Russia Travel Tips
Russia travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.
When to stay in Moscow
Submitted by M18057Stay in Moscow hotels at the weekend. Most hotels are half price on their weekly day costs.
Winter Travel Tips in Russia
Submitted by M20072Russia is famous for its ski resorts. And traveling with ski equipment can be pricey in Russia.
Limits: one set of ski equipment per passenger. Equipment must be packed into one case (container).
One equipment set includes:
Ski equipment 1 pair of skies + 1 pair of ski poles + 1 pair of ski boots
Snowboard equipment 1 snowboard + 1 pair of boots
Additional baggage item for transportation of one ski equipment is not taken into account while determining the excess baggage fee.
Winter tips for Moscow travelers
Submitted by M20599We welcome snow, we welcome you!
If you ask random people around the world "What do you think of when I say Russia?" First answer – vodka! True. Continue...bears, perestroika, matroshka, Putin, snow..Oh, stop here! SNOW. The most beautiful, yet least comfortable time of the year in Russia. Ok, so you’re making a decision whether it’s a good idea to go to Russia in the winter. You probably begin thinking "Do I even own a pair of gloves? What the heck is 'black ice'? Will I end up ... view more paying fee of luggage overweight with all these cloths?" Don’t panic! Just read a list of the following tips and you’ll feel 'half-Russian' before you’re done with it!
1. It’s not about the brand or the number of shoes you take with you. It’s about the thickness of the soles of your shoes. It does not have to be bulky, up-to-you-knee shoes. They have to be water-resistant and keep your feet as far from the ground as possible.
2. Gloves sound like an 'accessory'? Well, it’s not! Grab a pair to save your skin and make your outdoor experience a pleasure. (you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll learn to dial your touch-screen phones with your nose!)
3. Don’t go out killing animals for a beautiful fur coat. Trust me, there are very affordable, simple, winter coats that will keep you warm. Hood would be a good attribute!
4. Use lots of lotion on your face and hands before and after going outdoors. Winters are quite windy in Moscow – it’ll dry your skin very quickly.
5. Ask your tour-guide or travel company to arrange your tours so that it alternates outdoor and indoor excursions. Hope this short list helps you during your travel to Russia and remember, if all fails, there’s always an invisible coat*!
*good Russian vodka;)
Language course and stay in St. Petersburg, Russia
Submitted by M17222White Nights - the best time to travel to St. Petersburg. White Nights is the period of time when the centre of the Sun goes down beyond the horizon at midnight for about 7 degrees. St. Petersburg is the place where you can observe this phenomenon within more than 50 days. The White Nights of St. Petersburg are famous in all parts of the world and attract attention of not only tourists, but also the citizens of St. Petersburg.
Dress code when you tour St Petersburg
Nothing special- keep European style, but when attending acting churches try to cover head (women) and naked parts of your body (so gentlmen, no shorts please). When in the theaters (ballet or opera performances) you can be dressed casually, but be sure there will be many (mostly foreigners) dressed up to the nines!
How to get Russian tourist visa
... view more to be registered within 7 working days at the Russian Visa and Passport service (if you stay at hotel they will do it for you but sometimes it is not free).
Money tips in St Petersburg , Russia
... view more just in the downtown, working hours is 9am-6pm).
As for the tipping it is usually 5-10%
Food and restaurants
... view more Zdorovie" and "Chekhov" restaurants. Be ready that in many restaurants it is allowed to smoke though they start arranging non smoking zones. We recommend to drink bottled water which is available everywhere ($2-3per bottle).
Stay Healthy & Safe
... view more Actually it is enough to show your common sense and everything will be OK!! If having some health issues you can use the services of local "American Medical Clinic" (www.amclinic.ru) Or "Euromed" clinic (http://en.euromed.ru/).
They will charge you in full but if you have a medical insurance you will be provided with all necessary papers to be reimbursed later when return back home.
What gift to buy in St Petersburg
- Lacquer boxes made of papier-mache and belonging to different schools will struck your imagination with their beauty.
- A set of Christmas toys
- Imitation of Faberge eggs (though not loved by everybody)
- Matryoshka or nesting dolls (there are so many of them that even a set with ... view more images of presidents of USA is available
Public transportation and taxi in St.Petersburg
... view more vehicles, which enables to earn extra money as chastniki (moonlighters). You simply stand on the kerb and flag down any likely looking vehicle heading in the right direction. When one stops show him a paper with your destination name and what you are willing to pay the driver may haggle a bit, but there is so much competition that it’s a buyer’s market.
