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Airports in Moscow Depending on whether your flight arrives at Domodedovo International or Sheremetyevo-2, you'll either be pleasantly surprised or wondering just what you've got yourself into. The former is recently renovated, clean, modern and efficient. The latter, originally built for the Moscow Olympics and long due an overhaul, is dark, foreboding and hopefully the nastiest thing you'll see in all your time in Moscow. Unsurprisingly, more and more international companies are choosing to fly to the newer airport, which also has the advantage of easing overcrowding at Sheremetyevo.

Both airports are about 20 miles (30km) from the city center, Sheremetyevo to the North-West and Domodedovo to the South-East. Taxis from either can be arranged in advance and, provided your driver doesn't have to wait too long, should cost under $50 to the center (all the prices quoted in this section are in dollars for convenience sake, but don't forget that you'll be paying in rubles for anything apart from a very dodgy taxi).

If you prefer to use public transport, then take a look at the links below.


Since the airport was renovated, getting to and from Domodedovo has become remarkably easy. The airport has a smart new train link to/from Paveletskiy Station (Paveletskaya metro - green and circle lines), which runs on the hour every hour, takes just over forty minutes, and costs under $15.

For budget travelers, to/from Domodedovskaya metro (the second last stop at the bottom of the green line) there are scheduled buses running about every 15 minutes from 6.00am to midnight, and a marshrutka shuttle service running round the clock. Both take a little under forty minutes, and both cost around $1.50.

Domodedovo has an excellent English-language website, which is worth checking if you have any other queries:


The easiest way to get to/from Sheremetyevo-2 if you're not in a taxi is to take a marshrutka from Rechnoi Vokzal or Planernaya metro stations, at the northern end of the green and purple lines respectively. These leave from just outside arrivals (to your right as you walk out of the door on the ground floor), take about 30 minutes to get to the city, and cost about $1 for the ride. There's no schedule, but they run regularly from 06.00 to 23.00.

Scheduled buses run from a stop about 100m further to the right of the airport (look for the yellow "A" sign) and, at least in theory, run until 00.44. If other people are waiting here, then you should still be in luck. Bus 817 goes to Planernaya, and 851 goes to Rechnoi Vokzal.

The final option is to take a bus to Lobnya suburban train station, from where you can catch an electric train to Savelovskaya metro, which is almost in the center. Buses leave every hour at fifty minutes past from 05.50 to 20.50, but the whole journey takes over 90 minutes, with a longish wait at Lobnya, which doesn't make it the most attractive option.

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