transit visa to russia and a 5 hour tour package
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 7, 2012 7:25 AM Last Post By: everbrite
Jul 2, 2012 10:56 PM
transit visa to russia and a 5 hour tour packagehi
am planning to go to Venice on 15th of july. i have booked aeroflot airlines. The flight has a 12 hour change in Moscow. I was wondering if i could get a transit visa. Just wanted to know if its possible to get it and if so what are the procedures. Should i do anything regarding the same from my country ( India). and if am lucky to get one, i wanted to have a tour of the city. just wanted to know which is the safest and quickest and also cheapest way to do that. i dont have a clue of Russian and am totally new to the place and culture. and i dont want to miss my flight to italy, ie if i got lost in Moscow... need help...thanxs
Jul 3, 2012 12:01 AM
Jul 3, 2012 12:40 AM
Jul 3, 2012 4:03 AM
3It would help to know what hours of the day is your layover. It would also help to know at which airport you arrive.
Another company that offers introductory tours of Moscow is Capital Tours
You can easily reach them by public transport.
Transit visas must be applied for in advance and require a completed application, passport, copy of the face page of your passport, copies of your plane tickets into and out of the country and a fee. Figure that the processing time is a week to two weeks assuming that you get all the details correct the first time you apply.
Jul 6, 2012 3:42 AM
4Thnxs Ruth..I will reach Moscow (SVO) at 7.30 in the morning and my flight is at 7 in the eve from SVO terminal F. I received my transit visa, i i have to book a travel service who would take me from airport and get be back atleast 3 hours before the flight. Any special advice would be great...
Jul 6, 2012 4:16 AM
5You don't need to book a travel service to do this. In fact, I recommend that you don't take a taxi. There is excellent public transport to/from SVO with good signs in English.
Avoid the combined headaches of traffic, worry about travel time and take the Aeroexpress to and from the airport. The end point is the Belarusskaya metro/train stations from which point you can take the metro to all the places you are likely to want to see. Plus you can visit some of the metro stations which are worthwhile.
Which day of the week are you going to be in Moscow?
Jul 7, 2012 5:47 AM
6Thanxs Ruth...I will be reaching on Sunday (15th of july). Metro and aeroexpress sounds good. actually I wanted to visit red square, St. Basil's Cathedral,Moscow Kremlin,Great Kremlin Palace. i would like to visit buildings ( Palace, Churches) that has an architectural appeal.. no plans to visit museum or art gallery as there would be no time... will metro station have indications to these places ( at least Red square and Kremlin wall) in English.. and pls do suggest the name of metro stations near to these two places..
Jul 7, 2012 7:25 AM
7You can't go into the Grand Kremlin Palace without a prearranged tour. The only company I know that offers this in English is Patriarshy Dom and it usually needs to be arranged far in advance.
Sunday you shouldn't have any problem getting into the Kremlin other than that and the churches should be open. Although you have no plans to visit a museum you might want to reconsider and see the Armory Museum in the Kremlin.
Take the Aeroexpress to Belarusskaya and take the Green line metro to Teatralnaya which is near the Beloshoi Theater and a few short blocks from Red Square. See this map. The exit you will take is near #7; the entrance to Red Square is between #11 and #18 (#17 is the gate).
If you would prefer to go to the Kremlin first and then to these other places, then take the Aeroexpress to Belarusskaya and take the the green line to Tverskaya and transfer to the gray line station named Chekhovskaya and travel one stop to Borovitskaya. Or take the green line to Teatralnaya and walk towards Red Square but instead of entering the square, walk in front of the History Museum and enter Alexander's Garden, walk past the eternal flame, the monument to the hero cities of World War II, and the 19th century grotto. The ticket office is near the Kuftaya Tower which is separate from the Kremlin walls and to enter you walk across the Trinity Bridge. Wikimapia
If you familiarize yourself with the area beforehand, you shouldn’t have any problems.
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