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London to Russia by bus

Eurolines London to Russia

Purchase tickets from London to Russia through two different booking systems

1st step London & Britain to Riga
Eurolines booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Moskow (Moskva)
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Pskov
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Luga
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Sankt-Petersburg
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW

London to Russia by coach

Several times a week is possible to travel from London to Russia by coach. There are few coach connections, which connect London with Moscow, the capital of Russia and some other Russian cities. However, they necessitate transferring from one coach operator to another in Riga as well as buying two separate tickets for each leg of the journey. The departure is from London, the coach also stops at Gillingham and Dover. The journey to Russia can be conventionally divided into two stages. The first stage is the journey from London to Riga, the second stage is the journey from Riga to the Russian cities. The coaches cross France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on their way. When arriving in Riga, passengers must use the services of the carrier Ecolines. Ecolines provides connections between Baltics States and Russia. A detailed timetable is located below.
The journey from London to Russia takes 60 hours. From London to Moskow it is about 60 hours and from London to Sankt-Petersburg it is 61 hours. There are usually three or four pairs of coaches per week. The cheapest way to travel to Russia is definitely the coach. If you are on a tight budget, then taking the coach in Europe can offer some amazing cost savings.
Whilst offering excellent fares some of these coach companies featured offering a very high quality service - you can expect reclining seats, extra hold luggage, free wifi, sometimes they offer you free tea or coffee and you also have power sockets at each seat.

London to Russia fares and booking

Unfortunately, at the moment it’s not possible to buy tickets for the entire journey. You have to purchase tickets separately on the Eurolines UK  website for the first leg of the journey and then another ticket using the Infobus booking tool. It is highly recommended to book tickets online in advance. The total price for a standard return ticket from London to Russia is approximately £293 (or £270 for a „promo” ticket). Before you go with this coach, make sure that you have all necessary travel documents (passport and visa). Note that schedules and prices are subject to change and EuropeBus can’t guarantee accuracy of this information.

Discover Russia

A journey to Russia is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with history and culture of this huge country. Russia covers eleven time zones and is located on two continents. It's one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Russia is the largest country with countless rivers, forests and mountains. You have to see the striking beauty and diversity of Russia’s nature. Useful guides: Lonely Planet Publications

Useful links to coach timetables & fares

How to buy tickets & some helpful information


The Eurolines coach network is an inexpensive way to travel through Europe. Eurolines coaches have different categories, from Standard class to Business class and they go everywhere. You can reserve seats in advance on the internet.

Eurolines operators

Eurolines is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. They serve the majority of European countries, reaching hundreds of destinations across Europe from Ireland to Russia and from Norway to Portugal. Some also serve Turkey and Morocco. Eurolines coaches are comfortable and upscale.
You can reserve a seat online, If your journey begins from the UK, you just go on the Eurolines UK web page, a complete list of operators affiliated in the Eurolines group is available under www.eurolines.com. The Eurolines offices are usually located inside the long distance bus stations, but it can also be a travel agent in the city.

Eurolines & National Express in one booking

National Express has teamed up with Eurolines to bring Europe that little bit closer to you. And you can get there in one easy booking. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Book your international travel through the National Express website.

Trains & airlines from the UK to Russia

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or flight services. If you want to travel from the UK to Russia or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Voyages-sncf website, while good flights between Britain and Russia are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in Europe are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at Voyages-sncf.com
Regular European air link services can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in Europe and worldwide.


