I'm hoping to travel to Russia this summer, taking in Moscow and St Petersburg and am still in the early atages of preparation. Advice I am looking for is the name of cheap, clean fairly central accommodation in these two cities and also the best method of travel from Moscow to St Petersburg. I know that there is a night train but I'm not sure how to find prices etc. for it. Can anyone help please? Thanks
I can't really recommend any accommodation in particular - you may want to do a search in the accommodation area of this site though.
I have done the trip from St.Petersburg by overnight train once and by plane as well. I found the train more enjoyable to be honest. Let me just say Aeroflot is not the most pleasant flying experience I did a quick search on the internet to try and find some more information about the train trip and found this very useful page for you (in fact, the whole site looks pretty useful):
I'm planning on visiting Russia as well this summer -- it would be great to keep this thread alive and share some findings.
I'm also planning on travelling to St Petersburg in June this year. It'd be great if you can post any tips or good information that you find out. Thanks.
The International Hostel in St. Petersburg is a good place. Their website is www.ryh.ru They're fairly centrally located; about a 5 minute walk to Ploshchad Vosstaniya/Nevsky Prospekt. It's on a fairly quiet street. I've not stayed there, but met people who have who claimed it was fine. I did use them for visa support on my last trip there and they were very helpful getting me the documentation I needed for my visa and registering it once I was there. There's a branch of the Sindbad travel agency in their lobby as well who can arrange tickets to Moscow. If you can manage with any Russian at all, you'll save a bit of money going to the central booking office or the Moskovsky Vokzal(day of trip only) and buying the ticket yourself. Ticket prices vary by train and time. In 2002 I rode 3rd class platskartney(not recommended) r/t for about 18.USD. In 2003 I took the 2300 'Smena' train 2nd class kupe (with 4 bunks to a compartment) and it cost about 70.USD r/t. I bought the tickets through Sindbad travel to save time (nothing moves fast in Russia) but I could have saved about 20-30USD if I had bought them myself. In Moscow, You can try the Traveller's Guest House www.tgh.ru They're decent with good prices but somewhat of a distance from the nearest metro. They say they're 'only 3 blocks from the Prospekt Mira Metro' which is true, however, they forget to mention that each block is about 500 meters long which makes you think you've missed your turn already. There are great people there who can help you out if you've any questions or problems. good luck and have fun. Russia is a wonderful country with the friendliest people I'vemet in my travels, especially in St. Petersburg; Moscovites are alot like New Yorkers.
I envy you that are going in the Summer!!! I will be in Moscow-Nogorod -St.Petersberg 26 Feb, 2004. Bbrrrrrrrrrrrr. I will post when I return.
I'm sure winter would be an experience in itself! At least you stand a better chance of getting a beautiful shot of St.Basil's Cathedral covered in snow!
If my fingers work and I'm able to actually snap any photos...hahaha. I'm a Texas/So. Cal girl.
Check out www.travel.state.gov/russia for information. For example, I had no idea that if you plan on taking a cell phone you must write ahead of time and register your phone. This is something I never would have thought of.
I've got a ton of St. Petersburg, Russia hotel info here:
It might be helpful for you.
Is Summer the best time visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg? May to June? If so, have to change my plan for 2006.