Exhibitions, Fairs and Auctions


Visit machinery and equipment exhibitions, air and motor shows, industrial, aerospace, transport and art exhibitions, flower expositions, dog shows and other events.

As a rule, the company organizing an exhibition offers its participants a range of related services hotel booking, transfer to the city, excursions program and other, including visa support. However, not everyone knows that the so-called "special-aim" tourist visa is enough to come to Russia to participate in an exhibition. This type of visa is easier and faster to get compared with a business visa.

Please note that an invitation for a tourist visa can be issued only by a specially accredited Russian tour operator such as ALVIST.Take advantage of our unique offer to visit exhibitions, fairs and auctions in Russia – get EXPO-VISA invitation in 5 minutes.

We recommend using Google Trips application to organize your travel to almost all major cities of Russia. You will be able to find the best transfer from the airport, find out the cost, schedule and routes of public transport, select excursions and entertainments you wish. All you need to do is to download the GoogleTrips app on your phone. To cut the costs of mobile roaming traffic, we recommend buying Russian SIM card with the appropriate tariff plan (see «Be online»). ALVIST will help you to arrange all the other things.


There are plenty of options allowing you to fly to Russia: regular flights of Russian and foreign airlines, lowcosters and charter flights. You can choose the price and comfort in accordance with your wishes and preferences.

To select and book flights, you can use the online services – www.skyscanner.ru, www.momondo.ru.


Moscow is serviced by three international airports:
Sheremetyevo – www.svo.aero
Domodedovo – www.domodedovo.ru
Vnukovo – www.vnukovo.ru


Saint Petersburg can be reached by plane arriving at Pulkovo international airport – www.pulkovoairport.ru, as well as on ferry from Finland and Sweden – www.stpeterline.com.


Airports of other major Russian cities:
Kazan – www.kazan.aero
Vladivostok – vvo.aero
Yekaterinburg – www.koltsovo.ru
Novosibirsk – www.tolmachevo.ru


In Moscow, we recommend you to book hotels near the exhibition centres as this will significantly save the road time.

A room in 4-5 stars hotels costs from RUB 6000 (~$100) per day.

A room in 3-4 stars hotels costs from RUB 1500 (~$25) per day.


In other major cities, there are fewer hotels than in Moscow, so it is advisable to book rooms in advance. A room in 5 stars hotels costs almost as much as in Moscow. The room rate in 3-4 stars hotels is usually less.

To book a hotel room, you can use the following online services: www.booking.com, www.hotels.com.


To reach from the airport to Moscow city (and back), you can use:


1. Aeroexpress trains departing every 30 minutes from Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. The journey takes 30 or 40 minutes and costs RUB 420 (~$7) www.aeroexpress.ru.


2. Taxi. We recommend using the online taxi services – www.taxi.yandex.ru, www.uber.com. It's rather than taking a taxi at the airport. A trip to the city centre costs RUB 1500 (~$25) and takes 30-40 minutes.


From the airports of regional cities it is better to take a taxi to your destinationwww.taxi.yandex.ru, www.uber.com.


As a rule, there are metro stations near the big exhibition centres.

To call a taxi:

VIP-class (Mercedes, Audi, BMW) www.city-mobil.ru

Economy or Business Class www.taxi.yandex.ru


You can also rent a car www.rentalcars.com. However, there are difficulties with parking, especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg, such as parking deficiency and its high rate (up to RUB 200 (~$3) per hour). Therefore, we do not recommend using this service.


It is worth noting that there is a well-developed public transport network which helps to save time in the rush hours.


In Moscow:

Crocus Expo www.crocus-expo.ru

Sokolniki www.sokolniki.com

VDNH Expo www.expo.vdnh.ru

Expocentre www.expocentr.ru


In St. Petersburg:

Lenexpo www.lenexpo.ru

Expoforum www.expoforum-center.ru


In other major cities:

Kazan www.expokazan.ru

Novosibirsk www.novosibexpo.ru

Sochi www.sochi-expo.ru

Vladivostok www.dalexpo.vl.ru

Yekaterinburg www.ekaterinburgexpo.ru


Russia offers the tourists a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars for any taste and budget.