Touring tips for visiting St Petesburg
- Museum opening hours (10-11am -5-6 pm, each has its own day off, but it is practically never Sunday or Saturday+ extra day off at the end of each month for cleanup day)
- No discounts for senior citizens, only for children and students upon showing ISIQ (international student’s identification card)
- Some museums has special opening hours only for the Russian ... view more speaking tourists and separate hours for foreigners, hours for individuals and hours for the organized groups
- St Petersburg downtown is very vast and if you are limited in time and wish to see as much as possible just hire a driver with a comfortable car, not only a guide as all sites of interest are situated rather far from each other (otherwise the city tour will take 6-8 hours and this is without getting inside museums)
- May - middle of September is a high tourist season in St Petersburg and there are long lines in many museums - plan your time in advance or try to buy tickets on line (though not all museums have their sites)
- The only Russian Museum, The Hermitage and St Isaac Cathedral offer special services for handicapped tourists
- The most famous theatre in St Petersburg (if not in Russia) is Mariinsky (former Kirov) theatre of Opera and Ballet- it is possible to book tickets (don’t forget to register first) on line but keep in mind that tickets for foreigners are more expensive (the idea is that cost is the same for everybody, but the locals have discounts).
Museum rules sometimes surprise foreigners: they ask you to leave your jackets, raincoats, umbrellas, big sacks and even bottles of water in a check-in room. If you didn’t pay for taking pictures leave your cameras in a check-in room as well (this is what they demand in the Hermitage).
Travelling by metro in St Petersburg
Submitted by M19511When you want to go somewhere in St Petersburg usually the fastest way to get there is by metro or some call it subway. Because in St Petersburg traffic jams are usual thing especially from 8 to 10am and from 5 to 8pm. If you plan to travel once or twice in metro - you can buy metro coin for 22 rubles per coin which is about 0,7USD per coin. You can travel in metro as long as you wish from one side of the city to another using 1 metro coin. If you plan to travel more then 10 times you can buy ticket for 10 travels ... view more with discount - but you should remember that this ticket will expire in 2 weeks and different people can't use it simultaneously. So if you are with group of people you can't buy 1 ticket for 10 metro rides with discount - you will need to buy either 10 coins or ticket without discount.
Bridges in St Petersburg
Submitted by M05964St. Petersburg is possibly one of the only cities in the world that finds itself split in two every night from May until late November. Yes we are taking about those bridges. There are 13 bridges that cross the river Neva and they open for at least four hours to let large ships pass, meaning that for land lovers there’s no way to cross the river.
Every night without fail crowds of happy tourists and locals gather on the banks of the river to drink champagne and watch the spectacle, whilst angry drivers and ... view more pedestrians shake their fists in frustration as they find themselves trapped on the wrong part of town. Pay attention to our timetable of bridge opening times and ensure that the tired- looking guy staring at an un-crossable river in the middle of the night isn’t you.
Bridges going up:
- Voladarsky: 02:00-03:45, 04:15-05:45
- Finlyandsky: 02:20-05:30
- Aleksandra Nevskogo: 02:20-05:10
- B. Okhtinsky: 02:00-05:00
- Liteiny: 01:40-04:45
- Troitsky: 01:35-04:50
- Dvortsovy (palace bridge): 01:25-04:55
- Blagoveshensky: 01:25-02:45, 03:10-05:00
- Birzhevoy: 02:00-04:55
- Tuchkov: 02:00-02:55, 03:35-04:55.
Public Transport in St Petersburg
Submitted by M05964The "marshrutka" is a mini-bus taxi which follows a fixed route. The "marshrutka" concept emerged in the 90s as a reaction to overcrowded public transport. These days, they go just about everywhere within the city centre and out to the suburbs.
They have set departure points, but otherwise, when you see the number you want, just hail it down like a taxi. To pay, hand your fare (20 – 26Rbl) to the driver or to the person in front of you. When you want to get off, yell out loudly, ... view more ‘ostanavites pazhaluista,’ (stop, please) and the driver will come to a screeching halt.
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