1. Random identity check is often targeted to foreign looking tourists by the local authority, a photocopy of your passport and visa is sufficient for the check.
2. Remember to register your visa in within 7 days after your arrival in Russia, most hotels provide the registration service for a small sum of money.
3. Overnight train is an unforgettable experience in Russia; book the lower bunk might give you a better view and more moving space.
4. Bring a mini dictionary! Most locals do not understand English, even in the capital city of Moscow.
5. Book your itinerary online! Imagine you have to buy a 2nd class, the lower bunk train ticket from the counter in Russian, from Moscow to St Petersburg!
6. Print your entire itinerary in 2 languages highlighted in colors, Metro in Moscow does not use any English sign at all!
7. Travel as light as possible! Parts of the metro stations do not have escalators, and Russian metro is one of the deepest subways in the world!
8. In Moscow, one way adult fare for single ride cost you RUB 30 and one big luggage cost you extra RUB 50. Or you can hide it and pretend you don’t have a luggage!
9. Winter in Russia can be severely cold and beautiful at the same time. Extra clothing is compulsory from November to April.
10. Remember to bring your student card. Basically, you are half priced going almost everywhere.
11. Locker for luggage is available in most big train stations for a couple of dims. Take note of their closing time, if your backpack is small enough, consider free locker in the supermarket nearby
12. It’s not an easy task to look for the right platform for intercity train. So, you might want to reach the station one hour earlier before departure.
13. The basic rule applies for any other countries, keep a low profile and do not flaunt your valuables might save you from a lot of trouble.