Moscow Kremlin: 7 tips and tricks

The Moscow Kremlin is one of the most popular sites to see when you visit Russia’s capital.

Getting around and understanding the Kremlin is key to make the most out of your visit.

Many tickets are sold separately. And no, you cannot get one ticket that includes everything. The nice part is, you can pick and choose what interests you most.

Since this can be a little confusing, here are some general tips and information:

  1. Go early: the cues are smaller and there are no buses of people arriving. We bought our tickets at 9:15am and enjoyed the space we had to visit. When we finished, the cues were immense. You can’t buy your tickets ahead of time. The official Kremlin website does not allow you to buy online.
  2. Only ticket offices #9,10 sell the tickets for the Armoury Chamber (700 rubbles). The audio guide is included and you get it inside. It is definitely worth taking it to get the explanations and history. The tour lasts 1h. I found it impressive and the exposition and history are very complete. No pictures are allowed inside.
  3. At the other counters, you can buy almost all other tickets.
  4. the cathedral tickets do not include the audio guide (extra 300 rubbles). Only get this if you plan on visiting inside the cathedrals, otherwise it is not worth it.
  5. Ivan the great tower: tickets sold inside the complex as well. Price 250 rubbles. (we didn’t find the ticket selling point and couldn’t understand the lady’s indications).
  6. The Diamond fund: You must buy a separate ticket at the entrance for the diamond fund, located at the exit of the armoury. Price: 500 rubbles. This ticket cannot be purchased at the main ticket office. (I know, confusing)
  7. Water, coffee, and snacks are sold in small stands as you walk around.

I tried to simplify these recommendations as much as possible. My best recommendation would be to get the armoury ticket and decide inside if you want to go to other places like the diamond fund. However, if you do not have a cathedral ticket you won’t be allowed to the square where they are (must pass security).

Cathedrals inside the complex

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