Russia on a Budget: How to Have a Great Vacation That Won’t Break The Bank

If you are someone who likes to travel often, you will know the importance of traveling on a budget. It allows you to travel more and to newer places without burning an irreparable hole in your pocket each time. So, in case your next stop is the gorgeous land of Russia, here are a few tips and tricks that will save you a lot of money on this trip so that you can see Russia on a budget!


Russia on a Budget


Get yourself a tourist pass


One of the first things you should do when you get to Russia is getting yourself a CityPass. The CityPass is a tourist pass that is available in most major Russian cities including Moscow and St Petersburg that allows you admission to places without queuing, admission into museums for free, discounts on rides and food, an unlimited number of calls as long as it is within Russia and a ton of other benefits. And while spending over three thousand rubles on a pass might seem excessive, it will save you a lot more money in the end, especially if you are planning on staying there for more than two or three days.



Ask for help from the locals


If you want to save money, you cannot afford to be shy. Most places in Russia, like in every other country, charge tourists way more for tickets and admission that they do locals. So, instead of paying a hefty sum each time you want to get inside a place or an event, ask one of the locals to buy the tickets instead. Locals are a huge help when trying to visit Russia on a budget. Make sure you brush up on your local etiquette too! 



Design your itinerary by keeping free admission days in mind


Being sneaky can save you a lot of money in most cases. If you are the adventurous kind, know that most museums do not have guards near the exit. But while that is an option, a better way to get into museums without paying anything is to look out for days when they offer free admission because every museum in Russia has one. And don’t forget to check the weather!





Volunteering opportunities that offer food and accommodation in exchange for work have opened up all over the world and Russia is no different. A lot of companies, camps and households will offer you food and stay in exchange for your work. So, do your research and apply to these programs when you begin planning your trip to Russia. Also, know that all the cooler and more interesting opportunities will be gone within minutes so you need to keep a sharp lookout and apply as soon as possible.



Special offers at eateries


If you want to save money on food while traveling, canteens in Russia that serve homemade food at really cheap rates will save your life. The food available in these places are not only cheap but homemade and, hence, healthy. A lot of cafes and eateries have special offers at the different point of the day so you might also want to look out for those.



Save on local travel


The Russian Railway is your best friend when you want to save both money and time on local travel. If you opt for trains that run at night, you can save money on hotel bookings by spending the night on a train while traveling long distances at the same time. But do make sure to buy your tickets in advance because the costs will be even lower then. If you somehow missed your chance to book in advance, remember that the Russian Railways offers large discounts on tickets every Tuesday.

About Nia McKenna

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Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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