Best Time to Visit Russia | Weather & Travel Seasons Overview

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Best Time to Visit Russia

 

When to Go on Your Long-Awaited Trip to Russia

Want to travel to Russia but not sure where to start?

Travel to Russia is a little more complicated than going to the Dominican Republic or France: a) Russia is far away; b) Russia is cold.

But don't worry! You've come to the right place. We'll help you understand Russian weather and find the best time for you to travel to Russia. Let's start with a brief overview of weather averages in Moscow & St. Petersburg.

Watch our video where rep Vera explains to you why traveling to Russia in summers is an excellent choice!

 
 
Weather Averages in Moscow, Russia
 

Weather averages in Moscow fluctuate significantly depending on the season. Average Weather Moscow July and August are the hottest months in the Russian capital.

The average temperature stays at 19°C (65°F) and often surpasses 30°C (86°F). Due to the continental climate and megapolis environment, peak temperatures often feel boiling hot. The coldest month in Moscow is January with an average temperature at -8°C (18°F).

Tip: the best time to visit Moscow weather-wise is late spring - early June. This is the period when weather is the most convenient for long hours of sightseeing.

 
Weather Averages in Saint Petersburg, Russia
 

Weather averages in St Petersburg are generally lower than for Russia capital, Moscow.Average Weather Moscow July & August are the hottest months in St Pete's (and also have the longest daily sunshine hours.

The average temperature during summers is usually at 18°C (64°F). However, sometimes it gets really hot and thermometers climb up to 30°C (86°F). The coldest month obviously is January with an average temperature at -6°C (22°F). The wettest months are October & November.

Tip: the best time to visit St. Petersburg weather-wise is late spring - early June. This is the season when the weather is the most convenient for long hours of sightseeing.

 
The Best Time for Flying to Russia

Flights from USA to Russia. Sample price chartThere are few direct flights, so airfares fluctuate depending on seasons (New York - Moscow flight is $450 - $1200). It's cheapest to travel to Russia in November, March and late August and most expensive during summers. Russia's main international airports are located on the outskirts of Moscow and St. Petersburg. So when choosing the best time to visit Russia you actually look for the best time to fly to St. Petersburg or Moscow.

 
 

Overview of Travel Seasons in Russia

The high season for traveling to Russia is May through October. This is the best time to tour Russia and admire its masterpieces like fountains of Peterhof, parks of Pushkin and quaint countryside of the Golden Ring.

However, during summers main tourist routes are crowded and sometimes even impossible to access. So the best time to visit Russia is in inter-seasons like late spring and early fall.

In addition, if you are brave enough, visiting Russia in winter can be just as rewarding if not more. Watch the video on the left and discover what's traveling Russia in winter like.

 
 

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