Russia Travel Guide

Plan your visit to the land of the Tsars with the aid of our useful travel guide resources. Start with when best to go and find out what each season has to offer then see what top 10 destinations we recommend to get you started. There's also info on visas - what one you'll need and how to obtain it. Get to grips with the currency, food, tipping etiquette and more with our Top Travel Tips or sit back and soak up the best of Russia before you've even left home with our Video Lounge. You can also see what past customers have to say about our Russia tours or delve deeper into the scenic Golden Ring with our comprehensive guide.

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Best Places to Visit

Our choice of the top cultural cities and scenic rural towns Russia has to offer

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Best Time to Visit

Plan your visit according to the season with details on the weather and local festivals

Currency

Top Travel Tips

Find out what currency is used, what food is popular, what to shop for and more

Visas

Tourist Visas

Without a visa, you're not getting in so check requirements before you travel

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Russia Video Lounge

Catch a glimpse into Russia with our selection of top inspiring videos

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Traveller Reviews

See what our travellers say about our tours to Russia and the local guides we use

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Visiting the Golden Ring

Our guide to the history of the region, the top attractions, how to get around & more

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White Nights Festival

Learn more about this cultural extravaganza held in the city of St. Petersburg

Get to know Russia

Recommended Reading

  • Among the Russians
    by Colin Thubron
  • Gulag Archipelago
    by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Master and Margarita
    by Mikhail Bulgakov
Did you know...?

Facts about Russia

  • Russia is bigger than the planet Pluto covering a land mass of 17.1 million square km.
  • Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013 - before that it was considered a foodstuff.
  • In Russia there are 9 million more women than men, which makes finding a good husband a real competition!

Russia Travel Advice for UK Travellers

We stay informed of the latest travel guidance on Russia and follow the advice set out by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Flying to Russia from the UK:

Russia is a 4 hour direct flight from the UK with the main gateways being Moscow and St. Petersburg. As the majority of our Russia tours start in one city and end in another you will need to book what's known as an open jaw return ticket. British Airways fly direct to both Moscow and St. Petersburg from London. There are a number of airlines offering transit routes from London, as well as Manchester and other transport hubs in the UK. Finnair via Helsinki and Air France via Paris are both good options for shorter transit times. We have a full ATOL licence (ATOL 6109) and are happy to assist with your flight booking to Russia.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Russia Tourist Organisation site and the latest Russia Weather Updates from the BBC.