The world’s largest nation, Russia, has so many attractions – ancient, modern, and historical, that one will have to keep coming back again and again, to see the entire country! So, in case you’re planning a trip to this massive, diverse, beautiful country, let’s have a look at the best time to visit Russia!
The summers, starting from June till August, are surprisingly hot in the country. The daytime temperatures are very high, accompanied by extremely long days. In fact, in St. Petersburg, the sun does not set at all! If one is planning to travel during this time, light summery clothes will suffice.
This is the best time to visit Russia for people who prefer warm weather. However, on the flipside, almost all the main cities are crowded with tourists, as the locals leave the cities to relax at their “dachas” or summer homes. The prices of hotels, flights, and restaurants tend to be higher and the availability is lower. The “White Nights” festival is held in St. Petersburg, to celebrate the midnight sun, and is a must-visit.
Post August, during the onset of autumn from September onwards, the foliage shade starts changing from green to breath-taking hues of gold, red, and copper. It starts raining by mid-September and there is a significant drop in the temperature. Umbrellas and warm clothes are a must while visiting Russia during this period. By the end of October, it starts snowing, with the entire country turning white.
This is the best time to visit Russia, as the country is less crowded. The prices of all establishments and hotels lower down significantly. The Moscow City Day event is celebrated in September which is a colourful event with parades, concerts, fireworks, music festivals and many more attractions.
Winters in Russia are long and harsh. It starts snowing heavily November onwards and at times, the snow lasts till April, with temperatures dipping to minus in double digits. However, the country still looks beautiful, engulfed in thick layers of white powdery snow. Layers and layers of warm clothes, hats, and boots are a must.
The best time to visit Russia, especially if you want to experience real winters, is during this time. The prices of hotels and other establishments are low, and the cities are devoid of tourists. However, the Russian Winter Festival in Moscow turns the entire city into a party place. All the streets are lit up, with rides, ice sculptures, ice skating rinks, and traditional markets springing up everywhere.
Spring is the best time to visit Russia. The snow melts and fresh green saplings and colourful blooms envelope the city. Expect the months of March and beginning of April to be slightly muddy, as the snow begins to melt. The weather is still quite cold, starting to turn warm from only May onwards. Rain gear and a warm jacket will suffice for the stay, if visiting Russia during this period.
The tourist crowd doesn’t start pouring in till May end, so expect the prices of flights, hotels, and other attractions to be reasonable, with great availability. Labour Day and Victory Day are both celebrated in May. A number of parades, fireworks, and other celebrations take place on the streets of the cities.