Moscow Domodedovo International Airport
There are several airports around the Russian capital. Until recently Sheremetyevo was the most important airport, but meanwhile that role has been taken over by Domodedovo International Airport, this airport is 35 kilometers south of Moscow and is growing fast. Originally this airport was especially used for domestic flights. Domodedovo Airport has been privatized since 1996 and the number of international flights has grown greatly. In 2005, 14 million travelers used Domodedovo, including a large number of international travelers (more than at Sheremetyevo). Many well established airline companies have had their flights moved from Sheremetyevo to Domodedovo.
In the coming years the existing Terminals T1 and T2 will be expanded and two terminals will come, T3 and T4, then the airport will be able to process 35 million passengers.
Prices are given here in Russian currency, the rouble, €1.00 = 34.36 rouble, or the rouble is about three euro cents (January 2007).
Domodedovo International Airport
IATA airport code: DME
ICAO airport code: UUDD
The AeroExpress train goes between the airport and Paveletsky Station in Moscow, travel time is 40-50 minutes, and a ticket costs 120 rouble. In addition there is a slower train with the same route, travel time is 70 minutes.
Car and bus
The most important road between the airport and Moscow is Kashirskoe highway, 22 kilometers to the southern area of the Russian capital. The exit to the airport is clearly indicated.
From the airport there are modern express buses that go to Domodedovskaya Metro Station in south Moscow, travel time is 25-30 minutes and costs 30 rouble. Similar buses also ride to the other large airport in the Russian capital, Sheremetyevo, travel time is 90-120 minutes and costs 200 rouble. To get to the Domodedovskaya Metro Station you can also use mini buses.
Car rental - Moscow Domodedovo International Airport
In the Arrivals Hall there are counters for car rental companies: Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis are in front of both terminals. A ride to the center of Moscow costs between 1,100 and 1,800 rouble, depending on the company and car type. Further information about taxi rates through (tel: +7(0)95 363 2777) or (tel: +7(0)95 363 3089).
There are 4,000 parking places at this airport, in all cases the first 15 minutes parking is free. Right in front of the terminal there are places for short-term parking which costs 100 rouble per hour. There is a cheaper option by the Cargo Terminal that costs 50 rouble per hour. There is long-term parking, close to the entrance of the airport, that costs 400 rouble per day, or behind the Airhotel that costs 300 rouble per day. There is an area where you may park for free, but of course that is furthest from the terminal.
There is one hotel at the airport:, the Domodedovo Airhotel (tel: +7(0)95 795 3868), it is approximately one kilometer from the terminal and is accessible by a shuttle bus. For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
There is an excellent range of shops, restaurants, snack bars and cafes and you can find most of these on the second level of the International Terminal. There is, among others, a real Russian restaurant, ‘Old City’.
Baggage carts are free to use. In the basement of the International Terminal you can find a counter to store baggage (tel: +7(0)95 967 8363). In the Baggage Hall there is a counter for lost and found items (tel: +7(0)95 504 0258).
You can find general service counters at many places in the terminal. The main counter (tel: +7(0)95 933 6666) is right in front of the entrance of the International Terminal. Tourist information is available in the Travel Center in the International Arrivals Hall right by counters 73 and 74.
By the VIP lounge (tel: +7(0)95 504 0295) there are offices and meeting rooms available for 10-20 people, the rooms are equipped with audiovisual equipment and can only be booked by fax: (fax: +7(0)95 787 8632).
In addition to the general VIP lounge, many airline companies have their own lounges, including British Airways, Swiss and Lufthansa.
The terminal is accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. The airport regulates check-in, passport control and Customs formalities for travelers who are not able to do it themselves. Furthermore, there are reserved parking places right by the terminal.
There are banks, money exchange offices, ATM's and a post office. On the first level of the Domestic Terminal you can find a First Aid post (tel: +7(0)95 504 0248 or +7(0)95 504 0249). There is a chapel on the second level and a mosque on the first level. You can use internet computers for free in the International Terminal. In the shopping area there is an internet cafe, and wireless internet is present throughout the terminal.