How to Get to Moscow from Shremetyevo Airport

Once you’ve arrived at one of Moscow’s international airports, Shremetyevo (SVO), the first thing that may be on your mind is wanting to jump right onto your bed at your hotel or accommodations. Or maybe you want to dive right into exploring the city of Moscow. From the differences in cost, travel time, and convenience, let’s look at the 3 best options to get to where you want to go.

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Aeroexpress Train

The fastest way to the city center is, without a doubt, taking the Aeroexpress. It’s a 35-40 minute ride that brings you directly from the airport to the station closest to the city center (Belorussky), costing approximately 400 rubles ($8) which can be bought at the ticket office there, or 330 rubles ($6.70) when bought online. From there, you can connect to the Metro if your accommodations are not close to the central stations.  

The Aeroexpress runs from 5am-12:30am daily, so plan your itinerary accordingly. An advantage in taking the Aeroexpress is that service runs very reliably and goes directly to the city center without any unscheduled stops, making it easier to get to where you need to go at a certain time.

 

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Bus

Taking the bus may be an option worth considering if you’re looking for the most affordable form of transportation into the city. However, some things to note are that the roads in Moscow often become congested with traffic, so it may not be the quickest way to get into the city. Also, the buses’ last stop are Metro stations located at the end of the line near the city’s outer limits (Rechnoy Vokzal, Planernaya, Yugo-Zapadnaya), so it is likely that you will then need to connect to the Metro to get to the center of Moscow, which will require an additional 30 minutes. Because of this, we recommend this travel option for more experienced travelers who aren’t in a rush to go somewhere. 

  • To Rechnoy Vokzal metro station (Green line):
    • Bus No. 851 runs from 5:37 a.m. to 12:49 a.m. (and to 12:45 a.m. on weekends)
      • 40 rubles ($0.80)
      • Travel time: around 50 min
    • The so-called marshrutka mini-bus No. 949 runs from 6:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
      • 65 rubles ($1.30)
      • Travel time: around 30 min
  • To Planernaya metro station (Purple line): 
    • Bus No. 817 runs from 5:22 a.m. to 12:08 a.m.
      • 40 rubles ($0.80)
      • Travel time: around 40 min
    • Mini bus No. 948 runs from 6:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
      • 65 rubles ($1.30)
      • Travel time: around 30 min
  • To Yugo-Zapadnaya metro station (Red line)
    • Night bus H1 runs from 0:15, every half an hour
      • 40 rubles ($0.80)

 

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Taxi

Taking a taxi may be the best option if you’re travelling in a large group or looking for a convenient ride into the main city, taking around 45min-1hr. The biggest downside of taking a taxi may be the price, which can range from 1500- 4000 rubles ($30-80).

Be wary of taxis that are already parked outside the airport when you step outside -the taxi drivers here are likely to overcharge you at a price up to 4000 rubles ($80). If you want to significantly save on the taxi ride, we recommend you to pre-book a taxi into the city at a flat rate, which should cost no more than 1500 rubles ($30).

 

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To recap, if you are travelling in a group or don’t want to be limited to the bus/Aeroexpress schedules, your best bet is pre-booking a taxi. If your main priority is finding the cheapest transportation and don’t mind the longer travel times, go for the bus and connect to the Metro afterwards. On the other hand, if you’re looking for the fastest way into the city, consider taking the convenient Aeroexpress that brings you right into the heart of Moscow.

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