From € 1 to € 2
Tipping is not required, but tips of 10% are not uncommon in restaurants.
The tap water in Russia is not drinkable. Bottled water is cheap and widely available.
Ekaterinburg has a developed network of public transport with trams, (trolley) buses and metro lines. A single fare costs around 30 Rubles.
A rechargeable 'E-card' allows you to travel on all means of transport. You can buy the E-card in any 'Soyuzpechat' kiosk, at E-card sales points located at stops, and at terminals in metro stations.
The metro in Ekaterinburg runs from 6h till midnight.
Koltsovo Airport consists of 3 terminals. Terminal A serves domestic flights, terminal B international flights, and the third terminal is primarily for private jets.
Bus number 1 goes to the railway station and back, with a travel time of about an hour. It runs from 6h till 23:40h.
Marshrutka number 1 (a minibus) travels the same route, but also runs at night.
The Express train runs 4 times a day between the airport and the railway station. The journey takes about 40 minutes and costs around 50 Rubles.
Find more information about the airport on the official website.
Victory Day is celebrated on the 9th of May, with the biggest festivities in the centre of the city. Around 10h the military parade takes off on the central 1905 Square. In the evening you can expect beautiful fireworks to end the celebrations. Plotinka is one of the best places to watch this spectacle.
Ekaterinburg was founded on 7 November 1723, basically as an iron plant. The name was given in honor of Empress Catherine the First. Surprisingly enough, the City Day is celebrated every year in August, on the third Saturday of the month. The summertime allows for open-air concerts and other outside festivities. Please note that it can get very crowded on this day.
New Year is an amazing time to be in Ekaterinburg. You will find not only great parties to start your new year, but also a complete ice-town installed on the 1905 Square, which brings you in the right mood already days before.
Since local people adore winter sports, there's a good number of ski resorts to be found in the Ural region. See website (in Russian) for an overview and some essential information.
The Ural region and Sverdlovsk district are very interesting to explore. You can find inspiration in the Sverdlovsk Region Travel Guide. Also the tourist office would like to help you with all the advice setting up your perfect excursion. Their office can be found on Ulitsa 8 Marta, number 13 (entrance 3, second floor).
For searching and booking train tickets, use the official page of the Russian Railways.
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