Despite having over 60,000 inhabitants, Dubna has very much a small-town feel, especially if you are sticking to the older part, the one where JINR (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research) is located. For this older part the best way to get around is on foot (unless you're in real hurry or have luggage).
For going further out, to the so called Dubna-2 (dubbed the Big Volga) and Dubna-3 (which is actually on the other side of the river Volga) there are 5 bus lines stopping at all the principal points of the town. For extra speed and guaranteed seats, there are shared taxis. They follow the same routes as buses and each has 11-13 seats. Prices are somewhat higher than for regular buses.
Finally, taxis can be hailed at the railway station or pick ups booked. They're reasonably priced and if there are 3-4 of you will not be much more expensive than a shared taxi, or even a bus for that matter.
In case you do not have a car, or simply don't want to be bothered with the Moscow traffic, your best bet for transport is a train.
It will take you just under 3 hours with a standard one (which stops at every stop and is rather noisy and uncomfortable) or 2 hours sharp on an express train with just one stop at Dmitrov. Both trains leave from Savelovskaya railway station.
The express train has 5 second class and 1 first class carriage. At under USD 10 one way, first class is good value given the much nicer seats.
You can take a taxi from Moscow. It'll cost you approximately 40 USD if you are travelling alone. In case you are sharing the car, just divide the sum. Taking a taxi makes good sense in case there are several members in your party.
There are several things to keep in mind, though:
-The fare I said applies only if you catch the taxi at the Savyolovski train station. From other places will be much more expensive. From Sheremetyevo II international airport (which is closer to Dubna than Moscow is) a taxi will cost you 100 USD
-The taxis are not official, so you may have a hard time determining which car is a taxi. Another consequence is that you may try and bargain about the price though it rarely will lead to discounts.
-If you speak no Russian, taking a taxi will be hazardous, since the drivers speak almost no English, not to mention any other languages.
Your own legs are the best option, in case you plan to visit only the parts that are on the right bank of the Volga. Which is probably a wise choice, since the left bank is (and looks like) a kind of a poor relation of two parts of Dubna that are on the right bank.
Though buses are regular and quite cheap, walking is much better, since in this way you'll be able to admire the greenery of the town, small houses in the centre, flower beds with tulips of all colors and sorts. Brought from the Netherlands!
Besides, a stroll along one of our cobled and tree-lined streets is a pleasant experience in
That's why I usually take a bus only when I'm in a hurry or if it's horribly cold, or raining, or any other weather disaster arrives.
Getting to my home town just gets easier :))
Starting from Saviolovskaja rail station is the brand-new train, leaving 3 times a day.
Made in 2 classes (one of the first cases in Russia), it's much more comfortable than any other means of transportation I can come up with. Besides, you can watch a movie while the train covers the 135 km (2 hours' journey). The cost is 2.5 USD for 2nd and # USD for 1st class :))) I'm serious!