Russian Railway is an efficient rail network and you can use it for your in-country travels.
The best way to get around in big cities of Russia like Moscow/St Petersburg is the metro. It is fast and more efficient than the trolleybuses and trams. The Moscow metro is cheap, efficient, interesting to look at, and easy to use. On the other hand, it is crowded during peak periods. So, in big cities of Russia day hours are the best time to visit the metroes. You can use free Wifi in metros.
With the introduction of many new convenient routes, buses and trolleybuses are once again relevant and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro. Bus stops are identified with the big letter “A” (for avtobus).
Taxi. you can book a taxi using a mobile phone app or an official agency. Like Yandex Taxi
Bikes are available from the bike-share program VeloBike and at various rental stations around town. Go online to purchase a membership (R150 for a day, R600 for a month, plus deposit). Now you are ready to roll! Use your credit card to unlock a bike at any station, go for a ride, and return your bike to any station. The first 30 minutes incur no additional charge, but after that, you’ll pay for the use.
Indeed, you can choose many types of convenient cards like Edni and Trika for your transportation usage in Moscow. However, if your destination needs a couple of transport modes like a combination of Metro and buses then you may consider buying a 90 Minutes card (single trip R65), which includes one metro ride and an unlimited number of bus/tram/trolleybus rides.
A hostel dormitory bed starts around $10~20.
Likewise, budget hotels start at around $20 per night for a single room with basic amenities.
Whereas, I like to stay in hostels, so during my visit, So, I stayed in Art Hotel Respublica St Petersburg, Rolling Stone Hostel in Irkutsk (an excellent one), and Avord Hostel in Moscow. I have booked these properties by Booking.com and Hostel World.
In addition to this, the other sites to plan and choose your accommodations will be Air BnB and Agoda. Although Couch Surfing is very popular in Russia and can be a good option. However, when you’re looking for a hostel, do your research. Read reviews to get a feel for the place and then book somewhere that suits you.
Most of the time I went for vegetable options and almost in every city I found a couple of Uzbek or Indian restaurants to satisfy my taste buds. However, in sweats and snacks, I tried a few typical Russian food items.
- Blini (Russian pancakes).
- Syriniky. it is Another type of pancake that makes from quark (cottage cheese), eggs, and flour. Crispy and golden on the outside and warm and creamy on the inside
- Vatrushka is a rounded bun with an open-top, which is filled with sweetened cottage cheese and raisins.
- Kasha, A Russian Porridge rich in fiber, potassium, and protein. Can be made with hot water or milk.
- Chak-Chak is a unique and delicious fried honey and almond cake. A dessert in Kazan Side
- Napolean Cake, a traditional dessert and one of the best Russian layered cakes.
- Kvass, A refreshing soft drink in Russia.