Which Airlines Operate Flights To Moscow from UK?
- British Airways
- Air France
- LOT Polish Airlines
- Air Serbia
- Bulgaria Air
- Aegean Airlines
- Czech Airlines
- airBaltic Airlines
How long is the flight from UK to Moscow?
- The flight from London Heathrow to Moscow Sheremetyevo International is 7 to 8 hours long. The stopover could be at Paris or Amsterdam and stay could last for 2 to 3 hours.
- Flight from Manchester to Moscow Sheremetyevo International can be anywhere between 6 to 10 hours. The stopover could be at Helsinki or Amsterdam.
- The duration of the flight from Birmingham to Moscow Sheremetyevo International is 6 to 13 hours depending on the airline chosen to fly with. The stopover of the flight could be at Paris, Amsterdam or Prague.
- The flight from London Gatwick to Moscow Sheremetyevo International could last 7 to 11 hours, depending on the airline chosen. The stopover for this flight could be at Riga or Prague.
Are there any direct flights to Moscow from UK?
Yes, there is a direct flight service between London and Moscow that is offered by Aeroflot Russian Airlines. The flight duration of this direct flight is only 4 hours from London Heathrow Airport to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.
What is the cheapest time of year to fly to Moscow?
The cheapest time to visit Moscow is in November. As the winter arrives and the ordinary tourists begin to shiver by the thought of the cold Russian season, the opportunists can save a lot by just layering up. So bundle up and take a cheap flight to Moscow and remain in this beautiful city on very low accommodation fares in the month of November. Additionally, for some July in Moscow can be too warm, so the tickets fares and living costs plunge right in the middle of summer as well. The rates in July are not as cheap as they are November but comparatively are a bargain when you know the fountains and parks would not be frozen when you arrive in Moscow.
which are the major international airports in Moscow?
The city of Moscow is divided into two areas: Greater Moscow or Moscow Oblast and Central Moscow. Central Moscow has all the administrative and federal buildings of the city and Moscow Oblast contains residential and more public and civic centres. Moscow is a very large city and is served by five international airports.
- Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO ) is the primary international airport for Moscow city. Sixty per cent of all foreign tourists who visit the city of Moscow land at this airport. The airport is the busiest airport in the Russian Federation and handled 40 million passengers in 2017. Sheremetyevo International is 31.6 kilometres north-west of Moscow city centre and the ride takes approximately thirty minutes from the airport to the city centre.
- Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) is one of the five international airports in Moscow. It is the second busiest airport in Russia and it is primarily used for long-haul flights and for flights from the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). The airport is only one hour away from the city centre. Residing 46 kilometres south-east of the Downtown Moscow, the privately owned airport has been able to cater to the travelling needs of 20 million passengers in 2017.
- Vnukovo International Airport lies in the south-west of Moscow centre. Of the five international airports in Moscow, Vnukovo International is at the highest altitude, which makes it a good alternative airport for landing aeroplanes in foggy days, when visibility is low. The airport is Turkish Airlines’ favourite airport in Moscow, and most Turkish Airlines flights land here. The airport is 37.5 kilometres away from the city centre and it takes 35 minutes from the airport to get there. In 2017, the airport served 18.1 million passengers.
- The Zhukovsky International Airport is Moscow’s fourth airport and lies in the South East of Moscow city, on the banks of the Moskva River. The airport is a bit far away from the city centre and it can take up to an hour to get to central Moscow from the airport, after travelling 43.5 kilometres. The airport has a capacity to handle 4 million passengers and was recently refurbished to handle flights of low-cost airlines.
- Ostafyevo International Business Airport, as the name suggests is specifically for businessmen who are of considerable significance to the Russian economy. Investors and businessmen on chartered flights are entertained at this airport. Ostafyevo International is jointly owned by the Russian government and the Russian petroleum giant Gazprom. The airport is 49 kilometres away from Moscow centre.
What are the entry requirements to Moscow for British travellers?
You are required to apply for the visa at the consulate of The Russian Federation in London. Upon applying for the visa, a consulate fee would be required from the tourist as well. Additionally, an invitation is also required from an inviting party or a tourism company that is based in Russia and registered in the United Federal Register of the Tour Operators of Russia. The Russian consulate asks for fingerprints of all applicants that need to enter the country. It can take up to 20 work days to process the visa applications, so it is advisable for the British passport holder to plan well in advance. Tourist visas generally are valid for 30 days.
