How much a trip to Russia cost

Posted by Kornelija Kadyte  |  April 19, 2019

Russia – the largest country in the world, home for many breathtaking natural landmarks, great monuments, charming countryside and is extremely rich in cultural heritage and history. Nowadays Russia is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe. Majority of visitors flow to Moscow – the capital of the country, St. Petersburg, Golden Ring cities, Baikal Lake, Sochi, and the most adventurous ones jump on the famous Trans-Siberian train.

The weak ruble and cheaper services are encouraging more foreigners to venture to the country’s shores: actually, it is reaching record high numbers lately of around 25 million foreign visitors per year. If you want to be one of them, you might be interested in travel cost to Russia. From the price of travel visa to prices of tours – this article reviews how much does a trip to Russia cost.


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How much does a Russian travel visa cost?

Before booking a hotel, a tour or anything else for your vacation in Russia, you should apply for a travel visa. This process might take around 20 working days, so don`t forget to do it in advance. The price of travel visa (tourist visa) varies depending on the visitor`s nationality.

If you`re a citizen one of the Europe Union countries, the single – standard travel visa cost 34 euros.
If you`re traveling from India, the price of a single – standard travel visa cost 28 euros.
If you`re from any other country, the price of a single – standard travel visa cost 72 euros.
If you`re a citizen of any of these countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, you are permitted to stay in Russia without a visa for up to 90 days.

If you want to get your visa quicker, you have to pay more as well: urgent visas are double price. Along with the visa fees, there is a service charge applicable per visa application:
Normal applications (Up to 20 business day’s service): ~42 euros. Urgent applications (Up to 3 business day’s service): ~ 52 euros.


What is the average trip cost to Russia?

For the average travel cost, let’s take an example of Moscow – the most popular tourist destination in Russia. Although, keep in mind that Moscow is the most expensive city in the country and one of the most expensive cities in the world. In other cities and parts of Russia, you can definitely expect lower prices.

And now, let`s answer to one of the most important questions when going on a vacation: “how much will I spend?”
Averagely, the price of a trip to Russia would be 56€ or 64$ a day.

Here is a more detailed list of common expenses:

  • Price of a simple meal: 7€/8$
  • Price of a dinner: 24€/27$
  • Price of a city sightseeing Hop on – Hop off bus tour: 15€/17$
  • Price of city tour: usually from €/35$ for a classic day tour in the city center to ~89€/100$ for a longer private tour
  • Price of daily transportation card in Moscow: 3€/4$
  • Price of TOP attractions in Moscow: 85€/96.40$
  • Price of a 3-day Moscow City Pass: 99€/112$
  • Price of accommodation: hostels from 5€/6$ a night, mid-range hotels from 40€/45$ a night, top-end hotels from 100€/113$ a night
  • Price of the car hire: from 9€/10$ per day
  • Price of a taxi across town: 7€/8$

The lowest prices of flight tickets for a round trip to Russia (usually Moscow):

  • From the United Kingdom: ~120€/136$
  • From India: ~300€/340$
  • From the USA: ~340€/386$
  • From Australia: ~530€/600$


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How much does a budget trip to Russia cost?

The cheapest hostel in Moscow would cost around 5€/6$ for a night. This price is for one bed in a shared bedroom with shared bathrooms. The cheapest options for a private room with private bathroom would cost around 10€/12$ for one night.

In general, Russia is a cheap country to travel and there are a lot of free walking tours, free museums, interesting monuments, churches to see and visit, comparably cheap food and drinks. You can definitely travel on a budget in Russia and that would cost you around 20€/24$ per day.

If you are planning a budget trip to Moscow, you are probably extremely interested in free things to do there:

  • visit parks
  • visit churches
  • visit museums and listen to classical music there
  • tour metro stations


If you want to travel on a budget in Russia, try to avoid classy night clubs: these are reserved for the rich and fancy, with a strict dress code and an exorbitant cover charge. Better go to local bars with free music concerts and cheap drinks.
It really depends on your personal taste and traveling style, how much a trip to Russia will cost. The only one set price is going to be the travel visa. The average trip cost to Russia is around 56€/64$ per day, but budget travel could only cost around 20€/24$ per day.

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