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Transit between SVO 1 and SVO 2

 
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cypresslia
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Transit between SVO 1 and SVO 2 Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I'm returning to Russia in mid-September. I will be flying into Sheremetyevo, Terminal 1 outside of Moscow. I'll be making a connecting flight from SVO, Terminal 2 to my destination city. Does anyone have any experience taking the free transit bus between these two terminals? I learned about this service on the Aeroflot website, so I'm curious if there is anyone who has used it and if it is user friendly. I would like to avoid the taxis. This is an understatement. Thanks, Tim
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greg222
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the Aeroflot courtesy bus? I don't have any experience with that, but if it fails you can always take a public bus. There is an hourly shuttle between the two terminals, plus there are regular buses coming from Moscow that stop at SVO2 and terminate at SVO1. See here:

http://www.waytorussia.net/Moscow/ArrivalDeparture.html
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cypresslia
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To greg222, thanks for the heads-up on that particular link. It never occurred to me to explore the "Moscow Guide" on the WTR site, although if I had seen this info last year prior to my first trip to Russia, it would have saved me a lot of anxiety....and money in regards to making my connecting flight at SVO 1. I would recommend that link to any traveler, entering the country via the Moscow airports, whether you have to make a connecting flight to another city, or if you need to use ground transportation within the city of Moscow. Great info! Thanks again, greg222, and thanks WTR for a great website!
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wavetossed
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Transit between SVO 1 and SVO 2 Reply with quote

cypresslia wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I'm returning to Russia in mid-September. I will be flying into Sheremetyevo, Terminal 1 outside of Moscow. I'll be making a connecting flight from SVO, Terminal 2 to my destination city. Does anyone have any experience taking the free transit bus between these two terminals? I learned about this service on the Aeroflot website, so I'm curious if there is anyone who has used it and if it is user friendly. I would like to avoid the taxis. This is an understatement. Thanks, Tim


I've flown to SVO2 on Aeroflot to connect with Ekaterinburg twice, and I never found any Aeroflot courtesy bus. However, I did find the municipal bus because it is hard to miss being one of those bendy buses two normal bus lenths long. As long as you are not in a hurry, the municipal bus is cheap, but it does take a long way round by going to the nearest metro station and back to SVO1. You may have to change buses at the metro station if the driver is going on a break. On the way home it is easy because the bus completes the triangle directly back to SVO2.

As soon as I cleared customs and came into the main airport of SVO2, I changed 50 or 100 bucks and then bought some ice cream at a kiosk so that I had smaller change. You will need that to pay the bus driver (or conductor in the more usual case). In some countries you might be able to buy a few rubles before travelling but not all money changers carry rubles. It may be easier to find a local Russian store and ask to change 20 or 50 bucks there before you fly.

Don't try the bus unless you have at least 2 hours before your connecting flight. It is a longish round trip and if there is heavy traffic the timing is a bit unpredictable. I liked it because I saw a little bit of Moscow (suburbs of course) but it was enough to notice the difference from Siberian cities which were my destinations. If you have a long wait between flights, you are better off either staying at SVO2 until the last 2 hours, because SVO1 has a much smaller waiting area both before and after checkin.

Remember SVO2 is the international terminal with two round areas connected by a short section. SVO1 is the long rectangular domestic terminal.
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cypresslia
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: update on transit between SVO 2 to SVO 1 Reply with quote

To "Wavetossed" thanks a lot for your feedback. Although my 2007 trip to Russia has already come and gone, this information will help me in the future, as well as anyone else out there who has to make a connecting flight at Sheremetyevo.

I'll take this opportunity to relay my transit experiences from my just-finished trip.

