Best Time To Visit Russia

The best time to visit Russia is May through October. Around this time, the days are long, and the weather is pleasant in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The average temperature in these months is around 20°C, going up to 30°C from June to August. The sunny days are ideal for sightseeing in the cities during these months, and it is also the most crowded time in Russia. 

If you are looking for a more quiet holiday, Russia tours in late spring and early autumn are perfect for you. These are the last months before the snowfall begins, long days leaving their place to cold winter nights. Keep in mind that St. Petersburg is slightly less warm than Moscow. So packing up for colder temperatures is recommended for a comfortable trip. 

Winter is always a good choice for traveling in Russia. November and December are great to escape the bitter cold and still enjoy the snowy landscape. Snowfall can start as early as October in the northern country, continuing until April. Visiting Russia in these months offers fascinating views of the snow-covered landmarks as well as a quiet time for exploring the cities.

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Travelling in Russia in January and February

January and February are the coldest months in Russia, with an average temperature of -10°C. Nights are long in winter, and the sun barely shows itself in the daytime. It might not be the best time for Russia tours if you don’t want to deal with the cold.

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

Travelling in Russia in March

Temperatures are only slightly higher in March in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but the snow doesn’t melt until the end of the month. If you are visiting Russia in March, packing up for both snow and rain is advisable.

The cities are not yet crowded around this time, which means that you might have the landmarks all to yourself.

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Travelling in Russia in April and May

April and May might be the best time to visit Russia, as the country recovers from the long winter. Temperatures vary around 15°C around this time, which is great weather for walking tours in the cities and exploring the medieval towns in the Golden Ring of Russia.

As the crowds do not show up until June, it is an ideal time to visit landmarks such as the Church of Spilled Blood and Red Square. Easter time also offers insight into the authentic lives of locals and festive cheer to light up your trip. If you are traveling to Russia in April and May, packing up for chilly evenings is advisable.

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Peterhof Museum

Travelling in Russia between June and August

The summer months are the best time to visit Russia. From June to August, the weather is pleasantly warm across the touristic hotspots of the country, rising to 30°C. It is also the most vibrant time as festivals and shows begin at full speed in the cities. 

Packing a mosquito repellent is advisable to enjoy walking tours around the canals of St. Petersburg. Also, the train ride from St. Petersburg to Moscow offers the best photographic experience in these months. 

Summer is the busiest season since most trips to Russia take place in these months. So if you don’t mind the crowds, it is a perfect time to see the country at its most vivid time. Otherwise, visiting Russia in mid-August might be a good idea since it becomes less crowded.

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The Kremlin

Travelling in Russia in September and October

The fall season is short in Russia since the snowfall begins as early as the end of October. However, September and October are perfect months for experiencing the best of Russia with fewer crowds and bearable temperatures.

The cityscape offers excellent views in autumn, but it is the wettest season in Russia, so packing up for the weather is recommended.

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Moskva River

Travelling in Russia in November and December

November and December are the last months before the cold temperatures are at their extreme. The days are becoming shorter around this time, but the weather is mostly sunny, around 0°C. It is an ideal time to enjoy the snow-covered landscapes and the winter atmosphere of Russia.

