In Russia, taxi fees are usually negotiated with the driver ahead of
time. Do not use gypsy cabs or accept rides in cabs that already
have a rider.
Tipping is increasingly expected at restaurants. Tip 10-15%
depending on service.
Electricity throughout Russia is 220 volt/50 hz. The plug is the
two-pin thin European standard. Be sure to bring your own converter
as most places in
do not carry them.
All prices are generally quoted in rubles. Currency can be freely
converted at banks, hotels or kiosks specifically for tourists.
Despite the recent rapid improvements in the telecommunications
infrastructure, telephoning in
can be difficult and expensive. Best bet is to use the phone at your
hotel or use AT&T, Sprint or MCI's USA direct services. Tokens are
required for street pay phones, which can be purchased at
newsstands, in some stores, and many kiosks.
Time is GMT +3 for both Moscow & St. Petersburg.
Remember to bring any medications you may need. Check with your
health insurer before you depart to ascertain your coverage in the
event of emergency. Many insurance providers offer specialized
riders which can cover emergency evacuation.