When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Kishinev?
If you’re thinking of jetting off to Moldova in 2023 / 2024, then the best time to bag some cheap flights to Kishinev will be in the shoulder season. Airfares increase from mid-July to mid-August to accommodate the peak tourist season but flights to Kishinev still remain reasonably priced even during the first few weeks of July.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Kishinev?
Prices on flights to Kishinev remain fairly consistent throughout the year so it’s possible to find great deals on last-minute flights by booking a week to 10 days before your required departure. However, to ensure you don’t miss out, it’s recommended that you book your return flights four to six weeks before you plan on flying.
Flying to Chișinău International Airport (KIV)
Chișinău International Airport (KIV), also known as Kishinev Airport, is Moldova’s main international airport and is located 13 km from the city centre. If you’re planning on taking a direct flight from the UK to Kishinev then you will have to depart from London Stansted with Air Moldova. There are at least four flights per week and a direct flight will clock in at around three hours of travel time. Indirect return flights are also available from London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham with a variety of airlines. The common stopover destinations tend to be throughout Europe and in Istanbul. While this option may give you more flexibility on when to travel, the difference in price is near negligible, particularly when it can more than double your travel time. Carriers operating from the UK to Moldova include Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Austrian Airlines.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Kishinev Airport (KIV) is a small, single terminal passenger airport with two levels. It recently underwent an expansion and reconstruction to deal with the ever-increasing number of travellers visiting Moldova each year. Construction of a second runway began in late 2017, although there is no completion date set at the moment. 24hr dining and free Wi-Fi are both available, along with two banks and ATMs. A Business Lounge is also open to all passengers. Those travelling with an economy class ticket can pay a small fee at the door to gain access.
Getting to the City from Chișinău International Airport (KIV)
Situated just 13 km from the city centre, once you have disembarked from your Kishinev flight it certainly won’t take you a long time to reach your accommodation. The 30 Express Bus Service and Minibus No. 165 go from the airport into the city centre with just a few stops along the way. This is a cheap option and the service runs from early morning until around 11pm. Alternatively there are taxis available 24/7. They will cost slightly more but they provide a more direct route to your hotel.
Why visit Kishinev?
The best way to see Kishinev is simply by walking around. Allow yourself a few hours to wander the streets and get a feel for the place and its people. The Triumphal Arch, a monument marking Russia’s victory over the Ottoman Empire, marks the very centre of the city. The city’s parks are ideal for spending a few quiet hours. Explore them either on foot or by bike, or just sit by the fountain for a while and soak up the atmosphere.
Should there be a day where you just want to get out of the city, head out to one of Moldova’s many forests. Head out towards Orhei and trek through the forest. For a somewhat spooky experience, hike out to the abandoned and unfinished, Soviet-era military facility. Nature has truly begun to reclaim her territory with trees and vines snaking through the building – it’s the perfect spot to snap some dramatic shots.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Up until recently a visa was required for entry into Moldova but that is no longer the case. For visits up to 90 days for the purposes of tourism, you can travel visa-free. For other types of travel, you may need to apply for a visa. Your passport should also be valid for at least six months from the date of entry and have one free page. Moldova uses the Moldovan Leu which is difficult to order before flying. You can either withdraw funds from an ATM at the airport or take euros or dollars with you to exchange upon arrival.