Russia Travel Tips & Essential Advice

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It can be hard to know where to start when planning your next holiday to Russia. What should your first step be? What about your second? Where will you stay? What will it be like there? As they say, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way when it comes to travel. Having a few simple measures in place could mean the difference between a jaw-clenching nightmare or a seamless adventure.

To help bridge any gaps that you might have, we have compiled a range of Russia travel tips and essential advice on everything you need to know before travelling to Russia. From applying for a hassle-free Russian visa, to train travel and money, the top Moscow/St Petersburg restaurant recommendations, bucket list of Russian landmarks and essential luggage items, we are here to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. 

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Russia Travel Tips: Visa Application 

A Russian Visa is essential for most foreigners travelling to Russia for tourist purposes. We recommend applying for a visa at least ONE MONTH before your final departure. There are many types of visas (single, double or multiple entry invitations) for both tourist and business purposes. We also offer concierge visa services for travellers who prefer to leave the entire visa application process to the experts, who can ensure that your application will be approved promptly.  Getting a Russian Visa involves 3 easy steps – invitation document, online application and registration. Find out more about the whole Russia visa application process from start to finish! 

Russia Essential Advice: Travel Insurance 

Before your departure to Russia, you should make sure that your travel insurance documents are valid for the duration of your stay and that they cover the activities of your planned trip. This especially includes medical costs and cancellation costs. Adequate travel insurance is crucial for any kind of emergency or unforeseen circumstance during your travel. We recommend using WorldNomad’s travel insurance, so get an instant quote here. Your travel insurance policy should be conveyed before you embark on your  journey to Russia. To mitigate these potential risks, we also offer Russia travel tips and essential advice on health and safety, including recommended medical supplies and personal safety precautions. 

Russia Travel Tips: Trans-Siberan Railway Guide 

If you’re looking for a blissfully tranquil way to experience Russia’s diverse landscapes, then the Trans-Siberian Railway is for you. It is the world’s longest single railway, covering Moscow to the Far East of Vladivostok and carrying passengers through ever-changing picturesque sceneries. You’ll get to embark on a magnificent journey through beautiful cityscapes and vast countrysides which stretch for miles into the wilderness. From the enchanting, pristine waters of Lake Baikal to the impressive Tsarist goldmine of Yekaterinburg, you’ll be given numerous travel tips and expert advice on Russia train routes, schedules, Trans-Siberian railway tour packages, classes, visas, booking tickets and more! 

Russia Travel Tips: Luggage Essentials 

It is absolutely pivotal for you to prepare a checklist of essential items before heading off to Russia. Since baggage restrictions are becoming more severe and airlines are imposing higher fees, we recommend packing one luggage per traveller and a smaller backpack. On this note, make sure that you check the weight limit of your baggage to avoid any additional costs. You should also pack sufficient clothes for at least one week, which should also be suited for the Russian weather and seasonal climates. Other essentials for your Russia trip should be relevant medication, electric plugs and adapters, mobile phone, travel apps and translation guides. For more detailed information, check out our Russia Tips and essential advice blog. 

Russia Travel Tips & Essential Advice

10 Facts about Trans-Siberian Railway you must know before you go

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 11th Oct 2021

Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the best ways to explore Russia’s diverse landscapes, culture and people. The railway’s main claim to fame is being the longest continuous rail journey on earth at a jaw-dropping 9,288 km in length.

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Russian Food - 10 Dishes You Must Try

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 21st Apr 2020

Russian food might not have the international renown of other, more widespread cuisines, but little-by-little, the foodie community is starting to uncover the true, delicious nature of traditional Russian food, and the unique, slightly eccentric and family-oriented philosophy that defines Russian food culture.

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Russia Travel Tips & Essential Advice

Russia becomes a bucket list destination

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 11th Oct 2021

Spectacular sights, unique activities and a deep cultural history have long attracted visitors to the mystery of Russia as a bucket list destination. Changing economic conditions and the increasing popularity of Russia, as a destination for international tourists has driven costs of travel down, making Russia more accessible to visitors.

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Moscow Metro Guide: Tips & Essential Information You Need To Know

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 21st Apr 2020

Once you’ve stepped foot in the Moscow Metro, you will see that not only does it make travelling in Moscow and the rest of Russia a breeze, but famous Russian artists and architects have transformed the everyday subway into an underground palace and an art tour.

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Russia’s Best Locations for the Northern Lights

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 20th Oct 2021

Only eight countries reach north above the Arctic Circle, but without a doubt, Russia reigns supreme. While this means freezing winters with uninterrupted nights that linger for weeks, it’s also the setting for one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring spectacles – the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.


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Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.



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