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Travelling in Moscow


Moscow Airports

There are three major airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo. All international airlines come to Sheremetyevo international airport, to Domodedovo international airport or to Vnukovo international airport. All airports are easily accessible at any day and night time. All airports are connected with Moscow downtown by modern speedways (Aeroexpress trains). 

Sheremetyevo international airport is located 30 km from the city. Domodedovo international airport is 35 km from the center.

The best choice to get to the Moscow downtown is Airoexpress trains which operate between airports and metro stations. Their departure from the airports is every 30 minutes.

Airoexpress train from Sheremetyevo international airport arrives at Belorussky Railway Station closely connected with Belorusskaya metro station. Travel time is 35 minutes. The price of one way ticket is 320 rubles (about 6$).

Airoexpress train from Domodedovo international airport goes non-stop to Paveletsky railway station and thus arrives at Paveletskaya metro station. Travel time is 50 minutes. Fare is 320 rubles (about 6 $).

Please note that there are serious traffic jams in Moscow (especially in the morning and evening rush hours), so we recommend you to use the high speed trains to Moscow Center from the airport and the subway for moving around the city.


The majority of taxi-companies in Moscow provide fixed prices for airport transfers and time-based tariffs (price per hour) for moving around the city. We recommend the following companies with English-speaking operators:

  • «Moscovskoe Taxi». Tel. 8 (495) 988 42 22
  • «Taxi Rhythm». Tel. 8 (495) 641 11 11
  • «Taxi Moment». Tel. 8 (495) 989 21 58

Please be aware that taxis are quite expensive transport in Moscow and can often be very slow because of the city’s heavy traffic jams.

When arriving at any of Moscow’s airports, please, avoid “gypsy cabs” and use only licenced taxies, which will you will find parked at the special taxi stops.

Moscow Metro

The Metro is very efficient and allows you to skip Moscow traffic-jams saving you both money and your time.  

The Moscow metro is the main public transport service in the capital carrying more than half of all city passengers. Many metro stations and ticket halls represent historical, cultural and architectural monuments and are protected by the government.

Metro stations are open for passengers daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

To calculate your travel time, please use the Moscow metro interactive map.

Currency and money

The official monetary unit in Russia is rouble (1$ is about 57 roubles). All the prices are given in roubles and it is prohibited by the law to accept any other currency except the national one.

It is recommended to take US Dollars or Euros and to use authorized Exchange offices in banks and hotels rather than small exchange offices around the city (there are risks they will try to cheat you).

For exchange rates see http://www.xe.com/

Payment cards

Payment cards — especially Visa and Mastercard — are widely accepted by shops and restaurants in Moscow.

Time in Moscow

GMT + 3


Many Moscow restaurants have their own Wi-Fi hot spots which can be used by their visiters for free.

HSE conference venue is also covered with Wi-Fi network available for free for all conference participants. Please look for the login and password in the Conference guide book.

Usefull links

Official web site of the Committee for Tourism of the Moscow City Government;

Constantly updated and rated as one of the most popular and reliable sorces of information about living and travelling to Russia;

The Moscow Times, a daily English-language newspaper featuring objective, reliable news on business, politics, sports and culture in Russia;

One of the popular blogs about life and events in Russia.