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Is it dangerous to visit Russia?
Is it difficult to visit Russia?
What is the best time to cycle in Russia?
Can I cycle alone in Russia?
Can I cycle along Baltic sea through Kaliningrad, Baltic states, St. Petersburg, Vyborg by cycle route 10 (Eurovelo project)?
Can I cycle through all Russia (from Moscow to Vladivostok)?
How can I get a visa for Russia?
How much will I need to spend in Russia?

 

Q. Is it dangerous to visit Russia?
A. The vast majority of Russia is as safe as any other country.  We have never had serious problems on our tours, and we know many solo cyclists that have never had any problems. In our tours you will be accompanied by Russian cyclists for the entire trip, and they will help you with any difficulties.  We do not recommend visiting the Caucasus region.

Q. Is it difficult to visit Russia?
A. Russia does not have the level of tourist services and support for visitors that some western countries have.  This makes it somewhat harder than visiting other places, but not terribly difficult.  Unfortunately not many people in Russia can communicate in English or other foreign languages. Large cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg are no more difficult than other western cities, but small towns between can be slightly harder.  While traveling with us, you will have Russian cyclists to pave the way.  If you wish to spend additional time here, the trip will help you learn what you need to know to strike out on your own.

What is the best time to cycle in Russia? - In most regions summer is quite short. We usually cycle from the middle of April till the middle of October. The best time is June through August.

Q. Can I cycle alone in Russia?
A.
See previous questions. Our recommendation is: you can travel alone if level of service is not very essential for you. It is difficult to find place to stay in the country and hotel with reasonable price in the big cities. It will be not a problem if you are going to stay in tent (It is possible everywhere in Russia).

Can I cycle along Baltic sea through Kaliningrad, Baltic states, St. Petersburg, Vyborg by cycle route 10 (Eurovelo project) or R1?
A.
Unfortunately nothing exists in Russian part. But you can cycle by conventional roads. See description in Russian.

Q. Can I cycle through all Russia (from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Vladivostok)?
A. It is a rather popular idea and some people did it. You may find reports about these trips on our link page. All route to Vladivostok is now paved but you will have to take mostly main roads.

Q. How can I get a visa for Russia?
A. Russia still has a rather strict procedure for getting visas. It probably the worst part of traveling to Russia but should not stop you. Visas are issued by the Russian Consulate in your country. To get a visa you need an official (approved by Russian officials) invitation from a Russian company or a person. There are two types of visa: tourist and business. Tourist visas can be issued for up to 1 month. Business visas can be issued for up to 1 year and may be single, double and multi-entry.
RCTC may provide you with the official invitation for getting any visas in Russia. (Find more.)

Q. How much will I need to spend in Russia?
A.
Prices in Moscow and St. Petersburg are almost the same like in Europe. But tourists usually spend more than habitants. In the country prices are cheaper than in big cities.

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