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The best time to visit Russia is between May and September. The country’s vast size means the temperatures can vary hugely depending on where you are, but in the major cities, you can expect mostly warm weather and long days.
Temperatures hit their highest in July and August. If it gets too hot, cool off on the Black Sea coastline, or head inland and north to milder climates. The warmer weather – a far cry from the often icy Russian winters – makes it easier to explore the country in the open air, be it to see the glowing White Nights in St. Petersburg, tick off the top sites in Moscow or lay on the pebbly beaches in Sochi. You’ll also be here just in time for a host of festivals – spanning music, tech, food and more – all best enjoyed in the summer months between May and September.
Monthly weather and travel tips for Russia
For the most part, Russia in January is cold. Very cold. However, if you can brave the sub-zero chill, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful snow-covered scenery, natural light shows and winter festivities. Russia’s largely ice-cold climate and northerly location mean there’s a chance of spotting rare phenomena like the aurora borealis – known more commonly as the Northern Lights. Your best bet for a glimpse of a glowing green aurora is high up north in cities like Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.
While many other countries will have packed away their Christmas decorations by now, Russia is just getting started on the winter celebrations. The first week or so in January is a national public holiday in Russia, so prepare for long queues to major attractions in Moscow and St. Petersburg – all the more reason to wrap up warm.
Orthodox Christmas Day
New Year Holiday Week
New Year Holiday
New Year Holiday Week
New Year Holiday
New Year Holiday Week
New Year Holiday
New Year's Day
Old New Year
The winter chill shows little sign of warming up in Russia in February, so pack plenty of thermal underlayers, thick gloves and socks and the warmest coat you can find. Temperatures in the major cities are likely to be below zero for most of your time there – save for in places further down south like Sochi, where it averages a brisk 6°C.
Once you’re suitably protected against the elements, it’s worth venturing outside for photos of beautiful snow-capped cathedrals, and potentially the chance to see light pillars – natural optical illusions appearing when light reflects through ice fog, creating otherworldly vertical beams up into the sky. While there’s no guarantee you’ll get a glimpse of the pillars, there’s a much greater chance you’ll see fireworks around on 23 February. The country comes together to celebrate Defender of the Fatherland Day, honouring the Russian Armed Forces with parades, commemorative ceremonies and fireworks displays in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities around Russia.
Defender of the Fatherland Day
Special Operations Forces Day
Spring is (very) slowly starting to arrive in Russia in March. While the good news is that temperatures slowly start to increase, places like St. Petersburg tend to stay below zero degrees, and Moscow becomes a city of slush as the snow starts to thaw.
The adverse roads and wet weather forecasts make March one of the least popular times to visit Russia – but it’s not all doom and gloom for locals, and visitors who want to take advantage of the low tourist season. 8 March sees men all over Russia buy chocolate, flowers and champagne for the ladies in their life to mark International Women’s Day. Elsewhere in the country, winter is still in full swing around the Arctic Circle area – cue snow sports, ice hockey and reindeer in Murmansk’s Festival of the North.
International Women's Day
Isra and Mi'raj
April in Russia sees temperatures averaging around 5°C–10°C for most major cities. The brown slush that covered Moscow’s streets in March finds its way to St. Petersburg as the snow finally starts to thaw.
For many, visiting Russia in April isn’t the most appealing idea – but the off-peak tourist season means you can join locals making the most of the State Hermitage Museum, the Kremlin and the wealth of other museums on offer. April is a big month for ballet buffs, with both the Mariinsky Ballet Festival and Dance Open International Ballet Festival kicking off in St. Petersburg. Moscow Film Festival also rolls out the red carpet around this time of year, making April an attractive prospect for culture vultures who don’t mind getting their feet a bit wet.
Orthodox Easter Day
By May, most of Russia – even cities in Siberia – will have reached a more comfortable climate following the cold winter and slushy early spring. With flowers in bloom and the days getting longer, the events calendar starts to fill up with parades, holidays and festivals.
