Russia is one of the most desirable destinations to visit. However, traveling in Russia could be so expensive that many think they cannot afford it. It could be very expensive if you don’t plan your trip to Russia well. There are several things to consider.
First of all, before even landing in Russia, you must obtain a Russian visa. A tourist visa in Russia will cost about $ 200. There are several companies that offer online visa processing services. Just make sure that when you buy a red visa, the price will include the visa invitation, the visa itself and the arrival registration.
Next, you need to consider the best time to fly to Russia. In general, prices for flights in Russia range from $ 550 to $ 1250 depending on a season.
Third, you need to book your hotel in advance. I don’t expect you to just come to a hotel in Moscow and say you need a room. You may be in for a big surprise. Moscow hotels are so overbooked that you may have to pay for a suite which will cost you $ 500 and more per night! You can book a nice 3 or 4 star hotel in advance for $ 150 or dollars. There are several agencies that offer this service, but I recommend using the same one that receives your visa. It will make things easier for you.
Fourth and most importantly, arrange your transfers at the airport before departure, unless you are willing to pay $ 200 or more for a 20-minute trip from Moscow airport to your hotel. When you book your taxi in advance, you will pay a standard fee of about $ 50. Ask your travel agent to arrange this for you.
One last tip, one of the best ways to see Russia is on a cruise liner that runs from Moscow to St. Petersburg. You can spend half the cruise exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg, while camping on a cruise liner, and you can see the ancient cities in between. A day on a cruise liner will cost you about $ 150 (accommodation, visa, meals, transfers and guides included). This is a really good deal compared to staying on land when you pay at least as much as just for hotels. However, most people on cruises will be over the age of 50, so if you’re looking for a party, then go with your friends.