How to get to the southern regions if planes don’t fly

How to get to the southern regions if planes don’t fly

Thousands of Russians are unable to reach the Black Sea coast by plane at the height of the season because airports in southern Russia are still closed. This affected flights to Anapa, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Adler and other cities in the southern regions.

The press service of the Federal Air Transport Agency reports that the flight restriction at 11 airports in southern Russia will be in effect until August 17, 2022. 

How to still get to the southern regions if flights are suspended? Let’s look at several available options.

How to get to the cities of southern Russia?

By train

All cities where flights are temporarily canceled can be reached by train. 

Already in winter, Russian Railways organized more than 100 additional trains in the southern direction. And additional carriages have been added to the trains that run on the regular schedule. On average, the number of seats for passengers traveling to or from cities in the southern regions increased by more than 63 thousand.

For example, 6 trains go to Crimea from Moscow – to Simferopol, Feodosia, Sevastopol and Evpatoria. From St. Petersburg – three – to Simferopol, Feodosia and Evpatoria. You can also get to Crimea by train from Adler, Murmansk, Perm, Belgorod, Smolensk and other cities.

The difficulty is that tickets sell out very quickly – you need to check in advance. Tickets are often purchased a couple of months in advance.

By bus 

From many cities you can also get to the resorts of the Krasnodar Territory and Crimea by regular intercity buses. True, the journey will take about a day. For example, travel time from Moscow to Anapa will be 20–25 hours, and to Crimea – 27–32 hours. 

However, you can get there comfortably on many regular buses. In them  There are air conditioners, a dry closet, coolers, Wi-Fi and so on. But it is important to clarify this point before purchasing tickets, since not all transport companies provide such conditions.

As with trains, you need to keep an eye on the availability of tickets for such buses – they sell out quickly.

By plane

Good news – the only Black Sea airport, Sochi Airport is open. There are many flights, both from Moscow and St. Petersburg, and from other cities of Russia. Air tickets to and from Sochi are available. 

Aeroflot and other airlines even organize additional flights to Sochi on large aircraft. There are also charter flights to Sochi on request from tour operators.

It is worth considering that a flight from Moscow now takes not 2, but 4 hours, since pilots have to fly around closed airspace.

Already in Sochi you can transfer to local buses and trains to your final destination.

On the OneTwoTrip website you can find out about availability and purchase air and train tickets at the lowest prices.

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