Some museums and attractions will be closed for the May Holidays, which start on 1 May with International Labour Day, and run until Victory Day just over a week later. Use this time to watch military parades and fireworks in Moscow’s Red Square or in St. Petersburg. If you miss these festivities, you’ll have more chances to party in St. Petersburg later in the month. The majestic fountains at Peterhof Palace officially open with a grand ceremony, and the city celebrates its birthday with classical music, parades and fireworks on 27 May.
Spring and Labor Day
Day off for Spring and Labor Day
Save for the occasional chilly spell, June in Russia is mostly hot during the day and cool at night. In St. Petersburg, however, nearly 24 hours of sunlight mean day and night often merge into one – so best carry some extra clothing in case you get caught in the cold.
The natural phenomena – known as the White Nights season – bathes St. Petersburg in a surreal twilight well into the early morning hours. This can start as early as April, but June is when the city comes alive with celebrations like the Stars of the White Nights Festival, and a huge fireworks display over the Neva River for the Scarlet Sails festival. Once you’re done soaking up the atmosphere with ‘nighttime’ strolls around the city, an eye mask is a good idea for when you do finally want to get some shut-eye. Other notable events elsewhere in Russia include Kinotavr Film Festival held in Sochi and the folk festival of Sabantuy, celebrated in Kazan and all over the Tatarstan region.
Day off for Russia Day
The weather is reaching its peak in July in Russia. The hot and humid climate in Moscow sees many locals escape the city to cool off by the Black Sea or Caspian Sea coastlines. Pack clothes for hot weather in the major cities, and something for the occasional chilly evening just in case.
The summer sun makes July the perfect time for outdoor festivals here. There’s a handful of them around Moscow – like Park Live and Nashestvie – and international headliners at Nizhny Novgorod’s electronic music festival, Alfa Future People. The temperature drops very slightly as you head further north towards St. Petersburg, where you’ll find plenty of July activities too. The Open Look festival showcases contemporary dance from around the world, the Usadba Jazz festival plays the St. Petersburg leg of its Russia tour, and boats and naval officers sail down the River Neva to celebrate Navy Day.
While marginally cooler than July, temperatures in August in Russia still remain high, averaging comfortably in the twenties in most regions. A lot of the locals will be away on holiday around this time of the year, but an influx of tourists does mean the major cities can get busy. Thankfully August has a fairly quiet cultural events calendar and extended opening hours for tourist attractions, so you should still be able to see plenty during your time here.
The capital’s main event in August is the Spasskaya Tower Military Music Festival, a week of marching bands, military parades, light shows and fireworks in the famous Red Square. The celebrations start late in the month and lead into September.Russia’s nature often puts on a show in August too. The Burlinskoye Lake – close to the north-east border of Kazakhstan – changes from its usual blue hue into a beautiful flamingo-pink colour at this time of year, thanks to the population of microscopic shrimp peaking in the summer.
September is arguably one of the best times to visit Russia. Some of the major cities’ sweltering summer temperatures have started to cool, the school holiday season is over and there are plenty of festivals, celebrations and ceremonies to keep you entertained.
September’s smaller crowds make it a great month to visit must-see landmarks like St. Basil Cathedral, Catherine Palace and the Hermitage Museum. While the holiday season may have quietened down in September, the cultural events calendar certainly hasn’t. Moscow celebrates its birthday on the first weekend of September, then later puts on a spectacular laser and pyrotechnics show for the Circle of Light festival. Meanwhile in St. Petersburg, Queerfest celebrates LGBTQ+ culture with a series of talks, exhibitions and concerts, while the Earlymusic Festival showcases classical music from ancient eras with performances at venues around the city. Down in coastal resorts like Sochi, the quieter beaches and still hot climate make September an ideal time to soak up some Russian sun.
Day of Knowledge
October in Russia has an autumnal feel for the first few weeks, before the fallen leaves make way for snow towards the end of the month. The days get progressively colder, so much so that average October temperatures in Moscow and St. Petersburg are roughly half those recorded in September.
