Russia’s biggest tourist draws are its grand cities: St Petersburg, the historic city on the Baltic coast; and mighty Moscow, with the iconic sights of Red Square at its centre. Wherever you’re headed, let Luggage Mule ship your luggage to Russia ahead of you, giving you a stress-free journey and a generous 30kg allowance.
Customs: Russia has very strict border controls, and it is forbidden to bring almost all fruit, vegetables and meat products into the country. Check the Federal Customs Service of Russia website for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £149.99
Shipping times: 17 working days
Flights: Flights to Russia from the UK range from 3.5 hours to over 8 hours. Major gateways include Moscow, Saratov, Krasnodar, and Saint Petersburg.
Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: All travellers require a visa to enter Russia. You should apply at least a month in advance of your visit. Visit the Russian National Tourist Office site to find out which visa you require.
Time difference: Russia has several time zones, ranging from GMT+3 in the west (Kaliningrad Time) to GMT+12 in the south (Kamchatka Time).
Packing for Russia
The size of Russia makes it difficult to give overarching advice about the weather. In general, the summers in Russia are warm to hot. It’s advisable to bring suncream, sunglasses, a hat and some long-sleeved shirts. Be prepared for rain in the west and south. The winters are very cold with temperatures of -30°C in most cities and as low as -50°C in the central Siberian region. During the winter, expect snowstorms and strong winds in the exposed regions to the east. Gloves, a woolly hat, fleeces, a thick and warm coat and hiking boots are essentials.
Ship your bike to Russia
While Russia’s cities get most of the tourists, there’s a lot to be said for exploring this vast country’s rural areas. A bike tour is a great way to get off the beaten track, discovering expansive green landscapes and charming small villages. If you’re a mountain biker, head to the Khibiny Mountains and the hills of the Kamchatka peninsula. Flatter, family-friendly routes can be found around the Golden Ring, a famous tourist route that runs through the towns of the Old Rus region, including Vladimir, Suzdal, and Uglich. Luggage Mule can ship your bike to Russia ahead of you at reasonable rates, so you can saddle up and start exploring as soon as you arrive.
Ship your golfing gear to Russia
Some of Russian’s best golfing is in and around Moscow, including the celebrated courses at Agalarov Golf & Country Club, Moscow Country Club, Pestovo Golf Club, and Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. Luggage Mule can ship your clubs to Russia at reasonable rates, so you can play all the region’s courses with your own gear. If you’re based in the city, ship your golf kit to Moscow and hire a car to get around – many clubs are within one or two hours’ drive of the city.
What to ship home from Russia
Russia produces some of the best vodka in the world. If you’re touring distilleries, don’t settle for bringing single bottles home – with a generous 30kg allowance, our luggage shipping service gives you plenty of room to buy more. Other popular souvenirs to ship home from Russia include cultural items such as the traditional nesting doll and Russian folk art. Fashion fans will want to take in the shopping malls of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, picking up designer brands and Russian originals such as Valenki felt boots and Pavlovo Posad shawls.