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Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I had a 17 hours wait between my flights (from 5pm to 10am next morning) and, to be honest, this was one of the most pleasant airports I have ever been into (and believe me, I have seen loads). -Karmak

In anticipation of the 2018 World Cup, a series of new regulations were implemented to promote “good behaviour”. Travellers will now be fined 100 to 500 rubles for violations such as: using the airport for accommodations (that’s you, airport sleepers!), clogging the airport, blocking the passages, riding the airport trolleys, and listening to music without headphones. Explore our airport guide below for sleep and layover alternatives.

SVO Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.

What to Expect

Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (code: SVO)is a large and spread out airport with North and South Complexes complexes. The North Complex consists of Terminals A (private jets) and B (Domestic flights). The South Complex consists of Terminals D, E and F, and houses most international flights. The two complexes are about 10 minutes apart, and are connected by an underground train.  A new Terminal C opened in January 2020, but we do not have any information about the terminal yet.  We will update the guide as soon as services and amenities are added.

Overall, facilities and amenities at Moscow Airport are decent- however, customer service can be challenging as a result of language barriers. The airport does offer a few unique amenities, including Skype check in, pay to use showers, and rotating art exhibits. Free WiFi is available. There are plenty of restaurants which are open 24 hours day. Charging points are apparently difficult to come by. For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first class lounges, some of which have showers, that economy class passengers can pay to access. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of Guest reviewer / 07Dec2018)

Sleeping in Sheremetyevo Airport

As a result of recent “sleeping ban” we’re not sure what the current sleeping conditions are and whether the ban is strictly enforced.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Sheremetyevo Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.   For uninterrupted sleep, there are sleep cabins in the transit area and hotels within walking distance. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Sheremetyevo Airport Hotels, Sleep Pods & Day Rooms

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Sheremetyevo Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you don’t have to go through security as there are two transit hotels offering both short-term and overnight rates. Sleep pods, perfect for single travellers seeking some privacy, are also available. A hotel connected to the airport from the public area and a number of nearby hotels with free airport shuttles are also available.

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

Inside Airport AeroSleep – A capsule hotel with locations in Terminals B (3rd Floor, Domestic Departures), C (3rd Floor, Common Area), D, E, F.  All locations may not be open due to covid.  Pods include a bed, storage, WiFi, a smart TV and power outlets for mobile charging. Rates from 250 ₽ per hour depending on the location.
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Inside Airport Vozdushnyy Ekspress, V Express, Air Express SVO Terminal AeroExpress Hotel – This property seems to go by several names on the internet, so we included them all in this profile. Rooms resemble the cabins of a cruise liner, and have private bathroom, tv, telephone, and internet.  There are two locations: Aeroexpress Terminal, 5th floor, Public Zone, within walking distance of Terminals D, E and F  •  Terminal E, Transit Area.  Minimum 4 hour stay.  Rates: unknown.  » Check Rates

Inside Airport GettSleep Capsule Hotel – Locations: Terminal C, International Transit Area •  Aeroexpress Terminal, 3rd Floor, Landside •  Terminal D, Airside, 3rd Floor, International Transit Area, opposite Gate 31.   Each capsule comes equipped with air temperature control, storage and individual locker, and free WiFi.  Showers are available within the facilities.  Rates: from 550 ₽ per hour (day use) or 1650 ₽ / 3 hours (overnight).  » Check Rates

Inside Airport GoSleep Capsules – There are GoSleep capsules located in the international departures area of Terminal E, 3rd Floor, Airside. Booking available once you are there. Rates are 350 ₽ per hour.

At Airport Radisson Blu Hotel Sheremetyevo Airport – Connected to the airport via walkway located on the third floor (Departures area) between Terminals D, E and F.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Park Inn by Radisson Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel – Located within short walking distance of Terminals D, E, and F. » Check Rates

Near Airport Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport –  Free shuttle bus to/from Terminals B, C, & D.  Day use rooms are offered for 8 hours between 8:00AM to 8:00PM.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Sheremetyevo Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal B
Passes  Kandinsky Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Passes Priority Point – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor, near Gates 113-114.  Domestic flights only. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Terminal C
Passes Malevich Lounge – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor, near Gate 143.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Terminal D

