Russia Budget Travel Tips - How to Travel to Russia on a Budget

By Varia Makagonova
Russia Travel Expert,
Russia, especially its capital cities, can be quite expensive for travelers. But don’t despair – even if you are traveling to Russia on a budget, you can still find places to stay and things to do that won’t cripple your bank account. Even better, by traveling in this way you will get to see more of the “real” Russia than by staying at a lavish hotel and going to the most expensive restaurants – these activities are usually reserved for tourists or the nouveau-riche. Traveling in Russia on a budget can be challenging, but it is by no means impossible! Here are my best budget travel tips for Russia travelers:

Getting There

For most people, there is unfortunately no way to get out of the expense of getting a Russian visa; luckily, the cost is not prohibitive. Once that cost is out of the way, however, getting your ticket to Russia is a new problem. Many commercial airlines fly to Russia, but the cost can be outrageous.

If you have the time, and especially if you plan to spend some time in other parts of Europe, consider traveling to a more accessible European country and finding your way to Russia from there.
Germanwings, for example, operates a direct flight from Berlin to Moscow Vnukovo airport. EasyJet and Ryanair will get you to Tallin or Riga, where you can take a direct train to Russia operated by Russian Railways.

If you will be visiting multiple cities in Russia, take the train and make sure to book your train tickets online well in advance. Here is a step-by-step guide to booking tickets directly on the Russian Railways website to eliminate agency fees. Also check out my train travel packing list to minimize costs!

Staying There[post_ads_2]

Russia has lots of hotels, and some of them are not luxurious, but nearly all of them will run you at least $100 per night. Consider one of these hotel alternatives instead. It’s cheaper and you will also most likely have a kitchen (see below). As a bonus, you will be able to meet some other travelers or locals, who will likely be able to give you even more insider budget travel tips!


If at all possible, find a place to stay that has a kitchen! Russian locals do not eat out a lot so restaurants are generally quite pricey. On the other hand, grocery shopping in Russia is very cheap! Stock up on some Russian food and have at least breakfast and dinner at home to save some big money.

At lunchtime, you can walk into almost any pub, bar or restaurant and get a “business lunch” (бизнес-ланч, this will usually be advertised outside), a very popular concept in Russia. You can get a two or three-course meal for a very low price. As the name suggests, this service is targeted to businesspeople taking a quick lunch break; this means that you will be seated and served very quickly, and likewise will be expected to leave quickly as well! It’s considered impolite to linger over a business lunch, since the restaurant offers the deal to get a high client turnover.


[post_ads]There are many free things to see and do in Russia, from cathedrals and monuments to beautiful nature sites. As an example, the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, the Alyosha statue in Murmansk, and Lake Baikal in Siberia (WikiTravel site) are all free to visit. Most churches and monuments are free, except for the most famous cathedrals. In the smaller cities, especially outside of Moscow, the Golden Ring and St. Petersburg, almost everything is free or costs very little, even the museums! And of course you can enjoy Russian history and culture without even stepping foot into the museum – simply walk around and observe the Soviet and Czarist architecture, the metro stations, parks and heritage sites... and people-watch!

On that note, take the metro! It is much cheaper, and - believe it or not - easier than getting a taxi, and also extremely convenient as you will not get stuck in traffic!

Going Out

If you’re traveling on a budget, don’t even think about going to a Western-style “club”. These are reserved for the rich and fancy, with a strict dress code and an exorbitant cover charge. Instead, check out the local pubs and bars, which often have very affordable drinks and, late-night, offer a club-like atmosphere, with dancing and frequent live music shows.


