Apps You Should Download Before Travelling to Russia

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Olga Glioza

This summer, many tourists and football fans will flock to Russia, not only to explore some of the most interesting cities and places the country has to offer, but also to support their teams in the FIFA World Cup 2018. With 11 host cities around the country, there are sure to be plenty of people travelling within Russia and beyond, so here are some of the most helpful apps to have upon arrival.


This is the Russian version of Uber. Once in Russia, Yandex.Taxi will help you get a cab easier, faster and for cheaper than its foreign counterpart. Just download the app, and voila! Yandex.Taxi also allows riders to pay the driver by card or in cash once you arrive at your destination.

WiFi Map

If you are in another country and urgently need Wi-Fi, get on this the app. WiFi Map is kind of a social media app that allows real users to share passwords, as well as tips and tricks on how to connect to local Wi-Fi. The app works offline and will show you the closest Wi-Fi connection or hotspot.

Make sure to download the useful apps before your flight

This Russian hotel-booking app allows users to find a place to stay basically around the world. Ostrovok offers low prices and the option to book without connecting your credit or bank card.


This app helps users get around big cities and metro areas, including St Petersburg and Moscow. It shows the full metro map, gives advice on optimal routes, estimates travel time and even offers advice on transportation, going so far as to suggest which train cabin to board so that you’re closest to the exit at your final stop.


This app allows users to obtain all the information needed to enjoy Russia, including sightseeing, nature reserves, parks and more. It also has an audio excursions option and includes maps that are accessible offline.

XE Currency

This is the most downloaded currency exchange app in the world. It works offline and will help users to better understand the prices in Russian roubles.

Use the XE Currency app to understand Russian prices in shops


Maps.Me allows travellers around the world to download the offline map of the country or city they’re visiting. The maps are interactive and provide turn-by-turn directions.

Discover Moscow

This is the official Moscow government app for the city, where users will find the most up-to-date information about interesting routes, famous personalities, sightseeing spots and more.

Yandex.Translator and Google Translate

When travelling to another country, it is always a great idea to have a translator app. Yandex.Translator and Google Translate are helpful with any and all linguistic enquiries you might have.

Gate Guru

GateGuru is useful for travellers en route to or from almost any country. It has informative maps of major airports and provides such information as real-time flight status, where to eat near your boarding gate, how long your check in is likely to take, how far your transfer gate is and more. With this one on your phone, it would be hard to get lost in any unfamiliar airport.

GateGuru will help you for a smooth airport transfer

Culture Trip

Last but not the least, the official Culture Trip app will help you get the most out of your holiday. With articles about major attractions, dining and lodging suggestions, it will become a good friend on any journey.

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