Country in northern Eurasia, largest country in the world, covering more than 1/8 of the Earth's inhabited land area.

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Should I book Sapsan train ticket now or wait for prices to lower?

I'm taking the Sapsan train from St Petersburg to Moscow on 20 July (at 05:30, 07:00 or 07:10) and tickets were released for that date a few days ago. The lowest Price is usually 1677 rubles, and it ...
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On the Moscow-Dushanbe train, should I travel in platzkart or kupe for a calm trip?

Both will probably be full when I depart (looking at the Russian railways booking System). I'm not interested in talking to fellow passengers (esp. since my Russian consists of but a few words and ...
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Do Russian border guards usually stamp on the visa, or on a separate page?

I'm aware both scenarios are common, but which is most common? Does anyone have any experience? Does it vary between different border crossings? I'd much rather they stamped the visa, so that no ...
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Is it safe for people of Indian descent to visit Russia?

I am an individual of Indian (person from India) descent. I have been asked by my company to travel to Russia later this year to carry out a market survey related to consumer durables. I will have to ...
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My flights via Russia,if I stay on airport only,will I need a visa? [duplicate]

I have a schengen visa and I'm an Indian.I need to travel to Nice but the most appropriate flight for me is via Russia.If I stay on the airport only,will I need a visa?Also,will I need a visa if a ...
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Can I get a Russian transit visa on arrival? [duplicate]

I need to apply for a transit visa to go outside the Russian airport (48 hours of layover). Due to shortage of time I cannot apply the transit visa in India. Does Russian government allow passenger to ...
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What visa do I need to apply for going to Russia?

I am an Indian citizen. My final destination is Venice (Italy) through Moscow (48 hour layover) from the same airport. Travel blogs says that I don't need transit visa if I am not crossing the ...
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Are there still any trains from Kiev to Crimea?

Before Crimea changed hands you used to be able to take a sleeper train from Kiev to Simferopol. I have tried using the Ukrainian train website and the Russian train website neither return any results ...
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Do non-CIS nationals have issues with visa checks on the Moscow-Dushanbe train?

Is it true that conductors (meaning Train staff, NOT border police) on the Tajik Train from Moscow to Dushanbe (which I'm going to take to Kazakhstan) check if you have the proper visa for the ...
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I was banned for drunk driving 4 years ago in the UK. Will this affect my Russian visa application?

I am applying for a Russian visa for a visit this summer. Will a completed drunk driving ban (by the UK) affect my visa application? Should I bother to mention it. (It was back in 2012.)
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Can I use a document other than a passport to book Russian railways tickets online?

When buying a train ticket (domestic or international) on the Russian railways Website, it asks for the Details of an identity document: the document type and document number. In "Document type", one ...
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Entering Russia on visa-exempt St Petersburg ferry: can I leave the city?

If I enter Russia by taking a no-visa-needed Helsinki-St Petersburg ferry, can I take a day trip to Moscow, or do I have to stay in St Petersburg for my entire stay?
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Exploring Russia on my own - legal?

When applying for the visa, there were a lot of complicated explanations about where not to go. What does it mean in practice? Can I drive around in Russia anywhere I want? Or are there legal ...
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Can I drive a rental in Russia (without high risk)

Of course I can technically rent a car, and I can drive it. My point is - is it secure/recommended for non-Russians? What are unexpected risks? I have extended driving experience in Paris, Rome, ...
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Clarification Wanted: Russian Tourist Visas as a US Citizen

I need some clarification and advice on obtaining a Russian Tourist Visa as a US Citizen, in the US. I know there is a lot of information on this, but because there are so many sources of varying ...
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Where should I exchange euros to rubles? [duplicate]

Where should I exchange euros to rubles once I arrive in Russia (Example: Moscow (at any of the three airports))? Is there a special place directly at/near the airport that takes care of this? Or ...
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Russian Tourist Visa in Thailand or Japan

I am a US citizen currently in Thailand and heading to Japan in about 10 days, looking to get my tourist visa for Russia (to ride the trans-siberian railroad). I will be entering Russia by sea at ...
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How does a tourist visa from Visatorussia with AirBnB work?

When applying for a tourist visa via Visatorussia.com, when it asks me for an address, am I required to specify a hotel? Or can I directly choose a location from AirBnB? Edit: This differs from other ...
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Where can I stay once I get a private visa invitation from my Russian friend [duplicate]

When my Russian friend invites me to Russia, will he have to specify that I (the person coming to visit) will have to stay at his personal residence? Can that be specified as elsewhere (such as an ...
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A Russian girl is asking for 500 euros to get a passport in Russia. Is this a realistic amount of money for a passport fee?

I met a girl from Russia and she wants to see Denmark. I told her to meet first in Moscow to know each other better - anyway she asked me for 500 Euro for an international passport (she never had one ...
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Opened closed cities in Murmansk Oblast

This summer I am traveling with a friend by car to Murmansk, and we are both very interested in military history. Wikipedia have a list Closed cities in Murmansk Oblast, of which most are related to ...
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Layover in Moscow; baggage? customs?

I have a flight from JFK to SVO, then an hour layover before continuing from SVO to TLL (Tallinn) on the same airline. Will I have to recheck my bags at Moscow? Will I have to go through customs in ...
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Tourist Voucher and Tourist Confirmation for Russia

I'm planning to visit Russia as a tourist for 4 days in March, I already booked a (refundable) stay at an hotel, and I'm now in the process to apply for the visa. According to some official ...
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Visiting Russia as an Arab. Am I going to be hassled?

