If you are planning a stay in Russia, hotels should be booked online before you go. So where will you visit?
This colossal land spans nine time zones, so you can only imagine the variety of views you will happen upon when you travel to Russia. From the lavishly ornamented domes of St Petersburg on the edge of Europe, via ice-crusted towns amid frozen wastelands, to the Russia of the Far East, where cranes, bridges and mountains pierce the skies, Russia will stay in your memory forever.
Take in a big chunk of Russia when you book a journey on the longest railway in the world. The Trans-Siberian Express rattles along on nearly 10,000 kilometres of track between Moscow and Vladivostok. You can read more about it in our guide to Russia’s top attractions, below.
Accommodation in Russia is of a reasonable standard. Make your booking well before you travel to get the cheapest rates on the best hotels. Use the TravelSupermarket search tool to compare hotel deals. Our price-comparison service can also show you a selection of cheap flights to Russia.
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The nation’s very best hotels are to be found in the huge cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, the capital of Russia and a stomping ground for billionaires. Five-star hotels are available, many from well-known luxury brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt, Radisson and Four Seasons. These havens of opulence and extravagance are on a par, price-wise, with those in any of the major cities in Europe.
Other cities with excellent high-end hotels include Yekaterinburg, which straddles the Eurasian border, and Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city and further east of Yekaterinburg.
In these cities - and in other popular destinations such as Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Volgograd, and Perm - hotels are available to suit all styles and budgets. From small, boutique pads and traditional guesthouses, to bastions of Russian luxury where fine dining, swimming pools and spas are standard, there will be a hotel to suit your needs.
The cheapest hotels in Russia might not be up to standard for most visitors; it is wise to book mid-range hotels or go for brands you know and trust to guarantee a good night’s sleep.
The peak season for travel to the cities of Russia is between May and September, when the weather is milder. Winter really bites here, with average temperatures rarely reaching above 0C between December and February.
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It’s one of the world’s biggest countries, and there’s almost too much to look at. So here are our top five attractions to start you off...
Top five attractions
The world’s longest railway awaits the adventurous traveller keen to take in the vast swathes of hardly-explored Russia between Vladivostok and Moscow. Take your time though - even the express journey takes six days.
Red Square in Moscow
The central hub of Moscow is as famous as the things that gather around it – the Kremlin, Lenin’s Tomb, and St Basil’s Cathedral.
See the Bolshoi Ballet
The world’s most famous ballet company is in permanent residency at Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. Performances are held almost daily, but ensure you book well in advance.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The most recognisable building in St Petersburg was built on the very spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. Closed in 1930 when the Bolsheviks clashed with religion, the elaborate towers and interior mosaics were restored to their former glory and reopened to the public in 1997.
Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg
One of the largest museums in the world, the Hermitage is a centre for art and culture founded by Catherine the Great in 1764.
With a population of almost 150 million, it’s no surprise that Russia has a vast array of annual events...
Victory Day; May: This is an intimidating show of military power with huge parades of soldiers and weaponry marching through Moscow’s Red Square.
White Nights Festival; June: St Petersburg is home to one of Russia’s largest events. The White Nights Festival marks the height of summer with ballet and opera performances across the city.
Russian Winter Festival; December: Moscow is transformed into a giant outdoor party venue, with markets, concerts and games throughout the city.