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Moscow - Getting There

Most expatriates will arrive in Moscow via air travel, landing at either Sheremetyevo 2 or Domodedovo Airport. Domestic flights arrive at Sheremetyevo 1 or Vnukovo Airports.

If you are arriving at the Sheremetyevo 2 Airport, it will take you about 30 minutes by bus to get to the nearest Metro line. Bus tickets can be purchased at the airport terminal for about $1. If you want to get to Moscow more quickly, you can hire one of the many taxi drivers waiting outside the arrival gates, but you can expect to pay premium prices for this mode of transportation – a taxi to Moscow frequently costs $45 or more.

If your plane will arrive at Domedovo Airport, you can either take a bus ($1), which will get you to Moscow in about an hour, or opt for the AeroExpress train ($4), which takes about 40 minutes.

Airport contact information:

Sheremetyevo 2 Airport (English version available)

Moscow 103340, Russian Federation

+7 (495) 232-6565 (English-speaking operator)

Domodedovo Airport

Moscow 142015, Russian Federation

+7 (495) 933-6666

Vnukovo Airport

You can reach Moscow by air travel in about 9 hours from New York City, 9 ½ hours from Toronto, 20 hours from Sydney, 3 ½ hours from London, and 12 hours from Los Angeles.

If you plan on traveling to Moscow by train, you will need to pass through customs when entering Russia. Information for arriving by train is available at and, although both sites are currently only available in Russian.

Once you're in Moscow, one of the most efficient ways to get around the city is via the Moscow Metro system, which runs throughout the city from 5:20 A.M. to 1:00 A.M. The metro stations are all marked with a large “M", making them easily identifiable for expatriates unfamiliar with the Cyrillic language.

Although all of the Metro signs are in Cyrillic, with no English translations, the Metro lines are color coded, so finding the correct line to take you to a specific are of the city is not impossible.

Tickets for metro travel can be purchased in blocks to reduce your travel expenses. The tickets do not expire. One ticket costs about $0.80, while a ticket for 20 trips will cost about $8.50. Keep in mind that if you don't pay, you will incur a fine of around $20.

The city also features a public transport system of buses, trolleys, and trams, all of which are good ways to see the city and familiarize yourself with the landmarks of Moscow. Bus stops are marked with yellow signs bearing the letter “A", while trolley stops are marked with white “T" signs, and tram stations are marked with “Tp". The ticket prices for all three modes of transportation are the same, $0.60 if you purchase them from the driver, and $0.50 if you buy them beforehand. You can purchase the tickets at many metro stations, and at kiosks outside more popular bus stations.

For transportation at night and when the Metro and bus lines are busy, you can hire a car or taxi to take you around the city. Any car can be used as a taxi, so you can simply wave down a car on the street. It is important to negotiate a private with a private driver before you depart, because they do not use meters. Public taxis are usually only available in busier areas, and can be identified by their typical checkered pattern.

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