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Located 28KM South-West of Moscow, Moscow Vnukovo International Airport is the fourth largest passenger airport in Russia. In 2013 it had 11,175,100 passengers flying to and from Russia and beyond. The airport has an interesting history serving as a military airport in World War 2 before it became an airport for commercial airliners. The airport itself is well connected to the centre of Moscow with several bus routes and the shuttle service Aeroexpress connecting it with the city. This section aims to help you negate your way from Moscow Vnukovo to Nizhny Novgorod.

Flights to Nizhny Novgorod from Vnukovo

The cheapest direct flights from Moscow Vnukovo start from 3,462 rubles when booking in advanced with UT Air . It is possible to purchase tickets at the airport although costs are depending upon the flight charter on available flights. The booking desks are located in terminal A. There you will find check-in and ticket desks for all of the airlines that operate at Vnukovo. To buy a ticket you must go to the desk of UT Air, or one of the other airlines mentioned in the introduction of this section, and state that you would like to buy a ticket to Nizhny Novgorod where they will book you onto the next available flight. You must also present your passport and your migration card (the white slip you receive when going through border control.) You must also provide payment in either cash in the local currency or card. It is also advised that you have to hand all of the documentation quoted in UNN’s International Student Hand Guide. For airport map information please click here.

Scheduled Airline Flights Timetable from Vnukovo to Nizhny Novgorod

There is one daily scheduled flight in the morning and one during the evening. The scheduled flights from Moscow Vnukovo last for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
When waiting to board your flight to access the departures lounge you must go through all of the normal security procedures again that you take when catching flights. Your check in gate will depend upon the information printed in your ticket, likewise with your boarding gate. If you need any help in finding directions or if you have any questions please contact the airports 24hour information service by calling +7 (495) 937-55-55.

Aeroexpress from Moscow Vnukovo to Kievskaya Aeroexpress Terminal

If you wish not to travel to Nizhny Novgorod by plane you will need to go to the centre of Moscow to catch other modes of connecting transport. This is most easily done by using the fast shuttle train service Aeroexpress which connect the centre of Moscow with all 3 of its main airports.

Getting to the Aeroexpress terminal at Moscow Vnukovo Airport.

The Aeroexpress rail terminal at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport is located, a short walking distance, outside in front of the terminals A, B, and D. Passengers travelling from the International Terminal A need to go down to floor zero by lift or escalator to enter the Aeroexpress station. There are signs directing passangers to the Aeroexpress entrance inside all of the airports buildings. Once you reach the Aeroexpress terminal you may buy tickets for the aeroexpress via one of the ticketing machines, which accept cash in the local currency or card. Once you have brought your ticket follow the signs to the rail terminal. When you arrive outside you should see a platform separated by electronic barriers. To access the platform you should swipe your ticket on the pad and walk through to the platform. Trains departing to Moscow Kievsky Train Terminal are situated on the left hand side. Once arriving at Kievsky you should walk towards the terminal building and exit into the main train station.

There are Aeroexpress signs directing you to the express terminal at the airport. Throughout the terminal buildings. If you need any directions you can call the airport information service or ask one of the attendants on site. You may also buy Aeroexpress tickets online via the Aeroexpress website or the Aeroexpress Smartphone App before you arrive in Russia. The price of a ticket costs 400 rubles if brought at the station or if brought online the cost is 340 rubles. 

Buses from Moscow Vnukovo International Airport to Central Moscow

Buses to the Centre of Moscow from Vnukovo are frequent with 4 services operating to the Metro Station Yugo Zapadnaya within the city. The bus stops are located outside each terminal building. The cost of each bus into the city centre is 100 rubles. The bus services available are as follows

Bus Route Destination Times of Operation
611 Yugo Zapadnaya 05:30-01:00
611c Yugo Zapadnaya 05:30-01:00
611f Yugo Zapadnaya 05:30-01:00
45 Yugo Zapadnaya 05:30-01:00

Trains from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod

The fastest train from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod costs between 350 rubles and 2000 rubles depending upon how far in advanced you book it and operates every day from Moscow Kursky Train Station. This service takes 4 hours or less to get to Nizhny Novgorod from Moscow. Other rail services include longer compartment services which may include a bed in the price of your ticket which is convenient for overnight travel. You may buy a ticket online a maximum of 45 days before your departure date. To do this you must set up an online account with RZD stating all the necessary traveler information including your passport details under the category foreign documents, which is compulsory for all Russian travel. Once you have purchased your ticket you need to register electronically and obtain your boarding pass in electronic form (for trains which offer the e-registration service) or obtain your boarding pass on a ticket form at a ticket office or at a self-service terminal on the territory of Russian Federation. You can find more information about electronic registration here .

