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It's called SAPSAN, there are 7 trains in both directions Saint-Petersburg > Moscow and Moscow > Saint-Petersburg. Here is link to schedules (Google Translate) Prices are here (translation). There are business and economy class tickets available. The average journey is no longer than 4 hours in one direction. All trains serve every day except train 154 (...


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No, there are no such districts in either Moscow or St. Petersburg as of 2016. Prostitution is illegal in Russia and locations which become too well-known to the public are frequently raided and shut-down. Obviously prostitution still exists, but it's not centered in any particular street or district. There are many websites online dedicated to reviews of ...


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I have been to night clubs in Moscow, although last time a few years ago, so this relates to my own experience. Note that Russian is one of my native languages, therefore I didn't have to deal with the language problem (although I am not native Russian). It's often very difficult to get into very "high class" clubs, although not impossible. If you don't ...


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The main concern you must be aware of for such tours is that you have to get details before booking it. The laws regarding such weapon are very strict here in Russia, and such shooting is allowed to take place only in shooting clubs and polygons. Quite popular tour you've linked is all about shooting in specific place (shooting club), with no outdoor ...


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Regarding interactions with Russian citizens, I would not expect significant increase in hostility. Most people believe that US meddles in Russian and/or Ukrainian affairs more than it should, but this sentiment is generally directed at government, not at common Americans. Should you somehow be dragged into discussion of current events, your optimal position ...


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Personally I didn't plan much, just went with the flow, but that depends on how much freedom you have. Work out how much time you have. Bear in mind that a Russian tourist visa is 30 days, but you can get a Business visa for tourist purposes (I had zero problems) and that's valid for 60 days, multiple entry. Work out your budget. Hostels are pretty cheap ...


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First, I can really recommend to read through www.waytorussia.net. This seems a very good online resource that could answer all my questions when I planned my trip through Russia last spring. Therefore, I can recommend the service a third-party company provides over this website. You have to pay 20 US dollars and they book a hotel for you, send you the ...


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The good news first - Delta do "interline" bags with Aeroflot, so she will be able to check the bags all the way through to Moscow. If the two flights are booked on the one ticket this should happen automatically. If they are on different tickets, then you will need to show a printout of the e-ticket when checking in with Delta. Either way, be sure to ...


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Like with many other countries, you can look to your State Department for travel advice for you and your fellow citizens. In the case of Russia, the US has indeed issued a Travel Alert. It's wise to remember, however, that they tend to be overcautious - if something - anything were to go wrong, and they hadn't alerted the people, there would be outcry. So ...


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I suggest this route - Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod (very old and beautiful city, temples, architecture, museums), Kazan (one of the oldest cities in Russia. Recommend to visit the Kazan Kremlin, Kul-Sharif), Ufa (great culture and good people, rich Bashkir national cuisine. One of the best honey in the world produce here. And in this city I live.))) help you to ...


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Maybe an obvious question, but have you looked at doing the Trans-Siberian Express instead of going back and forth to Moscow? You could land in Moscow, catch the TSE to Vladivostok and fly back from there to Iran. Train travel time for that particular version is I believe 6 days. As far as things to see in Siberia -- Lake Baikal is what immediately ...


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There should be no problems, unless you're on a Ukrainian passport, according to the Russian in my team here. Even then it should be fine, you may just experience some questions on your reason for your trip. Of course, as you're just continuing on to Europe, you're going to get very little attention. In terms of the city, it's far from Ukraine and the ...


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Medium-sized food chain shops are open from 10:00 till 22:00. Smaller shops are often 24H. Malls close as early as 20:00 (and might open later). Note that in Russia, you can't buy booze after 21:00 ~ 23:00 (varies per region) even if shop is open. Sometimes you can buy something unofficially (don't count on this, especially in Moscow). If we're talking ...


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Use the Banki.ru website to find the best EUR exchange rate in the city (Google Translate works great for Russian): As of today, PromRegion Bank has the best rates.


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Definitely not the platzkart! I'm serious, you'll never get a calm trip if you are in there. Platzkart has additional side places across the train, so it's up to 52 people there in a car compared with 4 * 9 = 36 people in kupe car. Also, if you have an upper place (the even one), you simply can go upstairs, and rest for whole trip (yes, there is a ...


