I'm looking to book flights from Sydney, Australia (SYD) to Sochi, Russia (AER) on 18-19 Jan and the best way to do this seems to be a return ticket from SYD to Moscow (DME) and then a separate return ticket from DME to AER. My return is the day after the Winter Olympics finish on 24 Feb. There is 2 hrs 45 mins transit time on the way there, and 3 hrs 25 mins on the way coming back after the Olympics.
I understand that transferring from international to domestic and vice versa at DME involves collecting baggage, checking in again, clearing customs, security and immigration.
Has anyone done this recently, and will this be sufficient time?
Thanks for your help! Any other suggestions welcome!