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What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Moscow?

The cheapest day to depart from United States to Moscow is on a Sunday. Travelers who choose to depart for Moscow on a Sunday will often find tickets for as low as $584. When flying out on a Wednesday, the most expensive travel day of the week, you can expect to see flight prices from United States to Moscow for around $1,000.

What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Moscow?

Flying to Moscow from United States at noon is the least expensive time of day to depart. momondo users have found prices as low as $643 when looking at flights departing at noon. If you have a flexible travel schedule, then try to avoid flying in the morning when prices are $1,346 on average. Flights to Moscow from United States in the morning are generally more expensive because this time of day is more convenient for travelers’ schedules.

How long does it take to fly to Moscow?

Flight times from United States to Moscow vary, but if you’re flying out of Los Angeles and flying into Moscow Sheremetyevo (one of the most popular routes), then the duration is 11h 35m on average. Another popular route from United States to Moscow is flying from San Francisco to Moscow Sheremetyevo, which will take roughly 16h 20m. Keep in mind that layovers or delays could extend your travel time.

How far in advance should I book a flight to Moscow?

The best time to book a flight to Moscow from United States is 35 days out, which is when prices tend to be around $672. Keep in mind that you might also find cheap flights to Moscow outside of this time window. In fact, momondo users recently found flights from United States to Moscow for $597.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Moscow

Moscow is a historic and architecturally fantastic destination that welcomes visitors from across the globe. The city has very distinct seasons. The humid continental climate offers warm to hot summers, brief but glorious spring and fall seasons, and long, frigid winters. If you decide to make a winter trip to Moscow, be prepared for temperatures that dip to average lows of 14 – 21 degrees Fahrenheit. Pack the warmest gear you own! Fewer tourists visit during Moscow’s winter, so you may find better pricing on flights and accommodation. As spring slowly warms, the tourist count grows, and it becomes quite busy by May, when high temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit are comfortable. Summer is peak tourist season in Moscow, with long days for sightseeing and temperatures of 72 – 78 degrees Fahrenheit. If you visit in summer, make sure to book your flights and rooms well in advance and expect to pay higher prices. In September and early October, before the cold sets in, Moscow enjoys a splendid fall season, and there are fewer travelers, so this might be the best time to plan your visit.

The month of January is, on average, the cheapest month to fly to Moscow from United States, with most prices found around $515. If you are unable to visit Moscow during the month of January, then departing from United States during the month December is also very affordable. Most momondo users find prices during this month for around $570.

Those flying to Moscow could potentially find better pricing at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (18 mi from Moscow city center), Moscow Zhukovsky Airport (25 mi from Moscow city center) or Moscow Domodedovo Airport (25 mi from Moscow city center) depending on the month and departure airport.

How to get to downtown Moscow from the airport

There are 3 airports serving Moscow: Domodedovo International Airport (DME) lies 26 miles south southeast of the city, Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) is 18 miles to the southwest and Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) is closest to the city center, at 17 miles southwest of the city center. Here are your options for travel into Moscow from each of these.

Domodedovo International Airport (DME)

Public Transportation

Board the Aeroexpress train across from the domestic flights arrival hall exit and get off at Paveletsky terminal in the city center. The trip takes 45 minutes and the fare is ₽420 RUB. You can also take either express bus 308 or shuttle bus 308 from outside the passenger terminal exit 2, and ride to Domodedovskaya station, then board metro route 2 to Paveletsky terminal. This journey takes about 1 hour 48 minutes, and the total cost is ₽78 RUB.


You can book a taxi from the self-service booking kiosks in the domestic and international arrival areas. For a ride to central Moscow, you can expect to pay ₽1,700 RUB and the trip takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)

Public Transportation

You can either use the pedestrian walkway or take a free shuttle from Sheremetyevo airport to the Aero Express Terminal, and then board the express train to Belorussky station in the city center. The fare is ₽420 RUB and the trip takes 30 – 40 minutes. Buses 851 and 817 will take you to either Rechnoy Vokzal metro station or Planernaya metro station for a cost of ₽55 RUB in 1 hour 5 minutes.


A taxi from Sheremetyevo airport into the city center will cost you between ₽1,600 – ₽2,000 RUB and travel time is between 45 minutes – 1.5 hours, depending on traffic.

Vnukovo International Airport (VKO)

Public Transportation

Board the Aeroexpress train running between Vnukovo airport and the Kievsky rail terminal in the center of Moscow. The journey takes 35 minutes and a one-way ticket costs ₽420 RUB if you buy it in advance. Your best option is to take route 611 outside the airport terminal and travel to Troparevo station, then board metro route 1 to travel to Kropotkinskaya station in central Moscow. The total cost of this trip is ₽91 RUB and the trip takes around 45 minutes.


