It is actually very easy to plan an independent trip. The most known routes to Russia are St Petersburg to Moscow that is why it has a good provision of services. The best way to get around this enormous country are the Russia’s trains as they are comfortable, relatively inexpensive and services between the two major cities are frequent and efficient.
The good choice is the trains depart St Petersburg’s Moskovsky station and the first class sleeper carriages for an approximately eight-hour journey. They are comfortable and clean with two adult berths. It will cost around £200 per person for a one-way first class sleeper ticket.
But if you choose a daytime service and sit in second class, you may do so if you do not need a sleeping car because this will be cheaper and the high speed Sapsan trains only take four hours. You can book in advance with agencies such as Real Russia as they also arrange your visa for you. But the cheapest way to book tickets is at the station reservation office.
A tour isn’t needed because the journey is relatively straightforward aside from it is too expensive too. Although its advantage would be that you can concentrate on enjoying the trip rather than the logistics. For £1250, the Cox and Kings have a good Moscow and St Petersburg tour for seven nights; it also includes flights, a high standard of accommodation and some meals.