Marine Station. Buy plane tickets to Sochi
Krasnaya Polyana. Buy plane tickets to Sochi
Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort. Buy plane tickets to Sochi
Marine Station
Krasnaya Polyana
Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort

Sochi is an unusual place: some love it just as much as others dislike it, but hardly anyone is indifferent to Russia’s main resort. A visit is worthwhile, even if it’s just to form your own opinion. There are several reasons to explore the city, among which are its Black Sea beaches, its lush southern vegetation, and its proximity to the mountains.

Sochi is an attractive location for business meetings and year-round recreation. The city offers unique infrastructure to lovers of virtually any type of sport. Additionally, if you are looking for peace, taking time to commune with nature by visiting the famous Sochi Arboretum will take you away from the bustling city and into the pleasant shade of the trees.

The easiest way to get to Sochi is by flying. Aeroflot operates direct flights from Moscow to Sochi (average duration: 2.5 hours) that land at Sochi International Airport, located 25 km away from the city center.

The most budget-friendly option is to buy a round-trip ticket to Sochi. Please note that the best airfares sell out quickly, so booking flights in advance is recommended.

General flight information Moscow   Sochi

Distance between cities

1 361 km

Time difference in winter

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Time difference in summer

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Average flight time

2 h 30 min

What to see

Sochi has a special climate: it is the northernmost subtropical zone in the world. The resort is shielded from cold winds by the Caucasus Mountains, staying warm and humid all year round. In the summer, the sea is refreshingly cool, and in the winter, the same sea keeps you warm.

The greater Sochi area is an urban agglomeration stretching along the Black Sea coast. It is comprised of Adler, where the airport is located, as well as the famous seaside resorts Khosta, Dagomys, and Lazarevskoye, and, of course, the country’s main ski resort — Krasnaya Polyana.

During the hot season, Sochi offers tourists miles of beaches as well as diving and all sorts of rides to suit any taste — from outdoor water parks to merry-go-rounds and roller coasters. In the winter, everyone goes skiing or snowboarding at one of the Krasnaya Polyana resorts — Rosa Khutor, Gorki Gorod, or Gazprom.

And as far as sports are concerned, Sochi has you covered: here you can enjoy rafting, kayaking, hiking, and parasailing. And you also have the unique Skypark: for many, just looking at it from afar is enough to get a thrill, and they head home satisfied. The brave can cross a swinging suspension bridge hanging over a 207-meter precipice and take the via ferrata ("iron path") or descend by trolley. Those who are absolutely fearless have the opportunity to bungee-jump from a height of 69 or 207 meters: surely the experience of a lifetime.

As if that weren’t enough, various world-class financial, political, and sports events are held in Sochi non-stop. This is all facilitated by the powerful infrastructure built for the Winter Olympics in 2014.

What's more, Sochi is also a health resort. Here one can receive almost any type of treatment for allergies, the heart, the nerves,  musculoskeletal and endocrine system diseases, etc. At local spas one can enjoy hydrogen sulfide, iodine-bromine, carbon-arsenic, and pearl baths, as well as medicinal mud treatments.

Fortunately, Sochi cuisine is generous in true Caucasus fashion: it includes all kinds of kebab, homemade wine, fresh and pickled vegetables, and saltwater and freshwater fish (there’s even a private trout farm here), as well as freshly baked flatbreads, delicious cheeses, and Abkhazian sauces such as tkemali and satsebeli.