Is it worth going to the center of Moscow on a stopover? How long does it take to get to Red Square since you get off the plane? Which tourist attractions in Moscow are worth seeing in a few hours visit? Do you need a transit visa? How to apply for it? In this article I answer all these questions. 0. Introduction If you are going to take a flight to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam or some other
4. Destinations in Russia
If you take a look at a map of Russia, you will quickly realize that it is impossible to visit all the destinations and tourist attractions of the largest country in the world. In addition, the country has natural areas of extraordinary beauty located in very remote areas and with not very good transport connections.
To help you plan your trip to Russia, below I will include articles about the most popular destinations, itineraries and tourist routes in Russia. The vast majority of tourists traveling to Russia visit Moscow and St. Petersburg (and the surroundings of these cities), which account for around 90% of tourist traffic. This percentage also includes all those who visit the Golden Ring of Russia, northeast of Moscow.
Behind the two major cities, the Trans-Siberian Route and the visit to Lake Baikal stand out (around 3-5% of travelers going to Russia). The rest of tourist destinations are already a long way away, such as Kamchatka or Altai, attractive destinations but for the most adventurous travelers.
A nation as large, varied and complex as Russia can be visited in many different ways: from visits to the two main capitals, Moscow or St. Petersburg, excursions to more rural areas such as the cities of the Golden Ring or Veliky Novgorod or doing the Trans-Siberian route by train. In this post I will explain you the main available options when visiting Russia, depending on the time you
In this article you will find a selection of 10 official tourist maps of Moscow, in PDF format, which you can download and print. "Moscow for Tourists", "Moscow Museums", "Moscow for Children", "Moscow Excursions" or "Arbat, the soul of Moscow", are the titles of some of these official maps published on demand of Moscow City Committee on Tourism and Hotel Industry. In this article I have
Until recently, Moscow didn’t have any tourist information offices. However, since 2012, a network of tourist information centers located in the city center were placed, also at railway stations and at airports. In this post I will explain how to find these tourist information centers, and what services they offer. As soon as you arrive to Moscow, it is usually a good idea to get to one of
If you travel to Moscow you can book a day to take a trip to one of the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia, such as Suzdal or Sergiyev Posad, as you will discover the contrast between the great city that is Moscow and the more rural Russia with churches, Kremlins and monasteries, some of them declared World Heritage by UNESCO. If you have extra time to spend in Moscow, you can spend up to a week
The Hermitage of St. Petersburg is one of the largest museums in the world. In order to plan your visit, it is convenient to take into account some practical elements, as well as organize a good itinerary, depending on the time you have available. (Written on October 9, 2015. Updated on December 27, 2016) 1. Introduction If you travel to St. Petersburg, even if it is only for one
If you are spending a few days in Moscow, you will be most likely interested in buying the Troika card, which allows you to use all public transport in the Russian capital (Metro, bus, trolley bus and tram) at very low prices. What is the Moscow Troika card? The Troika Card is a reusable contactless plastic card that allows you to travel on all means of public transport in Moscow that was
For those who wish to go to see an opera or ballet in St. Petersburg, in this article I will explain how to buy tickets online in the websites of the two most famous theaters in the city, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky. Introduction Many tourists that visit Russia, even those who are not very fond of ballet or opera, often want to go to a ballet or opera interpretation. If in Moscow the
In St. Petersburg, there are many cathedrals and churches. In this article I will review the 5 most important churches or cathedrals worth visiting. Some can be visited for free, while others are paid, so I will also explain how you can get tickets online. 0. Introduction In addition to the mandatory visits to Hermitage, Peterhof complex and Catherine’s Palace, there are five cathedrals and
The Peterhof complex consists of a set of palaces and gardens that are in the Gulf of Finland (about 30 kilometers west of St. Petersburg) and until 1917 were the residence of the czars. They are known as the "Russian Versailles" and are an UNESCO World Heritage site. If you travel to St. Petersburg, this visit is a must-do. In this article I’ll explain you what to look for, how to get there and