10 Major Cities in Russia to Visit (with photos)

At a time of economic recession, we fully appreciate that you are mindful of the costs associated with your vacation this year, and we are confident that you would not wish to waste your precious vacation time on a marginal destination. We have therefore selected for your consideration some of the best cities in Russia to visit.

Whether you’re considering moving to Russia for the first time or changing cities, where you choose to settle down will affect the trajectory your life will take. For this reason, it’s important to do your research and choose the best place in Russia for you and your family.

Good enough, most places in Russia provide access to beautiful national parks, breathtaking views, and friendly locals. Beyond that, each city in Russia has the strengths that makes it best suited for different stages of life. Some cities have very strong job markets, while others offer affordable housing and reasonably priced childcare.

So if you’re perhaps deciding the best cities in Russia where you want to settle, or if you just like reading about cities, here’s our look at where to live.

The 12 Major Cities in Russia

S/NCity NamePopulation
2.St. Petersburg5,468,000
4.Nizhny Novgorod1,258,000
10.Veliky Novgorod225,239
Cities in Russia

1. Moscow

Moscow City in Russia

Moscow is the capital and not only the political centre of Russia but also the country’s most populous city in the country. it is said to be one of the Best Cities in the World for Students. It is the largest European city has an area of 2511 square km.

The current metro area population of Moscow in 2020 is , a 0.5% increase from 2019. The metro area population of Moscow in 2019 was 12,476,000, a 0.53% increase from 2018

Moscow is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is well recognized for its display of Russian architecture, particularly its historic Red Square, and buildings such as the Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Moscow Kremlin, of which the latter serves as the political of the Government of Russia. It is one of the best cities in Russia where one can live both as single and family.

Upon the population of Moscow, it is pretty safe. Most all areas of Moscow are safe to be in but do carry your purse in front of you at all times. There are also opportunities for those seeking a job.

2. St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia

st. Petersburg Russia among the cities on Russia and one of the most important tourism centres in the country. It is Russia’s second-largest city with 5,468,000 population. The city is on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.

St. Petersburg is commonly referred to as the world’s cultural centre. The city boasts world-famous museums, theatres, galleries, architectural monuments, cultural and educational institutions: the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian National Library, and the Russian Museum are just four of them.

The current metro area population of St. Petersburg in 2020 is 5,468,000, a 0.76% increase from 2019. The metro area population of Saint Petersburg in 2019 was 5,427,000, a 0.82% increase from 2018. The metro area population of Saint Petersburg in 2018 was 5,383,000.

Travelling to the City of St Petersburg Russia is generally safe. Tourists are unlikely to be victims of crime. However, always carry your passport with you for identification and immediately report any incident to the police.

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3. Sochi City

Sochi, City In Russia

Sochi is the largest resort city in Russia. The city is located on the Sochi River, along the Black Sea in Southern Russia with a population of over 450,000 people. The city is also known for 20th-century neoclassical buildings such as the columned Winter Theatre.

Sochi as a popular summer tourist destination is known for a wide variety of attractions, both natural and historical-cultural, mountain canyons and underground caves, relict forests and nature reserves, waterfalls and lakes, cottages of famous people and museums.

The Sochi City of Russia is safe as much as other cities in the country but should be at alert all the time you are in the public place.

4. Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod is one of the oldest cities in Russia, so is home to an array of historic attractions , it once served as one of the most important military cities in Russia.

The mosr recent metro area population of Nizhniy Novgorod in 2020 is 1,258,000, a 0.24% decline from 2019. The metro area population of Nizhniy Novgorod in 2019 was 1,261,000, a 0.24% decline from 2018. The metro area population of Nizhniy Novgorod in 2018 was 1,264,000, a 0.08% increase from 2017.

Nizhny Novgorod City of Russia is an important economic centre; transportation, scientific, educational and cultural center in Russia and the vast Volga-Vyatka economic region, and is the main center of river tourism in Russia, and also the administrative center of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and Volga Federal District.

In respect to the safety, Nizhny Novgorod according to Studyin.ru was ranked 53rd with an index of 72.97. Researchers said day- and night-time walks around the city were safe. The crime rate is low, as is the likelihood of assault due to skin colour, nationality or religion. It is one of the best cities in Russia that is worth to live in.

