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How to get from Moscow Zhukovsky Airport to Moscow City

The newly opened Zhukovsky airport offers three viable transportation methods to the city centre of Moscow. One of the fastest and most convenient ways of transportation from the airport are the private taxi companies. A Zhukovsky airport taxi should take around 1 hour to get to the city centre, with a price around €28. Like the other major airports of Moscow, Zhukovsky airport does not provide a direct route to the city centre by public transportation. Travellers have 2 options: bus+metro or bus+train+metro. The total travel time for both options are the same, around 1 hour and 30 minutes with tickets costing €1.5 and €7 respectively.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €28 60min 24/7
Bus €3 90min 08:00–21:00
Train €14 90min 07:00–21:00

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How to get from Moscow Zhukovsky Airport to the City Centre by taxi

Zhukovsky airport taxis look the same as the other airport taxis in Moscow. The vehicles are light or dark yellow with black details and they all carry the distinctive black and yellow roof sign. Private taxi companies may have advertisements on their vehicles, with the condition that the visual attributes of the taxi car remain unchanged. It is recommended to avoid unlicensed drivers who might approach you at the exits, as they are illegal and charge you an excessive rate. Lastly, the trip from Zhukovsky airport costs around €28 and the total ride should take 1 hour under normal traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Zhukovsky airport to the city centre

Taxi fares from Zhukovsky airport are usually at fixed prices. Regardless of the taxi provider or driver, the cost to the city of Moscow should not exceed €28. This price is for a regular 4 passenger vehicle. If you are travelling with a large group or if you would like to travel using a luxury vehicle, you would need to pass a special request, and the price will be higher.

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

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Convenience

As the public transportation from Zhukovsky airport is known to be quite tedious, taxis are considered to be the most efficient and convenient transportation method from the airport to the city centre of Moscow.

Editor’s Note

Unfortunately the traffic in Moscow can be very punishing at times. If you book a connecting flight from one of Moscow's different airports, make sure they are at least 3 hours apart.

Useful Tips

If you decide to take a regular city taxi from the rank outside the exit doors, keep in mind that the fare should never exceed €28.
It is advised to book your private taxi in advance, this avoiding the queues in front of the taxi counters.

How to get from Zhukovsky Airport to the City Centre by bus

Unfortunately, there are no direct bus routes connecting Zhukovsky Airport with the city centre of Moscow. However, the Express bus No. 441 can be used to get to Kotelniki metro station which heads directly to the downtown district of Moscow. The Express bus is available every 30 minutes from the airport and a ticket costs €1.50 including the metro pass. The total trip to the city centre will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

How much is the bus from Zhukovsky airport to the City Centre?

A ticket for the Express bus costs €1.50, which includes a connection on the purple metro line heading to the city. Tickets can be purchased from machines inside the airport or directly from the driver.

Cost

€1.50

Trip Duration

90 Min

Waiting time is around 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Express bus is available from 08:00 to 21:00.

Where do I get it from?

The Express bus stop is located in front of the exit outside of the main terminal.

Convenience

Although this option is the cheapest, the lengthy duration of the trip and the interchanging connections can become quite complicated especially after a long flight.

Editor’s Note

Due to the lack of punctuality in Moscow's public transportation system, always take into consideration the waiting and connection time when travelling.

Useful Tips

Keep an eye on your personal belongings when travelling with public transportation, especially in crowded buses.
Public transportation at Zhukovsky airport close at night. Therefore, if arriving at this time, you would need to take a taxi to get to your final destination.

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

Taking the train from the airport to the city centre of Moscow is considered to be the most complicated option as the trip consists of 2 connections and 3 different means of transportation. You would need to take a 15 minute bus shuttle from the airport to Otdyh station, then a 40 minute Sputnik express train to Komsomolskaya station and finally a 30 minute metro ride to the city centre of Moscow. The total cost for this trip is €7.

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

A one-way adult ticket for the shuttle+train+metro combo is €7. Tickets can be purchased online or in the corresponding public transportation counter inside the airport.

Cost

€7

Trip Duration

90 Min

Waiting time is around 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The shuttle and train operate from 07:00 to 21:00.

Where do I get it from?

The shuttle bus stop is located in front of the main terminal exit.

Convenience

The express train travel combination is by far the most complicated transportation method to the city centre of Moscow. However, the train can be beneficial if your final destination is located in northern Moscow near Komsomolskaya station.

Editor’s Note

This option is not recommended for people travelling with children or for the elderly as the many changes can be tiring.

Useful Tips

If you are heading to the centre of Moscow, it is best to either take a taxi or the Express bus as they are faster and more direct.

Frequently asked questions

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

The average taxi fare from Moscow Zhukovsky Airport to the city centre is €28. 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 Zhukovsky airport to the city centre?

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

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

Regular economy class tickets cost €7 per adult. Group discount tickets can be found on the Aeroexpress smartphone application.

How far is Zhukovsky airport from the city centre?

The distance from the airport to the city centre of Moscow is around 45km. The total trip takes around 1 hour by car.

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