​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Trans-Siberia Train Ride)

​1. Russia is very, very safe to travel especially the entire Trans-Siberia journey. Locals are very friendly too. Even there is too much language barrier, i.e. English-translation and English-speaking is rare, locals will try to assist you by action language, calculator and mobile applications. Don't be intimidated if they are raising their voice if they can't understand you, it's just normal and nothing personal. I even asked also roaming policemen frequently on my subway adventure, they are all approachable.


2. Russia Tourist Visa application is easy in the Philippines rather than in UAE as Philippine passport holder due to number of embassy requirements.


3. Book only your accommodation, train and plain tickets if you already received your confirm visa.


4. On my arrival in Moscow Airport (DME), Lady Immigration Officer did not ask any questions to me. She just give me Immigration card and stamp my passport and within 5 minutes she returned my passport. On my airport departure, again no questions asked except by the roaming Immigration Officer while I'm queuing. The Immigration Officer asked how much cash did I brought, I just told around 1,000 USD with Debit Card. He asked again "Less than 10,000 USD?", "Yes Sir" I replied. I thought he will asked about my visa registration. On my entire journey inside Russia, no one asked about my visa registration to police station.


​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (matryoshka dolls in Izmailovo Market)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (Izmailovo Market)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (matryoshka dolls in Izmailovo Market)

5. The main challenge on my Russia journey is the language barrier.


6. Buy Troika metro card for subway rides in Moscow. One metro ride to any point in Moscow subway station costs only 35 RUB ($0.8). Always bring an English-translated subway map as most of the subways have no English translation routes.


7. Always asked 2-3 locals on your train journey details (track #, time, destination) just to make sure you are on the right way. Train tickets have absolute no English-translation.


8. Cheap souvenirs to buy are in Arbat Street near the Arbatskaya metro station and Izvimindo Kremlin near Palitskaya metro station. Fridge magnets are cheaper in arbat Street.


9. Cost of tourist living is cheaper in St. Petersburg than in Moscow. Relaxing ambiance is better in St. Petersburg rathar than in Moscow.


​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (suburban train from Airport to Central)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (airport express)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (Trans-Siberia cheap food trip)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (Moscow 870th Anniversary food trip)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (Moscow 870th Anniversary food trip)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (Arbat Street)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (Arbat Street)

​Budget and Safety Tips in Solo Traveling Russia (Souvenirs)

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