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Moscow, Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Russia: Language Limitations? Guide Required?

We are traveling to Russia for vacation - I was told that it is very difficult if one does not understand Russian - is that the case? And do we need a guide to show us around?

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Most of the younger folk will speak some sort of English.

Depends where you are travelling, Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia) is no problem, if going other places, get a guide.

People past 35 are unlikely to speak English.

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answered first by
Ilja from Bologna

Hey Satya,

in fact it is difficult in Russia without Russian. But in a big city like Moscow or Saint Petersburg (Russia) most of service people and young citizens do speak some english. Apart of it many indicators are written also in english. Just to have a look around, you don't need a guide. If you know what are you looking for, you defiantly will do it by your own.



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answered by
Rolando from Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Hi Satya, I like to confirm that english language it's not usual also in Saint Petersburg (Russia): but using some tool as internet map and booking too on line for State Hermitage Museum (the much crowded) or restaurant like Ginza could avoid a daily guide.Using some advices included in a good manual for the two cities could help you to get also to Petergofor visiting Catherine Palace in Pushkinskaya town using minibus or train. If you rent an appartment you can avoid expenses for restaurant taking the opportunity to buy in big supermarket cheaper food. In case of difficulties the 068 taxi could help you with english speakers.

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answered by
shawn from Portland

Hi Satya,

I recommend the free walking tour in Moscow ~ it was a really great way to get to know the place and learn some of the history. It was also one of the highlights of our trip ( 

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