"Moscow, Russia" Moscow by leon.partsi
Moscow Travel Guide: 4,093 reviews and 9,344 photos
Not easily. Russia has fewer tourists than most countries because their visa application process is purposefully a logistical nightmare. Lots of fees, lots of special requirements, lots of wait time.
Assuming you live in any western country, the first step is to visit your local Russian embassy at least 6 weeks in advance of booking your flights. It will take the full six weeks to get a visa, and expect to give over your passport to their office for this duration of time.
This process is worth it - Russia is beautiful.
Hello - Z'drastveti
Goodbye - Dasvedanya
That is about the extent of Russian you absolutely need to know. Anything else is a serious bonus because the shop attendants respond to you better if you know some Russian. This is one of those countries where everything gets a lot easier if you have a local friend to help you buy things.
Most Russians understand some basic English, but are reluctant to use it and some may get upset at being forced to. Some are rude, but most are nice if you are nice first. So be polite!
The currency is the ruble - 100 rubles should be worth a pint of beer. A meal costs from 100 rubles at a local fast food place or 1000 rubles at a fancy restaurant. A litre bottle of high-quality vodka at a local store is 330-400 rubles. AMAZING!
Train tickets are 300 rubles for 5 trips, with as many connections as you can make out of it at no extra charge. The trains are clean, fast, on time and quite clear once you get used to the map.
Nothing in Moscow city is dangerous assuming you exercise your common sense and don't draw too much attention to yourself.
Russia needs to be seen to be believed. The city is huge - a radius of 25km is considered to be the "city center."
GUM shopping store
Arbat and Old Arbat corners for all markets and restaurants
Catherine the Great's park (based on Versailles in France)
You could walk around for 10 straight days (as I did) and still have plenty to do.
- Pros:Beautiful city
- Cons:average food
- In a nutshell:A stunningly beautiful place which is let down by how some people act in it.
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