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Looking for cheap airfare to Russia? 25% of our users found tickets to Russia for the following prices or less: Cheap flights to Russia from London £171 one-way - £250 round-trip, from Edinburgh £151 one-way - £325 round-trip, from Aberdeen £291 one-way - £611 round-trip
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Throughout Russia, there are several international airports that act as hubs with connections to the rest of the country. Moscow itself is served by three different airports: Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), which is to the north of Moscow, and Domodedovo International Airport (DME) and Vnukovo International Airport (VKO), which are to the south of Moscow. If you wanted to explore the east of the country, you could fly into Vladivostok International Airport (VVO), and for the centre of Russia, you could consider flights to Koltsovo International Airport (SVX).
If you are looking at flights to Russia to explore the Pacific coastline of the country, you can book a flight to Vladivostok International Airport, which is at one end of the Trans-Siberian Railway and located on the Pacific coast of Russia. From there you can use overland transport to explore the region or even catch a ferry onward to South Korea and Japan. From the UK it is likely that you will fly via Moscow and then catch an onward flight to Vladivostok.
Visitors wanting to spend time in the area of the Volga River should consider flying into Kazan International Airport (KZN), which is located 18mi from the city of Kazan.
Visas are mandatory for visitors to Russia and you need to obtain this visa before you travel. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your visa expires. When you enter Russia, you will receive an immigration card at passport control – there are two parts to the form, one part will be kept at immigration on your arrival and the other part needs to be handed in at passport control when you leave Russia – it is important to keep this form safe, otherwise your departure from Russia could be delayed.
Although credit and debit cards are accepted in most Russian cities in places like tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants, and ATMs exist at most bank outlets, it may be an idea to have some Russian roubles with you for when you leave the airport, as taxi drivers may not accept card payments. You can buy roubles before you fly, however, if you buy them at the airport when you land in Russia, you will need to have US dollars or euros with you.
FAQs - booking Russia flights
An average direct flight from the United Kingdom to Russia takes 15h 39m, covering a distance of 1777 miles. The most popular route is London - Moscow with an average flight time of 4h 00m.
The cheapest ticket to Russia from the United Kingdom found in the last 72 hours was £25 one-way, and £169 round-trip. The most popular route is London Heathrow to Moscow Sheremetyevo and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was £187.
Aeroflot and British Airways operate direct flights to St Petersburg from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR) respectively. These airlines also operate direct flights to Moscow from London Heathrow.
Visitors to Russia who want to visit Siberia may want to book flights to Novosibirsk, which is the largest city in Siberia. Novosibirsk International Airport (OBV) is located just under 10 mi from the centre of Novosibirsk and from here you can take road connections to explore the region.
Sochi International Airport (AER), which is in Adler, a district of Sochi, is the best one to fly into if you would like to visit the Black Sea.
Irkutsk International Airport (ITK) is the airport that serves as the hub for the region of Lake Baikal. You can fly into Moscow and then catch an onward domestic flight to Irkutsk, where you can then finish the rest of your journey overland to Lake Baikal.
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