Russia: Have Internet Access, Will Travel

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Photograph by Mr Luke Harby
Photograph by Mr Luke Harby

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.

About the author

TJ developed a taste for travel while living (and ostensibly) studying in Rome. He soon began catching bargain-basement Ryanair flights to various European destinations, where he would immediately scope out the dodgiest bar upon arrival. (He also saw some art along the way.) After returning to SUNY Albany, he developed an independent study in travel writing, which was mostly an excuse to drive cross-country. The 7200 mile trip, made in 11 days with two friends in a very small red car, culminated in a collection of essays called MOVE!, which he describes as incredibly self-indulgent and quite un-publishable. After moving to Manhattan, he found his way to EuroCheapo and has spent most of his time writing reviews for the New York City listings.

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