From € 2 to € 3
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.
Nizhny Novgorod has a well-developed public transport network, with (trolley) buses, trams and metro, operating from 5:00h till midnight.
The costs are about € 0.50 for a ride. Metro tickets can be bought at the entrances of metro stations. In buses and trolleybuses, the conductor handles the payment (in cash).
Find the metro plan and exact schedule on the official website. Or download the free Yandex.Metro app to plan your route in the metro, as the app provides detailed instructions about your route and the most efficient way to travel.
The Nizhny Novgorod cable car operates between the two banks of the Volga River. The price of a ticket is about € 1.50. Travel time from one bank to the other is about 15 minutes. Find more info on the official website.
Shuttle bus number 56 connects the airport with metro station Kirovskaya. Shuttle bus number 11 connects the airport with Druzhaeva Street. The shuttle operates from 6h until 22h. The journey typically takes between 1 and 1.5 hours. Tickets cost about € 1.
For more info about Strigino International Airport, see the official website.
On the night of 19 January, Orthodox Christians celebrate the great holiday of Baptism of Jesus. In Nizhny Novgorod, according to tradition, there is baptismal bathing, like in the freezing Volga River! On the occasion of the holiday the churches of Nizhny Novgorod offer church services, with on 19 January at 0:00h a festive service in the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky.
Victory Day is a big holiday in Russia, celebrated throughout the country on 9 May, with military parades and fireworks. It commemorates how the Red Army and the Soviet people defeated Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War.
The 12th of June is the Day of Nizhny Novgorod. Today it is a double holiday for citizens, since it is celebrated together with Russia Day. Celebrations are held throughout the centre and in big parks, and include sports competitions, concerts, fairs, and folk festivals. The holiday ends with various festive fireworks at night.
Alfa Future People is an annual summer festival of electronic music, which takes place at the abandoned aerodrome near the village of Big Kozino Balakhninsky (35 minutes by train from Nizhny Novgorod). It attracts music lovers from all over the world, entertaining them with a line-up of the best DJs.
Although the 4th of November is an all-Russian holiday, Nizhny Novgorod participated in the most direct way in the historical events, with the militia of 1612 that liberated Moscow from Swedish and Polish-Lithuanian invaders. During this day, fairs and concerts are organized in the parks and on the main squares of the city. The day ends with a fireworks show.
The history of the Nizhny Novgorod circus goes deep into the past. City barkers, acrobats and dancing bears are considered to be the founders of the circus arts in Nizhny Novgorod. It is a place where you can spend time with the whole family and enjoy a show in one of the most technically advanced scenes of the country. See their official website (Ru) for the latest news. Get directions.
Various operators offer river cruises in Nizhny Novgorod. One of the oldest is Travel Company 'VODOHOD', see their official website (Ru) for further info. Another option is 'Volga Shipping Company', offering excursions along the Volga River of about 1.5 hours – have a look at their official website (Ru) to learn more.
The Nizhny Novgorod Tourist Office is ready to help you with all possible questions. Find their office on Malaya Pokrovskaya Street 2a (get directions). For more information about Nizhny Novgorod or to book excursions, don't forget to look at their official website (Ru).
For searching and booking train tickets, we recommend to use the official page of the Russian Railways. For instance, Moscow is less than four hours away by train from Nizhny Novgorod!
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