Taxi to the airport
The airport is around 50km away from the centre of Vladivostok.
There are murmors of an airport express being instituted in the near future, and there are buses. As a recent update it looks like trains will be running from July onwards. Definitely a project that was initiated due to APEC.
In any case my hotel called me a taxi which cost 1000 roubles for the journey.
Update July 2012.
Haven't used this service as yet but in any case here is some info re the new Aeroexpress.
If you're flying into Vladivostok from outside of Russia, Korean Air is a good option.
They have daily Incheon-Vladivostok flights, and Seoul-Incheon airport is a real hub with flights to so many destinations.
The flight into Vladivostok though is 10am in the morning, so it may necessitate a night in Korea on the way.
This flight is well used by Russians actually, less so to visit South Korea, but more for transitting through Seoul-Incheon to points beyond, so when I used this service it was close to full.
Ferry to Korea and Japan
I have not used this ferry, but the boat was in town while I was there. Link is below for anyone who might be interested. It goes between Vlad, Donghae and Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture.
Ferry services seem to come and go however, so it would pay to check in advance if it is still running.
Ferry to Korea
Although I don't have much detail on it, there is also a ferry for Sokcho in South Korea leaving from Vladivostok.
I have found a link for it, but I don't know whether or not it is current.
Edit Dec 2011. It doesn't look like this is running, but there looks to be another service to Korea operating.
From the airport to Vladivostok
The airport is located 40 Kms away from Vladivostok in the town Artem. The whole road from the airport is now under reconstruction for the APEC summit in 2012. In fact it's a catastrophe but not a road :) That's the reason it may take much time to get to the city.
Anyway I used a taxi. If you pre-order a taxi the trip will cost about 1000 - 1100 rubles depending on the destination point in the city. If you take a taxi standing at the bus station by the airport it will cost about 1500 rubles.
The trip takes 1 - 1,5 hrs. But I've heard the stories of people spending up to 6 hours reaching the airport because of the repair works on the road and machinery blocking the way, thus causing huge traffic jams. Good luck :)
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Getting to Vladivostok (via Asia)
In planning my trip to Vladivostok, it was obvious I would be coming via Japan or another Asian country. I finally ended up getting a Korean Air flight to VVO (Vladivostok) from Incheon Intl Aiport (Seoul's new intl airport). However, using Vladivostok Avia (their own airlines) was a possibility from Korea, Japan and China.
It would have be great to try a boat cruise or hydrofoil from Japan or Korea, but it appears that these only run during the main summer travel season. (although I'm not sure).
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Ferry to Japan from Vladivostok
We took the ferry from Vladivostok to Fushiki in Toyama prefecture. It takes about 42 hours all up, and it cost us $230 US per person, although there are cheaper and more expensive berths available.
The tickets can be bought on the 3rd floor of the ferry terminal behind Vladivostok railway station. The ferry itself is mostly used by Russians importing used cars and motorcycles from Japan.
All meals are included, but it may be an idea to bring snacks/drinks with you that you think you might need.
Update Sept. 2010. This service may not be running any more, so I suggest doing some research around this one.
From Vladivostok to the airport by bus
The 107 bus to the airport from Vladivostok leaves from the train station and takes about 1 hour 15 mins. It costs 60 roubles. The times that it leaves are written up on a yellow signpost next to the information office (don't try asking in the information office - there was a sign on the door saying that they don't give information on buses to the airport!).
From the airport to Vladivostok, there are two buses - one runs to the train station and the other to the bus station.
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Flying from Vladivostok
Vladivostok has a small but very effective airport. Russian national airways Aeroflot, together with other important private airlines, Vladivostok Air, S7 have domestic and international flights. There are also foreign airlines operating, mainly to Korea and Japan. The one way airfare to Moscow is around 210.00 Euro if you book through Aeroflot web site a month earlier. I had nice Airbus A330 to Moscow which took mor than 8 hours (similar to New York - Istanbul). Aeroflot allows to take the blanket and pillows with you :)
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Vladivostok by train
Through the Trans Siberian Railway, Vladivostok is reachable by train. It takes app 72 hours from Irkutsk / Lake Baikal. Price is around 260.00 USD for 2nd class (4 people with beds). I took 5 different trains across Russia and all had dining car but this one.
