How long does it take to fly to Russia?
Since both the United States and Russia are such geographically large countries, your travel time on flights to Russia can be quite different depending on your departure and arrival points. For example, if you are departing on Russia flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) you can be at Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) in around 9h and 25min and you can be at Saint Petersburg Pulkovo (LED) in about 11h and 30min. When traveling on cheap flights from Chicago O' Hare International Airport (ORD) your trip time to Saint Petersburg Pulkovo will be about 12h and 5min and to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) the trip will take around 12h and 55min. Finally when booking a ticket and departing from the west coast of the United States from an airport such as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) your trip time to Moscow Sheremetyevo will be about 11h and 45min whereas a trip to Saint Petersburg Pulkovo will take around 15h and 20min by plane.
Can you get nonstop flights to Russia from the US?
There are three different airports in the United States where you can take direct flights to Russia. From John F. Kennedy International Airport, you can travel to a landing at Moscow Sheremetyevo aboard Aeroflot Airlines. You can also travel on Aeroflot nonstop with a takeoff from both Los Angeles International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Moscow Sheremetyevo. Airports in the United States that offer a departure on one-stop flights to this airport in Russia include Miami International Airport (MIA) with a layover at either Frankfurt am Main (FRA) or Istanbul (IST), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with a layover at Hamad International Airport (DOH), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with a layover at Vienna Airport (VIE). Instead, if you are looking for one-stop flights with a destination of Saint Petersburg, you can get those in the United States from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) with a layover at Amsterdam (AMS), from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) with a layover at Istanbul, and from Seattle/Tacoma International (SEA) with a layover at Frankfurt am Main.
What is the best way to travel around Russia?
Two of the easiest places to travel to from the United States in Russia are Moscow and St. Petersburg and these are also large cities that are popular with visitors because of so many things to see and do when you are there. When trying to figure out how to travel between these two cities you can find nonstop flights aboard both Aeroflot and Pobeda that make the trip in about 1h and 25min. Another option is to travel by train using a combination of the Moscow Metro to travel to the Komsomolskaya Station from the center of Moscow and then boarding the Russian Railways train offerings to St. Petersburg. The high-speed trains on this route can make the trip between the two cities in about 4h. There are two different classes of seating on the trains and all of the seats are adjustable, offer an individual reading light and a folding table plus there is a dining car. Ecolines also offers a bus service from the airport in Moscow to St. Petersburg and makes the journey in about 10h and 30min.
Does a US citizen need a passport or visa to fly to Russia?
To travel to Russia you will need a valid passport and the passport needs six months of validity beyond your intended stay in Russia. The passport needs to have two pages that are blank per immigration stamp. To travel to Russia, you need a valid visa that is specific for your purpose of travel and you may not arrive in Russia before the date of your visa. To obtain a visa you can do so through the website at the embassy of the Russian Federation.