Arrivals & Departures
Russian capital Moscow is one of the the largest megacities in the world and is a major tourist city – therefore it has 5 International airports to satisfy the constantly growing demands of International travelers. Normally the flights of our travelers arrive to & depart from the 3 of the airports: SVO, DME, VKO. Yet there is one primary river port that serves 99% of river cruises departing from Moscow. It is called the Northern River Port or the North River Station. Moscow Northern River Port has 18 quays; all of them are numbered 0-17. Ships of our fleet are docked at quay #0.
Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) is the closest one to the port. The distance between SVO and the Northern River Port of Moscow is less than 11 miles / 17 kilometers; the distance between SVO and the center of Moscow is about 19 miles / 30 kilometers. However it might take more than an hour to get from SVO to the river port due to traffic jams. Website.
Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) is located little less than 28 miles / 45 kilometers from the North River Station of Moscow. If not for traffic jams, the way from VKO to the pier would have generally taken one hour. Traffic situation usually makes it worse. The distance from VKO to the center of Moscow is also about 19 miles / 30 kilometers. Website.
Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) is the most distant airport from the Moscow North River Station: the location is away a bit less than 40 miles / 64 kilometers from your cruise ship’s docking spot. This is the shortest distance: usually a transfer has to cover about 50 miles / 80 kilometers of the alternate route (from 1.5 – 2 hrs approximately) to avoid heavy traffic in the center of Moscow. The distance between DME and the Moscow center exceeds 29 miles / 47 kilometers. Website.
St. Petersburg is much smaller than Moscow, but still the city is visited by many foreign travelers from all over the world. Many of them first arrive to Moscow and then travel to St. Petersburg by a high speed express train ‘Sapsan’. These trains shuttle between Moscow & St. Petersburg frequently, so maybe all the aforementioned are the reason to the existence of the only one airport in St. Petersburg: Pulkovo Airport (LED) receives both international and domestic flights. What matters, our cruise ships are docked just some 12 miles / 20 kilometers away from the Pulkovo Airport. Website.
Rostov-on-Don has become widely known to International travelers after hosting the 5 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (soccer). In 2017, just before the championship, Platov International Airport (ROV) has been put into operation nearby the city of Rostov-on-Don. The distance from the airport to the River Station in Rostov-on-Don is around 30 miles / 50 kilometers. Platov International Airport also receives flights from Turkey and some European countries. Website.