Don't laugh, in good old times no decent person would ever consider a platzkart carriage, and did not have to do so, as the most usual Moscow – St.Peterburg ticket in a 4-birth compartment would cost 8 roubles, less than three bottles of vodka.
Now our good RZhD wants 9 000 roubles for a return trip to Minsk. They must be thinking their rails are made of gold with platinum switches.
The infamous platzkart is about 1900 roubles one-way, and the sitting airplane-type – about 1500 roubles (nice prospect to sit through the night, too).
Now I am completely at a loss. Does anyone have any experience riding trains and coming back alive?
How does one actually go about sleeping in a 50 pax carriage; where to put the luggage and other belongings?
We'll be arriving by cruise ship on 05/27-05/28/14. Typically will I need a down coat & boots or is it usually rainy in May? We want to arrange an intensive 2 day group tour of St Petersburg & an evening ballet performance independently of the cruise ship. Many of these tour operators provide group tours with less than 20 people, which is very appealing. My difficulty is finding a tour operator that offers the 2 day tour linked with the evening ballet performance, because the playbills for the ballets are NOT released until 1 month prior to the performances. Any suggestions about making our preferred arrangements would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Vicki Van Elswyk
On a recent episode of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a reporter showed how easily and quickly his notebook got hacked. It happened almost immediately when he powered it on.
My wife and I will be traveling this summer to St. Petersburg & Moscow, and I would request any information or helpful hints on how to avoid being hacked when I bring my cell phone and/or notebook with me. Thanks,
I'm looking at the process of getting a Russian visa and I'm a little confused about whether I need to use a visa service. There is a big difference in price between doing it myself and getting the service ($80 vs $250), however I have been told that I won't be able to get a visa without help anyway.
As I'm doing a tour I have a letter of invitation (in PDF format). Do I need anything else beyond the usual? The agent told me that my insurance won't be accepted and neither will my letter of invitation and that they will provide the correct ones. Does that sound right? Just very wary of being ripped off.
Any advice you can give is appreciated. I have heaps of time but just want to make sure I'm doing it the right way.
Many thanks, Natalie
I want to have a 7 days trip to Russia, Do I need to register ? I read somewhere you don't need to register if you want to stay less than 7 business days. So my travel takes 6 business days, and one holiday.
p.s I'm an Iranian Citizen.
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