Russia's capital has a well-deserved reputation for being an expensive place to live, or to travel to, and certainly if you go to the glamorous clubs or exclusive restaurants favoured by the city's rich and beautiful, you'll find yourself paying heavily for the privilege. But Moscow doesn't have to be expensive. From free, or very cheap, tourist attractions to eating, drinking and partying on a budget, there are plenty of ways of experiencing the capital without a heavy cost.

Moscow is not your usual backpacking destination, especially because of its reputation for being one of the most expensive and unfriendly cities in the world, but once you break beneath the stereotypical hard and chilly exterior, you will discover a city that oozes history, charm...

Russia is an eclectic place- barren but beautiful, a mix of poverty and unbelievable excess, tradition and rapid progress. It's fascinating, vibrant and a little overwhelming, all at once. Don't be put off travelling here because of the bad press, perceived difficulties or especially because...