Russia: Have Internet Access, Will Travel
Russia’s national airline Aeroflot recently announced that it will soon make e-tickets available via its Web site. Because of a Russian law that requires cash receipts for ticket transactions, airports won’t be able to distribute boarding passes for e-tickets on-site until this summer at the earliest.
Our recent research blitz turned up an abundance of cheap sleeps in St. Petersburg, and we’re feeling excited about Russia. With this in mind, we thought we’d see if we could rustle up a few affordable summer flights.
If you’re traveling to St. Petersburg from a major western European city, you’ll do better to book a flight through a budget carrier like Germanwings (one-way from Berlin €111 including taxes) or Windjet (one-way from Bologna €70 before taxes). Similar flights on Aeroflot aren’t quite so budget-friendly.
However, Aeroflot flies substantially more routes than the few budget airlines that connect to St. Petersburg. And if you’re traveling from Eastern Europe, flying Aeroflot can make sense.
For a weekend in August, Aeroflot flies from Belgrade for €98 one-way before taxes. A one-way ticket for the same weekend from Riga runs €103, and you’ll pay €126 to get from Vilnius to St. Petersburg.
Check out Aeroflot for a full list of routes.