To Russia by coach, see current international timetable & fares

London to Russia via Riga

Departing Coach times valid until 31/10/2016
Returning
160/203 Eurolines service number 203/160
T,W,Fr,Su Days of operation from / to London
M,T,Th,Sa
- Period(s) of operation -
Eurolines coach stops
21:30 Dep.➀ LONDON, Victoria Coach Stn Arr.⓸ 5:45
22:30 Dep.➀ GILLINGHAM, Hempstead Valley Arr.⓸ 4:20
23:25 Dep.➀ DOVER, Eastern Docks Arr.⓸ 3:30
FERRY CHANNEL CROSSING BY
FERRY
Transit via France and Belgium. Arrival on the next day.
10:45© Arr.➁ DUSSELDORF, D, Interchange only Dep. ➂ 17:45
11:15 Dep.➁ DUSSELDORF, D, Interchange only Arr.➂ ©15:45
Transit via Poland and Lithuania. Arrival on the next day.
18:00
Arr.➀ RIGA, LV, Central Bus Station, Pragas 1 Dep. 12:00
Change at Riga onto a Ecolines coach to Moscow. Remember that the coach arrives in Riga two days later from London.
Ecolines 82051 Ecolines service number Ecolines 82051
Daily Days of operation from Riga & Moscow
Daily
Ecolines coach stops
19:15 Dep.➂ RIGA, LV, Central Bus Station, Pragas 1 Arr.➁ 9:45
10:15 Arr.⓸ MOSKOW, RU, Railway Station "Rizhskiy", Riga Sq. under the viaduct Dep.➀ 20:00
Change at Riga onto a Ecolines coach to Pskov, Luga, Sankt-Petersburg. Remember that the coach arrives in Riga two days later from London.
Ecolines 8581 Ecolines service number Ecolines 8581
Daily Days of operation from Riga & Sankt Petersburg
Daily
Ecolines coach stops
20:00 Dep.➂ RIGA, LV, Central Bus Station, Pragas 1 Arr.➁ 7:45
2:40 Arr.⓸ PSKOV, RU, us Station, 21 Vokzalnaja str. Dep.➁ 3:25 +1day
4:55 Arr.⓸ LUGA, RU, Bus Station, 12 Malaja Inzinernaja str. Dep.➁ 1:05 +1day
7:00 Arr.⓸ SANKT-PETERSBURG, RU, Railway Station, "Vitebskiy"
Dep.➀ 22:40
7:15 Arr.⓸ SANKT-PETERSBURG, RU, Bus Station 2, 36 Nabereznaya Obvodnogo Kanala Dep.➀ 22:20
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M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except...
© = A change of coach is required in Dusseldorf and Riga

Standard fares

Information about coach fares from London to Riga are presented on the Latvia page. The following table shows the coach fares from Riga to Russian cities.

Riga to:
Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return
MOSKOW, (Moskva)
60€ / £50 114€ / £96 10% discount 50% discount Riga to Moskow
PSKOV 20€ / £17 47€ / £40 10% discount 50% discount Riga to Pskov
LUGA 23€ / £19 44€ / £37 10% discount 50% discount Riga to Luga
SANKT-PETERSBURG 33€ / £28 63€ / £53 10% discount 50% discount Riga to St. Petersburg

Age categories: Children: 0-15 years, Youth: 15-26 years, Seniors: 60+ years.

How to buy tickets online for travel from Britain to Russia via Riga?

Unfortunately, at the moment it’s not possible to buy tickets for the entire journey. You have to purchase tickets separately on the Eurolines UK  website for the first leg of the journey and then another ticket using the Infobus booking tool. It is highly recommended to book tickets online in advance. The total price for a standard return ticket from London to Russia is approximately £293 (or £270 for a „promo” ticket).
To purchase tickets online to Riga you can do it directly at the Europebus’s home page using the journey planner provided. You can also do it on the Eurolines or National Express’ websites. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended. I don’t recommend the Open return tickets for the journey to Russia.

Use the special journey planner form InfoBus, for Ecolines services. Anyone from any country can buy tickets this way.  Do a dry run first to check prices and availability before booking for real.
Open the special journey planner and book from Latvia (Riga) to Russia  and back looking for the direct coach with 0 changes. The search results will also show cheap savings fares (if they will be available) or standard fares. You pay by debit or credit card and print out your own tickets.  Easy! The prices shown are in Euros, EuropeBus recommends registering when it asks you before completing the purchase.

Purchase tickets from London to Russia through two different booking systems

!st step London & Britain to Riga
Eurolines booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Moskow (Moskva)
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Pskov
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Luga
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW
2nd step Riga to Sankt-Petersburg
Infobus booking tool BOOK TICKET NOW

Travelling to Europe from outside London

National Express together with Eurolines offer nationwide connections to London for a simple add-on price of £15 single or return. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Unfortunately, this option is only available for certain Eurolines connections, so if you won’t be able to purchase a ticket with this option, you'll have to buy two separate tickets. One ticket for access into London by National Express, the second ticket for the international Eurolines route from London. 
It's easy. Buy a ticket online now.

The journey from London to Russia by Eurolines

Transport from London to Riga is carried out with traditional Eurolines’ vehicles. All Eurolines’ coaches have on-board toilet and washroom facilities, reclining seats and air-conditioning as standard.
 Sometimes the coach that picks you up from your departure point has only the final destination displayed on the front windscreen. This is because the majority of Eurolines routes include multiple stops and it would be impractical to display every stop on the front windscreen. Also, you may have booked a journey which requires a change of coach. In both examples, please ask the driver to confirm that his/her coach is going to the destination stated on your ticket. 
Eurolines put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom.
Eurolines coach services depart from Victoria Coach Station in London which is located close to Victoria Underground and bus stations. Eurolines coaches arrive at the main bus terminals in Latvia.

