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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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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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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 review of ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Numerous carriers fly to Yerevan: Armavia, AirFrance, Lufthansa, Iran Air, Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot and the like. Yerevan is connected to all major European and Middle Eastern cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, St Petersburg, Zurich, Minsk, Riga, Kiev, Istanbul, Dubai, Aleppo, Tehran, Beirut and so ...


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It will be no problem at the UK Border, the staff there do not know about your booking details. Anyway, it is quite normal to hold dual nationality especially at Heathrow. BTW, I believe you can enter the UK on a HK (SAR) passport for up to six months. Is there a reason you prefer to enter on your Japanese passport? Or am I mistaken? If so, I would show ...


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Have not been there for quite a while, but at 6am immigrations/customs should be relatively fast. Domodedovo is outside of Moscow, so you have to take Aeroexpress train, it will bring you to the Paveletskaya subway station (on the south segment of "ring" or "brown" line). See this link for information and schedule.


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Just avoid any US-based airline; and you will not have any stops in the US. Your Aeroflot flight was a codeshare with American, which is why it had a stop in JFK. You might also want to avoid any code-share flights with Canadian airlines; since Canada does not offer TWOV (transit without visa) for Russian citizens. You can fly British Airways (assuming ...


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If you are interesting in AK-47, I recommend you to visit Kalashnikov Museum in Izhevsk city. It's about 2 hours by plane from Moscow or St.Petersburg. In museum you can see great exhibition of AK-models from all over the world, and other rifles. Also you learn Mikhail Kalashnikov's biography in details. And of course, here you can shoot from arms.


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Per WayToRussia.net, which isn't official but is usually pretty darn spot-on, and cites the law in question as a reference: Every foreigner who comes to Russia should have his/her Russian visa registered within 7 working days upon arrival, excluding holidays and weekends. So you're theoretically OK. But they go on to say: Before 25 March 2011 ...



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