Taxi transfers are expensive in Moscow and there's lots of traffic in peak hours. So most of the time you will be better off using one of the airport's express trains. Check out our Moscow Arrivals and Departures page to learn more
. Ordering a taxi only makes sense if you are traveling in a group and outside of peak hours (11.00 - 17.00 and from 22.00) or during the night.
Where Will Your Flight Arrive:
In Moscow, the major airport for international flights is Sheremetyevo 2 airport , located a few kilometers to the north of Moscow. It serves all major international airlines, except Swiss Air and British Airways, which arrive in Domodedovo airport.
Aeroflot Airlines domestic flights and charter flights usually arrive in Sheremetyevo 1 airport, which is 5 km from Sheremetyevo 2. There's a commercial shuttle service between the two airports (costs 20R = $0.7), but it's quite hard to get to, and not so reliable, so allow at least 4 hours between the flights.
In your plane ticket Sheremetyevo will usually be marked as SVO.
If you fly Swiss Air, British Airways or a domestic airline (e.g. Sibir, EastLine, Domodedovo Airlines, Pulkovo Airlines, Transaero, KrasAir etc., except Aeroflot), your flight will arrive in Domodedovo airport, which is a few km to the south of Moscow. It is a modern and a better airport, than Sheremetyevo, and there's a train to the center of Moscow (Paveletskaya metro) from this airport (every hour, from 10.00 to 20.00).
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In St. Petersburg, the major airport for international flights is Pulkovo 2 and the major airport for domestic flights is Pulkovo 1. They are located close to each other, to the south of St. Petersburg. There's a bus to the city.
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In Irkutsk, there's only one major airport, located in the city.
How Long Will It Take to Get to the City
Of all the airports, it takes the longest to pass customs and passport control in Sheremetyevo 2 in Moscow (where most of the international flights arrive). Count from 30 minutes to 1.5 hour (during busy hours - from 13.00 to 20.00) for this procedure. The traffic from Sheremetyevo is really bad during peak hours (6.30 to 11.00 and 17.00 to 22.00), Domodedovo is a little better, but still problematic. Vnukovo is not as bad, but still avoid taking a car during peak hours. Use the airport's train services instead.
It will take the same or less time in Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg, and it takes very short in Domodedovo airport (about 10-20 minutes). There's no train link from Pulkovo, so you'll have to get a car or a local transport.
All the airports are located about 1 hour drive to the city centrum, depending on the traffic.
So, expect to be at your destination about 2 - 3 hours after you landed.
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