Novosibirsk: Getting There and Around
Traveling to Novosibirsk:
For schedules of the most popular trains, see the Trans-Siberian train schedule. A ticket from Moscow to Novosibirsk costs about 2500 R ($80) for a class trip (coupe - 1 berth in 4-berth compartment), and lasts slightly less than 2 days.
You can also travel to Novosibirsk by air. The local airport is called "Tolmachovo", and is located 20 km west from the centrum. There are daily flights to all main Russian cities and CIS cities and some international flights to Frankfurt, Hannover, Beijing, Seoul, Ho Shi Min, Tel Aviv. The schedules are available here.
There's another airport, which is closer to the city for short local flights. . The major Russian airlines such as Aeroflot and Sibir have at least one flight a day. It takes about 3 hours to fly to Novosibirsk from Moscow and costs about $100 one way.
Trips to Altay Mountains:
Most of the tourists try to go as far as possible by train, that is, Biysk. However, it's not the best option, because Biysk is a small town and there's a risk of being stuck there or getting a very expensive ride further to Altay.
We recommend to take a train to Barnaul - a wonderful, sunny, well-developed, and green city (750,000 population) - which is 4 hours or 250 km from Novosibirsk to the south on the way to Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk and Altay mountains.
The best option is to take one of the two fast daily trains: either at 12.20 or 20.53 local time. The trip lasts 4 hours. There are at least 5 more trains daily all going in the south direction to Biysk, Alma-Ata, Abakan (stopping in Barnaul on the way).
Express trains back from Barnaul to Novosibirsk depart daily at 7.00 and 13.35 local time (Moscow +3) and take about 4 hours. There are also slightly less and slower daily trains that depart at 1.20 and 16.00 (to Tomsk through Novosibirsk) daily.
Alternatively, it's possible to take a taxi from Novosibirsk to Barnaul (or back) for 1500 R ($50) for the car.
Airline Offices, Air Travel
Siberia airlines makes 3 daily flights from Novosibirsk to Moscow (arr Domodedovo airport): 7.20, 14.20, 19.40 local time. Aeroflot makes 1 daily flight to Sheremetyevo 1 airport, departing Novosibirsk at 6.45 local time. The prices are the same, the flight time is about 3 hours.
Getting around Novosibirsk:
Novosibirsk Metro:The price of trip 6 R ($0.2). There are new trains with TVs -- something you won't see anywhere else in Russia (and, perhaps, the world).
See the scheme of Novosibirsk metro here.
Novosibirsk Taxi: However, the most popular transport in Novosibirsk are taxis. They are virtually everywhere. If you already got used to waving your hand on the street and catching any car, that will give you a lift for money (as it is in Moscow), that will not happen in Novosibirsk. Normal people just don't give lifts, because there are so many taxis in the city. Usually, they work 24 hours a day, but if you have a trouble finding one, go to the city's most popular spots, such as the railway station, or intersection of Lenina and Krasny Prospekt streets.
Here are telephone numbers of some Novosibirsk taxi company (operators speak Russian only): (3832) 111-555, Sozvezdie Scorpiona, phone: 545-545, 107-107. Express-Taxi; phone: 180-000, 222-222. There are a lot more of them in the city, and the telephone is usually written on the cars.
Novosibirsk Rent-a-Car: Eurasia rent-a-car. The car rental agency located on the ground floor of Novosibirsk railway station in the Service Hall. One can rent a car there from 600 R ($20 US) a day (for a Russian car), to 1000 R ($30 US) a day (for a Japanese car). The conditions are: minimum age is 23, minimum driving experience is 2 years, driving licence should be valid for conducting cars in group B.
The office is opened from 9.00 to 19.00.
Address: Novosibirsk, Main Railway Station (Novosibirsk Vokzal Glavny), 1st floor, “Service Center”. Tel.: (3832) 293-777, 293-477. Web: www.eurasia.nsk.su
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