Book a flight to Moscow from the UK and discover Russia's imperial capital.
Moscow is not a city for the faint hearted. Its size alone can seem daunting, not to mention the price of a cup of coffee, but get past this and you have one of the most incredibly vibrant, creative and exciting cities in the world. So what are you waiting for? Rush in and book your flights to Moscow!
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Airports in Moscow
Moscow has three airports: Domodedovo International Airport (DME), Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and Vnukovo International Airport (VKO). Vnukovo is the closest to the city centre, sitting 17 miles to the south west, although Sheremetyevo is only one mile further away at 18 miles northwest. If you fly into Domodedovo you'll find yourself 26 miles south south-east of the city.
Domodedovo is Russia's busiest airport, and is absolutely massive: despite having just one terminal. Sheremetyevo, the country's second busiest airport, has six terminals which are split into two groups: North and South. The North and South terminal areas are linked by shuttle bus. Vnukovo has three terminals: one for domestic and international flights, another for budget flights, and a third for domestic arrivals from North Caucasus.
Airlines that fly to Moscow
British Airways offer flights to Domodedovo Airport, Transaero fly to Vnukovo Airport, and Aeroflot fly to Sheremetyevo. All flights from the UK to Moscow depart from London-Heathrow.
Getting into Moscow
From Domodedovo: There's a railway station at the airport where you can take an express train to Paveletsky Rail Terminal in the city centre. One way tickets cost 450* rubles (about £4.40) and the journey takes 45 minutes. Alternatively you can take the suburban line for 114* rubles (about £1.10), although the journey length can be anywhere from 65 to 70 minutes.
From Sheremetyevo: You can take an express train to Belorussky station in the city centre. This costs 470* rubles for a single ticket (about £4.60) and the journey lasts 35 minutes. Buses 851 and 817 also go into the city. The journey takes longer but tickets only cost 30* rubles (about 30p).
From Vnukovo: The Aeroexpress train runs between the airport and Kiyevsky Rail Terminal in the centre of Moscow. The journey takes 35 minutes and a one way ticket costs 400* rubles (about £3.90) if you buy it in advance. Mosgortrans busses also run between the airport and city centre, and fares are low at 25* rubles (about 25p) for a single ticket.
It's also possible to rent cars at all three of Moscow's airports. You can compare car hire deals with Skyscanner to get the best price. Alternatively you can take a taxi, although these can be pricy. Remember to negotiate a price with the driver before you set off.
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When to visit Moscow
Summer is by far the best time to visit Moscow. From June to August temperatures tend to hover around the 21°C mark. It's a great time to do a bit of sightseeing, and you can appreciate the full beauty of the city in the sunshine. This is also the most expensive time of year to visit, but you can find the best deals if you compare hotels in Moscow with Skyscanner. April-May and September-October are great times to visit if you're looking for a bargain. It's not as hot as summer, but the weather is still mild. November to March is winter, when hotel rooms are at their cheapest and temperatures drop as far as -10°C. Although the cold can be unbearable, it does add to the overall experience. Wandering through Red Square in your furs: does it get much more Russian than that?
What to see and do
Whatever you're into, you'll find it in Moscow. The city has a heady blend of art, culture, architecture and history that is practically unrivalled.
Wander around: A visit to the Kremlin and Red Square will stay with you forever. Take the time to admire the grandeur of St Basil's Cathedral. If you're feeling ghoulish, head into Lenin's mausoleum and see his embalmed body. Moscow's underground stations are pretty astonishing. Culture vultures could happily spend a day hopping from station to station admiring the artwork, frescoes, and bronze statues.
Park Life: Moscow has plenty of leafy parks and gardens, but none can live up to the reputation of Gorky Park. It's probably the coolest place in Moscow, dotted with trendy cafes, blessed with free Wi-Fi, and responsible for a host of exciting events. It's at its best during the summer, but even in winter the park comes to life: people head here for ice skating and ice sculpture competitions.
Arts & Culture: Moscow is famous for its circus and its ballet, so make sure you book your tickets in advance. An important Muscovite tradition is to relax in a traditional ‘bath house’ so you should definitely add that to your itinerary too. As the sun sets on this golden city, experience Tchaikovsky and Chekhov at the Bolshoi Theatre. Enjoy some authentic Russian cuisine then dance the night away in one of the city’s many nightclubs.
Where to stay
Like all big cities, Moscow has a range of neighbourhoods all with their own charms and quirks. We recommend taking this into account when you choose your hotel.
For culture vultures
If you love being near the major sights, look for hotels in Kitai-Gorod. This is the most ancient district in Moscow, and borders Red Square. There's some pre-18th Century architecture to admire, as well as a huge array of museums, cathedrals and churches. There are some great traditional eateries in this part of town too, and a lot of nightclubs if you're in the mood to sample the local vodka.
For street entertainment
Arbat is famous for its pedestrianised shopping street, where artists and musicians gather and stallholders cry their wares. This is a central neighbourhood, and you can get to most of Moscow's top sights easily via Metro. Bohemian festivals take place during spring, and there's never a dull moment with plenty of theatres, bars and restaurants. Hotels in Arbat tend to be a bit cheaper, too.
Hotels in Tverskaya are at the high end of the scale. This posh street runs north of Red Square, making it an excellent base for sightseeing. The street itself is famous for its fancy designer stores, so it's a dangerous place to visit if you're a shopaholic. If you're planning on splashing the cash during your trip to Moscow, however, Tverskaya is the neighbourhood for you.
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