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  • Can I fly directly to Russia?

    There are no non-stop flights to Russia from Canada. All routes to Russia involve at least one layover at a European airport.

  • Do I need a visa to enter Russia?

    If you are a Canadian citizen with a Canadian passport, you must obtain a visa in order to enter Russia. You can apply for a visa electronically on the Embassy of the Russian Federation’s website. You must also have a passport that is valid for at least six months after you depart Russia. A tourist visa is valid for up to 30 days and you can make a maximum of two entries into the country during this period.

  • I want to visit Winter Palace, where should I fly into?

    Winter Palace is in St Petersburg, which is 35min north of Pulkovo Airport (LED). To get to the centre of the city, which is 23 km away, you can take the city bus or minibus which operate between the nearest Moskovskaya metro station and the airport.

  • Which Russian airport is nearest to Mount Elbrus?

    If you want to visit Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains, you should book a connecting flight from Moscow or St Petersburg into Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) in the south of the country. You could also consider flying into the neighbouring country of Georgia, into David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport (KUV).

  • How long is the flight to Russia?

    An average direct flight from Canada to Russia takes 25h 12m, covering a distance of 12547 km. The most popular route is Vancouver - Moscow with an average flight time of 20h 25m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to Russia?

    The cheapest ticket to Russia from Canada found in the last 72 hours was C$ 1,140. The most popular route is Vancouver Intl to Moscow Sheremetyevo and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was C$ 1,226.

  • What are the most popular destinations in Russia?

    Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Moscow (75% of total searches to Russia). The next most popular destinations are Saratov (7%) and Saint Petersburg (4%). Searches for flights to Ulan-Ude (3%), to Rostov on Don (2%) and to Sochi (1%) are also popular.

  • How does KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to Russia

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Russia flight deals.
  • Russia’s capital city Moscow has three airports: Sheremetyevo International Airport (VKO), Domodedovo International Airport (DME) and Vnukovo International Airport (SVO). Vnukovo International Airport is closest to the centre of the city, at 38.4 km away, and is a major hub for Azur Air, RusLine, Utair, Gazpromavia, I-Fly and Pobeda.
  • When you arrive in Russia, you are required to complete a migration card. You will receive this card on your flight to Russia. You will need to carry part B of the migration card throughout your stay and use it for hotel registration within 72h of your arrival. If you are staying in a private accommodation, you will need to apply for a guest visa and register your stay with the territorial office of the Federal Migration Service.
  • Before you book your flights to Russia, be aware that a child less than 12 years of age is prohibited from sitting in the front seat of a car when there is no child restraint. For this reason, you will need to bring a car seat or rent one upon arrival if you are bringing children on your journey to Russia.
  • If you are in search of an airport lounge or business facilities, fly into Platov International Airport (ROV) in Rostov-on-Don. Here you will find a range of lounge services including a buffet, drinks, cloakroom, showers, Wi-Fi and newspapers. The lounge is free if you are a business class passenger or if you pay the entry fee of 4 300 RUB (90 CAD) to stay for up to four hours.
  • During the first week of January, Russians celebrate the New Year holidays which include the Russian Orthodox Christmas on January 7th and Russian New Year on January 14th. It may be best to avoid flights to Russia during this celebration period as services may be limited and prices may increase.
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