Russia is the world largest country, spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. Although the visa obtaining process is daunting, many travelers choose to visit this amazing country. The two main entry points into Russia are Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but there so much to Russia than these two cities. So, once you’ve booked a flight to Russia you should consider adding at least one domestic flight to another Russian city.
The Biggest Domestic Destinations in Russia
There are so many things to see in a country the size of Russia that it’s impossible to see them all, so it’s important to get acquainted to the most popular destinations in the country outside of Moscow and Saint Petersburg:
- Irkutsk : is a famous Siberian city located within an hour of Lake Baikal on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The City History Museum presents the city from its inception to the present day.
- Novosibirsk: is the third largest city in Russia, located in Siberia, on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It is mostly a shopping city, but there are some historical places to visit as well.
- Nizhny Novgorod: is one of the largest Russian cities but it’s often overlooked by travelers. The historical city is worth a visit, offering impressive views along the Volga River.
- Yekaterinburg: was founded in 1723 by the order of Peter the Great. An industrial city, it soon became an important financial and cultural center, as well. There are several important sites to visit, including the Church on the Blood.
- Lake Baikal: is the “pearl of Siberia” and the world’s deepest lake. It is an excellent destination for those who love the outdoors.
Flights from Moscow or Saint Petersburg
Both Moscow and Saint Petersburg are served by international flights. However, depending on where you fly from, it might be cheaper to fly into Saint Petersburg than into the capital. Moscow is served by four airports, out of which Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) is definitely the biggest gateway into the country and the home base for Aeroflot. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in Saint Petersburg serves both international and domestic airlines, including low cost carriers.
Domestic Airlines Operating in Russia
Most of the domestic flights in Russia are run by the following airlines: Aeroflot, Sibir Airlines, Russia Airlines, Utair and Transaero Airlines. Aeroflot offers the most flights, including to the smaller cities in the country.