→ Time: Russia is divided into 11 time zones. Moscow, Saint Petersburg and The Golden Ring of Russia are in the time zone UTC+3. Urals is 1 hour ahead, Baikal – 5, Vladivostok - 7 and Kamchatka- 9. Clocks do not change to Daylight Saving Time in Russia.
→ Payments: for cash payments the only currency accepted is Ruble. Credit cards are normally accepted but not everywhere (especially in provincial cities). Therefore, we recommend clarifying upfront in restaurants and shops if they accept credit cards.
→ Money: the official currency is Ruble. Cash withdrawal from credit cards is not a problem as there are plenty of ATMs especially in big cities. If you have foreign currency and want to change it to rubles we recommend doing it aforehand in big cities in banks or authorized exchange offices. In smaller cities it could be difficult to find an exchange office.
→ Security: Modern Russia is a safe country, especially if you’re traveling as a tourist to big cities (such as Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok, etc.) or if you are making the Trans-Siberian route. But like all over the world we recommend paying attention to your personal belongings and documents in crowded places.
→ Electric outlets: In Russia the power plugs and sockets are of type C ("Euro" plug) and F ("Schuko" plug). The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
→ Phone calls: the international code for calling Russia is 007 (+7). All main foreign mobile operators provide international roaming service in Russia but it's always better to check beforehand with your provider. Call costs in roaming vary but are generally very high. You may use Skype or WhatsApp instead whenever internet connection is available (see below).
→ Wi-Fi: Most of the cafes and bars, especially in big cities, provide free Wi-Fi access to their visitors.
There is also a free Wi-Fi access available in Moscow metro.
Each time of the year has its own charm and, given that Russia is the largest country in the world, its regions are incredibly diverse in terms of climate and weather that there can’t be one recommendation. In most locations popular with travellers, summer is sunny and warm (20 to 30 deg. C) and, thus, the peak travel season. Summer in Northern parts of Russia are unique for their "White Nights", peaking around late June, when the days become so long that the nights are almost absent or reduced to only a few hours of dusk. White Nights are especially popular in Saint Petersburg, as party-goers enjoy a late night of light. Even Moscow is full of light, as the sunset is around midnight and the city is more alive than ever.
Autumn and winter in the two Russian capitals are also quite spectacular. September and October are often called the Golden Autumn as the leaves of trees turn yellow and give a magic golden hue to the streets of the Russian cities. In the winter, snow covers the streets creating an atmosphere as if from out of a classic Russian fairy tale. While winters can be relatively cold (-20 to 0 deg. C) the beautiful views of snow-covered ancient Russian cities are worth the winter visit, especially around New Year - the most important holiday of the Russian calendar - or Orthodox Christmas, celebrated on January 7th. With the approach of the New Year, the main streets are luxuriously decorated especially in the capitals, and Christmas markets with crafts, food stands and ice-skating rinks abound.
The choice when to come to Russia is therefore vast in terms of sightseeing. However, in terms of cost, it is also very important to know when to visit certain destinations. The same hotel in various periods can cost 2-3 times as much and each city has its particularities. For this reason we recommend to send us a quote request for your trip to Russia so we may find an optimal solution to make your stay in Moscow, Saint Petersburg or anywhere in Russia the most enjoyable and economical. Of course, while in Russia we always provide the added value of on-site assistance that we assure to all of our customers.