Classica Lounge Closed for Renovations – Location: Airside, 4th Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Gallery Lounge – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor, opposite Gate 32. Hours: open 24 hours. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Jazz Business Lounge Closed for Renovations – Location: Airside, 4th Floor. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Matrioshka Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, opposite Gate 17. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Moscow Lounge – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor, near Gate 30. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Saint – Petersburg Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, near Gate 29. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Passes Sochi Lounge – Location: Airside, 1st Floor, Gate 1. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Terminal E

Galaxy Lounge – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor, Gate 39. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Space Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, opposite Gate 39. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

The Mastercard Lounge – Location: Airside, near Gate 38. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Terminal F

All Star Lounge – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor, in front of Gate 52. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Amber Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Classic Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, near Gate 42. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Sheremetyevo Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, but you must be able to receive a code via your phone. If you do not have a Russian mobile number, you must enable your phone for International Calls. You can choose from these 2 options:

  • Choose the call back option, where the system calls you, reject the call (no charges), you must remember the last 4 digits of the phone number and enter this as a code to proceed with free WiFi.
  • Choose the SMS option and a 4 digit verification code will be sent to you via text; enter this code into the verification field and you will be connected to the internet.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Communications

  • Post Office – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s post office. Location: Terminal F, Landside. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM.
  • SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
  • Skype Booth – Passengers can use the Skype internet video-calling service to check-in. All they have to do is to call “svo_checkin” and follow the officer’s instructions. During the check-in, passengers will be asked to show their passports and to tell the officer the date of the flight and the number of their e-tickets.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play zones. Location: Terminal D, Airside. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM.
  • Mother and Child Rooms – Special rooms that are equipped with bedrooms, toilet rooms with the baby-changing tables, showers, play area, and kitchen. Rooms are accessible to departing passengers with children aged 7 and under. Entry is free, but a passport, flight ticket, and health certificate (granted by one of the medical centers in Terminals D or F) is required for access to the facility. Location: Terminal B, Floor 1, Landside • Terminal D, Floor 2, Landside • Terminal E, Floor 1, Landside • Terminal E, Floor 3, Airside, International. Hours: Open 24 hours, but you may be limited to 3-4 hours during peak hours.
  • Strollers – Make getting around the airport with your little ones much easier by using one of the free strollers.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – The airport has over 80 options to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. You will find options both Landside and Airside in all Terminals which operate 24 hours a day.
  • Drinking Water – Thirsty? The airport provides water fountains in all terminals both Landside and Airside.

Pro Tip: Clare tells us Burgers & Bakery @ terminal E has great burgers and unlimited wifi with purchase. Cost AUD$20 for drink, burger (fresh not frozen beef), fries. Burger King is cheaper but seats are very comfy and big area to chill out in. Sat there for ages and staff were really friendly. Not a lot of customers in am, may be different in pm.

Information

  • Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit one of the many information desks for assistance. Locations: available landside and airside in all the Terminals. Hours: Unknown.
  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Moscow Sheremetyevo and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices that can probably be of assistance. Olga Travel Bureau (Terminal B, D and F), Invest Avia (Terminal B, D and F) and Aviatransagentstvo (Terminal D).

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Winter gear (coats, jackets, etc.), luggage, and other items can be stored at luggage storage rooms in each terminal. Rates for luggage storage are as follows: 500₽ per luggage item, for the first 24 hours, and 250₽ per 24-hour period after. Locations: Landside in every Terminal. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Trolley – Need a hand with your bags? Baggage carts are available free of charge landside in all the Terminals.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic by Pack & Fly. Hours: 24-hours. Locations: every terminal, Landside (with multiple locations). Fee: starting at 500₽ per bag/item.

Medical Services

  • Medical Clinics – Free 24 hour medical assistance is provided at one 4 clinics. Locations: Terminal B, Floor 1, Landside • Terminal D, Floor 2, right wing • Terminal E, Floor 1, Landside • Terminal F, Floor 1, Landside.
  • Pharmacy –There a few pharmacy chains with locations throughout the terminals: AeroApteka • 36,6 • Neopharm. There are multiple locations available in all Terminals that operate 24 hours a day, AeroApteka which only has one location landside, Aeroexpress which is open 8:00AM – 8:00PM.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Mobile charging points are available at the following locations: Aeroexpress, 2nd and 3rd Floors (6 points) • Terminal D, Departure Floor and 4th Floor (21 points) • Terminal E, all Floors (27 points) • Terminal F, 1st, 2nd and 4th Floors (16 points).

