The petrol and diesel is are easily available in Russia and there are generally 4 types on sale:

  • 95 ("devyanosto pyaty" - that's what you use for most foreign cars - unleaded),
  • 92 ("devyanosto vtoroi"),
  • 80 or 76 (for old Russian cars),
  • and diesel fuel.

The price is about twice less than in Europe.
There might sometimes be problems with the quality of the fuel, so it's better to use petrol stations that have some sort of brand name (RosNeft, TNK, LukOIL, Gazpromneft are among the best ones).

To travel in Russia by car you need (according to the Russian authorities):

  • your personal passport with valid Russian visa, original;
  • your driving licence, original;
  • the registration document on for your car, original;
  • third-party insurance (for car) valid in Russia.

The traffic police in Russia is called GIBDD (government inspection of road safety).

The road rules are basically the same as in Europe, and you won't have problems following the signs as well. Usually the cameras are installed on the major motorways and city avenues. The maximum speed limit inside the city is 60 km / hour, while if you drive at about 90 km / hour outside of cities, you won't have problems with traffic police. Your car should have a first-aid kit and a fire extingiusher (this is the traffic police requirement).

Also, you shouldn't worry if you get stopped even if you think you did nothing wrong: the check-ups are regular and if your documents are OK, the inspector will take 1 minute and wish you a nice journey.