Of course you can drive there (there are several IKEAs right outside Moscow), as we have in the past, but this time we decided to take a free bus ride. There are certain bus stops outside of particular metros that you can take to MEGA (a mall housing IKEA) for free. It's always packed.
We decided, however, to go to IKEA on a Friday evening. I didn't really think about the fact that many Muscovites will be leaving the city. While on the highway, just a few minutes' drive to IKEA, there was a standstill in traffic.
After about 10 minutes the driver opened the doors, and about half of the people on the bus just left. They walked to IKEA. Well, we decided to join them:
Myself, Beth, Mary Louise, and Charlotte
Andrea and Beth (and another bus escapee)
Crossing the highway
A cool view from the other side
We could see it in the distance!