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 the following video to learn what you can expect from your trip to Russia if you choose to travel during colder months.
Weather averages in Moscow, Russia
Weather averages in Moscow fluctuate significantly depending on the season. July & August are the hottest months in Russian capital. The average temperature stays at 19°C (65°F) and often surpasses 30°C (86°F). Due to continental climate and megapolis environment, peak temperatures often feel boiling hot. The coldest month in Moscow is January with average temperature at -8°C (18°F).
Tip: the best time to visit Moscow weather-wise is late spring - early June. This is the season 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. July & August are the hottest months in St Pete's (and also have the longest daily sunshine hours). 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 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 weather is the most convenient for long hours of sightseeing.
The Best Time for Flying to Russia
There 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.
Flights from USA to Russia. Sample price chart
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 and attractions are rather crowded and sometimes even impossible to access. So the best time to visit Russia is in inter-seasons like late spring and early fall. You might be in for a big surprise!
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