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    Domodedovo Airport by Metro and Mini-bus

    by johngayton Updated Nov 30, 2014

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    The cheapest, and fastest, way to get to Domodedovo Airport from central Moscow is by Metro to Domodedovskaya (on the green line 2) and then get the regular mini-bus shuttle from there.

    The Metro is its usual efficient self, running every couple of minutes from 05.30 until midnight, and the trip to Domodedovskaya will take about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your starting station.

    From Domodedovskaya Metro the mini-bus service, #308, runs every 15 minutes from 06.00 until midnight (and then twice an hour overnight) and the journey to the airport takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

    At the time of writing, November 2014, the Metro fare was 40 roubles and the mini-bus 120 roubles. Once the mini-bus is full the driver will collect the fares and then depart. There is some luggage space in the back of the mini-bus but note that this is limited and that if your luggage takes up a seat you'll have to pay for it.

    The only problem I had was finding where the mini-buses departed from at Domodedovskaya. The Metro station is the hub for public transport for the area and there are dozens of bus stops around, none of which were clearly signed. I had to ask a couple of people for directions but was eventually pointed in the right direction by the driver of a newly-arrived airport mini-bus - which, incidentally doesn't drop-off at the same stop as it departs.

    That bit was very confusing, and not assisted by the fact that there was construction work going on.

    It may now be signposted, but if not then you'll find the mini-bus stop on the other side of the road, in front of the S7 Airlines office. This requires taking the main underpass from in front of the Metro and following it as far as it goes and taking the stairs on the right.

    Once you arrive at the airport the mini-bus stops in the car park immediately opposite the departures entrance.

    Other public transport alternatives are to take a coach from the same bus stop at Domodedovskaya, which takes about the same time but costs a bit more, or the Aeroexpress train from Paveletsky which takes 40 to 50 minutes and costs 400 roubles.

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    Moscow river boat trip

    by kris-t Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    Regular two hour boat trips run from the berth of the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow along the most picturesque sights of the historical centre of Moscow.

    During it you'll see lots of places of the Moscow River embankment and also such architectural monuments as:

    - Novospassky monastery
    - Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building
    - Staint Basil's Cathedral
    - The Kremlin
    - Cathedral of Christ the Savior
    - House on Embankment
    - The Monument to Peter I
    - Central House of Artists
    - Gorky Park
    - "Luzhniki" Satdium
    - Moscow State University of Lomonosov
    - Novodevichy Monastery
    - Kievskaya Railway Station
    - Moscow Town Hall
    - Government House of the Russian Federation (White House)
    - Hotel "Ukraina"

    Tickets rate:
    adults - 800 rub
    kids age 6-12 - 600 rub (USD 20.00)

    The food and drinks on board to be paid separately.

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    by swesn Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Do take some time to study the art and design around the famous Moscow metro stations, the chandeliers, the paintings and mosaic displays, the Soviet details on the lamps, when you take the metro.

    Kievskaya, Komsomolskaya, Mayakovskaya, Novokuznetskaya, Park Kultury, Belorusskaya, Revolutsii Ploshchad are some lovely ones. The Muscovites should be so proud.

    Gorgeous metro stations in Moscow

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    Aeroexpress train from the Airport

    by jlanza29 Updated Nov 19, 2010

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    Moscow has 2 major international airports. The Aeroexpress services both airports with trains running into the city at very reasonable fares. From Domodedovo airport it cost 300 rubles which comes out to $9.85 US to the center of town. The train runs every 30 minutes or so from 5:00 am to 23:30. Very helpful schedule. The train drops you off at Paveletskiy where you can jump on the green line or the brown line(Good luck trying to figure that out) A taxi ride would cost you about $100 US into town. The signs for the trains are everywhere and for a change they are in English. At least at the airport on the way back just follow the signs with an airplane and you'll figure it out. I do advise give yourself some extra time on the way back to the airport just in case you run into trouble with the metro. It takes about 45 minutes to get into town and back to the airport.

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    Explore Moscow on foot

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 21, 2010

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    Although Moscow has a very fast and frequent public transport network, I highly recommend to explore some parts of the city on foot.

    This gives you a good idea of the city, its people and maybe you even discover some hidden gems beside the popular sights.

    In case you get lost, there is probably always a metro, bus or tram stop around the next corner.