|Featured Content_$type=three$c=3$l=0$m=0$s=hide$rm=0

Made with in NYC

Abu Dhabi,2,Adventure,32,Adventure Travel,643,Advice,73,Africa,26,Air Travel,150,Alabama,5,Alaska,21,Alberta,1,America,77,Amsterdam,2,Anguilla,3,Antarctica,7,Antigua,3,Argentina,15,Arizona,20,Arkansas,2,Armenia,1,Asia Travel,47,Athens,3,Austin,8,Australia,92,Austria,13,Azerbaijan,1,Bahamas,13,Bangladesh,8,Beach Travel,58,Belarus,1,Belgium,9,Belize,15,Bermuda,5,Bhutan,10,Blue Lagoon,2,Bolivia,3,Botswana,3,Brazil,38,Brunei,1,Budget Travel,97,California,110,Cambodia,4,Canada,81,Caribbean,45,Caribbean & Mexico,5,Chicago,7,Chile,7,China,21,Christmas Travel,14,Clothes,1,Coliseum,1,Colombia,18,Colorado,33,Columbia,3,Connecticut,4,Corporate Travel,2,Costa Rica,13,Country Travel,249,Croatia,15,Cruiser Travel,16,Cuba,18,Cultural Travel,66,Czech Republic,6,D.C.,2,Delaware,1,Denmark,12,Desert Travel,1,Dubai,15,East Africa,4,Easter Island,1,Easter Travel,1,Eco Travel,18,Ecuador,7,Egypt,4,Emirates,1,England,13,Estonia,2,Eswatini,1,Ethiopia,2,Europe,110,Fall Travel,43,Family Travel,128,Faroe Island,1,Father's Day Travel,1,Featured,22,Features,406,Festival Travel,25,Fiji,6,Finland,16,Florida,69,Food,8,Food and Drink,4,France,37,Free Travel,3,French,6,French Polynesia,5,Galapagos,3,Georgia,14,Germany,18,Ghana,2,Greece,37,Greenland,1,Guatemala,2,Halloween Travel,9,Hawaii,53,Hayden Panettiere,1,Hiking Travel,63,Holiday Travel,28,Holland,1,Honeymoon Travel,128,Hong Kong,13,Hotels,71,Hungary,3,Iceland,41,Idaho,5,Ideas,11,Illinois,13,Independence Day Travel,1,India,36,Indiana,5,Indonesia,13,Iraq,1,Ireland,37,Island,60,islands,2,Israel,9,Italy,57,Jamaica,8,Japan,45,Jordan,6,Kansas,6,Kentucky,2,Kenya,2,Korea,2,Kyrgyzstan,1,Latin America,3,Latvia,1,Lithuania,2,London,24,Louisiana,9,Lowa,4,Luxembourg,1,Luxury Travel,35,Maine,6,Malaysia,1,Maldives,15,Malta,2,Maryland,6,Massachusetts,9,Mauritius,6,Mexico,74,Miami,13,Michigan,5,Mississippi,2,Missouri,7,Moldova,1,Monaco,1,Montana,12,Morocco,20,Mother's Day Travel,1,Myanmar,9,Namibia,4,Nature,4,Nature Travel,103,Nepal,6,Netherlands,11,Nevada,24,Nevis,1,New England,5,New Jersey,2,New Mexico,6,New Year's Day Travel,6,New York,55,New York City,20,New Zealand,47,Newfoundland,1,Nicaragua,2,North America,11,North Carolina,6,North Dakota,1,North Ireland,1,Northern Ireland,1,Norway,20,Occasional Travel,9,Oceania,1,Ohio,6,Oman,5,Oregon,10,Pakistan,2,Panama,5,Paraguay,1,Paris,23,Pennsylvania,10,Peru,21,Phoenix,1,Photo Feature,1,Poland,3,Portugal,21,Prague,1,Puerto Rico,7,Qatar,6,Resort,11,Rhode Island,2,River Travel,2,Road Trips,49,Romania,4,Romantic Getaways,15,Rome,5,Russia,16,Saint Lucia,1,Saint Patrick's Day Travel,1,San Miguel de Allende,1,Scotland,10,Seasonal,56,Seasonal Travel,59,Sightseeing Tours,2,Singapore,18,Ski Resorts,10,Slovenia,6,Solo Travel,24,Solomon Islands,1,Somoa,1,Soth Africa,1,South Africa,14,South America,3,South Carolina,4,South Dakota,5,South Korea,3,South Pacific,2,Space Travel,14,Spain,33,Special,24,Special Features,315,Spring Travel,23,Sri Lanka,6,Student Travel,1,Summer Travel,53,Summer Vacation,8,Sweden,19,Swiss Alps,1,Switzerland,20,Tahiti,1,Taiwan,3,Tanzania,1,Tennessee,6,Texas,57,Thailand,31,Thanksgiving Travel,5,Things to Do,165,Tibet,2,Tips,119,Train Travel,23,Transportation,22,Travel,188,Travel Advice,64,Travel Apps,1,Travel Guide,40,Travel Tips,150,Tunisia,2,Turkey,10,Turkish,1,Tuscany,1,UAE,10,UK,40,Ukrine,1,Urban Travel,48,Uruguary,1,USA,632,Utah,13,Uzbekistan,1,Vacation Travel,247,Valentine's Day Travel,1,Vehicle Travel,2,Venezuela,1,Vermont,4,Victoria Falls,1,Vietnam,5,Virginia,5,Washington,15,Washington DC,20,Weddings Travel,4,West Indies,2,Wildlife Travel,13,Winter Travel,56,Wisconsin,5,Worldwide,155,Wyoming,3,xxx,1,Yemen,1,Zadar,2,Zambia,3,Zimbabwe,4,
Travel Magazine: Russia Budget Travel Tips - How to Travel to Russia on a Budget
Russia Budget Travel Tips - How to Travel to Russia on a Budget
Travel Magazine
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy