Flight sale: Discover Russia for as little as $825 return
Enjoy gilded churches, iconic train rides and all that vodka!
All the world's eyes are on Russia at the moment as it hosts the World Cup, and if you're curious about seeing the country, then we've got news for you. Flights into the nation start from as little as $825 return giving you the chance to satisfy your curiosity for a steal.
Sadly, the cheap seats don't fly into the capital of Moscow but do take you to a port city called Vladivostok. It sits on the coast of the Sea of Japan and borders North Korea and China. It's also renowned for being the terminus of the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway which connects the city to Moscow over a seven-night rail journey.
If you've been dreaming of ticking that off your bucket list, this is no doubt a way to get on the ground to do it.
Starting fares depart from Melbourne and fly on a combination of Air China and S7 Airlines. A mandatory stopover in Beijing is included in your journey, which you can extend if you like to abuse the 24-hour free transit visa Australians are entitled to.
Other starting fares include Sydney to Vladivostok from $1,072 return on a combination of Sichuan, S7 and Qantas airlines and Brisbane to Vladivostok from $1,277 return on a combination of Qantas, S7 and Cathay Pacific airlines.
Flights are for travel during August and September, which are some of the best months to travel as they're in the heart of summer when Russia is at its finest.
There's no set end date to this sale and you can browse your options, including flights to other Russian cities, and make your bookings now through Flights Finder.
Wishing to catch the Trans-Siberian? You can book journeys from Vladivostok to St Petersburg via TourRadar.
How good are these fares?
- Price: Great. Flights to Russia don't get cheaper than this with previous fares crossing our path starting from $857 return. Though, arguably, that was to Moscow.
- Travel time: Poor. Flights are cheap for a reason and include fares with at least one-stopover, bringing the flight time up to 60 hours due to long layovers. On the plus side, these can be used to explore China, visa-free when visiting on an Australian passport.
- Airline/s: Good. Depending on your combination, you can fly with 5-star airlines like Cathay Pacific or 4-star airlines like Qantas. However, Air China is only a 3-star airline and S7 is an unrated Russia airline.
- Weather: Great. Travelling in August and September means summer weather.