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Weather and When to Go

Weather and When to Go (0)

You can visit Russia in every time of the year. All year long you can find many interesting places to see and things to do.

The immense geographic area of the Russian Federation has a variety of seasonal weather conditions. April through to October is considered by many to be the best overall time to visit; from June till September are the busiest tourist months. However, the winter months also have appeal. St Petersburg is always a few degrees cooler than Moscow and often has a breeze blowing in from the Gulf of Finland.

The coldest months are January and February with an average temperature of -9C degrees.  The first snow falls at the end of October and remains until the beginning of April. In summer average temperature is about 20C degrees, with much warmer temperatures in July and August.  The rainiest months are July and August, although these months can often be quite dry and pleasant. October is often a dry, pleasantly cool and colorful month, although rain is still common. Autumn and winter have a charm of their own.

If you come in winter time you can visit all the museums, theatres and places of interest, participate in the Russian national festivals and spend unforgettable time. Moreover, accommodation in winter is cheaper than in other seasons, so you can save money. Hotels in Russia offer a wide range of opportunities both for business and leisure travelers, comfortable rooms and irreproachable service. And for sure, by the chance being in the city you will have time for visiting its famous museums...To tell you secretly, there are no awful lines in the museums in winter, and theaters do their best indeed in that time! Russian vacations will give you a lot of impressions that you will keep in your memory for all your life. It would be wonderful idea to see Russian New Year or Maslenitsa, to be congratulated by Father Frost and Snowmade, to explore Russian winter entertainments such as ice fishing, skiing, skating, snowboarding, snowmobiling, huskies, Russian troika with sledge, Russian banya with contrasts of steam and snow... It's not very cold, though sometimes it might be quite freezing. But if you have warm clothes, you'll be ok. Generally, the lowest is minus 10 or 15 Celsius in the winter, though it might sometimes (rarely) go as low as minus 25 or 30. And the true thing about Russian winter is that it's very beautiful.  If you don't like cold, your safer bet is to travel to Russia in summer.

If you would like to come in summer, you can visit also famous resorts, residences of the Russian Tsars and make Russian river cruises. Summer is also the time of renowned White Nights in St. Petersburg with unique chance to feel deeply this time of the year and enjoy fabulous strolls all nights long and the famous bridge partings. July and August are the warmest months and the main holiday season for both foreigners and Russians (which means securing train tickets at short notice can be tricky). The drawback of the summer, however, is that the airfares and hotel prices skyrocket and museum lines lengthen. By booking a private tour in advance, you reserve good rates and bypass museum lines with the help of your personal guide

If you are interested in a budget vacation, we recommend visiting just before travel season, in late April or early May, or right after it ends, in late September or early October. The museum lines will be short, but you will need to bring warm clothes as weather gets surprisingly chilly, especially in the evenings. Golden autumnal colors of September and early October can be stunning. Avoid, though, the first snows (usually in late October) and the spring thaw (March and April), which turn everything to slush and mud.