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In this page: Eating Out | Getting Around | Time and Time Difference | Climate | Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems | Paying | Speaking | Emergency Numbers | Communications


Eating Out

Rules For Eating Out
Most restaurants serve meals all day long and in the evening until about 23.00 hours.
A tip corresponding to between 5 and 10% of the order is often expected.
Food Specialties
Russian cusine is known for its hearty meals, but it is also inspired by lighter French tastes.

Some well known dishes:
Borscht: a beet and cabbage soup famous for its dark red colour, often served with Russian sour cream (smetana) and a slice of dark rye bread
Blini: similar to a savoury crepe; made with buckweat and served with smoked salmon, mushroom or Russian sour cream
Olivier Salad: a light, crisp dish made with cucumber, pickles, potatoes, peas and mayonnaise
Pelmeni: Russian dumplings filled with herbs, lamb, pork or beef
Pirozhki: mini-pies that are pan-fried or oven baked
Shashlik: meat served in kebab-style, usually found in market stalls and shaved right off the grill
Beluga Caviar: comes from the Caspian sea and has always been considered to be the luxury food par excellence
Le Kvas (or kvass) is a drink much enjoyed in Russia, it is also called 'khlebnoe pivo' (bread beer). Mildly alcoholic and sparkling, kvas is made by fermenting bread in water.
Vodka or 'little water' (diminutive of voda, water) is the traditional Russian drink. It is often drunk with canapés called 'zakouski'.
Russians also drink large quantities of beer ('pivo') and tea ('tchai'), which often replaces water.
Dietary Restrictions
Table Manners
Table manners are continental.

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Getting Around

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Find an Itinerary
Taxi services
Taxi in Moscow

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Moscow - Domodedovo (DME) 37 km / 23 miles RUB 750-1000 / 90 min RUB 30 / 25-30 min RUB 120 / 40 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Train reservation services
Russian railways

Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Aeroflot Major Yes Yes
KrasAir Major Yes Yes
Rossiya (Pulkovo) Major Yes Yes
DalAvia Major Yes Yes
Sky Express Low cost Yes No

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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Time and Time Difference

Current Local Time
It is %T:%M %A In Moscow, Kazan, Saint Petersburg
It is %T:%M %A In Yekaterinburg, Perm, Chelyabinsk
It is %T:%M %A In Novosibirsk, Omsk
It is %T:%M %A In Vladivostok, Khabarovsk
Summer Time
Summer time is from March to October

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

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Type of Climate
The Russian climate varies as it is such a large country but winter are mostly long and very harsh, dropping down to -30oc, except around the Black Sea. Meanwhile, summers tend to be hot and short. and can reach past 30oc.

The best time to visit the country is during the months of May and June; July and August can be stifling hot especially in the big cities. Russia recieves the most rain in the west, often up to 750 mm a year and the Russian steppes are the driest, not getting more than 200 mm annually.


Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems

System of Measurement Used
Metric system
Unit of Measurement of Temperature
Degree Celsius (°C)

Use our service Measurement converter.

  • Voltage
  • Frequency
50 Hz
Type of Electric Socket
Type C and F
Type of Telephone Socket
DVD Zoning
Zone 5

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Domestic Currency
Russian Rouble
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
There are many bureaux de change. Foreign currency can also be changed in banks, certain hotels and department stores.
You can also withdraw roubles directly from the many ATMs which take European credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard.
Possible Means of Payment
Cash is generally preferred. But big hotels, stores or restaurants take credit cards.

To Find a Cash Machine Where You Need, Use the ATM locator


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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
More than 150 languages are spoken in the Russian Federation and some of them are the official language in a part of the country.
Business Language
English is more and more widespread.
Managers often understand English better than they speak it. You must be prepared to conduct negotiations in Russian.

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Emergency Numbers

Firemen 01
Police 02
Ambulance 03

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Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Russia, Dial 810
To Make a Call to in Russia, Dial +7
Mobile Telephone Standards
The international standard MTS leads the market. Beeline, MegaFon and Rostelecom also exist.
National Mobile Phone Operators
MTS, Beeline (Vimpelcom), Megafon, Skylink.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
Stream.ru, Russia-On-Line and MTU-Intel.

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