Best Time To Visit Russia
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Best Time To Visit Russia
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
The best time to visit Russia is during the late spring season. The months from May to October constitute the best time to visit Russia and months from July to August sees the maximum tourist activity in Russia. Russia is a beautiful place that witnesses huge footfall by visitors, tourists and travelers every year. Russia, however, is considered to be a cold place but from May to October, Russia is at its best, and that is the best time to visit Russia. The complete monthly weather conditions prevailing in Russia have been listed below. Generally, people do not like to visit Russia during the winter season as it is fiercely cold but those who can withstand the chilly winds and snow can visit Russia during the winter season to enjoy discounted hotel prices.
December - February (-10°C to -6°C)
The coldest months in Russia are considered to be the months of January and February. Russia is bestowed with scenic beauty even when it is so cold. The winter season is also the best season to visit Russia if you love the chill in the air. The place gets covered with snow, and also there are frozen waterways. During this time Russia is less crowded by people since due to snowfall many shops remain closed. Russia celebrates Christmas on 7th January, so very few Christmas markets are open during these cold months. However, if you love feeling the chill and cold then to Russia during these months and also enjoy the warm heated hotel stays with hot chocolate which they serve to keep the cold off. Also, since these months are the low season months, you can also avail discounts on flight ticket bookings. The Russia weather in December marks the city's official entry into the Winter season, and this month may experience mixed snow and rain throughout the month. However, this may not be the best month to visit Russia for many travelers.
Events and Festivals: Winter Festival, Orthodox Christmas
March-May ( 13°C to -10°C)
Snow can still be seen covering Russia during March. The snow only starts melting towards the end of March that too only in Moscow and St. Petersburg. March usually has a comparatively higher temperature than January and February so that you can witness sleet or rainfall during this time rather than snowfalls.
From April, the temperatures increase, and the waterways can be accessed again by boats since all the snow melts away. Spring season creeps into Russia during April and May, and flowers start blooming making the place all the more pretty. The parks and gardens are covered with fresh flowers, and fountains add to the beauty. Also, during these months Russia celebrates Easter which is a very important festival for the Russians. The weather in Russia in May is really beautiful with the summers approaching. The flowers are in bloom and there is lush greenery all around. This would be the best season to visit Russia as the weather is quite pleasant to explore around.
Events and Festivals: Reindeer Herder’s Festival (March) and Victory Day (May)
June - August ( 13°C to 30°C)
St. Petersburg is a must-visit during June and July since the place at this time becomes very vibrant and glorious due to the many cultural events which take place. These months are also the busiest months. Hotel prices are hiked and finding accommodation becomes a tough task. So, if in case you plan to visit Russia during June or July make prior accommodation bookings to avail discounts as well as to secure a place to stay for yourself. Also, the flight tickets see a hike so ensure that your tickets are booked much in advance. June is pleasant and warm, but July is relatively hot in Russia. June, July, and August are also regarded as the wettest months in Russia. St. Petersburg is less busy in August. For some travelers, it is the best time to travel to Russia.
Events and Festivals: White Nights Festival
September - November ( -1.2°C to 8°C)
November and December months are cold in Russia and often snowy as well. Daytime is quite sunny, but still, the temperatures are low. Also, these months in Russia witness minimum daylight since the days are small. Autumn in Russia takes place during September and October. The trees are seen covered with golden hues and rust shades. The cities, however, are less crowded during these months so you can travel and visit the museums peacefully. The fountains start closing towards the end of September and the end of October witnesses the first snowfall in Russia.
Events and Festivals: Moscow City Day (Moscow’s Birthday)
Events & Festivals in Russia
Winter Festival in Russia is experienced during the months of mid-December to mid-January when the place celebrates Christmas. Russian winter traditions such as ice sculptures, troika rides, and ice skating along with Christmas celebrations spring up.
White Nights Festival takes place during June and July. It is a celebration held annually in St. Petersburg of the midnight sun period. There are evening fireworks, and also many other cultural events are held throughout Russia during these months.
Moscow City Day is celebrated during early September and is celebrated as Moscow’s birthday. There are fireworks, military tattoos, creative workshops, musical events and concerts, educational seminars and lectures and also street theatre performances taking place during this time. Because of the festivities, this could be the best time to visit Russia.
The best time to visit Russia in the months of May to October since the place is at its best and brightest during these months. These are the high season months that witnessed the most number of visitors and travelers from across the world. During this time the fountains at Peterhof are open, and you can admire it. The Pushkin Parks and countryside of the Golden Ring can be witnessed. Russia will be the most crowded during these months so if you want to peacefully visit the place, head towards Russia during the inter-season, late spring and early autumn period.
Climate in Russia
Summer Season in Russia
Summer is the best time to visit Russia, since the sun and the heat makes the weather very pleasant for outdoor activities. Especially after the long, cold winter, the spring and summer is a very welcome change. The parks and gardens are covered with fresh flowers, and fountains add to the beauty.
Monsoon Season in Russia
Russia is not a very rainy country. It receives some scattered rainfall during spring and autumn season. However, it receives a lot of precipice in the form of snow during the winter season. Otherwise, the rain-bearing SW monsoon crosses Russia to shower over China and Indian Subcontinent.
Winter Season in Russia
Russia is bestowed with utmost cold during the winter months, but it has scenic beauty even when it is so cold. The place gets covered with snow, and also there are frozen waterways. During this time Russia is less crowded by people since due to snowfall many shops remain closed. However, if you love feeling the chill and cold then to Russia during these months and also enjoy the warm heated hotel stays with hot chocolate which they serve to keep the cold off.
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What is the best time of year to go to St Petersburg?
The best time to visit St. Petersburg is from May to October. This is the best time to visit St Petersburg in terms of weather. However, during this time it might be very crowded due to high tourist season. So, in order to avoid large crowds, you can plan to visit St. Petersburg is late spring and early fall.
What months are summer in Russia?
June, July and August constitutes summer months in Russia. These are the best months to plan a visit to Russia. However, being the peak season, Russia is quite costly during the summer season.
What is the warmest month in Russia?
July is considered to be the warmest month in Russia. The average temperature during this time is 64°F. August month is also warm in Russia but less warm than July.
Is May a good time to visit Russia?
May is a good time to visit Russia. The temperature in Russia during the month of May does not fall below 46°F and does not exceed 81°F. It can be one of the best months to plan a visit to Russia when the weather is pleasant and also places are less crowded.
What is the best month to go to Russia?
The best time to visit Russia is during the summer from June to September. July and August are the best months with a high inflow of tourists in Russia.
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