Getting to Russia by Your Own Car

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Getting to Russia by Your Own Car
 
For a long time Russia was closed to most of the western world, behind the infamous ‘Iron Curtain’. However, events in the last two decades have seen Russia, and its government become more accessible to the rest of the world. Tourists are interested about the cultural and architectural delights of Russian cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. Foreign business links with Russia are also on the increase. So, If you decided to begin your trip from one of the Baltic states, Finland or Sweden, then making the trip by your own car to Russia may be a good option. In Russia there are a lot of tourists, which travel by car from these countries, as well as a steady flow of second-hand cars imported to Russia from Germany. Of course, for the one hand it is very difficult to travel by car, you have not so much time to sleep, some parking places are so noisy, that you even can not close your eyes. About inconvenience we can debate for a long time. But…let us talk about advantage of such kind of travel. When you travel by the car, you have so much time, just to look around, to stop and delight the sights. You do not have problems in booking fly, train tickets… It is so comfortable and interesting! There are means, that the customs regulations are quite straightforward and the infrastructure on the road is good. However, this also means longer queues at some border crossing points. Sometimes, it would be better to avoid traveling through Belarus and Ukraine, because it is the main route for second-hand car importers and trucks. In addition, you will have to deal with more border regulations on the way. But, in that case, if you decide to go this way, keep E30 motorway, which crosses Brest and Minsk (Belorussia) and after that passes through Smolensk in Russia and finishes in Moscow. It would be better to enter Russia through the border with Latvia, Estonia or Finland, as all of them belong to same economic area (EU), which means, that there will be less hassle. The shortest route from Poland to Russia avoiding Belarus (and thus transit visa hassle) is to travel through Kaunas (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and entering Russia near Pskov city. If you will go from Finland, Nujimaa/Bruschnishnaya custom is usually quite fast, while Valimaa/Torfjanak usually has longer queues. The border between Latvia and Russia is usually not too busy, but it depends: sometimes you can get through the border in 20 minutes; sometimes you might have to wait 2 hours. But, when you will come to Russia, then you will not meet there any customs. On the Russian territory there are no customs. It is very easy in Russia to get petrol and diesel. There are generally 4 types on sale: 95, 92, 80 or 76 (for old Russian cars), and diesel fuel. The 95 petrol costs about 0.7 $ per/L, diesel is about 0.6 $ per/L. So, as you see, it is about twice less than in Europe and more expensive than in USA. But, sometimes, there might be problems with the quality of the fuel, so it’s better to use petrol stations that have some sort of brand name (BP, TNK, LukoiL are the best ones).  
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