Deepening economic crisis in Russia led to the fall of the ruble in late 2013 and early 2014. Now to buy most goods and services in Russia foreigners need to spend less money in euros or dollars. This made the trip to Russia more profitable and cheaper for residents of EU countries and citizens of other countries. In addition, economic growth begins in many countries. Probably now is the best time to travel to Russia.
What regions of Russia may be interesting for people in Europe and the U.S.?
- There is no doubt that the Russian capital Moscow is the most attractive for tourist city of Russia. Almost all coming to Russia tourists would like to visit Red Square and the Kremlin.
- St. Petersburg is an equally attractive tourist destination in Russia. Most coming to St. Petersburg tourists visit the Hermitage Museum, Mariinsky Theatre, Peter and Paul Fortress. Especially attractive for tourists is that it is possible to visit St. Petersburg without a visa, if you use cruise ship (which depart from Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn).
- There are many other no less attractive cities in Russia. For example, people from Finland often visit Vyborg, which is located near the Russian-Finnish border. You can buy many products here at cheaper prices.
- Russian Black Sea coast is a popular tourist destination in the summer and early autumn. Here is located Sochi, which is famous as the venue for the Olympic Winter Games in 2014. Why not visit the Crimea and see all with your own eyes?
The lowest value of the ruble is a good incentive for foreign tourists to visit Russia. What more can be done to attract tourists? In my humble opinion Russia could to introduce visa-free regime for EU citizens unilaterally. This would be useful for the country's economy, especially now.
How to get to Russia?
By plane from any city in the world.
🚄 By train from Helsinki, Tallinn, Berlin.
🚌 By bus they are Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga.