Best time to beat the crowds with an average 4% drop in price.
Most popular time to fly with an average 20% increase in price.
Top tips for finding cheap flights to Russia
Book at least 1 week before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly from the United States is January.
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Most flights to Russia from the popular international airports in the United States like John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), Los Angeles Airport (LAX), and San Francisco Airport (SFO) are stopover flights with one or two transfers. The location of your layover can be Istanbul (IST), Frankfurt (FRA), or Paris (CDG).
Consider booking KLM flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) for cheap flights to Russia instead of flying to Saint Petersburg Airport (LED). All KLM flights to SVO have a transfer or two en route and are half the price of flights to LED.
Travelers to Russia will find currency exchange booths and banks inside SVO and LED airports. You can exchange foreign currency for Russian rubles at Terminals D, E, and F of SVO and Terminal 1 of LED.
Travelers flying to popular airports in Russia like SVO and LED can find public transport to the Moscow and Saint Petersburg city centers, respectively. Buses and trains are available from both airports to the city center with buses being more affordable.
United States citizens flying to Russia must present a passport and visa on entry. The passport should be valid at least six months beyond the intended departure date. It must also have two blank pages for exit and entry stamps.
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Sheremetyevo International Airport is Russia’s busiest airport located in the capital of Moscow. Plenty of amenities are accessible at the airport for you to enjoy during a layover. Sleep lounges are available at the various terminals where you can unwind and reenergize before your next flight. SVO also has many eating spots that include restaurants, bars, food stores, and cafes. You can order Russian or western cuisines at SVO during your layover. Duty-free toys, clothing, jewelry and accessories, cosmetics, and alcohol stores are available at SVO.
Passengers flying to Russia can rent a car at the airports. Various rental car companies have offices at Russian airports like SVO and LED. These include Europcar, Rentmotors, Avis, and Budget. Drivers must put on their seatbelts and drive on the right side of the road. Any child below 12 years cannot sit in the front passenger's seat without an appropriate child seat. You can get car seats as additional extras from your car rental provider for a small fee.
The popular international airports in Russia are Sheremetyevo International Airport and Saint Petersburg Airport. SVO is one of the largest and busiest Russian airports. It is located 17 miles from the Moscow city center and serves Moscow, Sheremetyevskiy, Zelenograd, and Tver. On the other hand, Saint Petersburg Airport is 14 miles southeast of the Saint Petersburg city center. The airport serves Saint Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, and Pskov.
Tourists planning to tour Karelia should fly into Saint Petersburg Airport (LED). Major international US airports like Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and New York (JFK) have single-transfer flights to LED. Once you land at LED, you can travel by train or bus to Karelia, which should take just under 10h. Buses are the cheaper public transport of the two.
An average nonstop flight from the United States to Russia takes 19h 45m, covering a distance of 5293 miles. The most popular route is New York - Moscow with an average flight time of 22h 15m.
The cheapest ticket to Russia from the United States found in the last 72 hours was $470. The most popular route is New York John F Kennedy Intl to Moscow Domodedovo and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $555.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Moscow (84% of total searches to Russia). The next most popular destinations are Saint Petersburg (6%) and Yekaterinburg (0.9%). Searches for flights to Saratov (0.8%), to Kazan (0.7%) and to Krasnodar (0.7%) are also popular.
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