Is traveling to Moscow expensive?
Moscow is definitely more expensive than Saint Petersburg in terms of restaurants and services, but don't expect the difference to be that huge. However, generally, Russia is not expensive and the cost of travelling in Moscow and Saint Petersburg is lower than in major European capitals.
Is Russia a good place for tourists?
In general, Russia is a safe country, especially if you're traveling as a tourist to large cities (such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, etc.) or if you are making the Trans-Siberian route. However, there are a number of risk areas in Russia, which is advisable not to travel to: The border with Ukraine.
What is the best month to visit Moscow?
The best time to visit Moscow is April and May, when the temperature creeps into the 50s and 60s, the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day, and hotel rates have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges. Of course, the golden period is summer, when the city is warm and bustling.
Do not travel to Russia due to the embassy's limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, harassment by Russian government security officials, and the arbitrary enforcement of local law. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Russia.
Ideally, 7-10 days are sufficient to explore Russia. This way you can spend 3-4 days in Moscow and St Petersburg each which are the major tourist capitals.
Applicants planning to stay for more than 90 days in any 180-day period require a visa if they are going to Russia to conduct commercial or work-related activities. Diplomatic or Official passport holders require a visa for the whole period of their stay. In all other cases, a visa is required.
Meaning of course that travelling to Russia is as safe as visiting any other European country. Yes, petty crimes such as pickpocketing are still very common, which is no different to any other tourist destination, but there is no violent crime in broad daylight.