Top tips for renting a car at Moscow Domodedovo Airport
Car hire at Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) is a great option to connect directly to the city of Moscow in the comfort of your own vehicle and giving you the added advantage of being able to avoid busy public transport options, especially if you have a lot of luggage or are travelling as a group, which could also work out more economical. Situated around 25 miles from the airport, you can reach Moscow city centre in just over an hour by the A105 highway. If you are driving via the Moscow Ring Road, you should take Exit 25.
Moscow city and the surrounding road networks can get particularly busy, especially in the rush hour periods, which tend to fall between the hours of 08:00-10:00 in the morning and again between 17:00-19:00 in the evening rush. Weekends tend to be less busy. If you find your connection falls in the busy times, try to avoid this, if possible, by arriving earlier or taking advantage of the calmer afternoon period to return your Moscow Domodedovo Airport car hire. On your return, take the Kashira Highway in a southerly direction and merge onto the Domodedovo Airport Road, which will lead you to the terminals.
Moscow Domodedovo has just one terminal, so you can find several facilities on hand whilst in the airport. You can find numerous cafes, bars, and refreshments in the Arrivals hall, alongside exchange and ATM facilities. There is also a children’s centre if you are travelling as a family and several information points to assist your trip.
If you need to refill your fuel tank before returning your car hire at Moscow Domodedovo Airport, you can find several large 24h outlets such as BP and Shell on the main Garden Ring, which is Moscow’s main circular ring road. You can also find several located along the airport road, nearer to the airport itself.
Book your rental car at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about renting a car at Moscow Domodedovo Airport
You can find many of the major car rental desks on level one of the terminals in the Domestic Arrivals area and some also located in the International Arrivals hall. There are also others located a short distance away on the airport road near to Parking Lot 1. Several larger companies such as Avis and Hertz offer free pick-up and drop-off services to your required location and one-way rentals are also available. Check with your chosen provider to find arrangements that will suit your requirements. Office hours vary with closing times averaging between 21:00-22:00, although you can find some open 24h such as SIXT car hire.
You can find the Hertz car hire company’s office directly from the airport in less than a mile away in the Domodedovo District with the counter desk located in the International Arrivals hall. The airport location allows for easy access and a range of services, which include after-hours drop-off and pick-up for your convenience. You can choose from a wide range of vehicles from economy basic cars, luxury high speed vehicles or range rovers, and child car seats can be arranged when you make your reservation. There is also a handy online check-in service to save you time at the airport, allowing you to simply pick up your car and get you on your way.
UK drivers must hold a valid photographic driving license, which has been held for at least one year. It may be necessary to obtain an International Driving Permit, you can check this with your local licensing authority who will be able to process this for a small fee. Make sure to use a major credit card registered in your name when you make your booking and you may find there will be a surcharge if you are a driver under 25, and you could also be exempt from some vehicle categories. In all cases, you need to be at least 21 years of age to rent a car in Russia.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Moscow Domodedovo Airport to off-airport locations include Avis, Hertz, Rentmotors, Sixt, and TIS Car.