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What language is spoken in Russia?

Russian is the official language in Russia, only 15-20% of the Russian population can speak other languages. Chances of finding English speakers would be higher in big cities like Moscow or St. Petersburg, especially around major tourist attractions. 

What currency is used in Russia?

The official Russian currency is the Russian ruble, travelers may be able to use other currencies most of the time (USD, CAD, and EUR) but the exchange rate will not be in their favor, so it is always recommended to carry some rubles. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants, but some tourist attractions and transportation within Russia only accept cash.

Do I need a visa to travel to Russia?

To visit Russia, Canadian and American passport holders need to apply for a tourist visa through the embassy or consulate, it is necessary to provide an invitation letter processing time could vary between 4 days to 4 weeks.

When is the best time to travel to Russia?

Summer is the best time to visit Russia, the temperatures are at their highest and it is also the peak of the tourist season so expect to find crowds. Late spring and early fall are less crowded with nice weather.

How is transportation within Russia?

Metro, bus, tram, trolleybus, and taxis are the main form of transportation in the larger Russian cities and towns. Trains in Russia are safe, comfortable and reliable. The Russian Rail network is one of the largest train networks in the world.

Is Russia a family friendly destination?

Russia is generally a safe and worth-visiting destination, especially when you are travelling to tourist cities like Moscow or St. Petersburg. Russia has some nice theme parks and water parks for the kids to join, and major cities are kid friendly. Museums and architecture in Moscow are surely fascinating whatever your age is. There are also plenty of summer festivals to enjoy.

What are the main annual events in Russia?

White Nights Festival-  May to July in St Petersburg

Victory Day- May 

Scarlet Sails- June in St Petersburg

Wild Mint Folk Festival- June in Moscow

Christmas Markets - December to January


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