How to get from Sheremetyevo Airport to the City Centre
When arriving at Sheremetyevo International Airport, there are three options to get you to the centre of Moscow. The safest and most common option is by taxi, with a taxi rank just outside the airport. A Sheremetyevo International airport taxi takes around 45 minutes to get to the city centre in normal traffic and costs €20 when using a private taxi. Sheremetyevo airport has no direct public transport options to get to the centre of Moscow. However, a bus route as well as the Aeroexpress train, connects the airport with Moscow's green metro line that will get you to the city centre. The bus combined with the metro trip takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs €0.70, whereas, the train combined with the metro takes around 45 minutes and costs €7.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €20|| 45min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €3|| 115min|| 05:30–00:30|
| Train || €14|| 45min|| 05:00–00:00|
How to get from Sheremetyevo Airport to the City Centre by taxi
Private and regular taxis at Sheremetyevo Airport are available throughout the day and are easily recognised as they are yellow and have a distinctive yellow and black roof sign. Due to the high amount of passengers travelling to and from Sheremetyevo airport, you may have to wait up to 10 to 15 minutes for a Sheremetyevo International airport taxi. Under regular traffic conditions, the total travel time is around 45 minutes, while taxi flat rates should not exceed €20.
Taxi fare from Sheremetyevo Airport to the city centre
Regular taxi drivers may try to overcharge travellers offering prices from €40 to €50. However, privatised taxi companies offer flat rates to the centre of Moscow for around €20. Keep in mind that the cost may be higher if choosing a luxury or an XL vehicle.
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Taxis from Sheremetyevo airport are certainly the safest and most comfortable travel option to the centre of Moscow. However, Moscow is known for its daily heavy-traffic which may considerably slow down your trip.
Make sure to reserve a private taxi in advance, this will save you time from waiting in the long queues at the taxi ranks. Company operated taxis are highly recommended for their flat rates and higher quality vehicles.
In order to find an available taxi on upon your arrival at Sheremetyevo airport, you can pre-book on the airport's website and or at a taxi counter at every arrival terminal.
If you take a regular taxi, make sure that it is operated by a licensed driver and that the vehicle's certification is clearly displayed.
How to get from Sheremetyevo Airport to the City Centre by bus
The Marshutka Shuttle and bus No. 851 both connect Sheremetyevo Airport with Moscow's green metro line at Rechnoy Vokzal station. Both buses depart every 20 to 30 minutes from the airport. The combined (bus+metro) travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes for both buses, however, the ticket price for the 851 bus costs €0.70 and and the shuttle bus costs €1.50. This price difference can be explained by the extra luggage space available in the shuttle.
How much is the bus from Sheremetyevo Airport to the city centre?
The price for the 851 bus is €0.70 and €1.50 for the shuttle. Tickets can be purchased from machines inside the airport or directly from the driver.
You may use this ticket for up to 90 minutes on any metro line in Moscow.
Bus No. 851: €0.70 / Shuttle: €1.50
Waiting time is 20 to 30 minutes.
The 851 bus is available from 05:30 to 00:30, while the shuttle is available from 06:00 to 22:00.
Where do I get it from?
Both bus stations are located outside terminal F and terminal A at the Sheremetyevo airport. There are clear signs showing each bus station at both terminals.
Taking the bus or shuttle to the city centre of Moscow is the cheapest option, however, it is neither the safest nor the most comfortable option and the rides can be quite tiring.
Always keep an eye on your personal belongings as buses are a common target for pickpockets.
There is no official timetable for either bus, you need to wait at the bus stop for the next transfer (30 minutes or more).
Keep in mind that bus drivers rarely speak English. If you have any questions, you can ask the airport staff beforehand.
How to get from Sheremetyevo Airport to the City Centre by train
The Aeroexpress train is appealing for most travellers as the price is low and the train is comfortable, making this option the most common method of transport to the city centre of Moscow. The train departs from Sheremetyevo airport every 25 minutes and heads directly to the central Belorusski metro station in approximately 35 minutes. Ticket prices range from €7 to €15 depending on your travel class.
How much does the train cost from Sheremetyevo airport to the city center?
For a Standard Class ticket - a one-way costs €7, while a Standard Class - 1 journey + 1 metro ticket costs €8.
For a Business Class ticket - a one-way ticket costs €15.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the train desk in front of the station.
Even though the Aeroexpress train does not take you directly to the centre of Moscow, it is still considered to be one of the most reliable and comfortable transportation options from Sheremetyevo airport.
You can download the Aeroexpress phone application to book your tickets. You may also find some interesting deals on the Aeroexpress app.
Feel free to make scheduled plans when arriving as the Aeroexpress train is very punctual.
You may purchase your ticket directly at a turnstile in the station, however, the turnstile only accepts MasterCards or Visa cards as it is a contact-less payment.