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Russia Travel Guide

Getting Russia

Trans-Siberian There are many different ways of getting Russia is easy because all of Europe cities are connected with Russia you can travel by air, by bus, by rail or by ferry.

There are daily flights to Moscow from all major European capitals, United States, Australia and other Asian travel centres. There are also daily services to St Petersburg from many European capitals.

By rail gateways to European Russia are Helsinki, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest. There is a daily service from Paris and Amsterdam to Moscow via Berlin and Warsaw. Major gateways to European Russia are Helsinki, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest. Other trains run from Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Frankfort, London, Paris, Riga, Helsinki, Venice, Vilnius, and Warsaw to Moscow or from Berlin and Brussels to St. Petersburg.

Usually it takes around 35 hours of travel time to get from Western Europe to Moscow or St Petersburg by train. The sleeper coach from London to Moscow takes about 53 hours. If you take a train from Eastern Europe it will take you around 24 hours, if you take a train from Baltic states, expect around 15 hours travel time. Additional time is added for changing trains.

The Trans-Siberian Railway which runs from Moscow to the Pacific coast of Siberia is the longest continuous railway in the world with nearly 10,000 km of track. The most scenic part of the journey is between Irkutsk and Khabarovsk. The Trans-Manchurian Express and the Trans-Mongolian Railway connects Moscow with Bejing. Keep in mind that you may need a transit visa for going through some Eastern European countries. There are limited cruise and ferry services between Russia and Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Turkey and Georgia.

The best way to get to and from Russia by bus is by avoiding Belorussia (Belarus), because everyone needs a transit visa through Belarus, which costs US$30 and takes time to make. To avoid Belarus, you can take a bus to one of the Baltic countries and then change to a bus to Russia. Eurolines serves many bus routes to/from Russia.

Moscow Airport Foreigners can legally drive on almost all of Russia's roads and highways. If you happen to be travelling from one of the Baltic States, Finland or Sweden, then driving your own car to Russia may be a good option. There are many tourists travelling by car from these countries. Therefore, customs regulations are quite straightforward and the infrastructure on the road is good. However, this also means longer queues at some border crossing points. You will need the obvious documents (passport, driver’s license, vehicle registration, insurance) as well as a fire extinguisher and first-aid kit which are mandatory in Russia.

Traffic drives on the right. Speeds are limited to 60kph (37mph) in built-up areas and 90kph (55mph) elsewhere. Motorists should avoid driving at night if possible. Driving alone is not recommended. There are no facilities at all for camping cars. Petrol and diesel are easily available in Russia and there are generally four types on sale.

There is no permanent ferry transport connecting Russia and other countries. If you need to get from/to Scandinavian countries to/from Russia, you should use the ferries that depart from the Baltic States. For example, if you want to get from Sweden to Russia, you can take a daily ferry to Tallinn, Estonia, and then a Eurolines bus (that departs 4 times a day) to St. Petersburg.

Estonia – Russia: EstLine Ferry Company has daily routes from Tallinn (Estonia) to Stockholm (Sweden).
Finland/Sweden – Russia: Viking Lines has ferry service from Helsinki and Stockholm to St Petersburg.
Turkey - Russia: (Trabzon, Turkey to Sochi, Russia).

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