First Time Travelling to Russia
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 19, 2012 2:46 AM Last Post By: Ansileran
Oct 10, 2012 8:12 AM
First Time Travelling to RussiaI will be traveling to Russia for the first time in August 2013 for a month. I'll be visiting Moscow, Vladimir, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Volgodonsk. I'll be staying with friends in Vladimir, Yekaterinburg and Volgodonsk so that means I'll be looking for accommodation in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
I've traveled solo before to the Solomon Islands so I have some experience traveling solo however traveling to a country on the other side of the world is a whole new experience for me. I'm currently learning Russian at the moment, I already know the Cyrillic alphabet and can read Russian however I still have a while to go.
I was thinking of having a budget of around $5000AUD for an entire month, $2000AUD to tickets and $3000AUD to travel around with. How much money is adequate for an entire month considering my circumstances?
Oct 10, 2012 10:30 AM
1You can look at hostel costs online. I highly recommend that you consider hostels in Moscow and St. Petersburg as hotels tend to be very expensive. If you are concerned, search for hostels with private rooms and in suite bathrooms. They exist and will cost about 70 USD/55 € per night.
(Try to think in terms of USD or Euros as most of the hostel prices will be in those denominations. Sorry but there simply aren't enough Australians in this part of the world and your money generally isn't as easily accepted)
When you say 2K AUD for tickets, I assume you mean tickets for travel to Russia not within Russia. If so, that means that your daily travel amount would be about 100 AUD or 75+ Euro per day which will mean counting your pennies given that you intend to do some traveling within Russia and that can be expensive depending upon when you travel and the class of travel.
Bottom line, Russia is not a budget destination.
Oct 10, 2012 2:34 PM
2I think you have enough as long as you dont expect to go first class all the way. I did Russia earlier this year and it is not as expensive as Oz. You just have to watch the pennies a bit. I have a blog at www.travelpod.com/members/dzasta hope it helps.
Oct 13, 2012 6:00 PM
3Moscow and St. Pete are very expensive IMO. Think hostels there. Moscow is the most rude town I have ever visited including New York City and Paris. Buy bulk food from the bazaars instead of eating restaurant meals. When I was there every car was a taxi, better firm up the price before getting in, and don't tip. Believe me the tip is already factored in.
Oct 19, 2012 2:46 AM
4Travel between Moscow and St Petersburg will also be expensive, 1250RU last year in June (around 33€ if I remember the change correctly~43USD) for a bed in a Kupe (cheapest sleeping tickets I think). You'll also need to pay for entrance tickets which can be very expensive, even with an ISIC (if you are a student, get one!). 75€/day, including accomodation and local transport is feasible but you'll definitely have to look for youth hostels (dorms), eat at cheap places (which can be very hard to find, depending on where you are) and not spend much on bars and clubs...
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