Are you heading to Russia for the 2018 World Cup on an A380? If so, you’ll be travelling to Domodedovo Airport. The World Cup is expected to attract 3.5 million extra people at Russian airports, including 1.9 million at Moscow Domodedovo. This airport served 30.7 million passengers in 2017 and is one of the largest Russian air hubs. It is also the only Russian airport which regularly handles A380s.
Here are some things you might like to know about the airport.
- There are plenty of great places to eat within the airport including two Italian restaurants, an American Bar & Grill, an Uzbek restaurant with bread cooked in a tandoori oven and a Viennese restaurant. And at Paprika, the Indian restaurant, there’s a walking, talking robot who will have a conversation with you.
- If you’re in a hurry, there are also plenty of familiar fast-food places in the airport including Subway, Burger King, Cinnabon and KFC. However if you want a change of scenery there are also two Russian fast-food in the airport: Pelmen and Kroshka-Kartoshka.
¹ Domodedovo Moscow Airport, Passenger Traffic to Exceed 3.5 Million During 2018 World Cup, October 2017.
- There are some great shopping opportunities in the airport ranging from high-end shops such as Chanel and Swarovski to souvenir shops, toy shops and a pharmacy.
- Taking the family? Let the kids burn off some energy at the children’s play area with kids’ furniture, a maze, toys and crayons – suitable for ages three to eight. There’s also a baby care room on level 2 with sofas, a TV and a kitchenette for preparing baby food, plus children’s tables and high chairs.
- Want to pray for a good result before you attend the match? The airport offers a chapel, mosque and a synagogue.
- There are charging points all around the airport so you can make sure your devices are ready to take pictures at the stadium – and for you to call your friends and share the results on social media!
- Several ATMS at the airport mean you won’t need to run short of cash for a beer or burger at the match – bear in mind that there are none airside though.
- Want to treat yourself? Book into the VIP lounge where you’ll benefit from dedicated desks for check in and baggage drop off, a shower room, children’s play room and business facilities.
- If you’re leaving early or arriving late, you might want to book a room at the Domodedovo AirHotel which is just 500 meters from the terminal and offers free round-the-clock transfers as well as a restaurant, bar and fitness center.
- During the World Cup, football fans attending matches will be able to use the Aeroexpress train free of charge to get them to the match. You’ll need your Fan ID and a ticket to a Moscow match to claim your free trip. And if you have time, why not visit the World Football Stars Exhibition at the Aeroexpress Terminal at Paveletsky Rail Terminal? The exhibition features pencil portraits of famous players created by Daria Isaeva, a young Russian artist and football blogger.