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Here's some tips about your travel to Russia

Here's some tips about your travel to Russia

Here's some tips about your travel to Russia

How to get a visa?
Most of foreign nationals are required to have entry visas to travel to the Russian Federation. For example if you hold a US or EU passport – you need a visa, if you are from South America – you do not need a visa, etc. It is impossible to obtain an entry visa upon arrival, so travelers must apply for their visas well in advance. E-visa is valid only for travel to certain territories, like St.Petersburg or Kaliningrad, it is not applied for Moscow.

Please contact us if you need an invitation letter.
How to book a hotel?
For students of NGC Lab we have a special offer from a hotel located within a walking distance from our main venue - Moscow Film School. Please contact us if you want us to book you a room.

Most of the travel platforms like booking.com or airbnb.com are working perfectly of you want to make a booking yourself.
Airport transfer
The easiest way to get to the center is to take the Aeroexpress train. It runs from Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. Please check the schedule and find the best time option for you. You can buy tickets online as well as at the electronic terminals in the airport or at the cashier.
Local transport
The most efficient way to move around Moscow is the Moscow metro. It is open from 5:45 a.m. to 00:30 a.m., runs regularly and it is not affected by infamous Moscow traffic jams, so you can calculate your route with high accuracy. The ticket can be purchased at any metro station.

Price: a single trip = 57 rubles.

You can also use Uber as it is pretty affordable, although we wouldn't recommend using taxi during rush hour. Please, download the Uber Russia app or Yandex Taxi app on your phone in advance.
Discover Moscow
You can stay in Moscow a bit longer to enjoy its fascinating architecture, museums, churches, and parks.

  • The Red Square.

  • The Kremlin and its churches

  • St. Basil's Cathedral.

  • Old Arbat Street.

  • Patriarch's Ponds

  • The Tretyakov Gallery

Most of the theaters are closed during July-August.

If you will plan extra two-three days in Russia, you can take a high-speed Sapsan train and visit St.Petersburg — you won't regret it!
Safety
Moscow is pretty safe, even at nights, especially if you stay near the main tourist spots, as most often the police provides for the protection of public safety and order. Nevertheless, take precautions and keep your belongings close at all times as in every capital city.
Currency / Cards
The Russian ruble or rouble is the currency of the Russian Federation

Visa and Mastercard are accepted in Russia, you can pay with a credit card almost everywhere . Discover cards are not commonly used.

If you travel with cash the best currency to take to Russia is either the US dollar or the Euro, you can exchange it without problems in every bank or exchange office.
Language
In general, most Russians do not speak English. If you are stuck and need help – your best bet will be to ask younger people. But even older people, who do not speak English will try to help a foreigner with a map to find her way.
Tipping
It is common practice to leave 10 to15% of the bill as tip. Give tips in cash directly to the waiter.
What plug adapter do I need for Russia?
For Russia there are two associated plug types, C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins, with two earth clips on the side. Russia operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
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