Driving Tips in Russia - Sixt rent a car


Driving in Russia varies from the UK so in order for you to travel safely Sixt recommends that you look at our guide for driving tips and advice.

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Rules & Regulations

Here are some rules and regulations that you need to know of before you start your drive in Russia.

  • When driving in Russia remember that you have to drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • Wearing of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants.
  • It is illegal for children under the age of 12 to travel in the front seat unless using a restraint system appropriate to size.
  • An International Driving Permit (IDP) is compulsory for the holder of any type of UK driving licence and you must be aged at least 17 years of age or older in order to drive in Russia.
  • Russia has a zero tolerance policy to drinking and driving. If a driver is caught, the driving licence can be suspended for two years.
  • Dipped headlights must be used during the day.
  • Third-party insurance is compulsory, fully comprehensive insurance is recommended. Additional insurance can be purchased at the border, green card recognised. Should a motorist wish to travel to Russia and use a green card, they must ensure the code RUS is included on the document.
  • Speaking on a mobile phone while driving (without a hands free device) is a serious offence.
  • It is illegal to drive a dirty car, especially with mud on the licence plates – fines for this range from R.800 to R.2,000. Crossing a solid double white line is forbidden.
  • Turning right at a red light is not allowed when there is no special green arrow traffic light.

Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start driving in Russia.

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Speed Limits

The standard speed limits when driving in Russia are:

  • The signs indicating speed limits must be strictly adhered to.
  • Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers: In built-up areas 37 mph (60 km/h), outside built-up areas 55 mph (90km/h) but 68 mph (110 km/h) on expressways. Motorists who have held a driving licence for less than two years must not exceed 43 mph (70 km/h).
  • In some residential zones 13mph (20km/h) as signposted.
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Things to Bring Along

Drivers in Russia must carry at all times the originals of all the documents below, as traffic police can stop a car at any time for a check:

  • Passport including a valid visa
  • Migration card
  • Valid driving licence
  • Insurance policy
  • Car registration paper
  • Certificate of annual technical inspection

It is also mandatory to carry the following items:

First-aid kit (it is advisable to include latex gloves and a sterile syringe) Fire extinguisher Emergency triangle sign A neon reflective vest

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Additional Information

Because Russia is such a big country it is advisable to use a car rental when travelling around. Sixt car rental has 2 branches in St Petersburg and 6 branches in Moscow making your trip in Russia more convenient.

If you are travelling to Moscow you’ll be pleased to know that Sixt car rental has branches at all the main airports so that you can fly and drive. Once you are in Moscow you can go visit the fantastic red square and from there you will find lots of famous buildings including, the Kremlin, the Lenin mausoleum, Saint Basel Cathedral, State Historical Museum, and The Iberian Gate. There are lots of magnificent towns all around Moscow and you will be able to reach them all easily in your car rental. Why not take a trip to the cities of the Golden Ring, Vladimir, Suzdal, and Sergi Posad to name just a few.

If you decide to travel to St. Petersburg make sure you check out the hermitage museum, one of the most prestigious art museums in the world. Also on offer is the Female Monastery, The Yusupov Palace and lots more museums and monuments well worth seeing.

Travelling in Russia is so much more simple when using Sixt car rental.

Now you have read our tips for driving in Russia why not read of the other countries we have covered including Denmark, Austriaand Sweden.

* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.