What is the best time to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is March and April. The autumn months of September and October is also a good time to visit the city. During these months, the city overflows with visitors from around the globe. The average temperature remains 75°F to 90°F (-59°C to 32°C) during these two months, which is comfortable enough to explore the city during the day time. Winters in Moscow, however, are chilly. The average temperature during December and January remains around -80°F to 80°F (-62°C to 27°C), which goes down further in the eastern part like, Siberia. Winters are great for skating though. Also, travelling south towards the Black Sea can be a relief from the prickly cold weather. March is an amazing time to visit St. Petersburg as well. You can pay a visit to the famous palaces and museums without the crowd around.

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Moscow in Autumn (September - November)

Autumn is one of the loveliest times in Moscow where the southern part is still warm and the north has pleasant weather. The beginning of autumn in Moscow is also termed as the ‘Indian summer’. The schools and universities reopen in September and hence, the streets are busy with locals. Early-October is comfortable weather-wise, however, the latter part of October starts getting cold.

Key Events in Autumn
  • Annual Moscow Birthday is celebrated in the month of September with parades and carnivals all throughout the city.
  • In October, The Moscow Gastronomic Festival lets the visitors enjoy the best of local cuisines at a discounted price.
  • The mountains nearby have the perfect weather for hiking during October.
  • November is the perfect time to explore the ‘Golden Ring’ at the northwest of Moscow which is quite an integral part in Russian history.
  • The Circle of Light Moscow International Festival revels at the end of September where the city is used as a canvas for light and multimedia installations.
  • WorldFood Moscow is one of the best events for food lovers in the city where food businesses gather from more than 62 countries worldwide.
  • The amazing ‘Night of the Arts’ is celebrated in November for classical art enthusiasts from all over the world.

Moscow in Summer (June - August)

June starts off as the beginning of summer season in Moscow. There are a number of music and art festivals, museum events, etc., lined up for the tourists during this time in the city. With July, however, the proper summer starts and the southern part of Russia starts filling in with travellers from around the globe. August is the last month of summer in Moscow. However, it’s a great month to explore the cultural beauty of the place. The weather can be a bit hot and the temperature can go up till 43°C.

Key Events in Summer
  • Tournament of St. George is the International Knight Festival that takes place in June in Moscow.
  • Usadba Jazz is another very popular and anticipated event in Moscow during the summer. It’s open-air jazz and funk, indie music, and world music programme.
  • The Moscow Jam Fest takes place in July where the tourists, as well as locals, are treated with the most exotic jams.
  • August is the time for the International Fireworks Festival in Moscow.

Moscow in Spring (March - May)

Although it comes under the spring season, March is still cold in Moscow. Also, the hotels are not too occupied with tourists and hence, room rents are not that costly. However, from April, travellers start arriving in the city and the good accommodation starts getting filled. The ice starts to melt in April and the beauty of Moscow comes alive. The parks, however, needs drying out because of the molten ice and hence, are shut for a few days. With May, there are more tourists on the streets.

Key Events in Spring
  • The Russians celebrate the May Day on 1st of May with much pomp and glory with beautiful yet peaceful demonstrations all around the city streets.
  • Orthodox Easter is celebrated in April and it is one of the most important holidays in the country.
  • On 9th of May, Victory Day is celebrated throughout the country which marks the defeat of Hitler and commemorates the lives of millions of Russians who died in World War II.
  • Moscow’s Museum Night is a grand affair where more than 300 museums are open till the dawn without any entry fees for the tourists.

Moscow in Winter (December - February)

The winter months of December, January and February are bitterly cold in Moscow. December, to be precise, is quite unstable in terms of weather conditions. There can be occasionally heavy snowfall or no snow at all! The days are short and cold and the streets are empty, which might be a bit depressing time to travel to the city. The last week, however, gears up for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

Key Events in Winter
  • Russians celebrate the Orthodox Day on January where families come together for Mass and 12 dish feasts honouring the 12 Apostles.
  • January is basically the festive time in Moscow. Russians celebrate the Christmas extensively by ushering gifts, having gala dinners with family and friends, and merrymaking!
  • February is the last month of winter and quite surprisingly, the temperature falls below zero with heavy snowfall. However, this is a good month for trying some ice sports like skating and skiing.
  • In February, the locals celebrate ‘Maslenitsa’, also known as the ‘Butter Week’ or the ‘pancake week’, to mark the last week before the spring sets in. 

Moscow in Low Season

The winter months of December, January and February are generally freezing in Moscow with snows all around. This is considered to be the low season in the country. However, even the warm coats and fluffy hats have their own charm in Moscow! So, in case you do not have a problem with the spine chilling cold and if you are brave enough to travel in sub-zero temperature, winters in Moscow can be a paradise for you. The dreamy white Christmas and magnificent snowy streets and landscape will surely take your breath away!

Moscow in Shoulder Season

The early Autumn months of September and October is again a good time to visit the city and hence, often considered to be the shoulder months for travelling to Moscow. The crowd is less during this time and the whole city is filled with golden and bronze autumnal hues. The parks are beautiful, though the leaves fall and the trees are devoid of the flowers. A visit to the beautiful Lake Baikel during this time can be an amazing tour for you which will be etched in your mind for a lifetime.

Moscow in Peak Season

Spring months of March and April are the peak seasons in Moscow. These months are the drawcards for travellers around the globe. The snow melts and the beautiful flowers and manicured lawns come to life at the parks all around the city. The hotels are generally overflowing with the crowd in April but if you can manage to do your bookings at the earliest, you might get yourself one of the best accommodations possible.

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