You may find timetable, pricing information and the online purchase store on the RZD website by clicking here.

It is also possible to buy a train ticket from a machine terminal at any train station in Russia using your card, or by cash from a cashier’s desk within any train station in Russia. For all of these ticketing options you must have your passport. Your ticket will have printed all of the necessary information including your wagon number and seat number. It will also have the journey details such as the date and time of your departure, your arrival time and the departing and arrival stations. You should make sure all the information on your ticket is correct before your departure. You must also sit in the place you have been allocated. All trains have on board toilets and food facilities in the form of a trolley service. On most routes, a restaurant car is attached to the train. All restaurant cars serve complete meals or snacks, as well as drinks.

Metro Station Directions to a Selected Train Station from Vnukovo transport terminals

Kursky Train Station
Vnukovo- Kievskaya/ Kievskaya (Aeroexpress Terminal)- Kurskaya (Metro Brown Line)/ Kurskaya (Metro Blue Line)
Vnukovo-Yugo Zapadnaya (Bus Terminal)- Park Cultury (Metro Red Line)- Kurskaya (Metro Brown Line)

Kazansky Train Station
Vnukovo- Kievskaya (Aeroexpress Terminal)- Komsomolskaya (Metro Brown Line) or Kievskaya- Park Cultury (Metro Brown Line)- Komsomolskaya (Metro Red Line)
Vnukovo-Yugo Zapadnaya (Bus Terminal)- Komsomolskaya (Red Line)

Yaroslavsky station
Vnukovo- Kievskaya (Aeroexpress Terminal)- Komsomolskaya (Metro Brown Line) or Kievskaya- Park Cultury (Metro Brown Line)- Komsomolskaya (Metro Red Line)
Vnukovo-Yugo Zapadnaya (Bus Terminal) - Komsomolskaya (Metro Red Line)

Buses to Nizhny Novgorod from Moscow

To get to Nizhny Novgorod via bus you should make your way to the Metro station Sholkovskaya , which is the last station on the Blue Line. Once you get out of the Metro Train and onto the platform you need to turn right and go up the steps following the signs “Вход в город” (“Entry to the City”). Once you have passed through the exit barriers continue walking straight until you get to the exit to the metro station. At this point you must turn right and walk up the stairs until you get outside. Immediately on your right hand side you will see the Government bus station “Avtovokzal”.

Getting to the Moscow Central Bus Station

Aeroexpress Routes- Metro Sholkovskaya
Vnukovo- Kievskaya (Aeroexpress Terminal)- Sholkovskaya (Metro Blue Line)
Vnukovo -Yugo Zapadnaya (Bus Terminal) - Teatralnaya( Metro Red Line)- Ploshad Revolutsiy (Metro Blue Line) - Sholkovskaya (Metro Blue Line)

Buying a Bus Ticket and Boarding Information

Inside the bus station you will find buses departing to all major Russian cities and towns. It will also be very busy with an average of 25,000 daily users using this terminal. To buy a ticket to Nizhny Novgorod you must go to one of the cashier desks to the far right of the terminal. To buy a ticket you must state the destination and the time and date of your journey along with your passport and payment. Once you have brought your ticket you must wait inside the terminal building until your bus arrives. Roughly 15 minutes before your departure time you will be allowed access to board your bus when your journey is highlighted green upon the departures board outside the entrance to the platform, which is guarded by security and a conductor. To get past these people you must show you bus ticket along with your passport.

Getting to UNN once you Arrive in Nizhny Novgorod

Once you have arrived in Nizhny Novgorod getting to the University can be daunting. Nizhny Novgorod’s transport system is just as diverse and as vast as Moscow’s. There are several transport options available to you once you arrive into the city from whichever mode of transport you have used. This section aims to help you navigate your way across the final leg of your journey to your new home here in Nizhny Novgorod.

- Arriving by Plane
- Arriving by Train
- Arriving by Bus
- The University Pick-Up Service

The University Pick-Up Service

Perhaps the easiest and most stress free option is to use the University Pick-Up service which, as the name suggests, allows the user to be picked up from their arrival destination in Nizhny Novgorod and driven to the University for the cost of 700rubles.
To use this service you must fill out on online form highlighting your journey details so that the driver can agree a selected place and time to pick you up from. You may access the form by clicking (here form link).
If you have trouble accessing the form you can request this service by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  highlighting your journey details and requirements needed.