Kazan taxi: affordable and safe (in general)
In Kazan you are allowed to call a taxi to come pick you up, as well as you can to stand out there on the street and hail one like everybody else. But I have to warn you, that taxi drivers and telephone operators here usually don’t speak English that it’s almost impossible to get through to them on foreign language.
There is an authorized taxi service at Kazan International airport, so it’s no any hassle to order a trip at the taxi stand. Undeniably, this will be more expensive than a regular taxi ride in the city, but there is no other way to get the city from airport at the present time (Nov 2012). Moreover, like everywhere in the world, Russian taxi drivers at airport do not miss an opportunity to make extra money by picking up spontaneous passengers, who don’t speak native language at all.
A licensed taxi driver uses his or her cellphone with GPS as a taximeter, so you can see in real time the cost of your trip in Russian rubles and nowadays taximeters usually count the cost by mileage not by time, so traffic jam is not affect your budget.
I could find only one local taxi provider’s site on English and I have not used their services before, and I don’t know how good or bad they are. Anyway the site of Taxi Kazan City is http://www.taxikazancity.ru/english
As a resident of the city I often use the service of Taxi Tatarstan, as it reliable and not expensive nowadays.
Therefore, in my opinion, a taxi is the one of more convenient kind of public transport for independent tourists in Kazan because it is not expensive and very convenient and generally safe. Moreover, a lot of upcoming international events in our city must to force local authorities to provide more and more services on English, French, German and Spanish, and I hope this have to be a real thing in the field of public transportation soon.
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The Transsibirean railway
Kazan / Kasan is one of the main stations of the Transsibirian Railway, in a distance of 793 Km east of Moscow. Take a look at my link, I found it in a german brochure of a travelagency, so these prices are just in order to give you an idea, how much it would be. With these trains it is also mostly not possible to easily book them after your arrival in Moscow, it really is the best to reserve them in advance before you get to Russia !!!
These are the trains from Kazan / Kasan:
departure at 09.16 pm takes 12 hours to Moscow
155,- euros 2nd class and 303 euros 1st class
“Kazan-Ekaterinburg” Nr 16 (daily)
departure at 03.45 am and takes 14 hours to Ekaterinburg
166,- euros 2nd class and 325 euros 1st class
“Kazan-Ekaterinburg” Nr 393 (daily)
departure 07.55pm and takes 18 hours
166 euros in 2nd class / NO 1st class available
all times are MOSCOW-time !
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Transport in Kazan Russia
The length of the Kazan rail road is 18 km and there are 14 stations: Glavnyi vokzal, Staryi avtovokzal, Vakhitovo, Zheleznodorozhnaya, Rotornaya, Ametievo, Staroe Ametevo, Dostoevskogo, Abzhalilova, Novatorov, Kompressornyi, Karier, Derbishki, Novie Derbishki. A new line will be opened in August, 2005.
It will take you 30 minutes of a ride to get from the first station to the last one. The train arrives every 30 minutes. The line works from 6 a.m. till 11p.m. The cost of a ticket is 5 rubles, the same as on a bus or a trolleybus.
A new subway system is a quickest and more comfortable transportation which will make your trip to this city more fun and enjoying!
You most probably will not need to ride a metro but in case you need, Kazan metro runs one single line, 7 km with 6 stations. One station is just in front of the Kazan Kremlin entrance, names Kremlevskaya.
Kazan metro is one of the first opened after collapse of Soviet Union.
Train to Kazan
I arrived in Kazan from St. Petersburg by train. This was to first part of my Trans Siberian Railway trip and when I saw the train to Kazan, I thought this adventure will be under much more comfortable conditions than I thought. The train was brand new and luxury (even my ticket was 2 nd class).
The train is daily from SPB to Kazan. Costs aroun 100.oo Euro and takes about 22 hours.
There is nice dining car in the train. Each room has LCD TV.
My first experience with Aeroflot was shocking. I wasn’t expecting what I saw. Some of them know the Ataturk Airport; it is a good, modern airport. I was there to check-in and there was a huge queue of people waiting with HUGE luggage. Many of them were more than the allowable weight. These people were carrying the goods to sell. They always do this, buying some stuff from Istanbul and selling it in their homeland.
