Russia is increasingly becoming a tourist attraction especially as it will be hosting the world cup this year. it has a distinctive nature that you must be aware of before travelling there for the first time.
Apply for your visa at least 3 months before your trip and you can use the help of your travel agent for that.
Expect to spend as Moscow, especially, is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Restaurants and hotels aren’t cheap there and you may be paying more than a Russian national does, nearly 10 times more especially at some museums.
Taking photographs of stations, official buildings and military-security structure scan put you in trouble. You may get arrested for it.
There are no standardized opening and closing times for museums, cathedrals and other attractions in Russia so you will have to research opening times and visiting hours before heading to your destination.
You are advised to drink bottled water while you stay in Russia as water quality varies from place to place.
Bring your own converter as the electrical current in Russia is 220 V AC, the European standard 2-prong plug is used and it isn’t easy to find a converter in Russia.
While giving tips may be uncalled for or offensive, tipping is increasingly expected at Russian restaurants and it should be between 10 and 15%.