“Gem rush, miners’ mythology, the execution of the Romanovs, the rise of Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin, and legendary gangster feuds of the 1990s – Yekaterinburg is not only Russia’s fourth-largest city, it is like a piece of conceptual art with a fascinating historical subtext.” – Lonely Planet
Also spelled Ekaterinburg
Easily reach the city center from Koltsovo Airport (SVX) by taking bus #1 and takes you to the central station Sverdlovsk – Passazhirskiy. The bus leaves every 15 minutes and tickets can be purchased at the terminal.
A great way to travel Russia is via train. Whether you’re just coming from one city or you’re taking the Trans Siberian/Mongolian train journey, the trains are a fun and easy mode of transport and usually much cheaper than a flight.
Note that all times are listed in Moscow time. Not so hard in Moscow but Russia has 11 different time zones, so, pay attention the farther away you are. More to come soon on the Trans Siberian/Mongolian Railway trip!
Tickets can be bought ahead of time online or in the station from a machine or from the counter. If you’re buying from the counter, note that many people do not speak English.
Local buses are available from nearby cities but it is otherwise advised to take a train in.
The city center is easily walkable but the airport and other transportation hubs are located a little farther out requiring public transit or taxis.