Russia Travel Guide: Before You Go

Russia is the world’s largest country. There is much to see in the colossal land of historical cities and artistic rich architecture. If you’re looking to explore this idyllic country, Here is AFC’s Ultimate Russia Travel Guide Before you Go.

Russia Travel Guide Language

Language

ENGLISH is barely spoken in Russia, only 11% of the population approximately. It is actively taught in universities, it is however, not used often. Cities Moscow and Saint Petersburg would have more english speakers than other districts. RUSSIAN is the main language along with over 100 minority languages including Ukrainian, Belarusian, Chuvash, Bashir, and more.

 

Russia Moscow Travel Guide Weather

 

What Weather to Expect

Russia enjoys FOUR SEASONS throughout the year as follows:

  • spring (March to May): Ave. 0°C to 10°C (33°F to 49°F)
  • summer (June to August): Ave. 12°C to 22°C (54°F to 72°F)
  • autumn (September to November): Ave. 2°C to 9 °C (36°F to 48°F)
  • winter (December to February): Ave. -13°C to -7°C (8°F to 20°F)

 

What kind of clothes to pack?

  • July: Umbrella/Raincoat/Rain Bag(Waterproof). Rainfalls due to season change. *Rainiest Month
  • March to May: Moderately cold temperatures, bring jackets
  • June-August: Bring appropriate sun protection products + sunglasses if necessary, Light cotton clothing
  • September-November: Moderately thick clothes/ jackets, jumpers/sweaters, and scarves
  • December-February: Wooly Clothes + Boots + Scarves + Gloves
  • All Seasons: Comfortable walking shoes.

 

Russia Travel Guide Religion

Russia Religion

PREDOMINANTLY ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN; With that in mind, tourists have to be mindful and observe respectful behaviors when in monasteries, churches, or other places of worship.

 

Russia Travel Guide Currency

Currency

RUSSIAN RUBLE (RUB)

Best exchanged from USD and EUR. British pounds may be accepted in major cities. Old bank notes are not accepted especially ones with rips, tears, excessive folds. 2006 or older bank notes are not accepted.

 

Sberbank is the most common place for exchanging money, keep passport with you to present when exchanging money. Larger bank notes get better exchange value.

 

Should you bargain?

Haggling and bargaining are not existing norms in Russia, prices are often found at fixed rates. Polite moderate bargaining is accepted in major tourist souvenir shops especially Izmailovo Kremlin.

Should you leave a tip?

Tipping is customary in restaurants and cafes. If you appreciate the service, you could tip hotel staff. City guides appreciate small gifts or 10% Tip. Taxis do not need a tip, rounding off is good practice.

How much is a day in Russia?

Minimum EUR 20 or USD 50 per day or more depending on interest and choice of activity.

Power plugs and socket

 

Russia uses Type C and F power plugs at 230 Volts and 50 Frequency. Bringing power plug adapters is advisable.

 

Moscow Travel Guide Getting around

Getting Around

The most common forms of transportation are trains/metro. As well as taxi cabs.

Moreover, Some ride-hailing apps include Gett and Yandex Taxi.

Russia Travel Guide – The Checklist

Russia Travel

Need Internet Everywhere in Russia?

Firstly, Tourists will commonly find local sim cards with ready network access at major airports like Moscow Airport Sheremetyevo.

 

Firstly, present your passport upon purchase of a local SIM Card. Some of the more common options for example include Beeline (Around 600 RUB or 9 USD), and MegaFon (Around 750 RUB to 11 USD).

 

Russia Travel Guide to Bringing Medications

Prepare preferred over-the-counter medicines. Keep them in original containers with labels for easy identification. Firstly, try to only bring in small quantities or as necessary. A simple first aid can include i.e. Diarrhea medicines, antacids, antihistamines, motion sickness, cough drops, decongestants, pain and fever relief, mild laxatives, bandages, and small antiseptic solutions accordingly. Lastly, don’t forget your masks and preferred sanitiser.

 

Bring a doctor’s prescription for other prescriptions that you may have as needed. Similarly, check for the allowed amount of quantity depending on your stay. Moreover, A notarized translation of your prescription would be helpful.

 

Now that you’ve read this Russia Travel Guide.

 

Finally, you are officially ready to travel to Russia. Don’t forget that you’re always free to contact your AFC Representative if you have any more concerns before your departure! Lastly, We wish you safe and happy travels!

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