Despite the colder weather, Moscow still has plenty going for it around this time of year. The city is less crowded than in the peak holiday season, and there are plenty of indoor attractions – like famous museums and the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament – if the weather takes a turn for the worse. One area less affected by the dropping temperatures is Sochi. You might not get perfect beach weather, but the Black Sea is still fairly warm and the city also turns into the home of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix.
The Prophet's Birthday
Freezing temperatures mean most of Russia is well into winter in November. Some southern cities still manage to hang onto average highs of 15°C, but you’ll want warm clothes and an umbrella in cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan, where you can expect temperatures around the zero mark.
The colder months can bring with them some rare natural phenomena too. Flying saucer-like lenticular clouds sometimes appear above the mountains on the Kamchatka Peninsula, caused by moist air being blown over a mountain range. You might also be able to see the Northern Lights in Murmansk in November. While freezing temperatures aren’t directly related to the aurora, the longer, darker nights in winter do increase chances of spotting the spectacular natural light show.
December in Russia means short days, long nights and sub-zero temperatures. It’s still well worth heading out into the cities at this time of year though – wrap up in your warmest winter wear and you’ll get to see Russia’s famous cathedrals, buildings and streets topped with fresh layers of bright white snow.
Moscow certainly knows how to put those long December nights to good use too, during the aptly named December Nights Festival. This event consists of classical music and art throughout the month, at the fittingly grand Pushkin Museum. St. Petersburg celebrates music too with orchestras and opera during the Arts Square Winter Festival. If you’re looking to come to Russia for Christmas, you’re a month early – the country celebrates the Yuletide season in January, following plenty of parties and fireworks to welcome in the New Year.
You’ll find the best weather in Russia between May and September. The sub-zero temperatures seen in many parts of Russia in winter have gone, making way for sunny skies and long days in the major cities. This is particularly true in St. Petersburg, where the White Nights phenomenon bathes the city in an ethereal sunlight for nearly 24 hours a day during May, June and early July. Average temperatures creep up slightly as you move down towards Moscow. Here you can expect mostly warm weather, but prepare for both some cooler rainy days and the occasional heatwave. You’ll get similar conditions in cities further inland like Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Yekaterinburg. Down in the more southerly Russian regions, beach-side cities such as Sochi enjoy hot summers, with climates closer to that of Turkey across the Black Sea.
Cost of stay in Russia
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The best places to visit in Russia
Check out some of the most popular cities, places to visit and things to do in Russia!
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Sightseeing, City Walks, Architecture
Popular in June
Architecture, Sightseeing, City Walks
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Mountains, Seaside, Nature
Popular in August
City Walks, Sightseeing, Architecture
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Nature, Mountains, Sunny
Popular in August
Warm Weather, City Walks, Parks
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It is a nice city, but e-visa is not working anymore:-(
Красивый Мамаев Курган ночью.
Больше всего понравилось кафе на Дубровке "Однажды в Ташкенте".
It works perfectly for overnight connections. You get sleep at reasonable place at a reasonable price with no worries about how to get back to the airport. Staff are super friendly and helpful.
Great house for family/company, big and comfortable one with sauna, pool and big yard, barbeque and summer house. Only problem is that there seems to be no product stores around. But our host helped us get all our products and stuff to the place and back!
A place at the edge of the world (by Barents Sea, Arctic Ocean). Good place for aurora hunting.
A small town, built for the nearby Nuclear Power Plant, 20min from the town is the Salma skiing complex, in the middle of nowhere, perfect place for both a tranquil, chill vacation and an active one with decently challenging skiing slopes. Very friendly locals, especially the host of the Olennyy Park cottage.
Очень чисто, никаких старых вещей, хорошие постельные принадлежности, все необходимое для жизни было. Надо учесть что комнаты маленькие, но для двоих места достаточно
Moscow is a great city i really loved it. the metro stations are fantastic its like a museum in each station. the red square is something else its really good
St. Petersburg never disappointed nor failed me. It's true that famous line "from Russia with love" because I left my heart in Russia because St. Petersburg made me that. I wanna go back to the city and explore another amazing journey but hopefully, this time I am not a solo traveler. I love SP! <3
Sankt Petersburg is the most beautiful city in the Russian Federation. You can to visit this location again and again for enjoying of the atmosphere, of this fascinating arhitektura and high culture behaviors locals
Погружение в обстановку другого века. Цены на кафе почти московские
Good place to be during snow time. Can drive around in rental car to many places
Идеально подходит для молодёжи и райдеров зимой (катание на лыжах и досках), трекинг летом.
