Best time to visit Russia

Visiting the largest country in the world is actually a tricky thing to do when it comes to the right season! The details below can help you decide rather quickly to pick the right month.


The Red Square in Moscow (as seen at Mini Moscow)


Don't forget to see what we decided for our own visit at the end of this article!



1. Spring (March to May)

This is one of the best seasons to explore most of the country because:

  • Temperature is very moderate between 5°C and 20°C
  • Precipitation is also moderately low
  • Most of the snow would have melted and therefore, makes it easy to explore
  • River cruises are usually operating but canal cruises might open only in May
  • In some places, you may still experience snow fall/wetness because of rains and melting snow - so it may not be the prettiest
  • Tourists would just be arriving, so the crowds are fairly smaller than in Summer


2. Summer (June to August)

  • The best season to experience white-nights, when there is nearly no darkness at all as the sun shines overhead above the northern hemisphere
  • Most attractions are open for longer hours to accommodate the larger tourist groups that tend to visit
  • The weather is very good, but can also be quite hot in some places like Moscow and the southern cities
  • Try to avoid this time if you want to avoid crowds and high tourist prices
  • Temperatures hover between 15°C and 30°C


3. Autumn (September to November)

  • This is much like Spring, except the temperature reduces to about 2°C
  • Rainfall is slow but continuous and less intense
  • Parks and forests taken a wonderful shade of orange hues
  • The northern parts may receive some snowfall depending on the temperature.
  • Best time to visit, considering the exit time of most tourists


4. Winter (December to February)

  • Undeniably, the most beautiful time to see the country, in all of its snow-covered glory
  • This also means that temperatures are well below 0°C in most places, and up north, it may be as low as -25°C
  • Lakes and rivers are frozen, which means many river and canal cruises might not operate
  • The nights are much longer, with only a few hours of light (nearly none in the Arctic region)
  • The best time to witness the Northern Lights



Our favourite spot in Moscow - the St. Basil's Cathedral



Our pick (and why you should consider this too):

We chose to go in April-May, which is mid-Spring. The reason why we chose this, was to experience the country is both Snow and Clear weather. Although rare, we witnessed a beautiful snow storm that made the whole place (Arctic Tundra, drive to Teriberka from Murmansk) phenomenally dreamy! The weather was pretty good in St. Petersburg and Moscow, making it comfortable for exploring the cities on foot. The extended sunlight hours made it easier for us to visit more places in a single day than one can in Winter. Also, the fountains in most places like near the Hermitage Museum and Peterhof castles were turned on, making it amazingly worthwhile to admire. 

Considering the lower footfalls of other travellers, we did not experience any queues in most of the attractions and even had the advantage of booking accommodations at lower prices.

The other alternative, is to visit in October!




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