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    From SVO to the Red Square

    by Pablos_new Updated Mar 8, 2010

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    Te most popular question in a forum: How to get from Sheremet'evo (SVO) to the Center.
    It is far from the center, but there is a shuttle train to Savelovskaya (Gray line) and Belorusskaya (Green and Circle lines) metro stations.
    It is almost impossible to use metroo if you do not know Cyrillic alphabeth. Russian language is not so importain (someone could help you with advise in English in Moscow), but Cyrillic letters are the must! All signs and names of the stations are in Russian.
    To get to the Red Square w/o changing lines you need to reach "Biblioteka imeni Lenina" "Библиотека имени Ленина" (Gray line) or "Okhotnyi Ryad" "Охотный Ряд" (Green line).

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    River Cruise

    by dlandt Updated Mar 17, 2009

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    The Russians don't have round trip tickets as far as I can tell. ("Toodi ee otranka" is how to say it if you want to ask) But the tickets from the Kremlin area to the end cost about three dollars. Coming back costs the same amount. You can get off wherever you like, making it cheap and very comfortable, complete with a cafe and bar belowdecks. The scenery is great to watch, and its a comfrotable way to see a lot without spending a lot of money or walking. When your feet get tired, try this one. I was so impressed with the price, ease and convenience of the riverboat that I really considered it one of the best things to see and do while in the city.

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    From Domodedovo to Moscow and to Sheremetievo

    by Ihtiandra Updated Jul 7, 2008

    They are currenly planning to build a train connection between all Moscow airports, I've just heard from friends. But for today, there're some other options: buses and trains go from Domodedovo to Moscow, but I am not sure what time they operate, as I could not open a webpage with this info.
    Probably, when you'd get your luggage and get through passport control, it will be 5.30 pm or more due to big ques there. So, allow extra time for this.
    I know that a train goes to the centre of Moscow, which is a train station Paveletskaya (same name for a metro station). It is appr. 2 hours journey, and there is some kind of express train as well with 50 min. journey time, but I am sure, this one is more expensive, and it's cost almost the same as a taxi (I remember that the last year I preferred to take a taxi intead of an express train).
    Express buses and coaches (called "avtobus" in Russian) go to nearest metro station, which is far from the centre of the town and es. Sheremetievo airport - it is Domodedovskaya metro station. They run every 15 min., and journey time is about 30 min. Also, there are small mini-buses for about 6-8 people, called "marshrutka", and they are cheaper then a train.
    Try this: and tel. of the Domodedovo airport: + 7(495) 720-6666, promising info in English also.
    From Paveletskaya or Domodedovskaya metro stations you can go by metro to a station Aeroport (green line), where you can take a connection coach to Sheremetievo, or to a station Planernaya (bus 817) or to a station "Rechnoi vokzal" (bus 851), where you can take local buses to Sheremetievo International, it is about 1 hour jorney as far as I remember. But it is quite difficult to get those local buses there, even for Russians, there are big queues, pushy angry people and so on. So, I would not recommend it.
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    There are also a nice comfortable coach, which you can take from a metro station "Airoport" (almost in the middle of Moscow) to the Sheremetievo airport. It is a better option then a local bus, but it could be busy. So, I would not recomment to do all this, as it could be min. 3 hours in total with all transfers and waiting, unless you will be lucky to get a direct coach to metro station Airport ("Aeroport" in Russian) from Domodedovo and a coach from there to Sheremetievo.
    I hope it is helpful. Good luck!

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    airport connection bus

    by Ihtiandra Written Jul 7, 2008

    This is it, I was not able to find any proper info about connecting airport buses also. I would not be surprised, if they do not exist any more.
    Yes, taxis are very risky too - once I have almost missed my flight due to traffic.
    Talking about visas, please correct me if I am wrong, but I've heard that tourists do not need Russian visas if they plan to go to Russia for no more than 3 days? I would check it with Russian consulate in your country or a travel agency.

