Sasha
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Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 9:35 am

Hi,

Anyone has got recent experiences of arriving at Moscow's Sheremetyevo 2 (SVO)? I'll be flying there very soon and need to fly out of Moscow on the same evening to a domestic destination.

My arrival to SVO would be at 15:00 and check-in for onward flight out of Sheremetyevo 1 is around 16:30, with check-in ending at 17:40. I wonder if it's realistic to make it from one terminal to another in just over an hour, given flight arrives on time?

Or, is the luggage claim and passport control gonna likely to take a lot of time?

Thanks!
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b744
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RE: Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 9:59 am

Hey,

Last time I was there was a couple of years ago. I've been there a few times and generally took about 30-45 minutes from arriving at the terminal on the bus to getting out of baggage claim. Quite quick compared to some airports! I've flown into and out of both terminals but have never had to transit between the two. You're probably aware that the two terminals are on different sides of the airport? I'm not sure whether there are transit buses, but your travel agent might be able to advise you on the procedure before you leave.
 
Sasha
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RE: Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 10:00 am

Cheers for reply. The 30-45 minutes window might be sufficient. The thing is the onward flight from Moscow is the one I don't have ticket for and cannot book while abroad. So I'd have to try to get one on arrival.

I have travelled via SVO many times (well, being a Russian citizen), but never really attempted such a "stunt" with tight connection between the terminals. I know that there're city buses running and taxis between the terminals. The airport doesn't provide a free rail-link or anything  Sad.

Oh, and that's the thing - travel agents over here, in UK, don't seem to have any clue about airports in Moscow and about travel within Russia in general. Fair enough, not too many people probably travel there anyway...

Anyone else has had a recent SVO arrival?
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Jj
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RE: Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 10:00 am

3 months ago, I connected there. It took me an hour and a half since we got down from our plane in one terminal untill I checked in at the other one. Thing is I had a ticket for the onward connection, so I don't know how much it's gonna take you to buy the ticket
 
afay1
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RE: Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 10:24 am

Was there three months ago also (on Delta), but it was at 11:00 hours, took around 45 minutes at least to get through passport control. You can pay extra to skip the entire process, I forget the website that has the info, but will try and post it later. It is legit.
 
Jj
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RE: Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 10:48 am

Should have known! I wished I could have known before that there was a way to skip that process! I was all nerves when I found that it had taken for me 50 mins. to clear the passport.
 
Ezra
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RE: Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 2:13 pm


I've been a couple of times, as recently as last November -- always arrived on the Delta flight. Immigration was pretty hassle-free, but the line was long as only two booths were open. Try to get towards the front of the line by hook or by crook, and you should be ok. Your luggage will probably be circulating by the time you get through immigration, and customs shouldn't be much of a problem. Definitely taxi between Sheremetyevo 2 and Sheremetyevo 1 -- you can see the terminals across the airfield from each other, but God knows how long it takes to transfer between them given the Moscow traffic. I don't know whether there's a direct link or if you'll have to go on the autoroute. Ticketing and check-in are generally quicker at Sheremetyevo 1, as you don't have to go through the "international formalities" there.
 
b744
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RE: Moscow SVO Arrival Hassle Duration

Sun Apr 07, 2002 5:22 pm

Just a thought on checking in at SVO Terminal 1 - one time I checked in there we were running very late due to a much longer than expected taxi ride from central Moscow. We arrived at T1 no more than 10 minutes before our flight was due to depart (heading for KBP on Transaero). Initially there was no-one around & the check-in desks were closed. We managed to attract the attention of someone out the back and although we were actually expecting to be told to take a hike, they checked us in without any problems. And our baggage actually made it. I guess you can't guarantee this will happen every time, but they seemed to have a more accommodating attitude than many airports around the world.

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