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Google streetview shows the wall segment here: Source: google maps An aerial view of the location: Source: google maps It can be seen that there is no gating or railings and the wall segment is on a public road with legal parking: Source: google maps Question: Is this area of the park accessible at night? [I]s a visitor likely to be ...


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Yes, it does exists :) As I can say, night life in Moscow is much more glamourous, rather than in Saint-Petersburg there are a lot of small clubs, each with a small dance hall (there are big ones also, but not in such number as in Moscow). Many of them are located across Nevsky prospekt, so pick and go there :) One should note that the right company will ...


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The answer depends on your citizenzship. Assuming that you need a visa to ordinarily visit Russia, you would also need a visa to leave the airport. Relevant excerpt from the Sheremetyevo airport website (fairly certain you're traveling through that given your information) В ожидании стыковочного рейса иностранные граждане могут находиться в аэропорту ...


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There is good news and not so good news. The good news is that because Delta and Aeroflot codeshare your daughters bags will be checked in directly to the destination. The not so good news is that Aeroflot is located in Terminal 1 and Delta flight will likely to arrive to Terminal 3. Delta does have a shuttle running between the terminals it operates in ...


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Here's the actual legal basis for visa-free travel: http://base.garant.ru/195505 . It says you can stay for 72 hours, have to leave by the same port where you entered, and most importantly (point #6) it says you may only be located on the territory declared in the "official tourist program" filed by your cruise line with the Russian government. There may be ...


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I've done both several times (as well as obshi class in Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan - but that's a whole different story). I've had one crazy trip in kupe - my first. There were Russians, and they had vodka. And I was inexperienced. It was rough. However, even then, when I was under the weather, I found the top bunk is the best. You can retreat there, and they'...


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If you have only 2 weeks - 3 days in Moscow = 11-10 days, then forget about European part of Russia and go straight to Siberia. I don't know why everybody suggests TSR, but personally it is very dull to sit in train for a week. First try to feel Moscow life rhythm. You will see later how it is different in Siberia. Then I suggest you to fly from Moscow to ...


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I suppose it will be absolutely safe, if you follow the Russian laws and respect the native people. E.g. avoid public criticism of our government (it's our internal business), don't show in public your sexual orientation, if you're homosexual and so on. Most people are usually polite and kind to travelers. Welcome :)


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Just FYI, want to note that, according to the Russian laws, if you are traveling on ferry, you can stay in St.Petersburg for three days without visa (because the St. Petersburg is a seaport mensioned in corresponding law). You still need visa to visit Moscow, but may be this can help for your stay in St. Petersburg.


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Train travel between Poland, Lithuania and Latvia is currently very cumbersome. The following thread may be relevant for this: Are there trains beween Tallinn, Riga and Warsaw? This means that you should go by bus. As an example, Lux Express, has a daily departure to Vilnius, from where you can proceed to Riga. Currently, the bus leaves Warsaw at 18:25 and ...


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It depends on what and where you are going to do. If you are making a tour, it will be fine, there are no mobs on the streets hunting for Americans. If you are going solo and visiting Moscow / St Petersburg, mainly tourist attractions, you should be fine, as long as you don't go off your planned route. If you are planning to explore the lesser known towns ...


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As I understood from your original question, you think that you can't use a train because of lack of the Belarus visa, but you can get the transit Belarus visa, and with it you can get to the Moscow in 18 hours! with train Warshaw - Moscow (in Russian, live timetable in English can be found here). If this is still not an option for you, why bothering ...


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If you don't have Russian Visa, you wont be able to get out to the city. Moscow have huge traffic jams ;) It's can take few hours to get into the center, and few hours back. I wouldn't risk to miss my flight, even though I'm Russian. However you probably can make it and see Moscow for 1-2 hours, but I don't think it worth it to spend time/money for visa,...


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I want to note that the St. Petersburg is located in Neva's river delta, and only small part of it is near the Finnish Gulf. So there are two types for the beaches here: city beachs: most famous one is near the Petro-Pavloskaya fortress, people are getting the sun baths from February. other ones are located accross the city parks and recreation zones, ...


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In Saint Petersburg (as in many big Russian cities) malls (торгово-развлекательный центр or гипермаркет) mostly work from 10:00 till 22:00. Also (if you need some basic foodstuff) there are many 24/7 food supermarkets (супермаркет, продукты) in Russia like Перекресток, Пятерочка, Лента, Азбука вкуса, Карусель, Полушка, etc. Such supermarkets accept Visa &...



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