Moscow (Idaho)

Moscow is a city in North Central Idaho with a population of around 22,000 people, an agricultural center and the home of the University of Idaho. The surrounding area is generally referred to as the Moscow-Pullman area -- Pullman is a city in Washington, that is fairly symbiotic with Moscow. They are 8 miles apart.


Unlike the larger Idaho cities of Boise and Pocatello, which also have public universities but also characters distinct from their respective schools, you won't confuse Moscow for being anything other than a hard-core college town. Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the single dominant institution in the city in just about every respect. The presence of Washington State University in similarly college culture-intensive Pullman less than 10 miles (16 km) away only adds to that feel.

Moscow is in the heart of a region known as the Palouse, noted for its rolling hills. Once outside the city and the university's sphere of influence, agriculture becomes the driving force in daily life.

Get in

The closest airport is the Moscow/Pullman Regional Airport (PUW), 5 miles away. 33 miles away is the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS). 90 miles away is the Spokane International Airport (GEG). Cheapest in/out flights are often through the Spokane airport, which is served by more airlines and larger planes than Lewiston or Moscow/Pullman Regional Airports. Horizon/Alaska Air serve all three airports and sometimes you can find comparable rates to fly into the smaller airports and avoid the one and a half hour drive from Spokane.

US-95 and Highway 8 both cross through Moscow.

Get around

Bus travel used to be limited, but with a growing population of students and eco-friendly residents, it has grown to be a lot better. Bus services are run by the Wheatland Express with many stops on and off campus, which also features a shuttle between Moscow and Pullman. Cars are not required to get around Moscow, the town is fairly small and if you're willing to bike or walk, you can get almost anything done here. If you do need a car, there are car rental services available at the Airport, Budget (509)332-3511 and Hertz (509)332-4485, and in town (Ambassador Auto, 1-800-422-0297). Enterprise Car Rental (208-746-2878) is available if you fly into Lewiston.

There is a bike trail between Moscow and Pullman. Bicycles are a common mode of travel in summer, but not in winter, due to the colder, wet weather. In the summer, it is very common for residents to bike-commute back and forth to work between Moscow and Pullman. There is also a bike trail between Moscow and Troy, to the East.

There are, at any given time, two to three taxi services in Moscow. There is significant turnover as they go out of business.


Moscow is a pleasant town where a great deal of the population is made up of full-time or half-time students rather than full-time or half-time workers. Thusly most of the businesses in the area are adapted to cater to the students, or other visitors. It has a few points of interest.


Moscow is fairly well located for outdoor activities.


There are various Vandal (University of Idaho local sports team) souvenirs available, as well as a good number of other goods. Some local stores sell gems at reasonable prices, for a more unique souvenir.

There are stores with hiking, biking, and other gear for outdoor activities; if you shop around.


There are a variety of restaurants, but many are chain stores. Restaurants serving food other than American, Mexican, Italian, or Chinese are harder to come by. National pizza and fast food chains are also present.


Moscow has quite a variety of bars that cater primarily to the college students. Most of the bars are located downtown.


Go next

Routes through Moscow

Cranbrook Coeur d'Alene  N  S  Lewiston Payette-Fruitland
Pullman becomes  W  E  Ends in Elk River

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