Arriving in Moscow
The vast majority of foreign travelers arrive in Moscow at Sheremetyevo Airport's Terminal 2. Sheremetyevo was built for the 1980 Olympics, and for a city of 8 million-plus, it's tiny. The building has a reputation as a seedy place prowled by even seedier taxi drivers. It's not quite that bad, but customs can be an ordeal, smoking is ubiquitous and the taxi drivers are aggresive.
When you get off your plane at Sheremetyevo you will be herded into a dingy basement to stand in the passport control line. After your passport is stamped, you will collect your bagage and go through customs. Passport control takes a minimum of 20 minutes for foreigners. Customs ranges from no time to all day. (See the front and back of a customs declaration form.)
When you leave customs you will emerge in a crowd of taxi drivers tripping over themselves trying to offer you a ride into town. If you don't want to haggle, there's a taxi desk in the center of the arrivals hall, but of course, for a higher price. If you do try to bargain and don't speak any Russian, count on paying upward of $35. Native Russian speakers can get the price down to at least $15. The taxi ride to or from the city center should run about a half an hour to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
There's no metro stop at the airport, but there is a regular marshrutnoye taksi, a minibus that runs along a fixed route for a fixed fare and allows passengers to get on or off wherever they want, that will take you to Rechnoy Vokzal, the nearest metro station, for 50 cents. A slower bus service runs less frequently but is cheaper.
Most flights to desinations within Russia and the former Soviet Union are served by Moscow's other four airports:
|More than 80 regular flights are carried out daily from the airport on Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey and dozens of charter flights on Russia and abroad.|
Address: 1st Reisovaja street 12.|
How to ride: by "Autoline" mini-bus taxi or by bus No 611 from "Ugo-Zapadnaya" metro station.
436-2813 - Reference Vnukovo airport;
436-2732 - Search of luggage;
436-8320 - Militia;
436-7402 - Customs;
436-8176 - Medical centre;
436-8349, 436-0081 - Mail cargo complex;
436-2749 - Cargo department of Vnukovo customs;
436-8363 - Veterinary service;
436-8129 - Service of boundary monitoring;
436-8767 - The State motor-vehicle inspectorate;
436-2341 - Dead luggag;
436-8200 - Sanitary - quarantine point;
436-2972 - Hotel of Vnukovo airport;
436-7728 - The dispatcher of a VIP hall;
436-8018 - Hall of the official delegations.
|Domodedovo airport has a traditional large-scale traffic geography: the Caucasus, the Urals, the Central Asia, Siberia and the Far East, Central Russia, and CIS countries. Presently flights from Domodedovo are also carried out to countries in Europe, Asia and America.|
Address: Domodedovo Airport, Moscow region, Domodedovskiy District, Russia, 142045.|
How to ride: by "Autoline" mini-bus taxi from "Domodedovskaya" metro station.
933-6666 - Information Desk;
323-8662 - Quality Control Department;
323-8852, 323-8861 - Customs;
323-8551 - Border Control Service;
323-8278 - Police Station;
323-8522, 323-8185 - VIP – Domestic Flights;
323-8655, 323-8955 - VIP – International Flights;
795-3573, 323-8647 - Aerohotel;
323-8665 - Immigrations;
323-8574 - Veterinary Control;
323-8902 - Phyto Control;
323-8675 - Mother and Child Room;
323-8675 - Medical Department;
323-8361 (extension 5034) - Left Luggage Office;
323-8643 - Unclaimed Luggage Office.
|The advantages of the geopolitical position of Sheremetyevo airport international in the European-Asian aviation transport system, its role of the laeding airport in the CIS airport system are unquestionable. According to expert opinion of the EC ahd the ACI-Europe, Sheremetyevo airport International has extensive perspectives for its development attractive for the investors.|
How to ride: by "Autoline" mini-bus taxi or by bus No 851 from "Rechnoy vokzal" metro station or by bus No 817 from "Planernaya" metro station. Operating hours: from 5.45 A.M. to 0.30 A.M.|
578-2372 (Sheremetyevo I), 956-4666 (Sheremetyevo II) - Information;
578-2350 (Sheremetyevo I), 578-5612, 578-1133 (Sheremetyevo II) - Lost and Found;
578-0902 (Sheremetyevo I), 578-5746 (Sheremetyevo II) - Police;
578-2121 - Customs;
578-6873 - Duty Free;
578-7454 (Sheremetyevo I), 578-7838 (Sheremetyevo II) - Airport Medical Office Vaccination;
578-2232 (Sheremetyevo I), 578-2341 (Sheremetyevo II) - Cargo;
578-8919 (Sheremetyevo I), 578-8084 (Sheremetyevo II);
578-5653 (Sheremetyevo II) - Immigration Passport Control;
578-1169 (Sheremetyevo I), 578-1396 (Sheremetyevo II) - Reservations & Ticket Sales.
DIRECTION FOR THE MEETING IN THE AIRPORT SVO (SHEREMETYEVO-2)