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Layover At Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport

Jan 25, 2014 | Comments 5

Stuck on a Moscow layover at the Moscow-Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)? As Moscow’s second largest airport and the hub for the Russian airline Aeroflat, this is a main center and close the city center of Moscow, so you’ll find there is lots to do both inside and outside the airport, depending on the length of your layover.
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The airport offers a lot of services including restaurants, shops, WiFi provided by three companies, baby changing rooms, luggage packing, and a post office. There’s also a VIP lounge. For a map of the airport, click here.

If you arrive at night, or are looking to catch some sleep, there are a number of nearby hotels, including the Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, which offers special 6-12 hour rates. Click here for a comprehensive list of Moscow hotels.

CLICK HERE for the Layover Guide to Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport

The airport is located 18 miles northwest of Moscow, although travel time to the city center can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours, as the main road – the Leninggradskoe Highway – can get very congested. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport, click here for useful tips.

If you’d like to leave your bags while you explore, the airport offers a Luggage Room in Terminal 1 in the Arrival pavilion. To store one piece of luggage a day costs 140 rubles.

CLICK HERE for the Layover Guide to Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport

Taxis to Moscow are available 24 hours a day. Taxis can be ordered from a taxi desk in every airport terminal. Taking a taxi from downtown Moscow to Sheremetyevo costs around $30–40. Aeroexpress trains connect Sheremetyevo Airport to Belorussky Station. On their way to Sheremetyevo trains make a stop at the Savelovsky Railway Station, but not the other way. The journey takes roughly 20 minutes. For more information, click here. Buses run 24 hours a day to Moscow from bus stops. For a list of bus routes and schedules, click here.

LayoverGuide.com’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Moscow Layover:

To help you get situated, here’s a map of downtown Moscow.

The Kremlin
The most recognizable building in Moscow, the Kremlin is a historic complex that houses four cathedrals and the Kremlin towers. The center of the Kremlin is Cathedral Square where you can see six buildings – the three cathedrals, two churches and Ivan the Great Bell Tower.

Red Square
The Red Square has been the main square in Moscow since the 15th century. The area is packed with historical sites and points of interest including the Resurrection Gate, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lobnoye Mesto and the GUM department store.

Bolshoi Theater
The Bolshoi is Moscow’s most impressive theater and if you can, you won’t want to miss catching an opera or ballet here. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office, by phone,
through a travel agent or hotel, or at the on-location ticket kiosk. Scalped tickets can also be bought outside the theatre for that day’s shows.

Dorogomilovsky Market
The Dorogomilovsky Market has lots of great fresh food including local fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses and spices. There are tons of free samples of local cuisine offered, and they are well known for their exotic caviar.

None of these catch your interest? How about the Tretyakov gallery, Moscow Metro or Cathedral of Christ the Savior? Or you can see lots more options here.

Have any great Moscow layover suggestions? Please comment below!

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  1. ian hart says:

    Sirs,
    I have a 10,5hr. layover at Sheremetyevo airport in December ’12. Do the airline Aeroflot provide a hotel?

    Ian Hart

  2. Kalani says:

    Recently had an 8 hour layover at SVO and was told by Aeroflot employee that they do not provide a hotel. I would recommend hanging out in the newer section as the older part smells of concentrated smoke. Not much to do at all, but wifi is great near the main TGIF restaurant and in other spots. No place to really sleep, so contort your body using the armrest chairs or simply lie on the cold floors is your only option.

  3. Ivan Valladares says:

    Hello there, I have a 14 hour layover in Moscow in just two weeks. If I decide to stay in the airport, do I still need a transit visa? And if I decide I want to leave the airport, is it too late to obtain a transit visa? Thank you.

    • vb says:

      As far as I know, you do not need a transit visa as long as you stay in the airport international area (only terminals D, E, F, you’re free to walk between them) for not more than 24 hours.

  4. pb says:

    how do you know if the airline will let you leave? i have an 11hr layover and would like to check out the city.
    how do i get a transit visa — in advance or upon arrival?

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