Upon receiving the visa the applicant should double check the details listed on the visa. The visa has two parts: one is the tourist voucher and the other is the confirmation of tourism acceptance. The details would include the cities that the tourist intends to visit, information about the Russian based tourism company and the information of hotels and other accommodations the tourist would be staying at.
What is the best time to visit Moscow?
The best time to visit Moscow is in the months between May and October. The best month to visit Moscow is the month of June, when the temperatures are the warmest and the skies remain clear. Although it can be a bit expensive visiting Moscow right in the middle of summer, it is the only time when Moscow does come out to celebrate its many festivals. The icy Russian winter is long forgotten as soon as May arrives and festivities begin to take form in Moscow’s streets.
What are the major landmarks in Moscow?
Moscow has been the capital city of Russia, the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Tsardom of Russia. Moscow has been a part of the history of Russia, since 1156. Back in the 12th century, Moscow was attacked constantly by Mongol armies but since then it has evolved to be the largest city in Europe, both by area and population.
- The Red Square does not take its name from the Communist affinity of the colour red nor is inspired by the red bricks used in the buildings around this square. The ‘red’ is mistranslated from Russian because the language has the same word for the colour ‘red’ and the word ‘beautiful’. The Red Square is at the very centre of Moscow. The square has numerous important buildings at its borders. These include the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Russian State Museum and Saint Basil’s Cathedral
- The Saint Basil’s Cathedral is the most beautiful of all the buildings lining the Red Square. The cathedral has become the symbol of Moscow, if not of Russia. The onion domes of the cathedral are unlike any other in the entire world and are considered as an ‘Asiatic twist’ to the church. The range of colours that have been used on the cathedral is also stunning and the complex architecture makes the building unique and a sight to behold.
- The visitor is amazed from afar, as he approaches the white column of Kolomenskoye. Kolomenskoye was a royal estate of the Tsars and before them it belonged to the rulers of the Duchy of Muscovy. This magnificent building was built to celebrate the birth of Ivan the Terrible, in 1532. The Ascension church of Kolomenskoye is an octagonal building, reaching for the skies, capped by a pointed roof and is completely made in white stone. The Great Palace of Kolomenskoye is a reconstruction of the palace that once stood near the church, but was demolished after years of neglect on the orders of the Empress Catherine the Great. The reconstructed palace is an exact replica of that demolished palace, which was once said to be the eighth wonder of the world.
Which events and festivals are celebrated in Moscow?
A modified calendar is used in the Orthodox Church and Christmas for them falls on January 7. It is celebrated with joy in homes and rejoiced in churches all over Moscow city. February’s Maslenitsa Festival is a carnival that falls before Lent and lasts a full week. Enjoy the parades, live music, Russian ballet dances, fireworks, and food and drink in preparation for the fast during Lent. As with Christmas, Orthodox Easter falls in early April not coinciding with the Easter dates followed in the west. Easter is a time to be with family and is celebrated to welcome the spring. The June Beer Festival is the most awaited festival in Moscow and it features hundreds of brands that fill jars of the golden elixir for the public to taste, keg after keg. Den’ Goroda (City Day) is celebrated in September as the founding day of the city of Moscow. Join in and experience parties, celebrations and street concerts that bring thousands of Muscovites into the squares and the streets of the city.
What are the transportation options available to tourists within Moscow?
Moscow is a very large and important city of the Russian Federation. Moving through the city is easy, thanks to the high level of infrastructure development done throughout the years. Moscow has ten ring roads, with varying circumferences, each encircling the city to connect different parts of the metropolitan area around its centre – the Red Square. The railway station of Moscow connects Asia with the rest of Europe. The Moscow Metro has 217 stations and has been open since 1935. This metro system is the seventh lengthiest rapid transit in the world. The stations and the passageways of the metro are like no other. Ornately decorated and elegantly designed, these stations have chandeliers and murals rivalling those seen in high-end hotels. Apart from that Moscow has tram lines and a brigade of Taxis to move you anywhere you want in the city.
Which five-star hotels and accommodation are available for stay in Moscow?
There are many hotels in Moscow, both in Central Moscow and in the Moscow Oblast. These regal hotels have a Romanov flair with just a touch of modernism.
- Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel
- Hotel Metropol Moscow
- InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel
- Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya
- Swissotel Krasnye Holmy Moscow