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Locating Russia’s Continent and How to Reach It

If you are wondering where is Russia continent located as you cannot find it on any map, the answer is quite simple: there is no continent with this name.

Russia is the largest country in the world, it is not a continent, although it has more than 17 million square kilometres.

Actually, Russia is located on two continents, Asia and Europe and this makes it a transcontinental country, but not a continent.

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It spans from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east and from the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and Azov Sea to the south up to the Arctic Ocean to the north.



The natural boundary between European Russia or Western Russia and Asian Russia are the Ural Mountains and the Caucasus Mountains, two impressive mountain ranges that split Europe and Asia.

Russia is located in Eastern Europe and is bordering 16 countries: with two of them have maritime boundaries and with the rest of 14 has a terrestrial boundary.

The countries that are located near Russia are:

  • On the western part: Norway including the Barents Sea, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan
  • In the south: Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea
  • Maritime borders with Sweden, Japan, United States and Alaska

Where is Russia continent located and interesting facts about it

First of all, I want to tell you that everything about the Russian Federation is gigantic and here are some examples:

  • It spans over 11 time zones
  • It has 21 national republics
  • In all parts of Russia lives more than 41 ethnic groups with more than 100.000 people each besides the ethnic Russians
  • It has 38.000 kilometres of coastline and 22.400 kilometres of borders
  • about 145 million Russians live in the country

As you can see Russia is a huge country with many beautiful sceneries and interesting culture and traditions.

In the following lines, I will tell you how you can get to Russia and how much money do you need to visit the largest country in the world.

Russian visas

Visa regime in Russia is a very complicated and restrictive process that is changed and updated quite frequently and the changes are not always transparent or easy to understand.

Travellers from all over the world, including US citizens who do not comply with the Russian visa laws and regulations, can be arrested, deported or might suffer fines.

Stay safe while you travel

  • medical safety abroad
  • medical assistance including COVID-19
  • emergency medical evacuation
  • trip interruption -up to $5.000
  • travel delay - up to $100/day

You cannot depart the country if you have an expired visa and most importantly, the visa cannot be obtained upon arrival.

You have to apply for a visa in advance if you plan to visit this country and sometimes the process of obtaining the visa might be quite slow.

Travellers that arrive in Russia and do not have a visa are not allowed to enter the country and face immediate return to their country at their own expense.



The Russian entry and exit visas have two dates written down in the European style (day/month/year).

The first date written down represents the earliest day when the traveller is allowed to enter Russia and the second date is the latest date when the traveller has to leave the country.

The visa is valid only for that specific date and cannot be extended once you are in the country except in case of a medical emergency.

Don’t be surprised if you apply for a 10 days visa and you receive it just for 4 or 5 days as it happens very often.

And there is another thing: if the visa is misdated by an employer from the Russian Embassy or Consulate, the traveller will still have to stay in Russia between the date written in the official document.

A smart thing that you should do after you get your visa and before leaving your country is to go to a person who knows Russian and ask for a translation of the document, just to be sure about the accuracy of the information.

How much does it cost to get to Russia

You might never find where is Russia continent located on the map, as it does not exist but for sure you can find here some useful information about how much it costs to get to this beautiful country.


First of all, there is the visa expense and this is a mandatory expense as you cannot travel to Russia without a visa.

The cost of getting a visa is around 210 US dollars and consists of 160 US dollars for consular taxes, about 40 US dollars representing administrative fees and the letter of invitation which costs about 20 US dollars.


Some hotels, generally the cheaper ones ranked below 3 stars will ask you for a registration tax which can be between 5 to 10 US dollar.

This tax is charged right at the check-in procedure and you have to pay it if you want to stay in that hotel.

Plane tickets

There are not many airline companies that operate flights to Russia and the ones that do are pretty expensive.

You might expect to pay around 800 or 1000 US dollars for a round trip to Russia from the United States and this price is only if you buy the ticket in advance.

Otherwise, the prices might be incredibly high and the cost of your trip might go up in the sky.


Generally, the accommodation has to be booked and paid for in advance because when you apply for the visa you have to know where you go, where you will stay and for how long.

There is a wide range of hotels and hostels all over Russia, especially in Moscow ( the capital and the largest city) and St Petersburg and the prices start from 10 US dollar per night for a shared room in a hostel up to a few hundred for luxury hotels.

Besides these costs, there are the expenses during the trip for transportation, food, entrance tickets and others.

For these categories of expenses book at least 80 US dollars per day just to have enough money for your trip.


I hope this article managed not just to answer your question about where is Russia continent located but it also gave you an idea about how much money and what papers you need if you plan to visit the largest country in the world.

Indeed Russia is a pretty expensive country but with careful planning, I am sure you will manage to visit it soon.