Stuck on a Moscow layover at the Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) in Russia? The Vnukovo airport is one of three major airports in Moscow, and is located approximately 17 miles from downtown Moscow which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Moscow layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the Vnukovo airport during your Moscow layover, there’s services and facilities to entertain you while you wait. In addition to a number of shops and duty-free shops, restaurants, and bars, there is a first class and business lounge in International Terminal B, and a nursery available for children under 7-years-old. WiFi coverage is available in the International Terminal B and prepaid cards to the service can be purchased in shops in the first level of both passenger terminals.
If you’d like to drop your bags off while you explore, the airport offers Baggage Storage in the Domestic Terminal D’s underground level.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your layover, click here to find a comprehensive list of Moscow hotels at varying price points, and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the Vnukovo airport during your Moscow layover, there’s a number of options available including taxis, high-speed rail, the Vnukovo Express, and buses. You can also book a private transfer.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Moscow Layover:
To help you get situated, here’s a map of downtown Moscow.
There are so many activities and tours to choose from in Moscow including walking, bus and bike tours, cultural tours, day trips, cuisine tours, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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