Penny Wise Russia
Russia is the largest country on the planet and has many wonderful and diverse areas worth visiting. Russia spreads in two continents, Europe and Asia. So as a traveller you need to decide your entry point in Russia. Moscow, the capital city of Russia falls entirely in Europe. This is the richest part of the country and is the most loved and visited part by tourists as well. Another major travel destination in Russia is St. Petersburg located in north-western Region, where you will find beautiful landscapes and large lakes. Travel to Russia is best in the summer time unless you are adventurous and love to see the city covered in snow. Siberia connects to the rest of Asia. Trans Siberian is one of the longest train routes in the world and connects entire Russia. Well we are talking about Russia here because after a while we are back with 'Penny Wise Series', this time about Russia. So what all you need to plan about your budget other than getting into Russia from Europe or Asia?
If you are looking for budget travel to Russia then it is quite possible which might be an expensive affair otherwise. All you need to do in the first place for this is to stay in budget hotels and go to not so lavish restaurants for food. After your visa and ticket to Russia cost is covered then comes travelling within Russia. The best you to not only lower your travelling cost within Russia but also to enjoy the best landscapes is to travel by train here. Train will minimise your cost and online booking in advance is the best way out for this. Trans Siberian Rail road is great way to cross the country and gives you an awesome experience you won't find anywhere else in the world. Train network is quite extensive in Russia and connects most cities of the country. Trains are generally more comfortable, reliable, and safer. Metro Trains are available in major cities for your comfortable, safe and budget travel as well. Apart from Metro trains, Bus network is quite good too for local travel. Tram, monorails and Taxi services are all available in cities like Moscow.
When it comes stay in Russia, you have both luxurious hotels and then not so lavish ones. If you are travelling for more than few days then Room and Apartment Rentals are good alternatives as well. One benefit with these alternatives is that you can get kitchens as well which may serve your eating at home need if you prefer it. Also because grocery is quite cheap in Russia, your breakfast and dinner at your kitchen will save you big money. Apart from eating inside you can go out for your meals as well. Business lunch is quite popular in Russia and is cheap as well.
Now it comes to sightseeing. Then you will be delighted to know that most of the monuments, museums and popular sightseeing is free here. And reaching from one sight to another is easy because of Metro trains connectivity. Metro train travel is better than taxi because it saves money and time both. But if you want you can always hire taxis.
If you are going for night out then there are expensive western style clubs and then there are local pubs and clubs which are quite affordable.
Let’s look here the cost of some of the vital items that will help you know the penny that you would need to incur once you are in Russia.
|Item||Price in Russian Ruble (руб)||Price in dollars ($)|
|Meal for 2, in inexpensive Restaurant||564.24||8.69|
|Meal for 2, in mid range Restaurant, Three-course||2262.16||34.65|
|Combo Meal at McDonalds||346.47||5.31|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||79.59||1.22|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||152.43||2.33|
|Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)||53.91||0.83|
|Milk (Regular, 1 Ltr.)||60.58||0.93|
|Water (0.33 liter bottle)||37.65||0.58|
|Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)||414.25||6.38|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||103.88||1.60|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||158.43||2.44|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||20.77||0.32|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||435.03||6.70|