On this page we provide essential informational for surviving in Moscow.
In this issue we concentrate on airports.
There are two terminals: Sheremetyevo 1 and Sheremetyevo 2, mostly international flights are through terminal 2, and domestic through terminal 1, although some international flights have been known to land at terminal 1. It is therefore wise to check the web site before meeting people.
Sheremetyevo’s infrastructure and buildings are being updated. A light rail link to the airport from Savolovskaya metro station is now running, which has radically changed the Sheremetyevo experience, something that constitutes many foreigners’ first experience of Russia. Long delays in the development of this rail link and completion of the new terminal 2 building (still being built) has led to many airlines such as British Airways moving to other airports. Tickets for the rail link cost 250 rubles, journey time 30 minutes and trains depart every hour. There is a timetable on the airport website.
Bus services are available to and from the airport from “Rechnoi Vokzal” metro, however they are not regular and do not accommodate luggage very well. Taxi is the most convenient method of getting to the airport, but be prepared to pay 1000 rubles or more and get stuck in traffic jams, even on weekends.
Vnukova airport has two terminals: terminal B serving international flights and terminal D for domestic flights. The airport mostly serves airlines flying to Georgia, North Caucasus, the Ukraine and Eastern Russia. Vnukova now has a rail link from a terminal next to Kievsky train station. Journey time is 35 minutes, trains leave hourly. A new highway has been built between the airport and MKAD, cutting journey time by car down to about 15 to 30 minutes. You can catch a bus or a “marshrutki”from Yugo-Zapadnaya metro station.
Domodedova went through a period of being semi-privately run and consequently has probably the best level of service out of all the Moscow airports. The airport is 22 kilometres out of Moscow, and travel time by car can take a long time if there are jams. The hourly rail link from Paveletsky Vokzal is fast, clean and efficient, and takes 40-50 minutes. One-way fare is 150 rubles. There is another rail link from Byelorussky and Kursky Train stations.