When to Go

High Season (Jun–Sep)

  • Hot weather across most of the country.
  • Peak season for Russians to go on holiday; book air and rail tickets in advance.
  • Prices can rise in St Petersburg during White Nights in June and July.

Shoulder (May & Oct)

  • Late spring and early autumn see the country bathed in the fresh greenery or russet shades of the seasons.
  • Good time for cultural events in cities and major parades on Victory Day (9 May).

Low Season (Nov–Apr)

  • Snow falls and temperatures plummet, creating the wintery Russia of the imagination.
  • Nationwide New Year's party mayhem is followed by a week of holidays, when hotel prices soar.