Aeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2989 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3356 times:
SVO transit is totally fine - nothing out of the ordinary. The airport is completely different from what it was even a mere 4 years ago. If you had asked regarding transit back in 2007, I'd say stay away.
There is a single sterile zone for post-security/transit passengers that runs between terminals D, E and F. You'll have plenty of time to walk around if needed. Here is more information if you need it:
kngkyle From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 364 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3265 times:
You could take the train to downtown Moscow and spend a few hours there. It's a 35 minute ride from the airport to Moscow and the trains run every 30 minutes. However, I know Americans need a visa to visit, not sure if you need one to transit through.
As far as the airport terminal goes, it's better than most in the US. I would have no hesitations about transiting SVO. Aeroflot also has excellent service.
HELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 824 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
Quoting kngkyle (Reply 2): However, I know Americans need a visa to visit, not sure if you need one to transit through.
According to the link above:
"While waiting for a connecting flight, foreign citizens can stay in Sheremetyevo Airport for 24 hours with no Russian visa issued. The passenger should have a ticket from the airlines for the next flight with the places confirmed."
That would sound tempting from HEL to Asia - if they just had better connections. And I don't feel welcome in Russia, they have some strange laws there..