Airfare to Vladivostok, Russia
Vladivostok is a city closer to Asia than Europe, and is best known as where the Trans-Siberian railway ends…or begins. Until the fall of the U.S.S.R. in 1991, only Soviet citizens were allowed to visit the city, and only with permission, due to the presence of the Russian Navy’s Pacific fleet.
Airfare to Vladivostok 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 Seoul, South Korea or Beijing, China. 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. 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 Tokyo, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand 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, SAT Airlines, Siberia Airlines and other airlines also stop in Vladivostok.
The most expensive air tickets to Vladivostok 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 Seoul, South Korea or Beijing, China and traveling overland to Vladivostok 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 Vladivostok, check out BootsnAll’s Russia Travel Guide.