Travel Guide to Russia
Those who have traveled to Russia would definitely agree as it is one of the most exotic destinations in the world. Beautiful historic monuments, lush landscapes, snow-capped mountains, beaches, food, and culture, Russia has got all. Having said so, it might not be an easy country to tour. You should be ready to face language problems and travel long distances.
At a time, these travels could be extremely tiring. Even the climate at a certain time of the year could be extremely severe. So, if you are on a first-time visit to Russia, then you really need to plan it out. In this article, we will share some tips which will be definitely handy on your trip to Russia.
Russia Welcome’s You
If you are an international traveler, your entry point will be through an airport. In Russia, two of the most popular entry points are Moscow & St. Peters burg. Both of these cities have international airports, where large international tourists’ throngs. It is recommended that you start your trip from St. Peters burg, and end it in Moscow. This one of the most popular itineraries followed by international travelers. It saves your travel time, and at the same time helps you to manage your trip. Clearing Russian immigration is not a big deal, you can clear the immigration in a few minutes. However, you should be aware that immigration at DME or Moscow airport is a bit strict, and the scrutinization of the immigration document is extremely strict. However, this is not the case with the immigration control located in St. Peters burg. Hence, plan your entry carefully.
Once you are done with the immigration, enter the beautiful country of Russia. If you have already pre-booked your airport transfers, then meet your driver at the exit gate. If not then you will find a lot of private taxis waiting who would charge 1500 to 2000 rubles, which is pretty expensive. Alternatively, you can also travel by Uber, which largely operates with Yandex (Another Taxi App), and it will cost you around 800 rubles. Apart from that, you can also take the Aero-express train, which is going to cost you around 500 rubles.
Take a Note
Language is a big problem in Russia, as most of the Russians will speak only in the Russian language. There are very few English speakers, and this is something which has remained a concern for the tourists. So, before visiting Russia at least learn a few keywords which will be definitely handy, while you are in Russia. Words such as Privet (Hello), Da (Yes), Nyet (No), Skolko (How Much), Spacibo (Thank You), and few more. With the basic language, at least you can communicate without getting stranded. However, even though you learn to speak a few of the keywords in Russian, it not going to help you in reading the language. And, most of the signboards will have information written in Russian. So, in that case, only Google can be your best friend.
Time Zones in Russia
Once you are in Russia, you need to be extremely careful with time zones. If you are in a first time visit to Russia, You might be surprised to know that has eleven time zones. Always check the time with respect to the time zones, even though you are in the same country. For example, if you are flying out of St. Peters burg to Vladivostok, then you will be flying from Moscow time zone to Vladivostok time zone. And, then when you fly back to Moscow, it will be from Vladivostok Time Zone to Moscow Time Zone. So, the golden rule is to always convert the flight time to the respective time zone, so that you don’t miss a flight. If you are still confused, then you can probably convert all the time to GMT.
Local Sim in Russia
If you are in a visit to Russia for the first time getting a local SIM in Russia is extremely easy, and hassle-free, unlike in some other countries. You can simply walk into a shop, and submit your passport copy to acquire a SIM. Both, the data as well as the voice charges are extremely economical. This is a good option, as you would definitely not want to pay heavy bills, by using your country’s SIM on roaming. With just 500 roubles, you can get 400 minutes of talk time along with 4GB data. There are numerous service providers, but it is recommended that you select any one of the big three, that is MTS, Beeline, and MegaFon. MTS is the most expensive one, but it has unmatched coverage even in remote areas, while MegaFon is the cheapest option.
Roaming around Russia
When you are in Russia, the best option will move around will be the famous Transsiberian railways, and we can tell you that it is going to be an experience of a lifetime. There are limited budget flights, and you have to shell out extra bucks for extra luggage, hence budget flight is definitely not an option in Russia. Coaches are available, but it tends to take more time than the train and tends to be tiring as well. While Russian roads are not that great, where you can hire a car for traveling.
Its an opinion to accept that Russians are not the friendliest people on the earth. They are extremely reserved, and you might have to make a gigantic effort in order to build a conversation with them. Also, you are not supposed to speak in a loud manner or stare at anyone, even if it is for a few seconds.
Come Let’s Eat
Russian cuisine is extremely interesting and must taste for those who are in their first visit to Russia, as it is a mix of Central Asian, Eastern European, Siberian, Caucasian and East Asian cuisines. Meat is found almost in every dish, and Vodka is just like a staple drink. The two of the most famous dishes in Russia are, beet soup and Borsht. Even Beef Stroganoff is popularly sold in most of the restaurants. If you are in Moscow, don’t forget to try Café Pushkin, Vogue Café and Moloko. Another restaurant which you can give a try is Talerka in Moscow, where not only food is good but the interiors are amazing. In case you are a vegetarian, your food options in Russia might be limited.