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Red Square

Russia Climate & Weather Guide

St.Petersburg -8°C -8°C -4°C 4°C 11°C 15°C 17°C 15°C 10°C 5°C 0°C -7°C
Moscow -8°C -7°C -2°C 5°C 12°C 15°C 17°C 15°C 10°C 3°C -2°C -6°C
Suzdal -8°C -8°C -4°C 5°C 12°C 16°C 19°C 17°C 11°C 5°C -4°C -7°C
Pereslavl-Zalesskiy -11°C -8°C -4°C 4°C 11°C 15°C 17°C 16°C 10°C 4°C -4°C -7°C
Vladimir -8°C -8°C -4°C 5°C 12°C 16°C 19°C 17°C 11°C 5°C -4°C -7°C
Novosibirsk -16°C -14°C -7°C 2°C 12°C 17°C 19°C 17°C 10°C 3°C -7°C -13°C
Yekaterinburg -14°C -12°C -5°C 4°C 11°C 16°C 18°C 15°C 9°C 2°C -6°C -11°C
St.Petersburg 17°F 17°F 26°F 39°F 51°F 58°F 63°F 59°F 50°F 40°F 30°F 22°F
Moscow 16°F 18°F 28°F 42°F 54°F 60°F 63°F 60°F 50°F 39°F 28°F 21°F
Suzdal 16°F 16°F 27°F 42°F 55°F 62°F 66°F 62°F 51°F 40°F 27°F 19°F
Pereslavl-Zalesskiy 13°F 15°F 25°F 40°F 53°F 60°F 64°F 61°F 51°F 39°F 27°F 19°F
Vladimir 16°F 16°F 27°F 42°F 55°F 62°F 66°F 62°F 51°F 40°F 27°F 19°F
Novosibirsk 3°F 6°F 19°F 36°F 53°F 62°F 67°F 62°F 50°F 37°F 19°F 7°F
Yekaterinburg 6°F 9°F 22°F 38°F 51°F 60°F 64°F 58°F 49°F 35°F 20°F 10°F
St.Petersburg 50 mm 60 mm 53 mm 65 mm 63 mm 73 mm 83 mm 101 mm 62 mm 66 mm 65 mm 61 mm
Moscow 66 mm 63 mm 70 mm 80 mm 127 mm 111 mm 115 mm 88 mm 81 mm 81 mm 72 mm 70 mm
Suzdal 24 mm 23 mm 24 mm 27 mm 32 mm 31 mm 29 mm 25 mm 28 mm 31 mm 25 mm 29 mm
Pereslavl-Zalesskiy 137 mm 150 mm 151 mm 118 mm 78 mm 74 mm 90 mm 114 mm 111 mm 175 mm 185 mm 200 mm
Vladimir 24 mm 23 mm 24 mm 27 mm 32 mm 31 mm 29 mm 25 mm 28mm 31 mm 25 mm 29 mm
Novosibirsk 42 mm 40 mm 48 mm 52 mm 76 mm 76 mm 95 mm 70 mm 65 mm 70 mm 83 mm 70 mm
Yekaterinburg 30 mm 26 mm 48 mm 76 mm 63 mm 84 mm 85 mm 88 mm 68 mm 64 mm 46 mm 31 mm
St.Petersburg 24 23 21 9 1 0 0 0 0 5 10 22
Moscow 25 23 21 8 1 0 0 0 0 7 13 23
Suzdal 22 20 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 20
Pereslavl-Zalesskiy 20 19 21 19 6 0 0 0 0 4 16 16
Vladimir 22 20 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 20
Novosibirsk 21 20 21 9 2 0 0 0 1 11 22 23
Yekaterinburg 20 18 24 12 1 0 0 0 1 13 20 20
St.Petersburg 12 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 14 km/h
Moscow 13 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h
Suzdal 13 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 14 km/h
Pereslavl-Zalesskiy 15 km/h 15 km/h 14 km/h 11 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 12 km/h 14 km/h 16 km/h 17 km/h
Vladimir 13 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 14 km/h
Novosibirsk 14 km/h 14 km/h 15 km/h 14 km/h 14 km/h 11 km/h 10 km/h 11 km/h 12 km/h 14 km/h 16 km/h 16 km/h
Yekaterinburg 10 km/h 10 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 10 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 10 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h

When to visit Russia

Trips to Russia in Summer 

Summer is the best time to visit Russia for sightseeing in the world-renowned landmarks, such as the Red Square and the Kremlin Palace. The moderate weather offers an opportunity to explore the highlights of St. Petersburg and Moscow by walking tours and learning about the rich history of the country from expert guides. Also, the fascinating cities host a variety of cultural events starting from June.

If you are visiting St. Petersburg in June and July, these festivals are perfect for experiencing an authentic Russian celebration of nature. As this is also the most crowded time in the country, you will find the cities bustling with life. Night-time temperatures are also mild, which makes catching evening shows in the city enjoyable. Our Highlights of Russia tour is perfect for experiencing the country’s unique history and culture.

Visit the Golden Ring of Russia in May through October

The Golden Ring of Russia hosts some of the most spectacular architectural structures, all of which are perfect for visiting from spring to fall. The inter-seasons offer the best views for photography enthusiasts in the countryside. Also, the weather is pleasant throughout this time for sightseeing in the medieval towns of Suzdal and Vladimir.

From May to September, the long days make it comfortable to explore the cities, while the autumn season paints the landscape into vibrant colors. Spring offers the best time to visit Russia for walks on the riverbank and canal tours. Our Golden Ring of Russia tour offers insight into the must-see spots in the Russian countryside.

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