Airfare to St. Petersburg, Russia
Russia’s most cosmopolitan city, St. Petersburg went by the nickname the Venice of the North during its peak. Although that luster has faded, the city is rapidly creating another legacy for itself with fantastic nightlife, stunning architecture and cultural attractions like the Hermitage Museum. The summer’s most popular festival is held for ten days at the end of June, entitled ‘White Nights’ for the long hours of daylight.
Airfare to St. Petersburg will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into London, England; Helsinki, Finland; or one of the Baltic states. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. First Choice Airways and Pulkovo Aviation fly to St. Petersburg. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; Moscow, Russia or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Aeroflot is the national airline. However, SAS, KLM, British Airways and other airlines also stop in St. Petersburg.
The most expensive air tickets to St. Petersburg are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into London, England; Helsinki, Finland; or one of the Baltic states and traveling overland to St. Petersburg via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on St. Petersburg, check out BootsnAll’s St. Petersburg Travel Guide.