Getting there & around
The larger towns in the Golden Ring are accessible by train from Moscow, but it is necessary to travel by bus to visit some of the region's highlights.
The most efficient (albeit expensive) way to visit the Golden Ring is by car. Renting a car in Moscow will allow you to take a tour around the Golden Ring in a few days, stopping in some small, off-the-beaten-track destinations. Alternatively, you can often hire cars with drivers at the local bus stations. Rates are about R10 per kilometre from Moscow, but less around the smaller towns, which may be cost-effective if you're travelling in a group or are on a tight schedule.
Local Moscow-based tour agencies such as Dom Patriarshy Tours also organise excursions to most of these destinations.