Novosibirsk is just in the middle of Trans-Siberian railway, actually town was founded here because the railroad was built.
The way from Moscow takes about 2 days, it depends on the train, but anyway something between 46h and 50h usually. The best train to travel on this rout is train #26 “Sibiryak” on the way Moscow – Novosibirsk and train #25 on the way back.
3d class carriage costs around 4500-7000 RUR one way, 2nd class 7000-13000 RUR, 1st class 21000 RUR (prices are given for July 2013). If you are not traveling Trans-Siberian railway for fun, it is usually cheaper to fly by plane.
Novosibirsk has big international airport, which serves international and domestic flights.
There are 2 terminals (domestic and international) in Novosibirsk airport; 5 min walk one from another.
You can reach Novosibirsk first of all from Moscow, around 20 flights per day, it takes about 4 hours. The best airlines to use on this route are Aeroflot (flying from Sheremetievo) and Transaero (flying from Domodedovo). Average airlines are Ut air and Ural airlines – both are flying from Vnukovo airport, planes are not new but usually they have the cheapest tickets.
And try to avoid S7 airline (old name is Siberia airlines), they have old planes, worst service and most expensive tickets.
Also Novosibirsk connected to few domestic big cities in Russia, such as St’Petersburg, Sochi, Ekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Irkutsk and others. International flights are mostly to former Soviet Republics, but also to Germany, China and Thailand.
Novosibirsk is one of the main stops on Trans Siberian Railway route. So city is easily accessable by train. The train from Ekaterinburg (Sverdlosk) takes app 21 hours. The one way, 2nd class (kupe) cost per person is around 125.00 USD
In my opinion, before travelling to Novosibirsk, you should consider on your transportation problem, 'cos in Bus or in Train you will meet a lot of inconveniences and of course the language barrier. And if you would like to have complete experience of Novosibirsk's and Altai's sights you should Rent a Car. Well, I found out a couple of car rental companies phone numbers, here they are:
+7 (383) 227-60-71
+7 (383) 331-06-03
+7 (383) 291-58-85
Unfortunately, the long distance bus station is a bit inconveniently located along the southern part of Krasny Prospekt. Coming from the city the bus station is just after you go under the railway line to your left. We took the bus to Tomsk which takes 4 hours. Please note that you need to buy a separate baggage ticket for your big luggage.
Un arrêt de bus. Parfois il faut attendre plusieurs dizaines de minutes, dans le froid. Il est préférable de bien s'équiper (deux pantalons, et des habits très chauds). On comprends l'utilité de bien connaître les horaires (mais il y a souvent du retard !).
A bus stop. Sometimes it is necessary to wait for several score of minutes, in the cold weather. It is preferable of good to equip itself (two pants, and of the very hot dresses). One understands the utility to really know the timetables (but there is often the delay !).
Taxis can be hailed simply by waving your hand at oncoming traffic. Many "taxis" are, in fact, private citizens who make extra money ferrying people along. Be prepared to pay from 50, to 150, rubles for a trip within the city and from 200 to 300 rubles for a trip between the city and Akademgorodok.
You will hardly come across the taxi driver who can speak English, so language barrier will be a problem.
When catching taxis try to follow these rules.
don't get into a vehicle with any passenger in except for the case when he is a friend of yours;
the shabbier is the car, the less price its driver will ask for his services,
make arrangements about the ride cost with the driver before you get in and pay only in rubles.
Another way of catching taxi is to order the car by phone
Some private companies offer taxi service. All you need is to dial their number and make your order. They provide fast, convenient transit from door to door. Call any hour any day to have one of their Taxi dispatched to your location.
phone: 180-000, 222-222
phone: 10-02-00, 17-93-05
phone: 21-22-12, 27-13-31
Novosibirsk metro (the only one to the east to the Ural) was put into operation in 1986. It includes 11 stations and a metro bridge across the Ob river 2145 meters long. Novosibirsk metro is the third in Russia in passengers throughput (250 thousand passengers a day).
It is safe to say that Novosibirck metro is the cheapest and the easiest way to move to different parts of the city. Unlike stuffy and always overcrowded Moskow underground, it is quite clean and easy to breathe.
Even if you don't know the city well you won't get lost since it comprises not very many stations.
To take a metro ride you should buy counters and deposit it into a slot of an automatic entry gate and get in . They are usually sold at every Metro station in booking offices in the Metro entrance halls.
The fee for one trip by Metro is fixed, i.e. it doesn't depend on the length of your route. Metro ride presently costs 8 Rubles, which is about 27cents.
Advice: never go by metro after you have taken alcohol. They have cops on every station who will not simply let you in.