In short, I made both of my connecting flights, going and coming. But I was only able to take advantage of the free shuttle service at SVO 1 on my return. This turned out rather easy. After deplaning on the tarmac, the bus takes you to the "arriving" terminal for domestic flights at SVO 1. Not long after you walk into this building there is a "Transit" desk to the left where, after claiming your checked bags, two women direct you to the "marshrutka" taxi--No. 072 in my case--which is located outside the front door, a little to the left. The women spoke English, so there was no stress trying to communicate in Russian. For what it's worth, the taxis were dark blue in color. The driver loaded my luggage, as well as that of three other groups of people, and we drove off to SVO 2, where international flights come and go. The drive over was quite routine, I think it took between 10 and 15 minutes. And then it was just a simple matter of going through the baggage check, passport control, which didn't take too long, and then on to my boarding gate and security check. I had about 2 hours between flights, and immediately after passing through security at my boarding gate, we were allowed to board the plane. There was another 40 minutes or so before the plane started to taxi. So it was sort of a close shave with just 2 hours between flights, but I got through it all in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

My arrival into Russia and subsequent transit from SVO 2 to SVO 1 didn't turn out quite the way I planned, although I did manage to make the connection. In this case I had 3 hours between flights, and had I simply followed the normal operating procedures, I'm sure I would have had extra time to wait at SVO 1 for my flight. As it turned out I read a sign at the top of the stairs leading down to where passport control and customs is located, which said that people with connecting flights could just go to the transit desk nearby, where they will check your documents and then arrange for free transportation over to SVO 1. The sign was written in both Russian and English. Me and a couple of other groups of people went over to this desk, which at the time was not occupied. After a lot of confusing instructions from some of the airport staff and going back and forth from one transit desk here to another desk way around the corner down there, there was still no one to help us. Finally after probably a good hour of this, a woman who looked like she had some authority told me that I had to go through passport control, since I had flown into Russia on Delta Airlines and not Aeroflot! I was stunned! Here I had wasted all this time after reading a sign that made me believe I was going to save a bunch of time. To say the least, it didn't add anything positive to my opinion of Russian organization.

So.......I went through passport control, which took about 45 minutes, claimed my suitcase, and then proceeded through the green corridor into the lobby area, where I hoped to find another transit desk. It was not evident, and I didn't have time to search. By this time I had given up hope on making my connecting flight and was wondering how and when I was going to make it to my final destination, which was Krasnodar. Of course the taxi drivers were hovering nearby, and after a quick search in the lobby for the non-existant transit desk, I took the first $30 taxi offer, and in about 20 minutes I was standing in the security line at SVO 1, which thankfully didn't take long. When I got to the check-in counter, I had 5 minutes before they were boarding the bus that took us to the plane........

So there's my "transit" story. And I still don't know how to get free transit from SVO 2 to SVO 1. By the way, I did contact Delta Airlines about this ahead of time. The girl who I had talked to didn't have the information at her fingertips, so while I was on hold she called Sheremetyevo Airport and got the info "first-hand". She said that once you pass through the green zone, there is a transit desk, and that the free transit bus picks up "every hour, on the half hour". But like I said, I never did see that particular transit desk at SVO 2.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:06 am    Post subject: Transfer Between SVO 1 & SVO 2 Reply with quote

I recently flew Aeroflot from New York to Saint Petersburg. There is no direct flight to Saint Petersburg so I had to switch planes at Moscow.

Because I was entering Russia in Moscow, I went through Russian Immigration and customs upon arrival at SVO 2.

I had less than 3 hours between flights and there were signs indicating where to go if you had less than 3 hours between flights. From there it was all personal service courtesy of Aeroflot.

I was personally escorted by an Aeroflot Representative to the Immigration/Passport Control point and then I waited in a special waiting room for transport. Then one of those tag-along two-part busses picked me up and transported me to the other airport.

It was interesting finding my gate after getting to SVO 1 but all I had to do was ask and I quickly found my departure gate.

On my return trip, the same thing happened in reverse, again because I had less than 3 hours between flights. The transfer from SVO 1 to SVO 2 was flawless again and I was personally escorted by an Aeroflot Representative.

I'm not sure if this helps you because I did not use municipal transportation. But if you have less than 3 hours between arrival and the departure of your connecting flight, that is what to look for and expect.
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cypresslia
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:43 am    Post subject: Transfer Between SVO 1 & SVO 2 Reply with quote

To JustMarv:

I read your post with interest. It's so good to know that someone has successfully made the transition between SVO2 to SVO1 using the free shuttle service. I was beginning to think that it was some "phantom" service.

I have flown into SVO2 twice now, and "flubbed" this part of the journey both times. I made my connecting flights (the last time, just barely), but it cost me an arm and a leg in taxi charges.