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    Moscow train to St Petersberg

    by ROCKARIA Written Mar 31, 2008

    What i can inform you about is that the station for trains to St Petersberg is the Leningradsky station 3,Komsomolskaja Ploshad tel 709 262-9143

    Web site for russian trains :

    Cost of Train from Moscow to St Petersburg around €50 one way

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    Moscow monorail railway

    by PolinaS Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    The railway was built at the end of 2004 and planned to be one of main parts in Moscow transport system, but in reality it is used just as an attraction. If you get the train at Timiryazevskaya station it will bring you to VDNKH / VVÑ (All-Russian Exhibition center) within 20 minutes. For this time you’ll be able to watch at some Moscow districts from the height ~7meters and will pass Ostankinskaya TV tower and TV centre. This pleasure costs just 19,00RUB.

    Train The train is approaching to the station Station 'Exhibition center'

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    All types of getting around

    by littlebush Written Nov 4, 2007

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    There are 4 international airports but we flew into Domodedovo airport which is 1 hour by taxi into the centre. taxi's can be organised in arrivals for 1700R.
    A taxi from the city to this airport is just 800R!
    You can also get a train.

    The best way to get around is the metro which is spacious and frequent.
    You can buy a 10 journey ticket which is cheap and works well.
    The metro can be daunting at first but you get used to it.

    You can cover a lot by foot too if you dont mind walking a fair bit.

    You can pretty much flag down any car and the driver will take you to where you want to go!

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    Glav Agentsvo

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Dec 23, 2006

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    This is a travel agency with many filial in Moscow and other Russian cities where for a plus of 100 rubles (3 euro) they will look and book the best tickets by air and boat and rail.
    I already booked with them my train to the north of Russia, to the Arctic Ocean, next 31st October, and they got me the best compartment in Platskartni vagon (downstairs in an open carriage) for a normal price.
    They only speak Russian.
    There was another customer with me in the shop, a Georgian, and they got him a cheap airline ticket to Tbilisi via Baku, because Georgia and Russia hade the borders closed by land and by air, and also by sea.

    Located in Ploshad Lubianka (Detsky Mir).

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    Buro Narod

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Dec 23, 2006

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    This is a travel agency in the centre, close to the store Tsum, offering only excursions around Moscow, along the famous Golden Ring.
    The prices are even cheaper than if you go by yourself.
    It is very popular with Russians, and they were surprised to meet a foreigner.
    For a very good price they offer one day excursion to Zagorsk, Vladimir, Kostroma, Suzdal, etc. with guide service (in Russian). Excursions start at 8 AM and finish at 9 PM.
    I bought them a tour to Yaroslavl and Rostov in the way back for 400 rubles. Only the train already costs 400 rubles round trip to Yaroslavl.
    Good for tourists in transit for a few days in Moscow, even if you do not understand russian.

    Address: Ulitsa Pushechnaya 7, second floor.

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    Moscow Airports

    by saracen Written Oct 29, 2006

    Moscow has two main airports, Domodedovo (DME) and Sheremetyevo (SVO).

    DME is a very modern airport, equal to any you will find around the world. It always seems to be busyand pickpockets are a problem. That said, security is pretty tight – everyone has their shoes x-rayed along with their jackets and hand luggage, although this really only was introduced after the Black Widows’ bombings a couple of years back. International and domestic departures both take place from the one building.

    DME is located about 1 hour by car from the city. A taxi can be negotiated for around 1,000 roubles if you persevere (Russians can, I am sure, get I for much less). There is also a high speed train that takes you into the centre of Moscow for a very low fare. If you arrive on a Domodedovo flight, you can exchange your boarding pass for a free ticket. The train takes around 45 minutes.

    SVO has 2 separate terminals for international and domestic. Neither seem to be connected by a shuttle bus so you need to take a taxi. It pays to haggle, especially if you can speak Russian and can also act outraged at the ridiculous prices the drivers demand.

    The international terminal, SVO-2, is a bit dowdy and run-down – it seems to exist in a permanent state of twilight, as if someone has trimmed down the dimmer switch. It has lots of shopping in the departures area but it still doesn’t manage to look anything other than 30 years out of date. However, the domestic terminal at SVO-1 is actually showing signs of investment, with a vastly improved main concourse. Check-in and departures are still a little ‘Russian’ in style, however it all seems to work. SVO is a bit further out than DME and takes a little longer to get anywhere, although I have managed to get taxis to take me there from the city for around 600 roubles for some reason.

    If you need to travel between DME and SVO, then it can get expensive. Expect to pay around $100 for a taxi, although the journey takes a minimum of 1 ½ hours and maybe even 2 ½ hours depending on traffic.

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