Kurumoch International Airport

Kurumoch International Airport, Samara. View from the apron

Kurumoch International Airport (IATA code – KUF) serves destinations in Russia and other countries. It is located 35 km (22 mi) north of the city and is the busiest airport in the Mid-Volga Region with an extensive network. About 20 airlines fly in and out of Kurumoch on a regular basis. Kurumoch is one of Top-12 airports in Russia in terms of passenger traffic (more than 2 million passengers annually). Most foreigners come to Samara through its airport.

Kurumoch International Airport has a passenger Terminal 1, a business terminal, a cargo terminal, and two runways (3,003 m and 2,553 m). It operates 24/7. Being the only passenger international airport in the region it serves the whole metro area (Samara and Tolyatti) for both commercial and business aviation. Kurumoch is certified for all major types of airplanes including the heavyweights.

Kurumoch opened its business to passengers on 15 May, 1961. Soon planes connected Kuybyshev (as Samara was then called) with dozens of Soviet towns and even some villages in the region. In 1990 the airport served a record 3.7 million passengers (a figure never surpassed since then) before drop in traffic in the first post-Soviet years. Samara Airlines was the key operator at the airport in 1993 – 2008. The airport received international status in 1992.

Night view on Terminal 1, Kurumoch International Airport, Samara

Night view on Terminal 1, Kurumoch International Airport, Samara

The new Terminal 1 was opened in 2015 and serves all passengers on both domestic and international flights. Its spacious building has everything a modern air traveller expects – bars, restaurants, duty-free shops, information desks and business lounges. But the terminal can also be a destination in itself for architecture lovers, especially its futuristic interiors (you’d better get to the business lounge). Certainly, compared to major international airports Kurumoch lacks in huge crowds and ultra chic amenities, but it is a vast improvement over the old terminal, which now stands closed.

Interiors, Kurumoch International Airport, Samara

Interiors, Kurumoch International Airport, Samara

14 check-in desks (8 domestic and 6 international) in the Terminal’s main lobby provide speedy check-in. Passengers of several Russian airlines (Aeroflot, S7, UTair) can also use self-serve check-in kiosks. There is a waiting area with seats and airlines offices on the 2nd floor. After check-in passengers get to the 3rd floor with security screening, after which domestic and international passengers get to their departure lounges. Passport control for international passengers in on the same level beyond the security area. Business lounges (domestic and international) are located on the 4th level. There are duty-free shops and restaurants in the departure areas. Arrivals area is on the first floor with baggage claim (and passport control in the international arrivals section).

White chairs at domestic departures business lounge, Kurumoch International Airport, Samara

White chairs at domestic departures business lounge, Kurumoch International Airport, Samara

A separate business terminal is next to the old terminal and caters to people in power, with ambitions or celebrities. It offers lounge space, dedicated check-in counter, dining, and dedicated transfer to the plane.

Phase II of renovations at the airport includes construction of a 4-star hotel with a conference centre, major reconstruction of the road that leads from M5 highway to the terminal building, and renovation of the longest runway.

Dining options

GrenkiPub (main lobby, 1st floor)

Tri Olenya (Three Deer) grill-bar (main lobby, 1st floor)

Starbucks café (main lobby, 1st floor). Its the first Starbucks in Samara.

Tri Olenya (Three Deer) restaurant (domestic departures, 3rd floor)

Tri Olenya (Three Deer) gourmet-bar (domestic departures, 3rd floor)

Shokoladnitsa café (domestic departures, 3rd floor)

Charter’s Pub restaurant (international departures, 3rd floor)


Ticket office (main lobby, 1st floor), tel: +7-800-775-9833

Baggage locker (main lobby, 1st floor) – 110 ₽/hour, 370₽ after 1st hour per day.

ATMs (main lobby, 1st floor)

Bank office (Metcombank) – 24/7, main lobby, 1st floor

Baby care room (2nd floor)

First Aid (Tel: +7-846-966-5575

Wi-Fi Internet access is free throughout the terminal. However, there are only commercial charging stations (no seating). You can charge your devices for free at Tri Olenya (Three Deer) restaurant in the domestic departure zone.

Car rentals: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Rentalcars


+7-800-100-0333 (toll-free)

+7-846-966-5056 (automated)


Website with online flight information. Mind that the rest of the website in English might be slightly outdated compared to the Russian version.

How to get

Bus 652 goes from Samara to Tolyatti and stops at the airport.

Bus 78 goes from Samara to the airport. 25 ₽. Appr. 50 minutes to Barboshina Polyana.

Mini-bus 392 goes from Samara to the airport. Price varies on distance.

Aeroexpress goes from Samara railway station and stops closer to the old terminal from where passengers are taken on a free shuttle bus (same bus takes passengers from the terminal to the train stop). There are only 2 to 4 trains both ways every day depending on the season. 150 ₽, 75 ₽ (children). Time between Samara and airport is 1h 20m.

There is no 24/7 public transport option. If you depart or arrive roughly between 9pm and 8pm your best bet is some taxi service. Uber and Gett have fixed rates – 850 ₽ uberSTART, 1,150 ₽ uberX, 999 ₽ Gett, 1700 ₽ Gett Business. Official airport taxi is usually more expensive.

Airline offices

Aeroflot logo Aeroflot

7 daily flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo


+7-846-966-5264 (Samara office)


Rossiya Airlines logo Rossiya

Twice daily to St. Petersburg


+7-846-966-5264 (Samara office)


S7 Airlines logo S7 Airlines

3-4 daily flights to Moscow Domodedovo


+7-846-966-5520 (Samara office)


UTair logo UTair

Three daily flights to Moscow Vnukovo and several flights to other Russian destinations


+7-846-966-4330 (Samara office)


Ural Airlines logo Ural Airlines

Flights to numerous destinations in Russia and the neighbouring countries

+7-800-2000-262 (client support line)

+7-846-966-4439 (Samara office)


Czech Airlines logo Czech Airlines

Twice weekly to Prague

Fly Dubai logo flydubai

Twice weekly to Dubai (seasonal)



There are several other airlines serving Samara, including on-and-off Finnair’s to Helsinki, and Vueling’s to Barcelona. Aeroflot provides multiple connections through its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub and with its SkyTeam partners. S7 Airlines has a hub in Moscow Domodedovo and partners with oneworld alliance members.

Countries with reliable year-round air connections with Samara include Czech Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, UAE. Charter flights take tourists to popular destinations in Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Thailand, Vietnam, Cyprus, and India (depending on a season).


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