I'm assuming that you flew into SVO2 on Aeroflot. Last trip, I flew in on Delta, which along with Aeroflot is part of the "SkyTeam" network, and before I made the trip, I had talked on the phone with a Delta representative, who personally called Sheremetyevo and relayed the info on the free transit between terminals. I didn't think I'd have any problems.

In a previous post, I documented my troubles, during my last trip, so I won't rehash that, but once I passed through passport control and picked up my luggage, I proceeded through the green corridor, and saw a sign for "Transit" along the way, but as I said earlier, once I got out into the lobby area, I didn't see any transit desk.

I'm wondering how and where you hooked up with the Aeroflot representative who helped you in this regard. When I was going through that area of the airport, I don't remember anyone there offering assistance to travelers making connecting flights.

I did manage, on the return flight, to use the free shuttle. Now the next time I travel to Russia, I hope that I can finally get between terminals quickly and without any extra expense. We'll see.
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David
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject: Bus Reply with quote

I have not been to Russia in 3 years now but, I did use the Aeroflot bus between SVO and and II on my 4 previous trips. When you get out of passport control there is an Aeroflot window you can see and you go over there and show them your ticket and they have you wait there and the bus goes I think every half hour. On the way back from SVO II they don't care what airline you are with. Right there near the baggage claim is a transit desk and you tell them you want to get on the bus for SVO I and they take you outside where the bus stop and you get on the bus. I just looked at the Aeroflot website and it looks like they have sped up the process because now you luggage gets checked through and they give you your boarding pass for your next flight before you board the bus. Dave
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JustMarv
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: Transfers Between SVO I & II Reply with quote

I did fly Aeroflot but I am not sure that makes a difference. My first experience was on a flight through Moscow Arriving at SVO 2 (I think anyway....The International Arrivals Terminal) I had flown from New York to Moscow on the first leg of my trip.

When I got off the JetWay I saw a sign that said something like "If you have less than 3 hours between flights see the attendant." I asked one of the Areoflot people standing right by the sign what to do and they either escorted me to the Transfer Booth, which was right nearby or just told me to go there. It all happend so quick that I'm not sure about that little part of it. The Transfer Booth is the first thing on the right you come to though.

But, I presented my passport and paperwork, which was a special passport control for passengers who needed special attention. Then I was admitted to a special waiting area with other passengers who also were in the same situation. After a short wait we all were escorted to the transfer bus and taken to SVO I.

On the return trip, I also had less than 3 hours between flights so I knew that there would be a special transfer so I asked where to go. There were no signs that I remember though. Because I was the only person on my flight that needed such a transfer, I was escorted to the special transfer area and after a short wait, the Passport Control officer appeared and checked my Passport and Immigration form (or whatever it is called) and then passed me through into a locked waiting room.

What happened then was interesting because there was no one else that needed transport and the Passport control officer closed everything up and disappeared, leaving me in the locked room.

Being left alone in the locked room was a little unnerving because there was no place to sit, so I just had to stand around. Russian Bureauacracy can be very impersonal at times.

I guess after about a 15 minute wait another attendant appeared and shortly thereafter a bus came up and I got a private ride between SVO I to SVOII.

There is a good chance I will be travelling again on Aeroflot through Moscow in a few weeks and I will report on that experience then.

Good Traveling and Transfers to all!
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Manchester
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are flying with Aeroflot or a member of Delta's SkyTeam, they have a transit desk in the arrivals hall, it is for Aeroflot/Skyteam customers only and they provide a free transit bus, but you have to ask. Find the kiosk for Aeroflot; show the woman your ticket for your domestic Aeroflot flight. She will then give you an orange transfer ticket. Go outside to the second set of traffic islands. You will see a yellow sign that says SVO1 - SVO2. Wait there and the bus will take you to SVO1 for free.
If you are flying with another airline, fight your way through the taxi drivers, then outside you need to find the big bus with number 817 to transfer from SVO2 to SVO1, and 851(c) from SVO1 to SVO2. The cost of the bus is around £1 ($2) and any of the above buses takes 20 minutes to get from one terminal to the other. Have Russian Rubles already (40-50) as the drivers won’t accept foreign money, dislike giving change from big Russian notes and seldom speak English.
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