How expensive it is to travel to Siberia in 2020
For many people, traveling to Siberia seems complicated and pretty expensive, given the distances and travel necessities such as warm clothes, etc. In this post, I’ll try to dispel any doubts and help you understand how easy and affordable such an experience can be. We’ll go through indispensable expenses such as transportation and accommodation and also check pricing of activities, souvenirs, and so on.
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Let’s consider two scenarios: how expensive it is to travel to Siberia from the United States and Europe. Below, you’ll find price estimates by Skyscanner.
Scenario 1 - Flying directly to Siberia
You can fly to any of Siberian cities with a stop in Moscow or St Petersburg. Below, there are screenshots of flight tickets with arrival in Novosibirsk, the largest Siberian city, from where you can head off to any place, for example, take a train to Baikal.
New York - Novosibirsk Dec 1 - Dec 15
Berlin - Novosibirsk Dec 1 - Dec 15
Scenario 2 - Flying to Moscow and taking a train from there
This will be a less costly option suitable for those who look for an adventurous trip on the Trans-Siberian railway or those who want to start their discovery from the Russian capital. When choosing between Moscow and St Petersburg, note that flight tickets to/through Moscow are usually cheaper.
New York - Moscow Dec 1 - Dec 15
Berlin - Moscow Dec 1 - Dec 15
How expensive are train tickets? Russia has a great railway connection between cities, so you can take a train to almost any destination within the country. Here are some price estimates:
Moscow - St. Petersburg $14 one way economy class
Moscow - Kazan $28 one way economy class
Moscow - Yekaterinburg $72 one way economy class
Moscow - Novosibirsk $84 one way economy class
Moscow - Irkutsk $115 one way economy class
Moscow - Vladivostok $147 one way economy class
Let’s now check accommodation pricing for Moscow and Novosibirsk for a week starting December 1, 2020.
Moscow Dec 1 - Dec 8
Novosibirsk Dec 1 - Dec 8
Irkutsk Dec 1 - Dec 8
Tours and activities
You can find multiple tours and excursions in any destination in Russia. Without the knowledge of Russian language, it might be hard to organize the whole trip by yourself, so you might want to check fully guided tours by travel agencies. Below, you can see examples of tours and pricing from the Russia Discovery agency.
Climbing Elbrus from the south 9 days 800 EUR
Active tour to Crimea and Black sea 7 days 810 EUR
General tour to Altai 12 days 1550 EUR
Highlight tour to Kamchatka 8 days 1590 EUR
If you feel more adventurous, check the desired activities at the local agencies that might offer cheaper prices. On the other hand, not everyone speaks English when it comes to touristic services outside Moscow, St Petersburg and major tourist destinations such as Lake Baikal or the Altai Mountains.
Pricing for souvenirs varies in the range of $1 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the product. Check out the best places to buy souvenirs in Moscow and find gift ideas.