All of Russia’s regions have signed cooperation agreements with the online travel service RUSSPASS. The number of suggestions offered to travelers by the service now exceeds 1,500. Both Russian citizens and foreigners can use RUSSPASS to create their own itinerary for a trip within Russia, buying plane and train tickets, tours and theaters all in one place.
RUSSPASS offers travel ideas for Central Russia, the Urals region, Siberia, the Far East and the south of the country. Suggestions are designed for both short and long trips, enabling users to choose a vacation that best suits their needs. Trips vary in length from a few hours to a week or more: a tour of Kaliningrad Region, for example, takes eight days, while a tour of Ivanovo takes just one day.
The app’s Road trips section is designed for people who like to travel by car and features routes around Russian regions departing from Moscow. There are more than 90 trips on offer, lasting from one to six days. A family trip to Sergiyev Posad and Pereslavl-Zalessky, for example, takes six days.
RUSSPASS is aimed at a wide audience, offering optimal solutions for both young people and families with children. The recreation program depends on the interests of each individual traveler: some prefer to see the main sights and architectural and historic landmarks, while others are interested in the natural environment of their chosen region.
Tourists can plan complicated routes involving several different modes of transport and buy in advance tickets for guided tours, museums and theaters, and choose cafes and restaurants with a price range and menu that suit their tastes.
Three new functions have recently become available on the website: planning of combined routes involving several types of transport; an interactive map of Russia showing landmarks, museums and theaters; and authorization via social networks and popular online services.
In March, the RUSSPASS online travel service introduced new travel ideas for the North Caucasus region, including Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Dagestan, North Ossetia, and Chechnya. Users can choose from more than 50 suggestions to go on a pre-planned tour or organize their own trip to see the attractions they have selected. For convenience, all places of interest are shown on an interactive map.
These kinds of tools are in growing demand as people are more willing to choose tours, tickets, hotels and excursions online. This is why Moscow, together with other regions of the country, is developing the RUSSPASS service to make traveling in Russia more attractive and competitive for tourists when international travel restrictions are lifted.
The online travel service RUSSPASS was created at the initiative of the Government of Moscow and has been operational since the summer of 2020. During that time, more than 700,000 people have taken advantage of its services. RUSSPASS currently has over 380 partners, including more than 100 tour operators in Moscow and other cities.
Implementation of the project is being supervised by Moscow’s Committee for Tourism together with the Department of Information Technology.