Is it worth it to leave Moscow (SVO) airport during 17 hr layover?
October 9, 2013 6:45 AM Subscribe
I will be transiting SVO (Moscow) airport during a round trip from NYC to Bangkok...
posted by bunky to travel & transportation around Moscow, Russia (6 answers total)
(Aeroflot had inexpensive fares and only minor-league complaints when people wrote bad reviews, in my books, "the plane was dirty, had cheap plastic seating, and smelled like borscht" is minor league compared with "when my plane was delayed and I missed my connecting flight in Beijing I was on my own for a hotel and new flight in Beijing, China Air gave no help, financially or otherwise"). My return trip has a 17 hour layover in Moscow. (There's a reason those tickets were that cheap...) I am a US citizen. From what I understand, (a) I need a transit visa for layovers in Moscow over 12 hours; and/or (b) I would need one if I were to leave the airport during the 17 hour layover. My question to the "hive mind": has anyone been in this situation recently? Is it worth it to pay/wait for the transit visa? I have a reasonable timeframe to do so because my travel plans are for November. How much of Moscow outside the airport can I go and see and get back in time to make it to my connecting flight? How much can I reasonably expect this to cost?