Long-distance rail tours, and first of all, Trans-Siberian Rail tour are something many travelers crave to do. This famous route attracts multiple tourists being the longest railway that shows you numerous changing landscapes and gives you the chance to experience a unique way of travelling. You will gradually see the beauty and diversity of Russia as long as you go from Moscow to Ekatenburg, Irkutsk and Vladivostok – each of these cities has a very distinct face and can tell you a lot about the Russian history, different lifestyles and cultures in the country. Before you start considering this route as your next travel destination, we suggest you having a look on the specific of this trip.
Russia offers a lot of diversity in terms of tourism. The most famous tourist destinations are still Saint Petersburg and Moscow, and the most popular route is Trans-Siberian Railway but beyond that there are multiple tourist attractions that are less known yet truly splendid.
Far East of Russia
One of the unique regions of Russia with authentic nature that offers a lot of tourist activities. It is located in more than 8 thousand kilometers and 7 hours away from Moscow. Many tourists visit this region as a part of Trans-Siberian Railtour but it is also possible to reach the Far East of Russia by plane, though the way will take you, depending on the destination point, approximately 8 hours with the direct flight. One the major attractions of the Far East of Russia is Primorsky region with its capital Vladivostok.
Russia has 11 time zones. Every zone has the same time on its territory. In Russia time is not adjusted to winter/summer time, thus time difference with some countries may change in one hour on autumn and spring. Together with the international time system based on Greenwich meridian (UTC), Russia has its own scale with the baseline Moscow time (MSK). Thus, the time in Kaliningrad can be described as UTC+2 (meaning that in Kaliningrad it is 2 hours more than in the UK) or as MSK-1 (one hour less than in Moscow).
Developing incoming tourism in Russia has been one of the top priorities in recent years, so easing of the visa regime was only a matter of time. Normally, tourists willing to see the Red Square and the Hermitage museum had to apply for a visa in consulates, but in 2017 Russia announced electronic visas for tourists from eighteen countries, located mostly in Asia and Northern Africa. Nationals of those countries could enter Far East territories, for example Vladivostok, Transbaikal region, Kamchatka and other regions belonging to the Far Eastern Federal District without visiting a consulate, paying a fee, or waiting in lines. In 2019 it was announced that Kaliningrad region, Leningrad region and Saint Petersburg were aslo added to the e-visa list and can be visited by citizens of 53 different countries, including all the EU states. The eligibility of each country can be checked Read more:
You can easily fly to Russia from any point of the world. Moscow is a huge international hub between Europe and Asia, therefore numerous airlines operate in Russia. Russian main airline is Aeroflot recently merged with Russian Airlines. Other airlines operating as internationally as internally are S7, Utair, Uralairlines, Pobeda (Russian lowcoster). Besides, many international airlines fly to Russia.
Saint Petersburg known also as Northern capital or Northern Venice suggest you numerous touristic attractions – architecture, museums, art – and of course special atmosphere of the city. Travelers can now visit Saint Petersburg and its neighboring region, the Leningrad region, using a simplified e-visa mechanism which allows you to spend up to 7 days here. Below we suggest you “must seeing” attractions in Petersburg for short visit and a kind of unusual ones for longer staying.