Tynda (Russian: Ты́нда TYHN-duh) is a large town in Amur Oblast. Known as the "Capital of the Baikal-Amur Mainline," as it was intended to be a major hub, Tynda is at the junction with the partially complete Amur-Yakutsk Mainline, which will link the BAM with the planned terminus of Yakutsk.
Tynda is Evenki's word related to "flat river bank" or a "place for grazing of deers". The town has a river with the same name, separating the town from the railway station. The 16-floor apartment houses in the center and wooden barracks in the suburbs are two contrasts left over from Communist times.
US Wenatchee is Tynda's sister-city.
By train from Khabarovsk or Komsomolsk-on-Amur from the east. From Blagoveshchensk by the train #81/82 "Gilyuy" (фирменный поезд). The western direct destinations are Neryungri, Anapa, Kislovodsk and Moscow.
When you get out of the station building turn to the left to the bus stop and take a bus #35 going to the city. Equally you can start walking ahead across the bridge along the pipes and get to the central street Krasnaya Presnya, built by Moscovites.
There are a number of private taxi agencies and public buses.
- Museum of BAM history (Музей истории БАМ), 22, Sportivnaya st., ☎ . It has eight large rooms each for its own story: aboriginal people, gulag, railway history, flora and fauna, minerals etc. Fee: RUB25. RUB25 for camera.
- Ust-Koral (Усть Корал). Mountain ski base.
In the second tower you can buy a ticket for a train or a plane at the agency office on the first floor.
There are a lot of cafes.
- Hotel Yunost (Гостиница Юность), 49, Krasnaya Presnya st., ☎ . Spacious multi-floor Soviet-style hotel in the center.
- railway resting rooms, Tynda station. clean and tidy a room for 24 hours cost RUB1100, a shower is an extra RUB100.