A dinner in high-end restaurants may cost from RUB 3000 (~$50).

In mid-range restaurants and cafes an average bill may be RUB 1000 (~$17) per person.

Many restaurants offer lunch specials a set of several courses costing RUB 300 (~$5) and valid in the afternoon.


To have the food delivered to your home or hotel room, you can use the following services: www.delivery-club.ru, www.zakazaka.ru.


You can find more detailed information on restaurants and cafés location, their menu and customer reviews as well as make online booking on www.tripadvisor.ru.


Russia may offer you a very wide range of different excursions, historic sites and entertainment facilities. The prices are generally lower than in most European cities.


Excursions, museums, exhibitions. In Moscow and St. Petersburg you can visit not only museums of world significance (the Moscow Kremlin and the Kremlin Museum Complex, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow; the Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum and the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg), but also small private galleries and exhibitions. So many places are worth seeing!


Theatres. You are always welcome at the most popular Russian theatres such as the Bolshoi and Maly Theatres, the Moscow Art Theatre and Operetta in Moscow and the Mariinsky, Alexandrinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres in St. Petersburg. There are also popular private theatrical enterprises with famous film and theater actors.


Bars, nightclubs. Nightlife of Moscow and St. Petersburg is very diverse, cheerful, entertaining and sometimes outrageous. Nightlife in the province is distinguished by its special and unique flavor.


You can find more detailed information regarding exhibitions, museums, theaters, clubs location and hours of operation as well as book tickets on www.tripadvisor.ru.


International roaming is very expensive in Russia, so we strongly recommend you to purchase a SIM card from one of the four all-Russian mobile phone operators: www.mts.ru, www.beeline.ru, www.megafon.ru, www.tele2.ru.


For example, the tariff plan "Smart" for RUB 550 (~$9) per month includes 600 minutes for calls across Russia and 4 GB of Internet – www.mts.ru/smart.

If you need just a few calls, you may use tariff plans without subscription fee. For example, the tariff plan "Vse prosto" supposes RUB 1.6 ($0,03) per minute for calls in one region of Russia – www.megafon.ru/vse_prosto.

In Russia the cost of calls and using Internet may differ depending on the region. To save money, we recommend connecting additional options.


Mobile calls from Russia to other countries are very expensive. We recommend using Skype, WhatsApp and Viber services via the mobile Internet and Wi-Fi which is often provided for free in cafes and hotels.

What else might you need?


Emergency calls: 112


Online translators: www.translate.google.com, www.translate.ru


Find friends on dating sites: www.loveplanet.ru, www.badoo.com


Rent an apartment: www.airbnb.com


To enter Russia, you have to obtain a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in your country.


The main document in the set you should submit to the Russian Consulate is the Invitation for a Russian visa.


Especially for trips to exhibitions, auctions and other business events, ALVIST, in partnership with VisaHouse, offers an entirely new product – EXPO-VISA – a special invitation to obtain a short (up to seven days) Russian visa. This type of visa fully complies with the legislation, and it is much faster, simpler and cheaper to get it compare with a business visa.


Besides to resolving commercial issues, participation in exhibitions and conducting business negotiations, this type of visa is also suitable to get medical examination or consultation.


In case of visa problems during your stay in Russia, only the Russian organization that invited you to Russia and whose name is indicated in your visa can help you. Managers of ALVIST are always ready to help you by phone +7 495 721-10-21 and e-mail info@alvisttour.ru


* - besides of cases of visa-free countries.



Feel free to contact our Trip Design Manager. We will always help you to arrange a trip to Russia.


ALVIST provides you with the complete support during your trips in Russia!

Note: A general consultation is free of charge. A detailed consultation is charged according to the Price list and in correspondence with our Terms And Conditions


Office 18, Bolshaya Nikitskaya St. 22, Moscow 125009, Russia