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Heading to Russia by train - a clarification about Belarus
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 24 October 2016 12:13 PM

Many people choose to travel to Russia by train from across Europe. Generally speaking, this means entering Russia via Belarus.


Recently the travel experts at Real Russia have been receiving questions from customers regarding a piece of information that was posted on the website of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is the information in question:


Still current at: 24 October 2016

Updated: 23 September 2016

Latest update: Safety and security section (Road travel) – some foreign nationals have been prevented from crossing the border between Belarus and Russia when travelling by road, particularly on the M1 Highway to/from Smolensk; if you’re planning to travel by road between Belarus and Russia you should consider seeking an alternative route.


This information can be found here:


Many people have been left unsure as to whether this would affect rail travellers. While we had received no feedback from customers, partners or office agencies to suggest that rail travel would be affected, we thought we would reach out to them to clear this issue up as much as we could.


What we found after speaking to a number of people was that you should have no problems travelling to Russia by train, the most famous of which is the Paris – Moscow route. So, there should be no need for you to avoid travelling to Moscow by train. These issues at the border do seem to be restricted to road travel.


It is worth reminding people that in addition to the Russian visa required to enter Russia itself, a Belarussian transit visa will be required to cross the territory of Belarus. This is very important, otherwise you may not even make it to the Russian border, instead being turned away at the border of Belarus.


To find out more about these visas, click on the following links:


Russian tourist visa

Russian business visa

Belarussian transit visa


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our travel experts. If your query is of a more urgent nature, we have a 24-hour emergency number which you can find below.


+44 (0) 207 100 7370

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Mongolia increases its rail tariffs
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 13 July 2016 01:44 PM

Rail price alert!

We have been informed that due an executive order issued by the new Mongolian government directly after the Mongolian parliamentary elections, the tariff structure of rail tickets for trains departing from Ulan Bator will see a increase in price of between 20% to 30%, effective immediately.

For all journeys booked and paid for, with a departure date before the 18th of August 2016, the price will not change. For journeys requested with a departure date after 18th of August 2016, price changes may occur. We will be getting in touch with all affected passengers as soon as possible to assist in ensuring no Trans-Siberian adventures are affected.

The Real Russia website will be updated within the next few days to reflect these price changes.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Real Russia travel team who will be happy to help.

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Visa Free Regime for World Cup 2018
Posted by Sasha Voronova on 06 July 2016 01:06 PM

Good news to all football lovers!


Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that fans visiting the 2018 World Cup will be able to visit the country visa free!


Fans who have tickets, and have been issued a ''fan ID'' by the Russian government, will be allowed to enter Russia without a visa for the period surrounding the tournament.


Unfortunately, there is currently no information on what the maximum period of stay without a visa will be, but we will be sure to keep you posted once the details are announced.


And don't forget that Real Russia can offer any travel services you may require around Russia during the tournament, particularly in the host cities!


Stay tuned to, as well as Facebook and Twitter, for more information when we have it!

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TravelSim: The smarter way to call from abroad
Posted by Arshad Patel on 28 June 2016 04:19 PM

Great news for our customers who are travelling abroad and want to keep in touch with family and friends affordably. Real Russia has just launched TravelSim!

TravelSim is an international SIM card that enables you to save up to 85% on international calls! Join over three million travellers around the world, who use TravelSim to enjoy:

  • Free incoming calls in 150 countries including Russia, China and Mongolia
  • Savings of up to 85% on outgoing calls
  • Flexibility to use TravelSim in over 200 countries globally
  • Free outgoing calls to our helpline number for the first three minutes

TravelSim is a pay as you go SIM card, which means, there are no monthly fees or contracts to sign. As a thank you, we are offering our first one hundred customers €5 free credit on their first TravelSim order! TravelSim is available now from only £9.99 and our bundle deals start from only £14.99!

Click here to purchase or find out more about TravelSim!

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Russian Railways goes green
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 25 February 2016 12:25 PM

Russian Railways are working towards creating the most environmentally friendly rail system they possibly can. In 2015, for instance, they spent more than 3.2 billion roubles (around £30 million) on environmental protection. This is even though modern rail travel is already a cleaner alternative to air travel, see this comparison based on Eurostar figures at

Two impressive stats for 2015:

  •         Pollution emissions were reduced by 49,300 tonnes
  •         2,000 tonnes less paper was used, which is equivalent to 29% of all the paper used by Russian Railways in 2014

This is nothing new for Russian Railways though. Since 2007, they have reduced emissions of pollutants by 50.5%, greenhouse gases by 16.8% and contaminated water by 52%.

It will also continue into 2016 with awareness programmes for all Russian Railways staff, as well as further cuts to all pollutants and wastage.

To take a ride on a cleaner form of transport, book your Russian rail tickets here.

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