With the Russian Far East, European Russia, and Siberia to choose from, it’s advisable to plan ahead when visiting the world’s largest country. Russia is a heady mix of art, music, ballet, tyrannical rulers, modern-day oligarchs, therapeutic hot springs, and beaches of wild abandon. And whether you’re taking the traditional route of initiation through the power-seat of Moscow and dazzling beauty of St. Petersburg, don’t miss out on the wealth of riches that the rest of Russia has to offer in cities like Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, and Kizhi. With a bit of time on your hands, take a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway, making your way across seven time zones and 80 cities from the Baltic coast to the Sea of Okhotsk. For visitors feeling more adventurous - try mountaineering in the Urals or trekking through the steppes. Relax on the banks of Lake Baikal, visit Russia’s only Buddhist settlement at Elista, or peer across the border to China and North Korea at Vladivostok. For a truly off-beat vacation, go skiing, fishing, or diving on the islands of Sakhalin and Kurile, a destination most tourists miss out on.
Russia’s nightlife extends from Tchaikovsky’s operas and ballets at the Mariinsky, to Moscow’s famous decadent nightclubs. Whichever you choose, you are guaranteed great entertainment. Russia’s vodka is legendary, but remember to eat as well. Blini pancakes, pelmeni, and a side order of sauerkraut will complement the vodka quite nicely!
Cheap flights from other popular routes to Russia
- Toronto to Moscow C$ 504.90
- Christchurch to Moscow
- Tauranga to St. Petersburg
- Auckland to St. Petersburg
- Auckland to Moscow
- Melbourne to Moscow C$ 711.97
- Toronto to St. Petersburg
- Sydney to St. Petersburg
- Melbourne to St. Petersburg
- Sydney to Moscow C$ 685.73
- Calgary to Moscow C$ 708.59
- Vancouver to Moscow C$ 562.05
- Brisbane to St. Petersburg
- Brisbane to Moscow C$ 750.79
- Adelaide to Moscow C$ 680.95
- Buenos Aires to Moscow C$ 584.44
- Buenos Aires to St. Petersburg
- Lima to Moscow C$ 1107.00
- New York to Moscow C$ 380.80
- Perth to Moscow
- Montreal to Moscow C$ 580.85
- Lima to St. Petersburg
- Sao Paulo to Moscow C$ 673.87
- San Jose Costa Rica to Samara
- Rio de Janeiro to Moscow
- Los Angeles to Moscow C$ 650.15
- Maui to Moscow
- Mexico City to Samara
- Honolulu to Moscow
- San Jose Costa Rica to Moscow
Before you book your flights, check the security situation in the area to which you are travelling and make sure you have the right visa documentation. Once all your paperwork is in order, you could be headed to one of Moscow’s airports (SVO or DME) or further west to St. Petersburg (LED). Other cities that also have a limited number of international connections include Arkhangelsk (ARH), Irkutsk (IKT), Kaan (KZN), Khaborovsk (HNV), Krasnodar (KRR), Murmansk (MMK), Nizhny Novgorod (GOJ), Novosibirsk (OVB), Perm (PEE), Vladivostok (VVO), Yekaterinburg (SVX), and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS). You can get flights from Canada to Russia on Air Canada, Delta, United, American, KLM, Swiss, Air France, and Jet Airways.
The northern and eastern areas of Russia have a more extreme climate with long, extended winters while the country’s southern and western regions have more balanced seasons with hot summers, cold winters, and lots of rain.
July and August are the peak periods for visitors to Russia, and although the temperatures are higher, this period also sees a fair amount of rain. There are mosquitoes, ticks, and biting insects in abundance from June through August. Although these should not be a deterrent to your trip, be advised that they can be irritating and an insect repellent will go a long way to making your trip more comfortable. The winter months are extremely cold - most of the country is covered in a white sheet of snow and buildings are centrally heated. But if you’re equipped with a warm coat and sturdy shoes, Russia will be a scenic winter wonderland.