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How to get from Vnukovo Airport to the City Centre

Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) offers three transportation options to the city centre of Moscow. Vnukovo International airport taxis are considered to be the fastest and most comfortable transportation method to the city. The total travel distance is 30km and the trip duration can range from 35 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic conditions. Most taxi companies charge a fixed rate of €20 from Vnukovo Airport to downtown Moscow. The public transportation system of Moscow connects the airport to the city through composite routes that include either bus+metro or train+metro options. The bus combination costs €1.50 with an average trip duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes, while the train route costs €7 taking 50 minutes to get to the centre of Moscow.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €20 45min 24/7
Bus €3 50min 05:00–01:00
Train €14 50min 00:00–06:00

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How to get from Vnukovo Airport to the City Centre by taxi

Vnukovo International Airport accommodates large taxi fleets composed of both regular city taxis as well as private taxi service companies. However, all cars along with their drivers must be legally licensed and clearly display their taxi certification. All taxi service vehicles are recognised by their intense yellow color along with their distinctive black and yellow roof sign. A regular trip to Moscow from Vnukovo Airport would cost around €20 while the trip duration usually takes 45 minutes under normal traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Vnukovo airport to the city centre

Regular taxi drivers are known to increase their prices, especially at airports. However, corporate owned taxis offer flat rates when going to the centre of Moscow, costing around €20, this is sometimes half the asking price of a regular taxi. The fare is further affected by the type of vehicle and number of people willing to travel.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM VKO TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
45 min
FROM VKO TO CITY CENTRE
45 min
FROM VKO TO DME
30 min
FROM VKO TO SVO
60 min
FROM VKO TO ZIA
1h 20 min

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Convenience

Taxis from Vnukovo Airport to the city centre are usually the fastest means of transportation, except in the event of heavy traffic. Vnukovo International airport taxis are preferred over the other transportation options, mainly due to the fact that they ensure your safety, personal space and a door-to-door service.

Editor’s Note

If you hire a regular taxi from the airport to the city, make sure that the taximeter is operating during your trip or that there are no inconsistencies on the agreed price.

Useful Tips

Taxi counters are located at the arrival terminal and have lists of available taxi companies and different vehicle options. Queues are common at the said counters, but will not take you more than 10 to 15 minutes.
It is possible to pre-book your taxi, avoiding queues at the taxi ranks. Payments are possible with both VISA and MasterCards.

How to get from Vnukovo airport to the City Centre by bus

Although there are numerous public buses at Vnukovo airport, only the No. 611 and shuttle bus take you to the metro stations that connect to downtown Moscow. Both buses take around 35 minutes to reach their respective metro stations. The metro connection will take you another 10 to 15 minutes to get to the heart of Moscow. Both buses operate from 05:00 to 01:00 and depart from the airport every 15 minutes. Ticket prices are €0.70 for the No. 611 bus and €1.50 for the shuttle.

How much is the bus from Vnukovo Airport to the city centre?

The price for the 611 bus is €0.70 and is €1.50 for the shuttle. Tickets can be purchased from machines inside the airport or directly from the driver.

The prices include up to a 90 minute ride on all Moscow metro lines.

Cost

611: €0.70 / Shuttle: €1.50

Trip Duration

50 Min

Waiting time is 10 to 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus No. 611 along with the shuttle are available from 05:00 to 01:00.

Where do I get it from?

The bus stations at Vnukovo Airport are a 400 metre walk outside terminal A.

Convenience

Buses are considered to be the least favorite option to get from Vnukovo Airport to the city of Moscow, this due to a few inconvenient factors ; the longer travel time, the limited space and the combined trip, bus+metro with no real bus timetable.

Editor’s Note

It is difficult to make scheduled travel plans when taking the bus from Vnukovo Airport, as the official airport website does not offer a bus timetable. Only the approximate travel time is displayed at the bus stop.

Useful Tips

Buses can be very cramped, thus, if you would like a seat, it is advised to wait for the next available one.
If your final destination is the city centre of Moscow, it is recommend to travel with the Aeroexpress train to the connecting metro line, as it is safer and time effective.

How to get from Vnukovo Airport to the City Centre by train

The Aeroexpress train at Vnukovo Airport is considered to be the most efficient transfer method to the city centre of Moscow. The train departs from the airport every 30 minutes and heads directly to the central Kievskaya metro station in approximately 35 minutes. The ticket prices range from €7 to €15 depending on your travel class.

How much is the train from Moscow airport to the city centre?

Ticket prices for a Standard Class - 1 journey is €7, while a Standard Class - 1 journey + 1 metro pass is €8.
For, Business Class - 1 journey costs €15.
Tickets can be purchased online or in the corresponding train counter, in front of the station.

Cost

€7

Trip Duration

35 Min

Waiting time for the Aeroexpress train is 35 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Aeroexpress train operates at Vnukovo Airport from 06:00 to 00:00.

Where do I get it from?

The Aeroexpress train station at Vnukovo Airport is located in front of terminal A, on the sub level floor.

Convenience

The Aeroexpress train is the only public transportation that operates with a set timetable from Vnukovo Airport. Moreover, due to the intense traffic conditions in Moscow, the Aeroexpress is usually the fastest way to the city centre despite the metro connection.

Editor’s Note

The Aeroexpress website offers numerous ticket options. Payments are accepted via VISA and MasterCard.

Useful Tips

Keep your ticket for the whole trip duration, until you pass a ticket check point. As passengers without a ticket may be required to pay the full single fare.
A "Personal Assistant" service is available to people with disabilities and is free of charge. The service can be asked for at the information desks which are located in the different terminals or if you call their direct phone number +7-800-700-33-77.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Vnukovo airport to the city centre?

The average taxi fare from Vnukovo Airport to the city centre is €20. Private taxi companies offer prices at flat rates, thus you do not have to worry about Moscow's heavy traffic.

How much is a bus ticket from Vnukovo airport to the city centre?

Bus tickets including a connecting line to the metro station costs €1.50. Tickets can be purchased from machines inside the airport or directly from the driver.

How much is a train ticket from Vnukovo airport to the city center?

Regular economy class tickets cost €7 per adult. Further money-efficient group tickets can be found through the Aeroexpress smartphone application.

How far is Vnukovo airport to the city centre?

The distance from the airport to the city centre of Moscow is around 30km. The trip takes around 45 minutes by car.

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