Cheap Flights to Moscow
For nearly a thousand years, Moscow has led Russia in the arts, culture and in science. Today, this thriving city welcomes people from around the globe with restaurants serving a range of world cuisines, western-style shopping malls, trendy nightclubs and glimpses of its prestigious past as the crown jewel of the Russian Empire. From the expanses of Red Square to the floral artistry of Gorky Park, Moscow entices travelers with history and culture.
Flights to Moscow
Three major airports serve Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), Domodedovo International Airport (DME) and Vnukovo International Airport (VKO). Of these, Domodedovo receives most of the international flights to Moscow and is a large, modern facility with one terminal offering a number of restaurants, shops, bars and services for passengers. All airports are less than an hour from Moscow and have a range of transportation options to the capital, including trains, buses, rental cars and taxis. All three airports are located outside of Moscow's ring roads, leaving little by way of sightseeing opportunities nearby, though they do have necessary services for travelers and a range of restaurant and hotel options.
Attractions in Moscow
The iconic and stunning buildings of Red Square top most visitor lists, with the familiar onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb and the fascinating displays of crown jewels and armor in the Kremlin taking center stage. Moscow's Metro stations are often decorated as ornately as a palace and make an interesting waypoint to peruse between sightseeing destinations. Moscow is also famous for its art museums, with the excellent Tretyakov Gallery showcasing Russian artists.
The Kremlin in Izmailovo is a fairy tale-like collection of buildings with designs painted every color of the rainbow. While its location on the idyllic banks of the Serebryano-Vinogradny Pond make it a pretty setting, it also houses museums and the occasional fair. Catching a performance at the incomparable Bolshoi Theatre allows visitors to catch a glimpse of one facet of Russian culture while strolling Tverskaya Street is ideal for those who enjoy boutique shopping.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Moscow
Daytime highs in January usually linger in the 20s. Summers are often mild, with temperatures in the 70s, though the occasional heat wave can send temperatures higher. Visitors to Moscow in the winter need to remember to bring adequate warm clothing as Moscow's winter temperatures can drop well below zero. Rather than stay indoors during the winter, though, venture out and enjoy ice skating in the famous Gorky Park, where you can also admire ice sculptures or grab some hot tea in a cafe.
In July, Kolomenskoye, the grounds of a former estate on the Moscow River become the backdrop for an enormous music festival known as the Afisha Picnic. The city also hosts the three-day Taste of Moscow in the summer, where some of the finest restaurants open their doors for impromptu classes and tastings. Russian favorites like borscht, blinis and sublime caviar are available at any time of year and will run a very reasonable $20 for two people.