Cities located close to Moscow are very popular among people who are unable to purchase housing in the capital. After all, it takes just as long to get from nearby cities to work or study in Moscow as it takes to get around the city due to traffic jams. At the same time, prices for apartments in such cities are much lower.
In the north-west of Moscow is the city of Khimki, which is directly adjacent to the capital and practically merges with it. The border runs along the Moscow Ring Road. The population of Khimki is just over 230 thousand people. The history of the city begins in 1851, when a railway station was opened on its territory. In the post-war years Khimki became one of the centers of the rocket and space industry of the USSR. Rocket engines for ballistic vehicles, anti-aircraft missiles and moon rovers were developed here. Also, the development of forestry equipment was greatly developed. It was in Khimki that the first largest retail chains in Russia were opened - IKEA, Auchan, OBI and M-Video. The Moscow - St. Petersburg highway and the Oktyabrskaya railway pass through the settlement.
The next city that is located close to Moscow is Reutov. It is adjacent to the eastern border of Moscow. The city is divided into two parts by the Moscow railway in the Gorky direction. The Moscow Ring Road passes nearby. The title of the city of Reutov was received in 1940, and in 2003 he was awarded the status of a science city. The leading rocket and space enterprise of Russia, the Scientific and Production Association of Mechanical Engineering, is located here.
In the north-east of the capital, in the area of the Yaroslavskoe highway, near the Moscow Ring Road, there is the city of Mytishchi. Also, a railway junction connecting Moscow with Yaroslavl passes through the city. The city is developing thanks to mechanical engineering. The factories produce subway cars, trailers, dump trucks, etc. In recent years, multi-storey panel residential buildings have begun to be actively erected in Mytishchi. Transport links with Moscow are well developed. Every 10-15 minutes. there are buses and minibuses.
Balashikha is the largest city in the Moscow region. Located 6 km from the Moscow Ring Road. It has had city status since 1830. The city has such attractions as the Pekhra-Yakovlevskoye and Gorenki estates, the Balashikha cotton-spinning factory, various monuments and monuments. Also in Balashikha dozens of temples can be found. The main highways of the settlement are Entuziastov highway and Shchelkovskoe highway.
Two more cities directly border on Moscow - Podolsk and Odintsovo. Other nearby cities include Chekhov, Klimovsk, Zhukovsky, Vidnoe, Domodedovo, Shchelkovo, Troitsk, Pushkino, Korolev, Krasnogorsk, Zvenigorod, Dolgoprudny, Lobnya, Zelenograd and others.
Large cities, which are regional centers, are hundreds of kilometers from Moscow. From Yaroslavl to the capital of the Russian Federation lies a distance of 299 km, from Tver - 223 km, from Vladimir - 222 km. The closest cities are Kaluga (174 km), Ryazan (187 km) and Tula (193 km). Electric trains, buses, trains often go to these settlements from Moscow.