How to Get to Moscow From Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo Airports: A Taxi and the Aeroexpress
There are three airports in Moscow: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. They are all located within 10-20 km of the city.
You can reach the city from any airport mainly in two ways:
- by taxi;
- by the Aeroexpress train.
A taxi from the airport costs $40-50 if you book it in advance. However, if you try to find a taxi at the airport, it is unlikely that you will find a car for less than $70. The trip from the airport to the city center takes a little less than an hour but traffic jams can make it an hour longer.
The Aeroexpress is a high-speed train that takes you from any airport to one of the railway stations in the center in 35-40 minutes. The Metro (subway) is easily accessible from any of these stations.
The Aeroexpress train from Domodedovo airport goes to Paveletsky railway station, near the Paveletskaya Metro station. The Aeroexpress from Sheremetyevo airport goes to Belorussky railway station, Belorusskaya Metro station. And the Aeroexpress from Vnukovo goes to Kiyevsky station – you guessed right, it is near Kiyevskaya Metro station.
A standard Aeroexpress ticket will cost you about $12 from any airport. You can also purchase a business class ticket for $30 (drinks, newspapers and more space in the wagon included). There is no fee for children under 5. Trains run from the early morning (6 a.m.) until midnight every 30 minutes or every hour, depending on the airport.
The third way to get to the city is a shuttle minibus. It is best not to use this transfer method. Although a shuttle minibus is even cheaper than the Aeroexpress train and costs about $4, it is significantly less comfortable and tends to get stuck in jams.
Aeroexpress or Taxi?
If you go alone or if there are two of you the train will be cheaper compared to a taxi. In addition, you can get to the city quickly even if it is rush hour.
However, the train does not take you directly to your accommodation so you may have to walk, use the subway or take a taxi. Lastly, remember that trains do not run all night.