The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are just six months away.

Whether you're planning on traveling to watch the games or are simply a fan of the world's leading international sporting event, you may be asking yourself a few questions about the host city. We're here to answer those questions.

Where is Sochi, Russia, exactly?

sochi map

Sochi is located on the westernmost part of Russia and is situated on the Black Sea, near the border of Georgia. The city stretches for 90 miles along the sea. It is just under 1000 miles from Moscow. Russia's a big place.

What kind of city is Sochi?


Sochi is popular vacation destination in Russia and is the country's largest resort city. Sochi's summer season is approximately six months long and the climate is subtropical and temperate year-round.

How do you get to Sochi?

sochi international airport

Sochi is served by its own international airport, which added a new $200 million terminal in preparation for the influx of visitors in February.

Flights from the U.S. must go through Moscow first. The flight from Moscow to Sochi is approximately two and a half hours. Major international airlines such as Delta, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines fly to Moscow, with connecting flights to Sochi hosted by Aeroflot. Direct flights via Aeroflot are also available through many cities.

Where will the actual events be held in Sochi?

sochi mountain

You may be wondering how the Winter Olympics are going to be held in a resort city. Luckily, Sochi has the best of both worlds, when it comes to temperatures, as it sits at the base of the Caucasus Mountains.

Events will be held in two locations -- the "Coastal Cluster" and the "Mountain Cluster." As you can probably surmise, the former will sit along the shore, while the latter will be located among the snow-covered mountains.

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  • Hamlets

    The villages of Esto-Sadok and Krasnaya Polyana are Sochi's scenic inland neighbors. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rising Tide

    The town of Esto-Sadok is getting a facelift as well. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Village

    The Olympic Village is growing day by day and will sit at the foot of the mountains. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Housing Stock

    Hotels and apartments are proliferating. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Slopes

    Rosa Khutor's groomed trails are looking inviting even if they all head towards a construction site. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Crags

    The Rosa Khutor alpine resort outside Sochi is imposing in the snow. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Training

    An athlete attends a training session during the FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup in Sochi. Several international competitions will help the sites prepare for the Olympics. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Stands

    The Laura Crosscountry and Biathlon Center is almost ready for the games. The backdrop certainly is. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Race

    A race underway during the FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Powder

    Workers remove the snow on the shooting range. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Shoot 'Em Up

    A workers prepare a lamp on the shooting range of the Biathlon Center. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Wires

    The gondola carrying skiers across the Russian resort. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Construction

    Construction equipment is absolutely everywhere, tearing apart the cold, hard ground. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Infrastructure

    Workers walk on a road to Rosa Khutor. Infrastructure is being updated at a tremendous rate as the threat of international humiliation looms large. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Signage

    On the way from the Black Sea to the mountains. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)