Information & Facts
A taxi ride to the city centre takes around 30 minutes (traffic
dependent) and should cost around $40. Taxis touts operate in front
of both terminals and are to be avoided. Book a taxi from one of
the official taxi company booths. It is advisable to prebook a taxi
and be met on arrival.
Car rental companies include Avis, Hertz, National and
Taxis are available from outside both terminals; passengers
should avoid the renegade taxi drivers and go to the official taxi
counter. Rates are fixed. There is an express bus services, which
leaves from outside Sheremetyevo 1 and 2 for the nearby metro
stations that connect to the city centre. Minibuses are also
Moscow Airport is a soulless, dimly lit, grey building and long
stopovers here should be avoided if possible. The staff are slow
and inefficient and the queues for passport control and check-in
are long. Once through check-in, however, the facilities are fine,
including bureaux de change, restaurants, bars, duty-free shopping
and a post office. Disabled facilities are limited but wheelchair
transfer from the aircraft to the terminal building can be arranged
in advance. Left luggage counters, a business conference centre and
ATMs are available in Terminal 2.
Russian is the official language. Some people speak
English, French or German.
The official currency is the Rouble (RUB), which is divided into
100 kopeks. Most major credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard are
accepted in the larger hotels and at places that deal with foreign
tourists. Currency can be changed at banks, currency exchange
booths and hotels. Travellers cheques are difficult and expensive
to cash, but if necessary it is advised to take them in US Dollars
or Euro. ATMs are widely available in major cities. It is hard to
get rubles outside Russia and travellers are advised to take good
condition US dollars or Euro notes to change once there. It is
illegal to pay for goods or services in hard currency, though it is
Most international flights will arrive at Sheremetyevo II.
Sheremetyevo I, about 15 miles (24km) away, serves domestic
flights. Public and Express buses, taxis and free airline shuttles
are available between the terminals.