The smaller of two airports serving Moscow, a layover at Domodedovo Airport doesn’t have to be a second thought. Instead, make the most of your time here with these 7 things to do on a layover at Moscow Domodedovo Airport.
1. Enjoy a meal
Start your layover with a meal from the 30+ dining options. Sit-down bars and restaurants offer Russian, American, Irish, Italian, and Austrian and German cuisine, and many pour a decent pint. Cafes are available for to-go coffee or quick-service sandwiches and salads.
International chains include Spaten Brasserie, Subway, Burger King, Cinnabon, and KFC. Many eateries stay open 24-hours.
2. Relax in a lounge
Sometimes an airport lounge is just what you need during a long layover: a one-stop-shop offering food and drinks, WiFi, news and TVs, and comfortable seating for working or relaxing, all for a single entry fee. You don’t even have to be Business or First Class flyer to get in to a the airport lounges here – simply pre-book a visit or use your lounge membership program to gain entry. Locations are available in our Moscow Domodedovo Airport Guide.
Kill some serious time by browsing the shops here, which total more than three dozen. You’ll find all the usual airport shops like convenient stores, book- and newsstands, and shops selling technology and travel goods. This airport has more than its fair share of Duty Free areas, so you can stock up on discounted alcohol, perfume, cosmetics, and more. Several well-known brands have shops here, including Samsonite, Frey Willie, and Chanel.
4. Take a shower
A shower is always a welcome treat after a long flight!
Freshen up in the airport’s shower facilities. For 350 rubles, you get shower access plus a towel, disposable slippers, and a toiletry kit. Hairdryers are an additional 50 rubles. Located in the International Arrivals area; open daily from 3AM – 1AM. A pay-to-use lounge also has shower facilities.
5. Go sightseeing
Rather skip your next flight than hang out in the airport for one second longer? We have a better suggestion – head into the city to explore! Public transit makes it easy to get into Moscow, but it does take time, so we only recommend this option for adventurous travellers with layovers of at least 8 hours.
First up – store any luggage you don’t want to carry along at the storage in Domestic Arrivals area or lockers in the International Arrivals area. Then, stroll to the airport train station and hop on the non-stop Aeroexpress — its frequent departures have you to Paveletsky Station in 45 minutes. From there, you can explore by foot or switch to Metro lines 2 and 5. In fact, the Metro stations are often a destination in their own right! (Buses and taxis are also available from the airport, though these usually must contend with heavy traffic.)
In Moscow, tour the iconic St. Basil Cathedral and the Kremlin from Red Square. Check out Russian history at the State Historical Museum, or get your art fix at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Kremlin’s Armoury. Dance and theatre buffs will love a visit to the Bolshoi Theatre, whether for a performance at night or a daytime tour – though plan ahead as these do sell out. If it’s not too cold, head to the Moscow Hermitage Garden or Gorky Park for some fresh air and green space.
Leave the city with plenty of time to get back to the airport, grab your bags, and process through Security for that next flight.
WiFi is free throughout the airport. Desktop computers, printing, scanning, etc., are also available for a fee.
This airport has plentiful seating, but most seats are equipped with armrests. In the past, travellers could camp out overnight, knowing security guards may wake you to check passports and tickets. Due to the upcoming 2018 World Cup, however, the airport is imposing penalties up to 500 rubles per instance for various airport violations, including using the airport for accommodations (aka sleeping). So, if you’re in need of some sleep during your layover, we recommend heading to the 24-hour Airhotel, a 3-minute walk from the terminal, or opting for the free shuttle services to two more nearby hotels. Locations are available in our Moscow Domodedovo Airport Guide.
These are just a few things to do on a layover at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Visit our Moscow Domodedovo Airport Guide for more information about more services and facilities available, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.