I was chatting with a friend after I saw his photos in Russia (Petersburg). He is a white British dude who has been to many, many, many countries. In the other hand, I am a pure Arab who look like a ...
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Apply for Schengen visa in a third country

Can a Kenyan citizen studying in Russia and temporarily visiting family in Kenya apply for a Schengen visa in Nairobi and not in Russia, where he has his residence?
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Do I need a new visa for Russia if my name has been legally changed?

I am a U.S. passport holder and have a three-year-multiple-entry tourist visa for Russia which is still valid. My first name was legally changed, and I have a new passport issued in that name as ...
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Buying ticket on Russian train

Suppose my ticket is from A to B, but on the way I decide to go beyond B and to C. Can I go to the conductor and extend the ticket? It is the case for me from Chita to Zabaikalsk, while my final ...
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Bus from Zabaikalsk to Manzhouli, ticket price

I will take the train from Chita to Zabaikalsk. I arrive at 2:25 Moscow time. Then I would like to take the bus to Manzhouli and find a hostel/hotel in Manzhouli. Do you know how much the bus ticket ...
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How to go from Chita (Russia) to Manzhouli (China)?

I have booked the tickets up to Chita. After Chita, I want to go to Manzhouli (China). Any idea how to do that?
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Luggage deposit at Yekaterinburg train station?

If yes, how much is it? I have two pieces, one giant one small.
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Food on the 54-hour Yekaterinburg-Irkutsk train?

Two days on the train. So what kind of food is available?
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Is the Yekaterinburg Train Station close to the city center or not?

I am looking for a hostel near the train station. But it seems that most of them are very far away (say, 5km) from the train station. I have many luggage, so it is preferable to be walking distance. ...
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Question about booking flight to different city than destination city [duplicate]

I was searching flights to Paris, and was shocked how much they were. But I can fly to Russia, with a layover in Paris for nearly half the cost. I know if I book to Russia I can just not get on the ...
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Do they charge commission fee for money exchange in Moscow?

I will carry EURO with me. How is the airport? I guess it is bad price?
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Belarus and Russia visa free stay combined or separate?

Best explained with an example: Enter Belarus (let's say October 1). 30 days visa free Cross to Russia (October 15). Edit: emphasising "visa free" period, e.g. for CIS nationals, Turks etc. Would ...
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When you bring someone to a restaurant in Russia

I am curious how it works in Russia when someone invites you to a restaurant. Will the man order for both or will the parties order individually? Do you tip the waiter/waitress at a resturant and how ...
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What meals are available on Russian trains?

When travelling by rail in Russia, are dining cars present? What quality of food would one expect on a train diner as compared to those one would find in Europe? I am especially keen to know if ...
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What does 'Pay for bed clothes' mean on the russian railways website?

I am booking the ticket online. There is a choice of 'Pay for bed clothes'. What does this mean? If I do not tick it, then I will get the bed clothes used by the previous guy?
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Will Wi-Fi passwords in Russia be in Cyrillic? How do I type them on a Latin keyboard?

I'm about to travel to Russia, and I made sure to book only accommodations that offer Wi-Fi to its customers, but a question came to my mind. As Cyrillic is the standard alphabet in Russia, is there ...
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Are Russian cities other than Moscow and Petersburg expensive? [closed]

How about cities like Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, or Irkutsk? I am especially concerned with the hotel price. Is it possible to get a decent hotel close to the train station for 30 euro a night ...
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Do the Russian Railways offer discounts in November?

I will start my trans-Siberia trip on Nov.18 in Moscow. Do the Russian Railways offer discounts in November? I am not a student. I just expect special discount since Nov. should be low season.
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Belarus/Russia border and passport control

What is the status with the Russia/Belarus border? I am guessing there is still passport control. If there isn't, what does a traveller need to do after crossing the border? For my case, I am ...
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Leaving Russia with Schengen Visa

I am a Russian citizen currently living in Switzerland (I have a Bewilligung C permit, which gives me a Schengen visa), and I am travelling to Russia soon to visit family there. I've heard that I will ...
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Is it possible to change Russian Rubles to EUROs in Irkutsk?

Possibly people in Irkutsk do not need much EURO?
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How to go from Vladivostok to Beijing by land?

I will transverse Russia by the trans-siberian railway in November. I will go all the way east to Vladivostok. Then I want to go to Beijing. Did anyone did that before?
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What is the best way to change money in Moscow?

I have Euros. I will be in Russia along the Trans-siberian railway for about 12 days. I might go to Moscow by plane or by train. So, what is the best way to change money? I do not know how much I ...
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Can I travel to Macedonia or Ukraine with a valid Russian visa?

Can I travel to Belarus or Ukraine with a valid Russian tourist visa?. I'm a Syrian citizen.
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Where to stop on the trans-siberian railway? [closed]

The destination is Beijing. I will take the trip at the end of November. It is cold then. I think I will bypass Mongolia because of the visa problem. So any good place to stop? One choice is ...
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What is the fastest way to go from Warsaw to Moscow via Lithuania and Latvia by bus/train?

I will start from Dresden (Germany). I definitely want to visit Poland, and especially Warsaw. Then I have to go to Moscow to catch the train to Beijing, and I have to bypass Belarus. So what is the ...
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Is it convenient to go from Latvia to Russia? [duplicate]

I am in Germany. I want to go in this way: Dresden-Warsaw-Lithuania-Latvia-Moscow-Beijing. I have to bypass Belarus because I do not want to apply for the visa. The problem is, is it convenient to ...