The Sheremetyevo International Airport is located in the Russian capital of Moscow, and is the largest airport in the country. Located 29 km northwest of central Moscow, the airport is a hub for Russia’s Aeroflot. First opened in 1959, Sheremetyevo Airport has undergone many stages of upgrading over the years, and is now a sprawling modern airport that handles many domestic and international flights.
Many major airlines fly to the airport, including Air France, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Airlines, KLM, and Hainan Airlines. The airport is well-loved by travellers for its high quality service and amenities, and was most recently rated as the “Travellers’ Choice” on TripAdvisor in 2015.
Airport Layout & Amenities
Sheremetyevo Airport’s premises consist of six terminals and one special terminal reserved for private and business use. Terminals A, B, and C are the North Terminals, while Terminals D, E, and F are the South Terminals. These two terminal areas are linked by free shuttle bus services. Most international flights come through the South Terminals, in particular Terminals D and E.
The terminals are modern and come equipped with many amenities, including restaurants, retail spaces, ATMs, money changers, and a free wireless Internet service called AURA.
The airport pays special attention to physically challenged travellers, with the airport infrastructure designed to completely accessible. There is even a free-use airline lounge called Sirius, located in Terminal E, that caters to physically challenged travellers. There is a direct Aeroflot flight from Hong Kong to Sheremetyevo International Airport. The flight operates once daily, and flight time is approximately 10 hours 15 minutes.
Currency in Russia
The currency used in Russia is the Russian ruble, with an exchange rate of HK$1 to 9.5 rubles.
Transportation in Moscow
The airport is well connected to central Moscow by the Aeroexpress train service. Travellers can board the train from the rail terminal located in front of Terminal F, which takes them to various train stations within Moscow such as Belorussky Station and Moscow Kurskaya.
Train tickets can be purchased on-site or online through Aeroexpress’ website (https://aeroexpress.ru/en/sheremetyevo.html). The price of a standard ticket bought online is 420 rubles (HK$42.80), while a ticket bought at the train terminal costs about 480 rubles (HK$49). The trains run at regular half-hour intervals.
Travellers may also choose to travel by road, although there is a chance that the roads might be congested with traffic. Taxi services are available outside the airport. Fares are based on which part of Moscow you are travelling to.
There are also fixed price shared taxis known as marshrutkas which bring passengers to Moscow’s metro stations. These marshrutkas are essentially minivans which are routed taxis and are a cost-effective alternative to official airport taxis.
Sightseeing in Moscow
Visitors to Moscow will be greeted by a sprawling, cosmopolitan city which is home to exceptional architecture and pleasant sights and sounds. Moscow is one of the greenest capital cities in the world, with 40% of its area consisting of parks and forests. In the historic core of the city is the Kremlin, a fortified complex that is home to the Russian President and Tsarist treasures in the Armoury.
Just outside of the Kremlin is the iconic Red Square, the sprawling centre of Moscow city and historically one of the most important sites of Russian political history and culture. In the same vicinity is Lenin’s Mausoleum (which is the resting place of Lenin’s Tomb), the State Historical Museum, and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its brilliantly hued onion-shaped domes that are a quintessential part of the Moscow landscape.
Some other notable attractions include the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the Russian State Library, the Moscow International House of Music, and Novodevichy Convent. For those wishing to eat, shop, and people-watch, be sure to make your way down to Tverskaya Street, which is one of Russia’s busiest shopping streets, and New Arbat Street, which features some of Moscow’s most upmarket restaurants and cafes.
All information is valid as of February 2016.
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