Moscow Oblast is the region surrounding the city of Moscow in the heart of Central Russia. For this proximity to the capital of Russia Moscow Oblast is often called Podmoskovie (Russian: Подмосковье, Pohd-mohs-KOH-vie).
The region borders Kaluga Oblast to the southwest, Smolensk Oblast to the west,Tver Oblast to the north, Yaroslavl Oblast to the northeast, Vladimir Oblast to the east, Ryazan Oblast to the southeast, and Tula Oblast to the south.
Podmoskovie is easily accessible from Moscow and while staying in the metropolis you may always dedicate a day or two to explore the neighbouring region's attractions. Moscow Oblast can be worth a longer visit as well, offering a variety of historical cities, natural sights, and leisure opportunities.
- Moscow — the massive megalopolis that is the capital and principal city of Russia contains within it everything
- Dmitrov — a large, old town, famous for its beautiful kremlin
- Klin — a small city best known as the former residence of Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky; the manor where he composed Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker is now a museum
- Kolomna — a city nearly 900 years old, with its own kremlin and the oldest church in Moscow Oblast, the Church of St John the Baptist (14th century)
- Monino — a town famous for its Central Air Force Museum, one of the world's largest aviation museums
- Podolsk — a major industrial city and the largest in Moscow Oblast; former location of Lenin's country estate
- Sergiev Posad — home to the Trinity Monastery of Saint Sergius, the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church
- Serpukhov — an old city to the south of Moscow, which has its own kremlin, Vysotsky Monastery, and Vladychny Convent
- Zvenigorod — a small town with its own kremlin, which contains the wonderfully preserved Saviour Cathedral (1399) and its interior frescoes by Russia's greatest painter Andrei Rublev, as well as the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and some extravagant 19th century dachas
- Gorki Leninskiye — an 18th century noble estate, nationalized for Lenin's use as a dacha; Lenin spent his last years here as his health deteriorated and the estate is now a large museum in his memory
- Melikhovo — Chekhov's countryside estate-museum, where he wrote much of his best works
- Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve
- Losiny Ostrov National Park
Moscow Oblast is the economic and political heart of Russia and is by far its most populous oblast—even not including the city of Moscow itself, the region has approximately seven million residents. Destinations in the region are easily accessible by day trips from Moscow and have an extraordinary amount of sightseeing for the interested traveler.
Moscow oblast is in UTC+3 time zone.
Within Moscow Oblast, more English and other European languages are spoken than in most of Russia, but travelers should still consider familiarizing themselves with some key Russian phrases.
Moscow Oblast lacks any Roman alphabet signage, except the roadsigns at some major highways. Even there expect to find differing titles of the same place. For instance, while driving you can meet Moscow, Moskow and Moskva signs within several kilometers.
In most cases getting in Moscow Oblast is done through the transport hub of the city of Moscow.
All three international airports of Moscow are located inside Moscow Oblast having direct bus or commuter train (elektrichka) connections with the cities of Podmoskovie, as following:
- From Domodedovo airport - elektrichka to Domodedovo and Vidnoe (Aeroexpress trains proceed directly to Moscow without any stops).
- From Sheremetyevo airport - bus 21 or 48 to the town of Lobnya, bus 38 to the city of Dolgoprudny, bus 41 or 43 to the city of Khimki.
- From Vnukovo airport - bus 272 to the town of Moskovskiy.
If you want to get to any other part of Podmoskovie from the airports - hire a taxi or proceed through Moscow.
There are 3 kinds of local commuter trains operating from Moscow to Moscow Oblast and neighbouring regions:
- Elektrichka (ordinary trains)
- Express trains
- Sputnik trains are the fastest and the most comfortable ones. Their purpose is swift rail connection of Mytischi, Pushkino, Lubertsy, Ramenskoe, Serpukhov.
Long-distance trains in most cases have no stops in Podmoskovie.
In general, the most efficient means of public transport in the region is the network of suburban electric rail, called elektrichki (электрички, eh-lehk-TREECH-kee), which radiates outwards from the capital. Elektrichki depart from the main Moscow rail stations. Detailed and up-to-date (including frequent changes) suburban trains time-table available online in Russian on the tutu.ru site. For point-to-point travel between cities and towns besides Moscow, buses and minibuses (marshrutki) are usually the best public transport option. Extensive information on routes and timetables of buses and minibuses, as well as routes of trams and trolleybuses in Moscow region can be found here  (in Russian), however it does not cover commercial operators, which can be a good alternative in many directions.
Moscow Oblast is the biggest central hub for Russia in its entirety; you can get to anywhere in Russia from here. Some nearby popular destinations include the cities of the Golden Ring, Saint Petersburg, and Novgorod.