122, 722: Airport Tolmachevo – Stanislavsky square- K. Marks square- K. Marks avenue – Krasny avenue – railway station "Novosibirsk Glavny"
122: Departure time: airport Tolmachevo :
07-30, 09-48, 13-49,16-07, 18-26
08-39, 10-57, 14-59, 17-17, 19-35
Departure time: railway station "Novosibirsk Glavny":
06-20, 08-38, 12-40.14-56, 17-16
07-29, 09-47, 13-49, 16-07, 18-25
722: Departure time: airport Tolmachevo :
08-04, 10-22, 12-39, 16-42, 19-02
09-13, 11-31, 15-35, 17-52, 20-10
Departure time: railway station "Novosibirsk Glavny":
06-54, 09-12, 11-29, 15-32, 17-52
08-03, 10-21, 14-24, 16-42, 19-00
711: Airport Tolmachevo – Stanislavsky square – Trud square - railway station "Novosibirsk Glavny" – Kalinin square
Departure time: Kalinin square:
7-05, 7-35, 7-55, 8-15, 8-41, 9-00, 9-26, 9-42, 10-03, 10-45, 11-09, 11-25, 11-30, 11-46, 12-13, 12-56, 13-35, 14-10, 14-53, 15-35, 16-05, 16-25, 16-45, 16-58, 17-19, 17-41, 18-03, 18-24, 18-46, 19-08, 19-25, 19-56
Departure time: airport Tolmachevo:
5-41, 6-03, 6-22, 6-43, 7-02, 7-35, 7-55, 8-13, 8-34, 8-56, 9-18, 9-39, 10-05, 10-24, 10-44, 11-27, 12-09, 12-43, 13-24, 14-07, 14-32, 14-52, 15-10, 15-34, 15-55, 16-17, 16-39, 17-00, 17-25, 17-46, 18-02, 18-27
101: Airport Tolmachevo – Ordinsky highway – Khilokskaya st. – Trolleynaya st.- Nemirovitch-Danchenko st. - Stanislavsky st. – Titov st. – Novogodnaya st. - Region Hospital
Departure time: airport Tolmachevo:
07-00, 09-00, 12-15, 14-15, 17-12, 19-12
Departure time: Region Hospital
: 06-00, 08-00, 11-15, 13-15, 16-12, 18-12
808: Airport Tolmachevo – Ob HPS - Academcampus
Departure time: airport Tolmachevo :
05-20, 06-20, 07-20, 08-20, 09-20, 10-20, 11-20, 12-20, 13-20, 14-20, 15-20, 16-20, 17-20, 18-20, 19-20, 20-20, 21-20
Departure time: Hotel "Zolotaya Dolina" (Academcampus):
04-50, 05-50, 06-50, 07-50, 08-50, 09-50, 10-50, 11-50,12-50, 13-50, 14-50, 15-50, 16-50, 17-50, 18-50, 19-50, 20-50, 21-50
within Ob-town : buses ¹ 1, 2
Here you can find the schedule of international and domestic flights and get the information about the airport and its services.
flight schedule - latest schedules of Novosibirsk's Tolmachevo airport Domestic, and International flights
Airport Tolmachevo began his chronicle on the 12th of July, 1957, when TU-104 jet made the first passenger flight from Novosibirsk to Moscow.
Until the year of 1992 the airport was a part of the United Tolmachevo Aviation Enterprise in compliance with the then structure of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the USSR. In 1992 Tolmachevo airport became an independent enterprise and acquired international status.
In 1995 the airport became an Open Joint – Stock Company, where 51 % of shares are in the Federal property and 49 % belong to legal and physical persons including the employees of the Company.
Airport Tolmachevo was certified first of Russian Federation airports and received Certificate of System of Quality according governments requirements ISO 9002-96
TransSib, the backbone line in Eastern and, in particular, in Western Siberia, has, for today, no reserves either of passing, or of transport capability - even in view of last years reduction of freight turnover between western and eastern Russia's regions. Of three main railroads, which run from Siberia westward, the single one - TransSib - remains within Russia's boundaries. The other two (SredSib and YujSib) after the USSR disintegration came to be out of Russia, in the territory of the sovereign Kazakhstan. Moreover, the short length of the main travel of TransSib trespasses Kazakhstan territory along the Omsk-Ekaterinburg run (in the neighborhood of Petropavlovsk). The other TransSib travel along this run (through Tyumen) is weaker technically.
Among the most significant longitudinal lines there is Tyumen-Tobolsk-Surgut-Urengoi run, leading to the oil and gas bearing regions. Tomsk-Asino-Belyi Jar, Achinsk-Lesosibirsk, Jeleznogorsk-Ust Ilimsk runs give access to the main timber reserves areas. Tynda-Chulman will go north to Yakutsk. The south bound longitudinal lines links TransSib with SredSib and YujSib up.
As far as actual economies are concerned, a curtailment of state subsidies to the railways and energetics resulted in multiple rise in transportation rates. Conveyance scale went down sharply, and the railways do not manage invesments in technical modernization of the main lines. The consequences were speed reduction, frequent accidents, damage to cargoes.
The metro is a great way to travel around in n. it is in ecpensive, cost 5 rouble, and it takes from a to b. there are many busses and mini busses to, but all the main sights are in a walking distance from metro stations, so for strangers to this city this is a great way to travel
The train is so nice, okay a plane is quikker, but a train, you can look outside, take a sip of your drink, eat nice things, sleep, read books, look outside, go ouside when the train stops i mean what do you want to do more on your holiday!!!! and it is not to expencive. It cost us around 1000 rouble, one way in a coupe. this is from ekaterinburg. the prices for russians and forneighers are the same, do make sure you have the right window where you have to buy your ticket. ditance, was around 1500 km, in the train 20 hours.
Despite the common opinion that traveling to Siberia is unbelievably difficult because of the distance involved, the real situation is not at all as terrible as it may seem. First of all, there are several flights connecting Novosibirsk with Europe (Hannover and Frankfurt), approximate flying time of which is 6 hours. Then, there are good domestic connections from Moscow (about 4 hours). The scheduls are on the site: http://www.sibir.net/get_e.phtml
We have the Metro/Underground/Subway! The only in the Asiatic part of Russia! Clean and beautiful! it connects the city center. Basically, you will need only the Metro.
The building of the Novosibirsk central railway station and Garin-Mikhailovskii Square (named after the person who is considered to be the founder of the city - a railroad engineer and a writer) (1965)