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Old 08-12-2017, 12:06 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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In preparing for a future trip to Europe, I got a very reasonable price for my desired destination, but it is with Aeroflot and stopovers in SVO. The stopover is like 12 hours! I've never flown Aeroflot, have no idea what to expect, nor have I ever been to Moscow.

Has anyone had a stopover recently in SVO, stayed in a courtesy lounge, slept on the floor, what can one expect to do? Will I have to convert money to rubles?

Any info would be welcome - thanks in advance.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:10 AM
 
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Funny timing, I just did same thing two days ago for same reason = way cheaper for my route.

Aeroflot itself was fine, the plane across the pond was a A330 in a 2-4-2 seat configuration for peasant class (that's us). Plane was in good shape, had a good seat back entertainment system, meals were actually pretty good and all announcements were in Russian and English.

SVO is so-so for an overnight stay, main problems:
1. Some areas are really cold despite it being August
2. I could only find one water fountain in terminal D and it was out of order
3. Seats all have hand rails between them so hard to stretch out on one set

On the plus side there is a 24 hour Burger King with reasonable prices downstairs and various other restaurants upstairs including a TGI Fridays and some coffee shops. There are also little shops open 24/7 where can buy water bottles and snacks. I used credit card at BK and one of the convenience stores so no need to convert to rubles.

For warmth go downstairs (I think it's gates 1-5 not sure) for whatever reason it is much warmer down there and a much better place to sleep. If it's not too crowded you can push two facing sets of chairs together to form a comfortable bed, go for the corner areas for less foot traffic and people talking. There are also several free cell phone charging stations, including one downstairs where it is warmer.

This is info is for terminal D, I've not done an overnight in other ones and I didn't sleep in a courtesy lounge.

Good luck!
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:05 PM
 
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Some additional details here:

https://www.sleepinginairports.net/europe/moscow.htm
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:48 PM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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The flight from LAX to SVO is on a Boeing 777. It appears from some digging that we could book access to one of the lounges for around $40/person, which seems to make sense. I'm going to do a little more digging before we pull the trigger on this trip.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Been thinking of the same thing, as I continually see flights to where I want to go from LAX with a similar situation. Is it possible to leave the airport and do something and come back? Or too much of a hassle?
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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Been thinking of the same thing, as I continually see flights to where I want to go from LAX with a similar situation. Is it possible to leave the airport and do something and come back? Or too much of a hassle?
You may have to get a visa to leave the airport, I think I read something along those lines as I've been researching this trip.

I'll have to decide soon as the ticket price has already jumped up overnight.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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You may have to get a visa to leave the airport, I think I read something along those lines as I've been researching this trip.

I'll have to decide soon as the ticket price has already jumped up overnight.
That was what I was thinking too...

I'll just stick to cheap Delta flights!
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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Been thinking of the same thing, as I continually see flights to where I want to go from LAX with a similar situation. Is it possible to leave the airport and do something and come back? Or too much of a hassle?
Americans needs a visa to visit Russia. Not sure if there is any kind of transit vise that can be issues at the airport for a very short visit...
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:02 AM
 
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You don't need a transit visa if you're just spending the night in the airport. Just follow the signs saying "international transfers" and you'll go through an immigration/security checkpoint but they'll just stamp your onward ticket then you're through the shops and into the area with the gates.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:22 PM
 
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You don't need a transit visa if you're just spending the night in the airport. Just follow the signs saying "international transfers" and you'll go through an immigration/security checkpoint but they'll just stamp your onward ticket then you're through the shops and into the area with the gates.
The mention of visa was to the poster who was wondering if they could leave the terminal and do a little wandering around Moscow and then return to the airport for the connecting flight. It is understood that a flight connecting in a foreign country doesn't require a visa, so long as the traveler is flying to another country on the connecting flight and doesn't exit the terminal.
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