With a population of 600,000 people, Yaroslavl is the second-largest city in Central Russia after Moscow. Its 1000-year history and location in the middle of Golden Ring make Yaroslavl a good point for a day or weekend trip from Moscow.
Train timetables and fares can be found on the RZD website.
- 1 Yaroslavl Glavny (Ярославль-Главный). The main railway station, located at the western end of ulitsa Svobody.
Yaroslavl is 266 km from Moscow and 13 trains per day make the 3-4 hour journey (500-900 руб) from Yaroslavsky Railway station in Moscow. These trains include the Trans Siberian Railway trains, departing from Moscow.
From Saint PetersburgEdit
An overnight train makes the 12-hour journey from Saint Petersburg daily. Tickets cost from 750 руб.
From other pointsEdit
Journey by elektrichka needs connection in Alexandrov, stopping in Rostov Veliky first and Sergiev Posad later - both worthwile excursions.
There are buses from Moscow Central bus station near Schyolkovskaya metro station at 08:30, 12:15, 14:15, 17:30, 23:15 daily. The journey takes 5 hours. Underway, the bus passes places such as Rostov Veliky and Sergiev Posad, both well worth a visit.
Taking the opportunity of no traffic jams from Moscow, if any, drive on Yaroslavskoye shosse aka M-8 'Kholmogory' and visit beautiful destinations en-route: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl Zalessky, Rostov Veliky. The road takes 4 hours or more, depending on traffic near Moscow.
Rides on public transport, which operate during the day and late at night and include buses, marshrutkas, and trolleybuses, costs 23-26 руб.
The most useful trolleybus is trolleybus #1, which starts at the train station, and goes all the way down Svobody, through Volkovo to Yaroslavl Red Square.
- The historical center of the city is found at the river confluence which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Architecture is mostly Classicism era of Catherine the Great.
- Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve, Bogojavlenskaja pl. 25, ☏ . Comprises six churches and three museums.
- Museum of the Yaroslavl City History, Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya d17.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya 23. 450 руб.
- Private Museum: Music and Time, Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya d33A. Established by John Mostoslavsky, a circus magician. The museum possesses a curious collection of bells, samovars, irons, phonographs and musical instruments.
- Church of Ilya the Prophet: a very impressive church, which is run like a museum. The frescoes inside are exceptionally rich in detail, and depict many of the most vivid Biblical stories. Well worth a visit. There is often a small choir performing in one of the side galleries, asking only for donations. 500 руб
- Alexander Nevskiy Chapel
- Transfiguration Cathedral
- St. John the Baptist Church: a beautiful brick church on the Volga-riverside in a dreary suburb. Well worth a small trip (you can get their with marshrutkas (about 50 руб in total) but taxis are much quicker and not that much more expensive (around 100 руб). This church is considered to be the epitome of Yaroslavl's school of church architecture - and probably the most impressive brick church of Russia, only surpassed by Saint Basil's of Moscow. 100 руб.
- Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
- St. Elijah The Prophet Church
- Kazansky Monastery
- Temple of the Lord Presentation
- Monument to the Bear
- Monument to Afonya And Plasterer Kolya
- Monument of Yaroslav the Wise
- Monument Celebrating 1000 Years of Yaroslavl
- Monument to Copeck of 1612
- Cruise over Volga.
- Tours of Smaller Golden Ring (Uglich-Myshkin-Tutayev-Rybinsk) that takes 3 days and even smaller excursions to neighboring towns.
- Be a guest of Baba-Yaga on her birthday, 26 June.
Festivals and eventsEdit
- Jazz over Volga (Джаз над Волгой), the international festival of jazz taking place every odd year since 1979 in March.
Go along Deputatskaya St and you'll find several curious shops of traditional cloths (6/1), amulets (15) and stone (15/43).
Kiosks at the museums and rooms of souvenirs inside them are another opportunity to give a look and buy something.
The best place to eat out is the Volga promenade but there is a bunch of curious restaurants:
- Ioann Vasilyevich (Иоанн Васильевич), 34 Revolutsionnaya st, ☏ . Ancient Russian cuisine.
- DudkiBar, 33 Sobinova St, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. European, Japanese and grill menus.
For more standard Russian fare, visit one of the modern 'stolovaya's' (buffets) of the Bazar chain, found all around the city. Priced very competitively.
For a dark, smoky atmosphere, you could do worse than Bar Beer, which is on the main street, just off Ploshad Volkovo, heading towards the monastery. They only sell beer: if you're looking for anything other than beer, you would be better off heading to Ars Café, which is inside a theatre next to the Bear's Corner hotel. There are three main sections to Ars Café, an upstairs, with comfortable sofas, which is often busy, a downstairs section, with dance floor and a big long table for larger groups, and a back room, which you have to pay to get into, but is very comfortable, and is primarily supposed to be used to smoke Kalyan (Shisha). Across the road from Ars Café is Tarzan, a higher end establishment, which is a restaurant by day. Dark inside, with a jungle theme. The bar Silver is on Ulitsa Svobody, near the Ulitsa Pobedy junction. Pleasant inside, with a very silver theme. They also serve food. Bristol, on Kirova, is nice, but pricey.
Aktor, a studenty bar a few years ago, has become a seedy, unpleasant place, and Cocktail Bar, next door, threaten to serve you "Cancer" (a mis-translation of Crab), but that's the least of your worries - bad vodka, appalling service, and a joke of a toilet means it's better avoided.
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- Nikolay Nekrasov: His mansion in Yaroslavl Oblast is a museum 15 km from the city.
- Tourist (Турист), 2 Lenina st (from railway station by trolleybus #3 to the stop Hotel Tourist), ☏ . Close to the Volga promenade. from 900 руб for single, 1400 руб for double.
- Parus (Парус), 4 Volzhskaya naberezhnaya (Volga Promenade), ☏ . For those who can rough it. double from 800 руб, single 1100 руб.
- Good Luck Hostel, 11 prospekt Oktyabrya, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. The first hostel in Yaroslavl. It is very hard to find, since it has no signs outside. Choose the door, where there is also a tourist agency, and press number 2. 10/8/4 bed dorm - 450 руб/500 руб/550 руб per bed.
- Hotel Kotorosl (Которосль), 87 B. Oktyabrskaya st (City center), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel Yubileynaya (Юбилейная), 26 Kotoroslnaya Naberezhnaya (City center), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 5 min from a monastery at the entrance to old town, it has 210 rooms with the Internet access, ATM and souvenir shop in the lobby.
- Volga Pearl (Волжская жемчужина), Central Volga Promenade, ☏ , , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Hotel on water 700 m from the city center with 38 rooms, Wi-Fi. 2500 руб for a single room, 4200 руб for a double up to 7600 руб for penthouse.
- Zvezdniy mini-hotel (Звездный мини-отель), 37 Pobedy st, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. The hotel in the city center with 18 rooms ranging from economy to splurge. Romantic room. from 2800 руб for single room to 5000 руб for double.
Free Wi-Fi locations abound:
- McDonald's at 119, Leningradsky Prospekt and 115, Moskovsky Prospekt.
- Kinomaks at 123, Leningradsky Prospekt.
- Mojo Coctail Club at 9, Svobody St.
- Yubileynaya hotel.
- Le Petit Cafe at 4 Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya (riverside).
- Shaiba (sport-bar) at 135, Moskovsky Prospekt.
- Rodina at 7a, Respublikanskaya St.
and many more but they may be pay Wi-Fi points.