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Airports in Moscow

Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)

Overview

Sheremetyevo International Airport is the key entry point into Moscow. It is just 18 miles (29 km) north-west of central Moscow and handled close to 20 million passengers in 2010.

Sheremetyevo Airport has six terminals and transiting between them can take up to 20 minutes. Until recently the airport had an awful reputation, with many airlines moving to the more modern Domodedovo International Airport, however Sheremetyevo has since undergone a major revamp and the new Terminal E was opened in 2010. The nearby Terminal F was originally built for the 1980 Olympics, and is currently being refurbished. Terminal A was opened in 2012, exclusively for private and business jets.

Location

The airport is situated 16 miles (26km) northwest of Moscow.

Getting to the city

There are several bus services, connecting each terminal to the nearby metro stations; from there, connections can be made to the city centre. Minibuses are also available.

Time

Local time is GMT +3 (GMT +4 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in September).

Contacts

Tel: +7 495 232 6565.

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Moscow Domodedovo International Airport (DME)

Overview

One of the busiest airports in Russia, Moscow Domodedovo Airport serves the greater Moscow area (along with the equally-busy Sheremetyevo International Airport) from its location 26 miles (42km) outside of central Moscow.

Flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport come from all over the world, including major hubs like Hang Kong, Athens, London, Tokyo, Barcelona, Madrid, Cairo, Singapore, Houston, Washington DC, Lisbon, Dubai, Vienna and Tel Aviv. However, many of the airport's 22 million passengers per year come on domestic routes to St Petersburg, Kaliningrad and other Russian cities.

The airport is known for long queues, and security is extremely tight since Domodedovo was hit by a terrorist attack in 2011, so passengers should be patient and allow plenty of time for connections. The facility is modern and cheerful however, with plenty of shopping and restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, including excellent Russian food.

Location

22 miles (35km) south of Moscow city centre

Getting to the city

A highway links Moscow city with the passenger terminal at the airport, making access by public transport, taxi or private car possible. There are trains linking the airport to Paveletsky Rail Terminal in Moscow city centre. The trains run every 30 to 60 minutes and the trip takes about 40 minutes. There are also express trains to Belorussky Rail Terminal via the Kursky and Kalanchevskaya stations. A coach service between the airport and the Domodedovskaya station on the Moscow Metro runs every 15 minutes and takes about 30 minutes.

Time

Local time is GMT +3 (GMT +4 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in September).

Contacts

Tel: +7 495 933 6666.

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Moscow International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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