Advantages Clean and modern. Good facilities.
Disadvantages Long term construction work gives it a transitional feel
|Is it worth visiting?|
NOTE: Posted prior to 24th January 2011 Bombing
Despite its distance from Moscow, transport links are good. There is an express train service to and from Paveletskiy Station (located on the Garden Ring on the south side of town) which takes passengers directly to the main terminal building. Current fares are 300 Russian Rubles (£6.50) standard class, or 500 Rubles (£10) in Business class. Trains leave every thirty minutes. Make sure you use the AeroExpress service, rather than the local stopping service, which takes around half-an-hour longer. The other option, if you’re feeling confident, is to take an airport shuttle bus for the 15km trip to Domodedovskaya Metro station, which takes around half-an-hour and feeds into Moscow’s wider Metro network. If a taxi is required, make sure it is either pre-booked before arrival, or use the official taxi rank outside the airport entrance. There are a lot of illegal gypsy cab drivers who will immediately crowd you, offering a lift, as soon as they see you enter the arrivals hall. Avoid them like the plague, as you run a very high risk of being overcharged. Very few taxi drivers speak English, so make sure you have the address you are going to handy, preferably in native Cyrillic, as many do not recognise Roman letters. If you are pressed for time, the express train is much the better option as Moscow is notorious for its traffic jams. The reasonable looking forty kilometres (roughly 25 miles) from the airport to the city can take as much as two hours, and will cost you (if pre-arranged) around 1500 Rubles (£30).
The terminal building is chaotic, especially on departure, as Russian citizens rarely display the art of patiently waiting in line like their Western counterparts. Check-in and baggage drop are very quick, so the longest part of the process is security. If you use the express train service from Paveletskiy Station, there is the option of checking in at the train station if you are taking domestic flights. It is not unusual for travellers to delay arrival at the airport until no more than two hours before their flight. Security is tight, and you will be expected to remove shoes, belt and watch before entering a full body scanner. Most staff speak basic English, albeit heavily accented, so communication is relatively easy. Signs to the terminals and facilities are bilingual (English & Russian). Once past security there are a number of Duty Free shops and eating options in the international departures area, including gift shops for Russian souvenirs (which are vastly overpriced compared to the centre of town, so best avoided). Airport shops will generally accept a number of credit cards and currencies, including Rubles, Euro and Dollars, but it should be noted that payment in foreign currency anywhere else in Russia is generally prohibited. The departure gates are in the same hall as the shopping complex, which can get very busy at peak times and on key travel dates, such as public holidays. As such, given the relatively small size of the seating areas at the departure gates for ordinary travellers, it can be hard to find somewhere to sit down. This airport gives no real incentive to linger.
http://www.domodedovo.ru/en/© Hishyeness 2010
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