Weather Conditions in Russia
One of the most important aspects of planning any holiday is to find the right time to visit. This holds truer still for a country like Russia, which can experience extreme temperatures and formidable winters, depending on which part of the country you are in. To help you out, we’ve put together a quick guide that breaks down the best time to visit Russia, to make sure your trip is nothing short of fantastic!
Russia has four seasons – summer from June to August, autumn from September to October, winter from November to March (yes, it’s a long one!) and spring from April to May.
The peak season for tourists runs from May to October – these months are often considered the best time to visit Russia because the weather is warmer than at any other time of year. However, during the peak of the summertime, you will find that cities like Moscow, which are crowded on any day of the year, become even more crowded as tourists from around the world flock to them during the summer time.
October and November are the wettest months of the year, and after that, the winter envelopes the country. As sub-zero temperatures are not enjoyable for tourist travel and activity, we recommend avoiding these months. If you do decide to travel during the winter, make sure that you are well equipped with warm weather clothes – you will need them!
Truly, the best time to go to Russia is late spring or early autumn. These shoulder seasons are the best time to travel to Russia because they give you the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather while steering clear of crowds at major tourist hotspots and long queues to enter and enjoy key monuments. In addition, travelling during these months means that you can score better prices on flight tickets and hotels, freeing up more of your budget to spend on seeing and experience the Russia cities that you are visiting.
If you decide to visit Russia during the end of spring, make sure that you are in Saint Petersburg at the end of May to experience the iconic “white nights” that take place at the very end of May and the first few days of June. During these “nights” – where the night actually never takes place – the city is truly magical, with locals strolling on the streets for their late evening walks and a host of open-air music shows that are an absolute riot in the best way possible. The “white night” experience makes the end of spring truly the best time to visit Russia if you are looking to experience something you will not find anywhere else.
If you’d like to learn more about Russia, the places to experience and the best time to travel to the nation, give us a shout. You can call us, visit our website or simply drop into your local SOTC branch and we would love to talk you through the very best of Russia, and help you plan the trip of a lifetime with our Russia Tour Packages.