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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘zdrastvuytye ’
( zdrast-vuy-tye )
Russian
Plug combo cf
Electricity
220V/50hz
May-Oct
Best time to go
Summer

Money and costs

Currency
Ruble (руб)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated November 19, 2018 12:17PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
R1500
  • Dorm bed: R700–R800
  • Café or street-stall meal: R200–R500
  • Travel on buses and metro: R15–R50
Midrange
R1500–R4000
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: R2000–R3000
  • Two-course meal: R500–R1000
  • Museum entry fee: R100–R400
  • City-centre taxi ride: R200–R300
Top end (more than)
R4000
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: R5000-plus
  • Two-course meal with wine: R2000-plus
  • Ballet tickets: R3500
  • First-class train ticket (eg Moscow–St Petersburg): R7300

Visas

Required by all; apply at least a month in advance of your trip.

Get the latest visa advice for Russia from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
RUS
St Petersburg
Go Jun–Sep
Mar – May
764529
0.2
0.01
Jun – Aug
22127154
0.43
0.01
Sep – Nov
934837
0.37
0.01
Dec – Feb
-4-102617
0.27
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Moscow
Go May–Oct
Mar – May
1035133
Jun – Aug
22117253
Sep – Nov
1035137
Dec – Feb
-4-112515
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Russia

There are many routes into and out of Russia. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Russia

The best price found from United States to Russia is on December 11th, 2018, travelling with WOW air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $268.00
VKO
Moscow Vnukovo

Getting around Russia

To check train times and make bookings, go to the trip-planning section of the RZD (Russian Railways; http://pass.rzd.ru) website.

Train The extensive network is the best way of getting around, with many comfortable overnight services between far-flung cities.

Air Worth considering if you need to speed up your travels (with online tickets sometimes cheaper than those for trains). Only book airlines with solid safety records.

Bus Useful for getting to places not covered by the train. Sometimes faster than local elektrichka (suburban) train services.

Car or taxi Sometimes the only way to get to really remote destinations.

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