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 which witnesses a large number of 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 has 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.
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.
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. Hotels 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.
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 & 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 is the months of May to October since the place is at its best and brightest during these months. These are the high season months which 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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Edul's 7 days trip to RussiaTravel Triangle and agent helped me to get the visa for Russia without any hassel.
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Mahwish's 7 days trip to RussiaMy experience with the travel triangle and the team was amazing for the Russia trip. Everything was customized as I wanted and Aditi was very helpful throughout the trip.
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Namita's 10 days trip to RussiaFew tips to take care while planning a trip to travel agent: 1. Check all the hotels as I got the first hotel changed and was better then the other two. 2. Check on the luggage as how much one is allowed to carry as should have been told by the travel agents if the flight inside the country will be domestic and luggage will be a problem. Had to pay 2700 rubbles extra. Then cabs booked for excursion we paid 300 rubbles for the parking which should be borne by the agents. The agents arranged the timely cabs for pick and drop. Rest all the other things has to be managed self.. I felt that arranging the trips are far better than doing through the agents.. Saint Petersburg was one of the best place to see in the entire Russia..
Neha's 8 days trip to RussiaHello All I would like to thank all the staff of Holiday Access & team of travel triangle for the assistance provided for my tour to Russia. It was the best & the most memorable trip of my life. Both my parents were treated with utmost respect & of course luxury. Everything was as per the scheduled timings & both the guide & drivers were extremely helpful & polite. My special thanx to Sumit & Anusha who took all my worries & kept checking with me during the trip for any problems. Highly professional & most humble team assisted me. Holiday Access will be my travel agency for lifetime. And yes I can surely say goodbye to Make My Trip and welcome Holiday Access for lifetime. God Bless U all & sincere apologies for my temperament at times. All I can say it sometimes it not about money but the care & gesture someone does for U. Thanx once again
Maddy's 8 days trip to RussiaMy experience in Russia very good just b.coz my travel agent.....he treat me like a friend...... thanks travel triangle.... Thanks tripo holidays.....mr. shumit ji
Shwetakanojia's 8 days trip to Russia"Your Perfect Dream Planner" Your dream comes true when you meet the perfect dream planner that is "Tripoholidays". I have booked Russia trip from Tripoholidays and the hotel as per the expectation is very satisfactory. All the arrangements were very satisfactory and I had a very memorable moments.
Priyanka's 7 days trip to RussiaOverall it was a good trip. Due to language issue, we were not able to interact much with Cab drivers in Moscow. Also traffic in Moscow is really bad, which was one of the pain points for us. Stay in petersburg was a memorable one. The cab driver was a Pakistani so no language issue. Though the hotel was small, but hotel staff was very friendly and cooperative. Stay in Petersburg will always be in our good books (from cab driver to hotel staff and food).
Gadi's 6 days trip to RussiaThe hotels selected in St. Petersburg needs to be changed.its in the centre of city, but has no elevator & rooms are on the 4 th floor.real inconvenience to tourists. The overall package value is a little high when compared to the places of visit proposed, couls have more additional fight seeing trips. indian food could have been organised / complimented atleast for one day in both the cities. Night cruise on Moscow river.
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Rouble is accepted in Russia.
Russian Nesting dolls, porclain figurines, imperial eggs and lacquer boxes can be bought when in Russia.
Blini, Caviar, Chicken Kiev and Coulibiac can be tried when in Russia.
Russia is a liberal society with modern outlook. One can wear western clothing items as well.
One can board the metro, buses and cabs to reach their desired destination.
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.
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