First time travelling Russia ? Start here !

Here are all the practical posts you may need to travel in Russia independently : from a visa to the best SIM card to get, how exchange your money to the best alternative to … you will find plenty of up-to-date practical travel info !

Scroll down to find all my comprehensive posts to help you travel in Russia (there are quite a lot of them !) or just keep reading for a handy overview.

Note : I try my best to keep these posts up-to-date and review/update them every month if need be.

Tips 1

For information about visas related to tourism you should read :

Looking for the best travel insurance that covers for Russia & Belarus ?

Learn how to exchange your €/$ for russian roubles :

If you want to open a bank account and get a MIR bank card, read :

To know which is the best mobile phone operator depending on your travel destination :

If you want to book a hotel or apartment (especially without a credit card), read :

To travel by plane from Europe to Russia, check out :

Looking for a cheap bus to go overland from Europe, read :

Looking for VPN to access your favourite social medias while in traveling, read :

You want to go off the beaten tracks and visit the far edges of the Federation, have a look at :

If you’re looking to cross a land border to enter Russia, read :


Below you will find links to travel guides I’ve written on specific regions with general information and advices such as how to get there, where to sleep, safety tips and the top places to visit.