Fly in a Yak-40 to Toyama, Japan!
We were surprised at the size of this plane - we counted 7 rows, 4 seats per row.
There are twice weekly flights from Toyama to Vladivostok, and the flight takes about 2.5 hours.
We were also a little surprised at the age of the plane - 1970's retro time warp!! But the ride was smooth, if a little cramped (large persons will definitely feel squashed in) and the "smoke" which at first billows from under your seats mid-flight is just air-conditioning being turned on, and everything went well after all. But the toilet room is scary and I can't understand how anyone over 160cm (5ft5in) can even manage to close the door! I'd recommend to time your fluid intake or perservere in that aspect if possible.
Other international flights to Vladivostok include regular flights from Niigata or Seoul, and the occasional charter flight from Tokyo and/or Osaka.
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Trans Sib Rail
One of the ways to get to Vladivostok is by rail. The direct train link from Moscow is the longest running railway in the world and the trip almost takes a week. Yet it must be an amazing way to see the vast country Russia and also to meet its people. One thing I still have to do!!
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The airport is a bit small here with separate terminals for both domestic and international flights. At the time I was here Korean was the only foreign airline serving the port city and most westerners here were headed back home from picking up an adopted child. The international terminal is small but clean and well run. I was staff traveling on a standby ticket and got a little nervous when the checkin line got a bit long and my visa was expiring the next day but I made the flight anyway.
Public transportation in Vladivostok
Unless many other cities Vladivostok offers variety of public transportation: buses, trolley-buses, tams, taxi, ferries and even funicular!
BUS: the most common and polar transportation is bus. You can get to any point of the city with its help. Price is more then acceptable: 7 rubles which is about 25 cents per ride. Payment is made while exiting not entering the bus.Bus is the best public transport that is quick, frequent, reliable and accessible.
TRAM: It is ecological free but to our point of view the slowest and the least comfortable type of transportation. Price is 5 rubles (20-cents) for a ride. Paid to a lady who will most likely come up to you during the ride.
TROLLEY-BUS: The same price and the same comfort as trams but quite interesting and unusual. Paid to a lady during the ride.
FUNICUELER: The most exotic kind of transportation. It costs 5 rubles per ride but it is a separate adventure which we highly recommend to anyone as Vladivostok is the only city in Russia which offers it to your service. It starts from Pushkinskaya Street and brings you directly to the highest pint of the city ? Eagles Nest and returns you back if necessary. Pay attention that it is closes from 12 to 13 o?clock for lunch break.
TAXI: Price varies from agency to agency but usually from 6 to 11 USD per hour. Taxi in Vladivostok charge hourly rate, so be prepared to pay for 5 km ride the same price as for 25 km.
BUS STATION: If you need to go to log distances like to airport, Ussuriisk or Slavyanka you need to go to Vtoraya Rechka region (Second River District) by bus 23 which leaves from Semenovskaya bus station (corner of Semenovskaya and Aleutskaya St). They have informational center where you can find out schedule (4232)-32-33-78
FERRY: There are ferries to several places: Ruskiy (Russian) Island, Popov Island, Slavyanka and Pospelov. Ferry leaves from Vokzal Pribrejnih soobshenii, which is located across the submarine C-56 and casino Hocus-Pocus. Korabelnaya Naberejnaya St., 6 (Embankment St, 6), tel.:227-815
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The trainstation of Vladivostok is the last of the Trans Siberian Railwaytrack. Starting from Moscow you reach Vladivostok station after 6 days and some hours. Have a look at the painted map on the wall of the stationbuilding. View the paintings at the ceilings. Walk over the bridge and amaze yourself of the length of the Trans Siberian Train.
There's an internetcafe on the opposite of the trainstation. It's next to the postoffice.
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