How to get from Vnukovo Airport (VKO) to central Moscow

Max Fastov
Train, bus, taxi or car sharing – fast and easy ways to reach the city center

1. Aeroexpress

The fastest way to get from this airport to the center of Moscow is the Aeroexpress train, which has a station right in the airport building. With no traffic on the way, you’ll arrive at the Kievskaya train station in 35 minutes, and from there you can get on the metro (Circle line), which makes it convenient to go anywhere in the city.

The first train leaves Vnukovo at 5:15 a.m., and the last departs 12:30 a.m. Tickets on the Aeroexpress go for 500 rubles ($8) at the ticket office and 420 rubles ($6.7) online. You can buy tickets in advance via the website aeroexpress.ru, or download the app.

* During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ football fans attending Moscow matches will be able to travel on the Aeroexpress free of charge, and there will be extra night trains. Check out the website for more information.

2. Bus

Bus is a cheaper way to get to Moscow but you never know how heavy traffic might be. Another disadvantage is that the bus only goes to a metro station at the end of the line, near the city limits, so you’ll need another 30 minutes to reach the city center.

To Salaryevo metro station (Red line):

- Bus No. 911 or marshrutka mini costs 55 rubles ($0.8). The bus runs from 5:15 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. at 7-minute intervals. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

To Troparevo and Yugo-Zapadnaya metro stations (Red line)

- Bus No. 611 costs 55 rubles ($0.8). It runs from 5:15 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. at 20-minute intervals. Travel time is 25-40 minutes.

For more information visit www.vnukovo.ru.

* During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ football fans attending Moscow matches will be able to travel on public buses free of charge

3. Taxi

If you arrive at night and don’t want to wait for a night bus, then take a taxi. But don’t take one that’s already at the airport because they charge 5,000 rubles ($80) and more; in fact, the ride should cost no more than 2,000 rubles ($30).

There are several services and apps to help you book a taxi in advance and there’ll be a fixed price no matter how long you spend in traffic jams:

- Uber is available in Moscow

- Yandex Taxi (the app works in many languages)

- Gett Taxi (works in Russian, English and Hebrew)

- City Mobil (available in English).

The last two are available for booking in advance, but there are usually many cars in the vicinity of the airport that’ll pick you up in 5-10 minutes. When you arrive at the airport you can get online with free WiFi in the terminal and book a car. They’ll probably ask you to call after passing through border control because waiting in front of the airport is free only for the first 15 minutes, and then it’s quite expensive.

4.Car sharing

Several car-sharing companies are available at Vnukovo. You need an ID, driver’s license, credit card and a smartphone. You’ll need to sign a contract with a company in order to access its vehicle (you can also do this online). The leading companies are: Delimobil (click here to find more about access at the airport); Yandex Drive (available in English on Google Play); and BelkaCar (works only in Russian). You should download an app in advance to find the nearest car.

5. Rent a car

All major car rental companies can be found at Vnukovo: Sixt, Europcar, Avis, and Rentalcars. You can rent a car online or by visiting the rental office. Booking in advance doesn’t influence the price much but it does provide greater choice of car models.

Arriving at another airport? Find out how to get from Sheremetyevo (SVO) and Domodedovo (DME) to central Moscow.

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