The carrier provides service to any person who has purchased a ticket. Number of tickets for the designated route is limited to the number of seats. Having a valid ticket guarantees you use of the service (seat on the coach), however it does not reserve any particular place.
Single and return tickets (with the indicated date and time) are for a specific journey, you cannot miss the departure, because you will lose the ticket.
Best to buy tickets well in advance. Eurolines has many discounts for those who decide to purchase tickets in advance. Constant, although a slight discount is provided for youth, elderly and disabled people. Up to 50% discount is provided for children. Unless you get a good promotional fare (mostly the FunFare ticket), return fares are much cheaper than two single fares each way.

Ecolines is a large coach operator with routes throughout the Baltics, Europe and probably the best way to get to Riga from Russia - for the price. Ecolines is generally less expensive than other transportation options or coach lines, without compromising on comfort or quality.

Check-In at London Victoria Coach Station

You need to check-in at the Eurolines check-in office located adjacent to Gate 19. Check in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure. You should have your passports and other travel documents ready for inspection at check-in. A boarding card for each customer and luggage labels will be issued and customers will be advised from which gate their coach will leave. Check in time at other UK departure points is 30 minutes before departure. If the office for check-in is already closed, check-in takes place directly on the coach.

Check-In in Russia

You must check-in no later than 30 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Check-in closes 15 minutes before departure. 
If there’s no office for check-in, then check-in takes place directly on the coach. Services returning to London arrive in Victoria Coach Station’s Arrivals terminal, customers making onward coach connections will need to cross the street to the Departures terminal

Sea crossings

This route involves a sea crossing which, depending on which service you are on, will either by Eurotunnel or by ferry (check timetables for specific information). On arrival at the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal customers will be required to disembark from the coach and pass through both UK and destination country Border Control offices and show their Passports. Normally customers are not required to be accompanied by their luggage, however occasionally Border Control officials do require customers to take their own luggage with them.

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Refreshment stops

Refreshment stops are taken periodically throughout the journey providing the opportunity for refreshment and shipping services used by Eurolines provide a range of shops, restaurants and other facilities.

Carriage of luggage

All travellers should label their luggage which will be loaded into the hold of the coach and will normally remain there until arrival at the destination or interchange point. The coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.

Transportation of luggage in Eurolines & partners coaches: Each customer has a free luggage allowance of one medium sized suitcase, weighing no more than 25 kilograms and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat. A 2nd item will incur a charge of £5 per extra piece of luggage (when boarding the coach in Dusseldorf).

Transportation of luggage in Ecolines & partners coaches: Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 30 kilograms both and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat. A 2nd item will incur a charge of 10 Euros per extra piece of luggage (when boarding the coach).

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Travel insurance

The best way to protect against unexpected accidents is to buy travel insurance. In my opinion, so that the journey is stress-free, you should never travel without travel insurance. You can insure only for travel, it’s possible directly during ticket purchase. You can also insure individually with another insurer. This will be the insurance that will apply during the journey and while in a foreign country. The insurance should cover: loss of cash and goods, cancellation of travel and the main treatment abroad. If you travel several times a year and want to save money, you may want to buy an annual insurance policy. Click here to buy insurance.

Currency

The monetary unit in Russia is the the Rouble. Do you want to exchange currency? Currency Exchange online

If you're going on holiday, a prepaid currency card is a great item to have in your wallet. Here, we take a closer look at prepaid card option from My Travel Cash. There are a lots of great reasons why using a one of MyTravelCashs’ currency cards. They've found that different types of travellers use their products for different reasons, so, they've created special tailored products, for exapmle: Euro Currency Card, US Dollar Currency Card and Multi-Currency Card.
However, if you think that the traditional exchange of currency is a better option for you, then use the home delivery service offered by Post Office Travel Money. It’s a convenient and fantastic value option.
Post Office Travel Money has been awarded Best Foreign Exchange Provider for the last 3 years running by the British Travel Awards.  You can order online and get currency or Travellers’ Cheques delivered to your front door or pick up from one of 12,000 local Post Office branches.

Visit My Travel Cash and Post Office Travel Money websites and choose most convenient option.

Car Rental

If you need a car abroad, please use the information provided on Rent a car page. There you can rent a car online with proven rental agency located throughout Europe. You will save money because you do not have to pay commission to the agent. Car hire online