Samara has only one airport, which is used both for international and domestic flights. Samara airport is the air gateway of Samara and Togliatti.
The old abbreviation of Samara (Kurumoch) airport mentioned in most of flight booking systems is (KUF) which stands for Kuibyshev, the former Soviet times name of Samara. Kurumoch International Airport is the largest and busiest airport of the Central Volga region and ranks among Russia’s top ten airports. It has an extensive route network to practically all the regions of the Russian Federation as well as neighboring and distant countries .There are regular flights to Frankfurt, Prague, Sharjah, Tel Aviv, SHARM EL-SHEIKH and some other countries. The airport “Samara” with its facilities is able to handle most of the aircrafts. Within the air terminal there is a hotel, a guarded parking, a restaurant.
The airport is located 56 km from Samara and about 45 km from Togliatti. There are bus lines between airport and Samara and Togliatti, but they operated only at day time. Taxi service is more reliable.
In 2016 new International Departure and Transit Lounge was built and put into operation, which caused a considerable increase of passenger flow. It allows staying of international transit passengers at the airport without going through the customs and border controls.
There is no much choice if we’re talking about direct flights from U.S. or European Airports to Samara. Both from Europe and the U.S.A., you will generally have to stop in Moscow and take a new flight to Samara. Traveling by plane from Moscow to Samara takes a little bit more than one hour. There are regular direct flights to Samara:
From Europe: Direct flights from Europe are serviced by Lufthansa, which links directly Frankfurt and Samara.
There are regular flights to Prague, Sharjah and Tel Aviv.
From the U.S.A.: there are no direct flights serviced at any time of the year.