Останавливалась по пути из Москвы в Сочи.
It is nice city on weekends, but noisy and hurry other time. Great subway stations, center, parks.
The city drastically changed to better for the last 3 years since I was there, the roads became wider, more new buildings, service level increased. What remained the same is dirt. I was lucky not to have raining weather, was only caughing from dust, but I can imagine how my clothes would look like if it starts raining.
Очень нравятся ребенку и нам аквапарк!
Посетите: - третьяковскую галерею - воробьёвы горы - ВДНХ - музей Дарвина
The town has had some renovation done recently. It feels nice and clean.
Great get away fromthe business of Moscow. Expensive but there arent many options during the travel banns
Ещё бы хотелось заселение раньше, чтоб не терять целый день отдыха. Часов в 14:00,хотябы. В 18:00 это очень поздно!!! Только приехал и уже вечер,уже спать пора. Получается что платишь за то, что просто спишь, а не отдыхаешь. Большая просьба пересмотреть время заезда!!!!
Before arriving, there should be a good to do list due the fact that there are many.. Biking on the mountains, visiting Sky Park or going to the town center, visiting casino etc. Many things. It is a full of fresh air - oxygen - outdoor activities and SPA center. Sunbathing is also recommended.
مدينة جميلة جدا ، وتستحق الزيارة ، آمنة وسهلة ، والمواصلات متوفرة والمطاعم بكل الاشكال ، موسكو الجميلة
Beautiful city centre Great local cafe “бууза room” Good pedestrian route “Green line” Beautiful opera and ballet theatre
Nice city. Although some renovations are in progress to make it even prettier.
Good place to visit with family and visit museums such as Pastila house
Nice old city with intersting place to visit as Lavra
Very good park and interesting palace. Recommended! Restaurant Pavel I is superb.
Beautiful city, Kind people, great weather and yummy food!
Город наполненный историей В динамике видно, как он развивается и все больше хочется вернуться и посмотреть то, где не был.
Тихий красивый город, есть очень красивые монастыри Красивые закаты Некоторые музеи не работают в будни, тк частные Идеально чтобы съездить погулять на 1день
Казань подходит для тех, кто любит экскурсии и городскую среду. А также красоту, размеренность, мало пробок и богатую культуру.
Saint Petersburg is a nice city to be in. Summers are just great there. There are lots of activities to do and places to see.
I have visited Moscow for several times already and I like to visit it again. This time I have not visited so much attractions, just enjoyed into walking, food, restaurant, people, etc.
Interesting town with a lot of history including as a trading hub and aircraft manufacturing town. Traffic to/from airport/town centre bad so count on about an hour. Restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Zoo was interesting but inevitably depressing as regards large carnivores and primates. Easy to walk about in summer.
Decoration wonderful!A bit staffed in the room and bed warned ,but bedding very clean and nice. Very friendly receptionist and very welcoming. Room very spacious and a’lots extra bits
The right place to be now. People were simply awesome, welcoming, helpful with everything. I am planning to go back there again n again. Love ya Russia.
Very nice place, travelers with family & kids should plan trip of at least 12-15 days to enjoy the hills & other places in neighboring areas / cities
Kostroma is a beautiful city even if it is not too big, the modernization of public buildings here is a bit late compared to many other cities in Russia. However, it is worth visiting this city on the way to the golden ring. the prices are cheaper than in other tourist cities in the area. The monastery of the city is worth seeing.
A very nice Russian provincial town, some surprisingly good places to eat , some excellent small museums ,hotel was great.
Take a #1 "hop on hop off bus" you can see pretty much everything. Only order taxi through app otherwise you will be ripped off big time.
