Heading to Sochi Winter Olympics? Time to Book Flights

We’re hearing from sports fans around the world interested in booking flights to Sochi for the Winter Olympics in Russia (Feb. 7 – 23, 2014), and if you’re one of them, the time to act is now.

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Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney explains the ins-and-outs of flying to Sochi:

How to Fly to Sochi

Air travel expert Rick Seaney has some advice for travelers: “Flying to Sochi almost always requires transiting via the major hub cities of Moscow, Frankfurt or Istanbul and there are limited flight choices,” which are as follows:

  • Aeroflot – part of the SkyTeam Alliance (other members: Delta, Air France, KLM and more)
  • Lufthansa – part of the Star Alliance (other members: United, US Airways, Air Canada and more)
  • Turkish Airlines – also part of the Star Alliance

When to Shop, What to Pay

“You need to be shopping now,” said Seaney, and be prepared for at least a couple of stops along the way. He added that right now ticket prices from the U.S. range from about $1,500 to $1,800 round-trip. As this is an event of great international interest, don’t look for last-minute discounts. And, as always, you must compare prices to find the best deals to Sochi, Russia.

Caution to Travelers

Do-it-yourself trip planners should be cautious if making arrangements for flights in and out of Moscow since the city is home to three major airports. As one Russia-bound traveler told FareCompare, “Imagine landing at [Southern California’s] Burbank airport only to find your connecting flight leaves from Los Angeles International.”

Another word of caution: We have seen reports suggesting hotel rooms in Sochi are getting increasingly scarce so be sure you have a place to stay before finalizing all your trip details.

And don’t forget to check availability of tickets for your favorite Olympic event.

World Cup Fans Can Book Now, Too

And on the topic of international sporting events, this is a good time to remind World Cup fans that they too can start booking for tickets to Brazil. The games aren’t until June 2014, but waiting to book is unlikely to result in any airfare bargains.


Updated: January 23, 2015