Getting to and from Yaroslavl

Author: marumu (on 18 Aug 2015)
Yaroslavl is an ancient big Russian city, 240 km north from Moscow.​ Nowadays it is one of the main transportation hubs of Russia, so there are many daily trains to/from Moscow going through the city's railway stations. It is a good starting point for the trip around Golden Ring because you can get there by train and continue with a bus to other cities.

By Train

Train arrives to Yaroslavl - photo by Jim Linwood/
There are two railway stations:  Yaroslavl Moskovsky vokzal (trains to / from Kostroma, local trains to / from Kostroma, Rostov Veliky, and Alexandrov) and Yaroslavl Glavny (trains to / from Moscow, and other cities). The main bus station is located very close to Yaroslav Moskovsky (15 minutes walk).
YAROSLAVL - MOSCOW Time: ca. 4h 
Daily train #103Я Yaroslavl - Moscow (goes thru Rostov) Yaroslavl Glavny [daily 13:52] - Moscow Yaroslavsky [17:13]. 1500 R (€20) in a common carriage. 
Daily train #231Я Kostroma - Moscow (goes thru Yaroslavl & Rostov) Yaroslavl Moskovsky [daily 16:28] - Moscow Yaroslavski [20:41]. Total time: around 4h25m. Price: 700 R (€10) in a common carriage.
MOSCOW - YAROSLAVL Time: around 4h
Daily train #102Я Moscow - Yaroslavl (goes thru Rostov) Moscow Yaroslavsky [daily around 07:35] - Yaroslavl Glavny [10:51]. Total time: around 3h20. Price:  1000 R (€14) in a common carriage.
Daily train #106Я Moscow - Yaroslavl (goes thru Rostov) Moscow Yaroslavsky [daily around 19:05] - Yaroslavl Glavny [22:21]. Total time: around 3h20. Price:  1000​ R (€14) in a common carriage.
YAROSLAVL - ROSTOV Time: around 1h
Daily local trains Yaroslavl - Rostov. Price around 700 R (€10). Depart Yaroslavl Glavny: daily 07:52, 11:12 , 17:49, 19:32 and some others. 

By bus

The daily buses go to / from Moscow, Kostroma, Rostov Veliky, Pereslavl Zalessky, Vladimir, Suzdal, Uglich, and local destinations.
If you want to get to Pereslavl - Zalessky, you can take either direct bus, or take any direct or transit bus that goes to Moscow. If you want to get to Sergiev Posad, look for the buses to Moscow with "C.П." sign in the schedule at the bus station, it means the bus goes through Sergiev Posad.
They stop selling tickets 15 minutes before departure. The queues are long sometimes, so it's better to come beforehand.
Bus Station in Yaroslavl
The information office is outside, or you can talk to them using the intercom inside the station. The bus schedules are outside, next to the information booth.
The ticket sales office is closed at night, but you can buy the tickets from the driver of your bus.
When you want to buy the tickets, choose the ticket office with your destination written above. You can buy the bus tickets beforehand (7 to 1 day before departure, it'll be 10 R (€0.3) more expensive, you need to use the special ticket sales there at the station.
The bus station: address: 80A, Moskovsky prospekt, Information (4852) 67-40-70 

Bus schedule

Note: the data below is as of 18th August, 2015. The bus schedules are subject to change. Sometimes the buses are delayed or canceled, check it beforehand.
* "С.П." sign means that the bus goes through and stops in Sergiev Posad (Moscow region).
We list the transit buses with the points of their departure and destination, you'll need the information when you buy the tickets.
YAROSLAVL - Sergiev Posad - MOSCOW Time: around 4h50m one way. Buses Yaroslavl - Moscow, with stops in Rostov, Pereslavl Zalessky, and Sergiev Posad. Price: 500 R (€7). Arrives to Moscow Shchyolkovski bus terminal. Depart Yaroslavl Avtovokzal: 5:45, 9.25 (Fr.), 11:30,15.25, 16:40, 18:55
Daily transit buses Kostroma - Moscow, with stops in Yaroslavl, Rostov, Pereslavl Zalessky, Sergiev Posad. Total time: around 5h30m, Price: 500 R (€7) Depart Yaroslavl Avtovokzal: daily 0.50, 10.30 (sp), 12.00 (sp), 17.55, 23.50 (sp)
MOSCOW - YAROSLAVL Time: around 5h30m one way. Price around 500 R (€7). Daily buses Moscow - Yaroslavl, goes through Rostov. Departs Moscow Shchyolkovky: daily around 14.30, 18.00
Daily buses Moscow - Kostroma, with stops in Rostov and Yaroslavl. Total time: around 5h30m, price: around 500 R (€7). Arrive at Yaroslavl Avtovokzal Departs Moscow Shchyolkovky: daily around 7.00, 9.00, 10.30, 12.50, 15.00, 21.00, 23.00
Daily buses Yaroslavl - Borisogleb (with a stop in Rostov). Total time: 1h20m, Price: 100R  (€1.5) Departs Yaroslavl Avtovokzal: daily 08:20, 9:30, 10:10, 11:15, 12:20, 13:25, 15:00, 17:05, 17:50, 18.25. 
Daily bus Yaroslavl - Uglich (with a stop in Rostov). Total time: 1h20m, Price: 100R  (€1.5) Departs Yaroslavl Avtovokzal: daily 12.15
You can also take one of the buses to Moscow (almost all of them stop in Rostov). See the schedules above in "Yaroslavl - Moscow".
YAROSLAVL - PERESLAVL Time: around 3h one way Daily direct buses Yaroslavl - Pereslavl Zalessky. Total time: 2h40m, Price: 150 R (€2) Departs Yaroslavl Avtovokzal: daily 09:40, 11:00, 14:20, 17:10. You can also take one of the buses to Moscow (almost all of them stop in Pereslavl Zalessky). See the schedules above in "Yaroslavl - Moscow".  
YAROSLAVL - KOSTROMA Time: around 1h50m one way Bus Yaroslavl - Kostroma. Total time: 1h50m, Price: 165 R (€2.5) Departs Yaroslavl Avtovokzal: 06:55, 08:10, 08:50, 09:40, 11:40, 13:00, 16:25, 17:20, 19:20, 20:30
YAROSLAVL - IVANOVO Time: around 4h30m one way Bus Yaroslavl - Ivanovo. Total time: around 4h30m, Price: 300 R  (€4) Departs Yaroslavl Avtovokzal:  08:00 8:20, 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 14:20, 15:00, 17:00, 18:20 
YAROSLAVL - VLADIMIR Time: around 5h35m one way Bus Yaroslavl - Vladimir. Total time: 5h35m, Price: 610 R (€9) Departs Yaroslavl ​Avtovokzal: 09:35,16:20

Check the information about changes here.

By boat

River Station in Yaroslavl - photo by Evgeny Pavlov/
There's a ship Yaroslavl - Tolga that departs every hour daily from the River Station. It takes half an hour to get there and might be interesting to take a ride on the famous river Volga. 
It costs just 25 R (€0,50) one way. Before there were a hydrofoil going to Kostroma (way more interesting one), but they unfortunately canceled it in 2006. 
River station: Volzhskaya embankment (naberezhnaya), #2a. 10-15 mins walk from the Red Square to Volga, and then on the left. Information: (0852) 25-43-25



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