Довольно современный город
beautiful and clean. day and night entertainment, spa - reasonably priced food in restaurants, but beer is a bit too expensive
Tremendes historical site, nice people, good food.
Were unlucky to get there during cold September weather most of the time, still, Moscow is outstanding for all kind of travells, be it sightseeing or business. One of the top worlds capitals with good transportation system.
Moscow is amazing city and beautiful. At least once in a life people should visit Moscow
Good place to look and see. Best place to see cremlin and baiman street.
Удивительный очень крвсивый город с великолепными ресторанами
Place is Ok for living and skiing. Not so much places to walk. Enough restaurants. Few playgrounds for children. Nice views. Cable road is nearby. Train station (Rosa Hutor) is a bit far from a center.
Город начинает преображаться, чем больше гостей будет приезжать, тем будет ещё красивее и уютнее!
Moscow is magnificent and overwhelming city. The architecture, history and culture is outstanding. Lots of eating, drinking and shopping options. A lively & busy city, full of beautiful people and secrets! I really like Moscow, I've been going there every once in a while for the past 10 years and it never ceases to surprise me!
Moscow has changed a lot. It's a megalopolis with huge boulevards, big buildings, and skyscrapers. It's not a walking town, it's rather like to drive the car everywhere or use public transport. It's good to see Moscow. They have great restaurants, great Russian and southern countries kitchens (Armenian, Georgian). Galleries and theatres are beautiful. If you have a lot of money, you can buy every object of western brands.
Relatively small town about 100 miles from Moscow, with big research center, so they are used to foreigners there. The old center is full of villas and old houses, trees and parks are everywhere. If you don't have the business there is not much to see.
you come to nalchik for the amazing local food, diversity (circassians, korean, central asians...) virgin nature outside the city and recently speciality cafes are all over the place
Moscow is simply amazing. Modern and vibrant. This city has so many nice restaurants and places to go, you will be surprised by the variety of choice.
Moscow is one of the great cities of the world which offers a lot to travellers. It has many theatres and parks, countless monuments and churches and is a gateway to the vast lands east of the Ural mountains. It has undergone great changes from its Communist times and now rivals any Western city for entertainment and shopping. There is a high-speed train link to St Petersburg if you wish coextend your visit to Russia but to miss visiting the monasteries close to Moscow would be a great loss.
The perfect combination of history, culture and natural beauty. The place is full of life.
красивый чистый город, ещё не Европа, но лучше среднестатистического города в России
Stay close to the shoreline and visit in the summer. The zoo is nice!
Plenty of shops, grocery stores and hotels. Best rental shops are near the cableway.
Очень понравилась Бургерная 838! Это просто must-eat!!!! Сходите в так называемый Буфет и рядом же Гастроном просто ради опыта. Мы попали в Ярославль не в самую приятную погоду (моросил дождь и периодически шёл снег), но тепло местных кафешек и храмов скрасили наше время.
Город, который стоит посетить
Рекомендую к обязательному посещению. Домбай шикарен
Kaliningrad is awesome! European and Soviet buildings in a unique cultural blend. An overwhelming atmosphere of old fishing houses and authentic taverns right in the middle of this old city. I will definitely come back to enjoy it once again!
It's a small city but defo you should go and enjoy the walks, the food and the VODKA!
Moscow! Wow! What an amazing city! Nothing like I expected. It was old stylish modern sophisticated courteous and fun all at the same time. Super clean and safe. Best metro in the world. Wish we could have stayed longer.
amazing city especially if you have a local friend to help you go through places and guide you for good restaurants and stuff. a must see city. great infrastructure and pretty cool places to visit. rich in culture and history. also METAL friendly :D subway is really handy if you know your way around. remember one thing, if you hear a lady talking in train it means you are in inner circle and if it is a man then you are moving outwards from the center ;)
Прекрасная архитектура. Развлечения на любой вкус. 24 часа в сутки можно найти себе занятие. Соборы, дворцы. музеи, театры, бары, клуб, рестораны