Cheap Flights to Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world, with a fascinating culture and beautiful art and landscapes. Moscow, the capital city, and Saint Petersburg, the former capital, are the most popular destinations for visitors. Moscow has the Red Square, Saint Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin, and other famous landmarks. You can also see impressive architecture and enjoy sunny summers in Saint Petersburg.
Flights to Russia
Most people who fly to Russia go to Moscow, which has three international airports. Sheremetyevo (SVO) is in the northwest of the city, Domodedovo (DME) is in the south, and Vnukovo (VKO) is in the southwest. In Sheremetyevo, you can take a shuttle bus between all five of its terminals. If your final destination is in another city, you may need to change planes. Travel between Moscow's airports by taxi costs about $30 if you need to change flights. Trains also connect many cities and airports, and most train schedules display Moscow time. Some international flights also come to the Russian cities of Sochi, Novosibirsk, Kaliningrad, Vladivostok, and Ekaterinburg.
Attractions in Russia
In Russia, you can enjoy tall mountains, rivers, and geysers or visit Crimea for a trip to the beach. Lake Baikal in Siberia is the oldest, deepest freshwater lake in the world, with majestic forests and even more relaxing resorts. Moscow and Saint Petersburg offer a wide range of museums, and you can see other cities as well with a luxurious cruise of the Volga River. Music plays almost constantly on the top deck of the ship, and events and discos are held there. If you don't want to take a plane from one city in Russia to another, you can also take the classic Trans-Siberian railway. It's part of the longest railway system in the world, and it runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, a city near Russia's border with China. People call it the route of the tsars because Tsar Nicholas II finished it in 1916, and many trains have sleeper cars for comfortable overnight travel.
Travel Tips for Russia
Every city has a military parade on Victory Day, May 9, to commemorate World War II and other wars. There's also Defender of the Fatherland Day on February 23 for men and International Women's Day on March 8. Classical music, ballet, and theater are popular. You can sample traditional Russian dishes and sample a variety of other restaurants, like Chinese or Italian. Gorky Park in Moscow offers amusement park rides, attractive gardens, and open-air dining. Russia requires a visa for visitors from most countries, including the United States. You should apply for your visa at least a month before you plan to fly to Russia; faster service is often available for an additional fee. You can also rent an apartment for a few days or stay in a native Russian's home. Exchange your currency at banks or at small kiosks on the street. Banks have limited hours, and they usually have lower fees than kiosks.
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