Aldan (Russian: Алдан) is a town in Yakutia. It is about 470 km from the city of Yakutsk.
The town is located in the Aldan Highlands, in the Aldan River basin. Nearby cities and towns include Neryungri and Tommot.
It was founded in 1923 as the settlement of Nezametny and is known for its large gold and mica deposits. In 2018, it had about 21,000 inhabitants. It is one of the largest towns in the republic.
The climate type of Aldan is subarctic, which is affected by the Pacific Ocean. The best time to visit this town is from June to August, when daylight temperature remains around 20 °C.
- 1 Aldan Airport (ADH IATA), Mayakovskogo Street (about 1 km east of the town). This small airport has a paved runway and is served by flights from Yakutsk.
- 2 Aldan railway station (станция Алдан). The Tynda–Nizhniy Bestyakh railway line has a stop on this station. The journey is about 11 hours long and starts at 22:04 daily.
The best vehicle to get around is taxi. To travel to nearby settlements and suburbs, you should pay about 500-800 руб.
There are also bus routes that active during daytime.
- The 1A-5A routes only run in the town proper (31 руб).
- The 101-104 routes run to the suburbs.
You can also walk around, because the town center is compact and not large.
- 1 Museum of Literature–Local Lore (Литературно-Краеведческий Музей), 21 Oktyabr'skaya Street (141 m north from the Aldan Hotel Complex), ☏ +7 411 532-71-31. Has some exhibitions about the history and literature of the town.
- 2 Church of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors (Храм в честь святых Новомучеников и Исповедников), 66 Gor'kogo Street, ☏ +7 924 463-03-85. 08:00–19:00 daily. A large Orthodox church with golden domes and many old religious paintings.
- Lena waterfalls (Водопад Лена) (10 km southeast of Aldan).
- 3 World War II memorial (Памятник погибшим в ВОВ), Gor'kogo Street (directly southeast of the Orthodox church).
- 1 Ajam Cinema (Аям-Синема), 3A Kosmacheva Street (932 m northeast of the railway station), ☏ +7 411 453-64-66. There is a playing center for children, coffee shop and billiards complex nearby.
- 2 Theater of Young Audiences (Театр Юнного Зрителя), 1 Megino-Kangalasskaya Street (near the sushi bar), ☏ +7 411 453-59-79.
- 3 Central District Library (Центральная Районная Библиотека), 40 Dzerzhinskogo Street, ☏ +7 411 453-47-92.
- 1 Aldan Shopping Mall (Торговый центр Алдан), 32 Oktyabr'skaya Street. 10:00–19:00 daily.
- 2 Central Market. 09:00–18:00 daily. The market has many types of clothes, hats, boots, food, drinks and consumer goods.
- 3 Medved' Supermarket, 2 Oktyabr'skaya Street (near the Theater of Young Audiences). 10:00–22:00 daily.
- 4 Oktyabr'skiy Shopping Mall, 14 Oktyabr'skaya Street. 10:00–18:00 daily.
- 5 Udachnyy Shop (Удачный), 1 Oktyabr'skaya Street, ☏ +7 924 876-02-22. 09:00–21:00 daily.
- 6 Mechta Shop, 5 Tarabukina Street. 08:00–22:00 daily.
- 7 Tsvety Edema, 3D Kosmacheva Street, ☏ +7 929 468-82-00. Opens for the whole day. A small shop that sells a wide variety of flowers.
- 8 Syuzanna Shop, ☏ +7 411 453-51-14. Opens for the whole day.
- 1 Kharbin Restaurant (Харбин), 10 Let Yakutii Street, ☏ +7 924 661-26-60. Su-Th 11:00–23:00, F Sa 11:00–02:00.
- 2 Keme Cantine (Кеме), 44 Dzerzhinskogo Street.
- 3 Oleshnya Restaurant, 4 Nezametnyy Street, ☏ +7 924 173-81-54. Su-Th 14:00–00:00, F Sa 14:00–03:00.
Most coffee shops and pubs in Aldan serve a wide variety of drinks, including vodka, kumis (fermented horse milk), tea, soda and coffee.
- Dyadya Dener Coffee Shop (Дядя денер) (130 m northeast of Progress Supermarket).
- Verona Coffee Shop, 19-21 Lenina Street, ☏ +7 924 361-35-35. 10:00–21:00 daily.
- Chaykhana Coffee Shop. 44/15 Oktyabr'skaya Street.
- Steyk Khaus Coffee Shop. 12:00–01:00 daily.
- 1 Yakutia Hotel, 4 Dzerzhinskogo Street, ☏ +7 924 361-48-33. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. A two-story hotel with a flat-screen TV and double beds in each room. It also has free Wi-Fi and a large parking lot. Smoking is not permitted here. 3225 руб–4398 руб.
- 2 Aldan Guest House, 43 Slepneva Street, ☏ +7 924 875-59-28. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. There is a laundry service here. 4034 руб.
- 3 Aldan Hotel Complex (АЛДАН Гостиничный Комплекс), 21 Lenina Street (near the Vtb bank), ☏ +7 924 896-03-86, firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Has free Wi-Fi, parking lot, breakfast, hot tub, large swimming pool, shopping mall, restaurant and bar. A laundry service is also available on site. Like in Yakutia Hotel, smoking is not permitted here.
- 4 Welcome Plaza Hotel, 10 Let Yakutii Street, ☏ +7 411 453-25-55. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. The hotel can afford coaches that drive you to the airport (only takes about 5 minutes).
- 5 Persona Hotel (Персона), Divizionnaya Street (about 212 m south of the administration building), ☏ +7 411 453-59-37.
From Aldan, you can travel to the Lena Pillars Nature Park (nearly 300 km northeast of the town) by car or ferry.