MOSCOW IN DETAIL.
TRAVEL ENCYCLOPAEDIA

This comprehensive travel guide will lead you through Moscow far beyond its postcard attractions

By air

Direct flights to Moscow from European capitals take from 1.5 to 5 hours. Direct flights from New York, NY or Washington, DC last 9 hours, while Delhi is 6.5 hours away from Moscow. A direct flight from Beijing takes up to 8 hours.

In terms of flight safety and passenger comfort, four Moscow’s airports meet all major international standards. However, there are some drawbacks worth mentioning. These are rather long luggage waiting time; long queues at passport and security checks; overpriced food and drinks; lack of smoking areas. Most bars and restaurants at the airports do not sell strong alcohol.

None of the airports has a direct connection to the metro system.

Most buses and scheduled minivans from and to airports do not have luggage compartments. An extra charge for luggage may apply. Schedules may change depending on traffic conditions. Tickets are usually sold on board for cash only.

Taxi fares vary depending on the distance and traffic conditions but should not exceed RUR 2000 to any destination in the city from any airport.

Book a taxi at the booths located at the airports’ terminals or online. The most popular taxi online services in Moscow are Uber, Yandex Taxi and Gett. Mind that using Uber's website and some other similar applications in Moscow may require some knowledge of Russian. Deals with drivers who flock at the terminals pose risks of robbery or, at best, overcharge.

Car rental companies’ offices are located in arrival zones.

Free pick-up and drop-off time at all Moscow’s airports is 15 minutes.

Car parking fees vary depending on proximity to the terminal and duration of parking starting from RUR 250 per day.

Check-in usually starts two hours before scheduled departure. Mind that security checks at terminals’ entrances may take some time.

Transport from Domodedovo airport to the city

Domodedovo airport has one terminal only.

Bus 308 to Domodedovskaya metro station (line 2, green.) Runs every 15 to 20 minutes round the clock. Transit time is about 40 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 120, plus RUR 90 per each item of luggage.

Scheduled minivan to Domodedovskaya metro station (line 2, green.) Runs every 15 minutes from 06.00 a.m. to midnight and every 40 minutes from midnight to 06.00 a.m. Transit time is 40-50 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 120.

Aeroexpress train to Paveletskaya metro station (line 2, green or line 5, brown.) The station is a few steps away from exit 3. Runs every 30 minutes from 06.00 a.m. to 00.43 a.m. Transit time is 40-45 minutes. One-way ticket costs  RUR 500. See Aeroexpress website for updated ticket options and booking.

http://www.domodedovo.ru/en/

Transport from Sheremetyevo airport to the city

Sheremetyevo airport has six terminals. Most flights use terminals B, D, E and F. Terminal A serves general aviation (private flights.) Terminal C serves charter flights. Shuttle train and buses connect the terminals.

Bus 62 to Khimki train station. Runs every 20 minutes from terminal F, Transit time is 30-40 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 33. Not recommended unless Khimki (a Moscow’s satellite city) is your final destination.

Bus 817 to Planernaya metro station (line 7, purple.) Runs every 20 minutes from terminals E or F. Transit time is from 50 minutes to one hour. One-way ticket costs RUR 55.

Bus 851 to Rechnoy Vokzal metro station (line 2, green.) Runs every 20 minutes from terminals E, F or D. Transit time is 50 minutes – one hour. One-way ticket costs RUR 55.

From 00.20 a.m., take bus Н1 from terminal F. It runs every 30 minutes, transit time is about one hour to the city centre, or about two hours to Ozernaya Street in the south-west of the city. A good opportunity to see Moscow at night. One-way ticket costs RUR 55.

Scheduled minivan 949 to Rechnoy Vokzal metro station (line 2, green.) Runs every 20 minutes from terminals E, F or D. Transit time 40-50 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 75.

Scheduled minivan 948 Planernaya metro station (line 7, purple.) Runs every 20 minutes from terminals E, F or D. Transit time is 50 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 75.

Aeroexpress train to Belorusskaya metro station (line 2, green, or line 5, brown.) The station is a few steps away from the terminal E. Runs every 30 minutes from 06.00 a.m. to 00.43 a.m. Transit time is 40-45 minutes. One-way ticket costs  RUR 500. See Aeroexpress website for updated ticket options and booking.

Car rental companies’ offices are located in terminal D.

There is a capsule hotel at terminal E.

http://www.svo.aero/en/

Transport from Vnukovo airport to the city

Vnukovo airport has two terminals and a separate VIP lounge located in a walking distance from each other. Most flights use terminal A.

Bus 911 to Salarevo metro station (line 1, red.) Runs every 10-20 minutes from 06.00 a.m. to midnight, transit time is about 20 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 55.

Bus 611 to Yugo-Zapadnaya metro station (line 1, red.) This service also stops at Troparevo and Rumyantsevo stations on the same line. Runs every 20-25 minutes from 05.00 a.m. to 01.00 a.m., transit time is about 30 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 55.

Bus 32 to Rasskazovo metro station (line 8A, yellow). Runs every 15-20 minutes from 5:40 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., transit time is about 30 minutes. One-way ticket costs RUR 55.

Bus H11 to Kitay Gorod metro station (line 6, orange and line 7 puple.) Runs every 30 minutes from 11.30 p.m. to 4.30 a.m., transit time is about 1 hour. One-way ticket costs RUR 55.

Scheduled minivan to Yugo-Zapadnaya metro station (line 1, red.) One-way ticket costs RUR 150, plus RUR 10 per each piece of luggage.

Aeroexpress train to Kievskaya metro station (line 3, navy blue, line 4, light blue, or line 5, brown.) Runs every 30 or 60 minutes from 06.00 a.m. to midnight. Transit time is 35-40 minutes. One-way ticket costs  RUR 500. See Aeroexpress website for updated ticket options and booking. See Aeroexpress website for updated ticket options booking.

Offices of car rental companies are located at terminal A.

There is a capsule hotel at the airport.

http://www.vnukovo.ru/en/

Transport from Zhkovsky airport to the city

The airport has one terminal.

Bus 441э to Kotelniky metro station (line 7, purple.) One-way ticket costs RUR 82.00 plus RUR 82.00 per each piece of luggage. The bus runs every 20-30 minutes, transit time is 20-50 minutes.

Sputnik high-speed train or regular train to Kazansky station to Otdykh station. The trains run about every 20-30 minutes, transit time – 40 and 55 minutes respectively. Single ticket costs RUR 260. Free shuttle buses start from Otdykh station 13 minutes after Sputnik trains arrivals.

Taxi rates start from RUR 1000 to the nearest metro station.

http://zia.aero/en/

 

 

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