We will write how to get from Moscow airport to city center. The distance from Sheremetyevo International Airport to city center is 30 kilometers and the travel time is around 45 minutes by taxi and the fare taxi is around €20. The cheapest way from Moscow airport to city center is by bus for €1 and the travel time around 1 hour and 15-30 minutes.
The best way from Moscow airport to city center for €6 is by tram will take 35 minutes and later you will have to take the metro. You can use the Troika Card and top up to avoid the lines and getting cheaper prices in transportation around Moscow.
MOSCOW AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
BUS FROM MOSCOW AIRPORT TO CITY (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Moscow airport to city center is by bus. You will have to ride the bus and metro. There are a few buses leaving from Moscow airport to downtown. You will find them outside the Arrivals Terminal in Sheremetyevo International Airport:
Bus Number 817 And 948
Bus Number 817 and 948 are running every 20-30 and the travel time is around 35 minutes to get to Planernaya Metro Station (Metro Line 7). The bus tickets fare is 60-80 RUB and you can use in the metro with the Troika Card valid 90 minutes. So it will cost less than an euro in total.
Bus Number 851 And 949
Bus Number 851 and 949 are running every 20-30 and the travel time is around 25 minutes to get to Rechnoy Vokzal Metro Station (Metro Line 2). The bus tickets fare is 60-80 RUB and you can use in the metro with the Troika Card which is less than €1.
Marshrutka Shuttle (Minivan)
The Marshrutka Shuttle from Moscow airport to Moscow city center is running every 20-30 minutes starting at 6 am until 10 pm. The Marshrutka Shuttle from Moscow airport takes 30 minutes to get to the metro station and 30-40 minutes by metro to your final destination.
Marshrutka Shuttle van fare plus metro ticket is €1.50. You can pay by cash and you will find them outside the airport just ask locals and they will bring you to the metro station where you will get easy to your final destiantion for a cheap price and having a lcoal experience.
AEROEXPRESS TRAIN MOSCOW AIRPORT TO MOSCOW CITY CENTER (FASTEST WAY)
The fastest way from Moscow airport to city center is by train. The train from Moscow airport to Moscow city center is running every 20-30 minutes starting from 5 30 am until 12 30 am. The trains fare is 500 RUB which is €6 for one way for adults. You can buy the ticket online which is cheaper and at the ticket counter in the airport.
You can get the train from Terminals D, E and F at Sheremetyevo Airport. The travel time by train is 35 minutes from Moscow airport to Belorussky Train Station where you can take the metro to your final destination in Moscow.
The metro from Belorussky Train Station will take another 10 minutes and it will costs 55 RUB which is less than €1. The total travel time combined train from Moscow airport to downtown is 40 minutes and it’s the fastest way from Moscow airport to downtown.
Moscow Metro Map
Metro in Moscow is huge but it’s easy to move around with the signs and following the map. They are so beautiful and a few of the metro stations in Moscow are museums. The metro fare is 55 RUB which is less than an euro and even cheaper if you use the Troika Card for one ticket 35 RUB. The metro in Moscow starts at 5 30 am until 1 30 am.
You can buy the Troika Card in the vending machines at the airport and you will get discount in the public transportation around Moscow. For a single ticket 60 RUB which is less than an euro you can travel 90 minutes bus and metro. And if you use for the metro you will avoid the lines to buy the tickets and one single ticket is 35 RUB instead 55 RUB.
TAXI FROM MOSCOW AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
If you go from Moscow airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 45 minutes and the taxi fare from Moscow airport to downtown is €20. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.
UBER/YANDEX MOSCOW AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
If you are ordering Uber in Moscow you should know that prices are similar than taxi. Russia usually uses Yandex app. You can pre book with the app from your phone and going to the pick up point in the airport. Expect to pay around €20 depending on your destination and time of the day with Yandex from Moscow airport to city center.
CAR RENTAL AT MOSCOW AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in Moscow’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Moscow. It will take you 45 minutes to get to Moscow from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport. Prices are around €30-40 per day.
Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Moscow. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Moscow.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION MOSCOW AIRPORT TO MOSCOW CITY CENTER
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Moscow. Prices are around €30 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €7 per person.
BEST WAY FROM MOSCOW AIRPORT TO CITY
The best way from Moscow airport to Moscow city center if you are traveling alone and on a budget I would choose public bus for less than €1. If you buy the Troika Card you will be able to travel 90 minutes combined bus and metro. The fastest way is by train for €6 make sure you book online which is cheaper than in the ticket machines at the airport.
If you are traveling in a group or your prefer more comfort you can get a taxi or private transportation direct to your accommodation place in Moscow. You will avoid transferring to the metro!
WHERE TO STAY IN MOSCOW
A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Moscow. Where you can sleep in a dorm room or a room from less than $15 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $30-40 USD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $80 USD.
You can also try AirBnB in Russia with prices starting from $20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL RUSSIA
For food budget travel in Russia we have to say that’s affordable. You can get snack meals in local places for €1-2 per person trying different choices with bread mostly. For decent meals expect to pay €4-5 per person in a restaurant. Your food budget travel in Russia could be €10.
BEST TIME TO VISIT RUSSIA
I would say summer is the best time to visit Russia. The weather is warm and it’s perfect for outdoor activities. Summer lasts from the end of May until mid-September. If you want to experience the winter in Russia, visit here in November until the end of April. But we are warning you of the strong cold air that can be up to -50 °C!
You can also visit during spring (from mid-April to end of May) and autumn which is also a short season in Russia (from end of September to beginning of November).
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE IN RUSSIA AND ATMS
The currency is the Russian Ruble which is very weak comparing to the USD. At that time the exchange was 1 USD=70 RUB. If you are bringing card, there are hundred of ATMs in Russia where you can withdraw your money. If you bring cash as I did, there are many exchange offices and banks to exchange your money.
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