Take a taxi from Vnukovo airport into the city center for a fare of between ₽1,600 – ₽2,000 RUB. Travel time is between 45 minutes – 1.5 hours depending on the time and day.

Car rentals

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Popular routes to Moscow

Most frequently searched flights to Moscow along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
New York to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time15h 05m
Cheapest price$470
Los Angeles to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time19h 10m
Cheapest price$561
San Francisco to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time19h 55m
Cheapest price$561
Miami to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time16h 25m
Cheapest price$561
Chicago to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time15h 30m
Cheapest price$470
Boston to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time18h 15m
Cheapest price$470
Washington, D.C. to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time13h 35m
Cheapest price$484
Denver to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time20h 00m
Cheapest price$762
San Jose to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time24h 05m
Cheapest price$1,024
Atlanta to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time17h 55m
Cheapest price$742
Seattle to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time23h 25m
Cheapest price$706
Dallas to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time20h 25m
Cheapest price$600
Tel Aviv to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time4h 05m
Cheapest price$241
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Fastest flight time3h 00m
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Oakland, California to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time29h 05m
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Fastest flight time23h 15m
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Fastest flight time20h 06m
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Fastest flight time3h 00m
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Portland to Moscow Flights
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Philadelphia to Moscow Flights
Fastest flight time31h 10m
Cheapest price$934

How to travel around Moscow

Moscow is an immense city, and the best way to get around is undoubtedly the amazing metro system. In fact, the metro stations themselves are a tourist attraction; several have been designated as cultural heritage sites. The city also offers an impressive above ground transportation network of buses, trams, and trolleys, light rail and an elevated monorail. Traffic congestion in Moscow can be terrible, so you may want to leave your rental car parked until needed for out-of-town trips. Travel on the city’s public transportation options is easily managed with a multi-fare pass, called the unified travelcard. It offers unlimited trips for 24 hours, 3 days, or a week, on buses, trolleys, trams, the metro, Moscow Central Circle rail and the monorail. The prices are ₽210 RUB, ₽400 RUB and ₽800 RUB respectively.


Moscow’s metro system offers 12 lines and 206 stations. You can get to almost any place, event or sports complex in the city by riding the metro, which operates 7 days a week, from 5.30 am – 1 am.

Buses, trolleybuses, trams, trains and the monorail

To reach some of the furthest points of the city, or if you are just looking for a change of pace, you can ride Moscow’s network of buses, trolleybuses and trams, enjoy a spectacular view of the city on the elevated monorail, or ride the new Moscow Central Circle rail line.

Visa requirements for visiting Moscow

U.S. citizens are issued multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian, and tourist visas that are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. For foreign citizens, please check this link and the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Russia website.

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Best things to do and see in Moscow

Things to do and places of interest in Moscow

Moscow is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cities in the world, and well worth seeing. From the stunning, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral to the sleek modern structures in the city’s new business district, you’d be hard-pressed to find another place with so many contrasting skylines. Here are a few of the sights and activities worth adding to your itinerary, when you travel to Moscow.

  • Stroll around Red Square, the heart and soul of Russia. One of the most historically significant sites in the world, Moscow’s cobbled central square is surrounded by other must-see sights, including the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and more.
  • You could spend days exploring the Kremlin, the biggest medieval fortress in Russia, which also happens to be the largest active fortress in all of Europe. Within its 2,235-meter-long walls, there are 5 squares and 18 buildings, 20 towers, and the world’s largest bell and cannon.
  • Pick up some souvenirs at GUM. The glass-roofed mall is home to over 200 upscale shops, several great eateries, a Soviet-style grocery store – Gastronom №1 – and the swankiest historic toilet you’ll ever see.
  • Every world-class city has a significant park, and Moscow’s is Gorky Park. Originally opened in 1928, in 2011 Gorky Park underwent a major design upgrade and now has a renewed, vibrant look. The park sees around 20,000 visitors every day.
  • Take a Moscow Metro Tour and visit the 12 stations listed as cultural heritage sites. The Metro opened in 1935 and was one of the USSR’s most extravagant architectural projects. Most of the central stations look like museums, with their own ambiance, embellishments, and story.
  • Take in a ballet or opera performance at the historic Bolshoi Theatre. This structure is a landmark of Moscow and Russia, and is depicted on the Russian 100-rouble banknote.

Tips and tricks for visiting Moscow

Avoid the people who approach you offering taxi services immediately after getting through customs. Even though they may be wearing uniforms that say, “official airport taxi”, they are usually illegal taxi services. These taxis can cost much more than the official taxis because they don’t have set prices.

DON’T order vodka with orange juice or tonic! You might be breaking an obscure Russian law, or at the very least, you risk being considered uncivilized by the Russian bartender. Vodka may be chased with lemon or a pickle, and must be drunk swiftly, not sipped.

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