead season, when I can offer my time cheap is nearly over too. Gold Ring, Moscow to St. Petersburg, or a trip to Staritsa along the Old Riga road. It can even be done camping style to save you a bundle on hotels and restaurant meals, and of course to make it more of an “experience”. MORE>>
In Sokolniki park, highly recommended if they open up this season: www.sokolniki.com/eng/Services/Camping.aspx. In English!
A compilation of resources in campers and equipped campgrounds: www.autocamper.ru
A campground just north-east from Moscow: www.buhta-radosti.ru, + 7 916 117-3313.
A campground near Sergiev Posad, on the Torbeyevo lake: www.torbeevo.ru, +7 495 857-3611.
All but Sokolniki cater the the local market and may not be able to easily interact with non Russian speakers.
Just a reminder that a camper can be rented from me by qualified clients. I can also arrange camping trips around Gold Ring or between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Possible, yes.Avis, among several others, will offer it. BUT THE COST IS AROUND 20 TH. ROUBLES ($700) JUST FOR THIS SERVICE ALONE, ON TOP OF THE DAILY RENTAL (AT THE VERY LEAST $150/DAY). Financially it will cost you about the same as to hire a driver with a car. See my www.moscowdrivers.net list. $1500 will cover a two-way trip regardless of time it takes.
If you know of a company that offers one-way rental without charging an outrageous amount please let me know. I know that special deal come up in the summer but does anybody offer one-way car rental at a reasonable rate? The total cost for one way economy car should be no more than $600-700.