Some of the luggage was in the plane, in front of some seats. There weren’t signs or information in English, also the stewardess didn’t know English. I realized that I should know Russian, but it was too late. The women sitting beside me helped me during the flight.
It was quite an adventure but I prefer THY.
The metro of kazan / Kasan
I found this great link to the metro of Kazan / Kasan and thought maybe you like to take a look at it. Unfortunatly I did not go there myself and did not see any sign-posts for it, although one of the stations is obviously very close to the tower of the Kremlin, where we had left the Kremlin-area.
The interior of the metro-stations is worth seeing, although it is certainly less glamorous than the ones of St. Petersburg or Moscow.
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I came by cruiseship to Kazan
I came to Kazan by cruiseship and the ship-station was not far from the city-centre, maybe a walk of 20 minutes. It was nice anyway to go there in a complimentary guided bustour.
I had a small single cabin onboard of the cruise-ship M/S Furmanov, a 3-star ship.
The price for this singlecabin was 2400 euros for the cruise from Perm to Moscow, including flights from Vienna and lots of excursions.
There are lots of small islands, when leaving Kazan in direction Moscow and you will also see some old buildings standing in the water now, obviously the area is an artificial lake with some villages underneath that had been flooded decades ago.
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Flights and planes to Kazan
There are several new ways to go to Kazan:
- Planes directly from Frankfurt (FRA) via Samara (KUF) to Kazan a few times a week by Lufthansa Airlines.
- You can book flights from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Kazan via some russian internetpages like www.avantix.ru (english version!)
- Flights from Moscow to Kazan can be as cheap as 500 Roubles (about 14 EUROS) if booked via www.s7.ru (Siberia Airlines)
If you need a rental car, better choose Samara (KUF) and drive 300 km to Kazan because in Kazan its only posible for Russians to rent cars (mostly week LADA) on one place as there is still no european rental company at the airport.
This is where you arrive by train. But this is not the building to buy tickets etc. To your right there is a modern concrete building which houses the left luggage as you come in and has ticket counters on the first (ground) and second floor. I used the one on the second floor but the lady wanted to send me to another counter first realizing I was a foreigner but I stayed put and asked which counter and why in Russian and she finally sold me the ticket. The service center on second floor only sells airline tickets and you can make phone calls there.
One NIT from Moscow ;-)
Kazan is situated not far from Moscow to the east, ONLY 1 night by train. ;-) LOL! As we discussed it in VT forums distancies in Russia could be measured in NITs (night-in-train), so this is the shortest distance.
Train is very usefull and usually very confortable way to travel across Russia. But in this particular case I was unlucky. Imagine new rather modern coupe-wagon (with compartments for 4 people), all is covered with closely fitted plastic and with double pane units in windows and central air conitioner - i.e. not only air, but sounds could not come in from outdoors. Air conditioning is switched off (!!!). Following is absolutely stupid dialog with train conductor:
- Can you switch on conditioner, please.
- You see, this wagon is very new one. I cannot switch it on.
- Is it broken?
- No, I've told you - it is absolutely new, it runs for only 1 week.
- ?!? And can you switch on just vent?
- NO!!! I am afraid that something could burn up.
After that we opened windows in a corridor (thanks that something could be opened) and left the coupe door open for the whole night ;-(
We went by train from ekat to...
We went by train from ekat to kazan, it took us 15. hours and 48 minutes. It cost us 501 rouble for a coupe, this is second class. Train is a great way to travel, in Russi. You can get the train in moskouw to, it is 845 km from ther to Kazan. so it will take you around 7 hours.
There is possibility to fly to, I do not know the prices sorry.
there trams, busses, taxis you can stop xars, but make sure you first ask the price. there are trolly buses to.
The price for public transport is 3 rouble, so not expencive, and a good way to travel around the city
go by trin it is a great way...
go by trin it is a great way to travel and to meet people!! and cheap and you see a lot but go coupe, platskart is cheaper but very busy!
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