5. Krasnodar

Krasnodar in Russia

Krasnodar is a large city located in the south of European Russia, the administrative centre of Krasnodar Krai. The city is the trading centre for southern Russia, the major economic hub in southern Russia. The current metro area population of Krasnodar in 2020 is 957,000, a 2.03% increase from 2019

Just like other cities in Russia, Krasnodar is safe and is relatively safe walking during night. You can easily see the police.

Krasnodar is popular for the steel lattice hyperboloid tower built by the Russian engineer and scientist Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov in 1928; it is located near Krasnodar Circus. The most interesting place in Krasnodar is Krasnaya Street. The city goes in line with other best cities in Russia as a place worth a visit.

6. Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg City

Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest Russian city by population and is the capital of the Ural region. The city is located in the centre of the Eurasian continent. The city acts as the divide between Russia and Kazakhstan and has been nicknamed as the ‘window on Asia’ due to its close proximity to the border.

With a population of 1.5 million people, Yekaterinburg is the 4th most populous city in Russia after Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Novosibirsk.

The current metro area population of Yekaterinburg in 2020 is 1,504,000, a 0.74% increase from 2019. The metro area population of Yekaterinburg in 2019 was 1,493,000, a 0.74% increase from 2018. The metro area population of Yekaterinburg in 2018 was 1,482,000.

Yekaterinburg has a low to moderate index of crime. The city is now considered one of the most popular destinations for tourists. There is minimal risk from crime in Yekaterinburg compared to other major Russian metropolitan areas.

7. Novosibirsk


Novosibirsk city is the administrative center of Novosibirsk oblast (region) and the main city of western Siberia, in south-central Russia. It is the third largest city in the Russian Federation. It is the largest city in Asian Russia located on the banks of the Ob River in the West Siberian Plain, close to the Salair Ridge in central south of Russia.

The current metro area population of Novosibirsk in 2020 is 1,664,000, a 0.85% increase from 2019.

Novosibirsk is popularly known as the centre of Siberian federal district and big industrial city, where mechanical engineering, power industry, metallurgy and food industry are widely developed. But Novosibirsk is famous not only for its industry. In addition he is well-know as a big arts center.

Its rapid growth and industrialization led to Novosibirsk being dubbed the “Chicago of Siberia.

Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU) is one of the largest universities in Siberia and most prestigious technical universities in Russia.

8. Tyumen

Tyumen City in Russia

Tyumen is the largest city and the administrative center of Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located on the Tura River 2,143 kilometers (1,332 mi) east of Moscow. The city is the oil and gas capital of Russia. It was the first Russian settlement in Siberia. These days the city is the youthful, business-oriented capital of a vast, oil-rich oblast. Tyumen’s 2020 population is now estimated at 843,196 and it continues to increase.

Tyumen cities of Russia is a safe city and Foreign students can enter Tyumen State University both in the preparatory department for the study of the Russian language and specialized subjects, and in the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

9. Ufa

Ufa, Russia

Ufa is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bashkortostan in Russia. The city lies at the confluence of the Belaya and Ufa rivers, in the centre-north of Bashkortostan. Ufa is in the list of best cities in Russia with population over one million people.

According to report, the current metro area population of Ufa in 2020 is 1,136,000, a 0.26% increase from 2019. The metro area population of Ufa in 2019 was 1,133,000, a 0.35% increase from 2018. The metro area population of Ufa in 2018 was 1,129,000, a 0.8% increase from 2017.

The beauty of the Bashkirian nature is known far beyond the circle of the republic. People from different corners of the country come here to travel on horses, sledges, pontoons or to have walking tours to majestic places of the magnificent scenery.

10. Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod City in Russia

Veliky Novgorod is one of the most ancient and of the most interesting cities in Russia. Located in the northwestern part of the country along the Volkhov River. Veliky Novgorod is a beautiful city, known as as the ‘Birthplace of Russia’, and the most popular town in the Western European Russia region. Veliky Novgorod population in 2020 is estimated at 225 239 residents.

Novgorod is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Veliky Novgorod is a small and very picturesque town, worth visiting if you are interested in history and old Russian traditions.

Novgorod is famous for merchants exchanged exotic fabrics, metals, wines and amber from the Mediterranean for the luxurious ermine, and sable and marten fur.

In Veliky Novgorod, researchers said day- and night-time walks around the city is safe. The crime rate is low, as is the likelihood of assault due to skin color, nationality or religion. There are also job opportunities in the city.

That is for the cities In Russia and their population.


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