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside in every Terminal.
  • Banking Services – The following banks have branches inside the airport and offer full-service banking: Sberbank – Aeroexpress Terminal, 3rd Floor; Terminal B, 1st Floor • Okritie – Terminal D & Terminal E • Citibank – Terminal B, 3rd Floor.
  • Currency Exchange – Services are available in every terminal as follows: Terminal B, Landside • Terminal D, Landside (Arrivals) and Airside • Terminal E, Landside (Arrivals) and Airside • Terminal F, Landside (Arrivals) and Airside • Aeroexpress (Landside). Hours: Unknown.

Prayer

  • Religious spaces
    • Chapel of St. Micheal the Archangel – located in Terminal B, 1st floor. Hours: 8:00AM – 4:00PM.
    • Chapel of Nicholas the Miracle Worker – located on the 2nd floor in the transit area between Terminal E and the Railway Terminal AeroExpress. Hours: 8:00AM – 6:00PM.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available in every terminal as well as a large selection of stores for all your needs. Terminals D and E (Arrivals) have a Globus Gourmet Express selling grocery items, baked products, home cooked meals to go, etc. The Minimarket located Landside in Terminal F is open 24 hours.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Salon – Pamper yourself before takeoff at Clarins Skin Spa which offers a variety of services. Locations: Terminal B, Airside, 3rd Floor • Terminal D, Airside, 2th Floor. Hours: 10:00AM – 8:00PM. Rates: starting at 22500₽.
  • Showers – Freshen up before your flight!
    • Free showers are available in the Transit Hall. Contact the Transit Office. No shower accessories are available at this location.
    • Paid showers are available as follows: Fee 400₽ for 30 min (incl. towel, gel/soap).  Locations:  Terminal D, landside, 2nd Floor, near the Baikal Lounge.  Pay at Baikal Lounge for shower access. Hours: 9:00AM – 9:00PM. • Terminal D: At the GettSleep rest area, fee is 500₽ for 30 min with towel, gel/soap). Hours: 24 hours.
    • Business Lounges – A few lounges have showers included in the lounge entrance rate.
      • Terminal D: VIP Lounges, Classic Lounge (4th Floor), Gallery Lounge (3rd Floor), Jazz Lounge (4th Floor) and Matryoshka Lounge.
      • Terminal E Business Lounge: Galaxy Lounge (3rd Floor).
      • Terminal F: Classic Lounge (2nd Lounge).

Things to do & see

  • Art in the Airport – A series of rotating and permanent art exhibits are on display throughout the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Moscow Sheremetyevo airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroflot • Air Algérie • Air Arabia • Air Astana • Air China • Air France • Air Malta • Air Serbia • Air Baltic • Alitalia • Ariana Afghan Airlines • AtlasGlobal • Beijing Capital • Belavia • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Cham Wings Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Czech Airlines • Finnair • Hainan Airlines • KLM • Korean Air • LOT • Lucky Air • Mongolian Airlines • Nordwind Airlines • Pegas Fly • Rossiya Airlines • Royal Flight Airlines • Severstal • Sichuan Airlines • Smart Wings • Tianjin Airlines • Ural Airlines • Vietnam Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The airport is served by at least seven bus lines, all which depart from one of three Moscow Metro stations: Rechnoy Vokzal, Planernaya or Leninskiy Prospekt. For routes, fares and schedules, visit the Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport website.

Hotel Shuttles

Several hotels provide airport shuttle service: Aviator Hotel Sheremetyevo   •   Hotel Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport   •   Sheraton Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel   •   SkyPoint Sheremetyevo Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Terminals D, E, F are interconnected by passenger walkways. A free shuttle bus runs between the South Terminal Complex (D, E, F, Aeroexpress) and B and C terminals for passengers only.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available outside of 1st floor Arrivals at Terminals D, E and F. Official taxis can be hired at the Taxi Desk located inside of the terminals.

Train

Aeroexpress is a high-speed train service that travels between the airport and Belorussky Rail Terminal with a total one-way travel time of 35 minutes. Belorussky Rail Terminal, also known as Moscow Smolenskaya Railway Station, provides connections to long-distance trains travelling from the northeast, south, west and southwest of Moscow, as well as Zamoskvoretskaya and Koltsevaya lines on the Moscow Metro. For fares, schedules and more information, visit the Aeroexpress website.

Last updated: 2022-03-19

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.