The Russian government renewed Filipino travelers’ interest in visiting their country after they included the Philippines among the countries that can avail of their free E-Visa scheme to visit Saint Petersburg. Personally, it was one of my favorite countries, and I would always remember my visit there with great fondness. In this blog post, I will reveal my Russia itinerary and the expenses incurred during my eight-day visit to Moscow and Saint Petersburgh last November 2018.


Most people think that Russia is an expensive country to travel around – I can’t entirely agree. Believe it or not, it was one of the cheapest Western countries. People were shocked and surprised whenever I tell them that Russia can be as cheap as the Philippines somehow. I always ate complete, hearty meals at stolovayas (Russian cafeterias), and they cost as low as $3. Hostel rooms only cost $5 a day, and a metro ride costs $1.

Red Square
Red Square

I would suggest you get a Russian Tourist visa for Filipino travelers so you can visit Moscow and other cities. Getting one is not complicated, and I consider it one of the most straightforward visa applications. Check my Russian Tourist visa application story for more information.


Here is the breakdown of my trip to Russia. I arrived in Moscow from New Delhi, then traveled to Saint Petersburg by bus (I used GoEuro – now Omio). Lastly, I flew to Paris from Saint Petersburg. Ultimately I spent eight days in total in both cities.


  • The metro system in Moscow connects to almost all tourist sites. You will notice that it is more profound than in other countries because it also serves as an emergency bunk in case of war or catastrophe.
  • Moscow metro is very artsy, and tour companies are organizing guided tours here – Well, you can do it on your own! Visit the following metro stations and gawk at its beauty – Mayakovskaya, Komsomolskaya, Novolobodskaya, Prospect Mira, Belorusskaya, Kiyevskaya, Pavelevskaya, and Taganskaya.
  • From Domodedovo airport, I used the Aeroexpress, then transferred to Paveletsky station to reach the city center.
  • The best place to buy Russian souvenirs is at Izmailovo Kremlin. Be sure to haggle!
  • Stolovayas are the best places to eat if you are on a budget. It’s a Russian cafeteria where they lay out the food, and then you pick whichever you like. The stolovayas at the GUM mall are the best – they even have Uzbekistan and Georgian food options!
  • You cannot take pictures inside the Armory (too bad! I loved the carriages and royal thrones).

Day 1 – November 11, 2018

  • Early morning arrival at Domodedovo airport
  • Check-in at Tretyakovka hostel
  • Quick tour at the Red Square

Day 2 – November 12, 2018

  • Red Square Tour
  • Kremlin, Cathedral Square, and the Armory tour
  • Church of Christ on Spilled Blood

Day 3 – November 13, 2018

  • Izmailovo Kremlin Tour
  • Vodka Museum

Day 4 – November 14, 2018

  • Moscow Metro tour
  • VDNKH(Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) tour
  • A late-night trip to Saint Petersburg


  • Saint Petersburg is cheaper by almost 40% than Moscow.
  • Someone nearly pickpocketed me here. The thief followed me when I entered a restaurant and tried tugging my backpack. When I noticed it, they quickly left, and I just saw my bag already opened. Fortunately, they got nothing from me.
  • I was supposed to visit the Peterhof Palace but got so exhausted that I decided to cancel. Feel free to add it to your itinerary, though.
  • Another activity that I did not witness was the lowering of the drawbridges. Feel free to add it to your itinerary too.
  • Be prepared when you visit the Kunst Kamera museum. They have an entire hall filled with specimens with medical anomalies and true to life fetuses. I found it disturbing, and as a sign of respect, I will not post any pictures of the babies here nor on my social media account.

Day 5 – November 15, 2018

  • Early morning arrival from Moscow
  • Check-in at Cozy Place hostel
  • Church tour – Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral

Day 6 – November 16, 2018

  • Hermitage Tour
  • Nevsky Avenue

Day 7 – November 17, 2018

  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Kunst Kamera Museum

Day 8 – November 18, 2018

  • Free day
  • Late-night travel to Paris, France


Moscow Budget Breakdown
Moscow Budget Breakdown
Saint Petersburg Budget Breakdown
Saint Petersburg Budget Breakdown
Flights cost
Flights cost
Total expense
Total expense


    • Hi Lara,

      The evisa is for Saint Petersburg only. You will need a tourist visa if you plan to visit Moscow or any other cities in Russia. Don’t worry, Russian visa application is one of the easiest to get!

      • Hi…
        Do you have a blog on where I can see the process of getting a tourist visa.. coz yeah we want to visit other places aside from St. Petersburg. Thanks!

    • Hello,

      I am not sure how much it will cost if round trip from Manila since I entered Russia from India and exited to Latvia. I will estimate it at around 30k php.

  • Hello,

    if you already have the visa to enter moscow or Russia do you still need e-visa to enter st. Petersburg? i assume hindi na.hehe i know e-visa is allowed but only to enter st. petersburg lang. thank you in advance! 🙂

    • Hi Jemuel,

      If you have a sticker visa, then you can enter most Russian cities that don´t need a special permit. From what I know, starting this January 2021, they will implement E-visa for other cities as well. Good luck! 🙂

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