Yekaterinburg (Russian: Екатеринбу́рг yee-kuh-tee-reen-BOORK) is the capital of the Urals region of Russia.


 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -10 -7.3 0.6 9.8 17.3 22.9 24.0 20.5 14.2 5.9 -3.1 -7.5
Nightly lows (°C) -16.8 -15.2 -8.2 0.0 5.8 11.7 14.0 11.2 6.0 -0.3 -9 -13.6
Precipitation (mm) 23 19 16 28 44 69 92 68 55 39 30 25

Average of Yekaterinburg

With a population of 1.4 million people, Yekaterinburg is the 4th most populous city in Russia after Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Novosibirsk. The city was founded in 1723 by the order of Peter the Great as a metallurgical factory. It was named after the wife of Peter the Great, Yekaterina. In 1918, the last czar family was imprisoned, and later executed, in a house in Yekaterinburg which was later demolished. During World War II, the city grew rapidly as industries and people moved west to escape the war. Between 1924 and 1991, the town was known as Sverdlovsk (Свердловск), named after Communist party leader Yakov Sverdlov and signs with this name still abound, particularly at the train station.

To this day, the city retains its metallurgical roots and the metal industry is the largest contributor to the economy.

The city is situated near the Ural Mountains, the border of Europe and Asia, and there are several symbolic monuments to mark the border.

Get in

By plane

Koltsovo International Airport

By train

Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) Station

By bus

Get around

Tourist information and maps

Information stand.

You should either buy a street map from one of the many newsstands and shops in the train stations, print out a street map of Yekaterinburg, or pick up a free detailed street map from the Ekaterinburg Tourist Information Service at 8 Marta St. #21, office #2, located in the city center.

By public transport

By metro

Yekaterinburg has 1 underground metro line, connecting the city centre (stop is near the Circus) to Uralmash — a large industrial and residential area, with a stop near the main railway station. The metro is popular with locals because it is quick and inexpensive, costing RUB23 per ride. The stations are impressive, decorated with native Ural stones, granite and marble.

All stations are open between 6:00 and 24:00. Train frequency on weekdays in rush hour is 4-5 minutes; all other times and weekends it is 8-11 minutes.

Metro Stations from North to South:

Suburban Rail

Stations from North to South

By Koltsovo Express


Embankment of the City Pond

QWERTY Monument.
Sevastjanov House

Prospekt Lenina

Other Areas

The Church on the Blood.
"Mafia Cemetery".


Yekaterinburg offers plenty of cross-country skiing, with trails stretching for miles. There are some downhill skiing resorts as well. It will take you approximately 25 minutes to get to the nearest of them from the center of the city.





Leather in Russia is considered some of the best in Europe; handbags and wallets are of especially high quality. Gold jewelery, while expensive, is also very good. Markets, such as the Chinese market is good for cheap bargains.



During recent years many new cafés and restaurants have opened in Yekaterinburg, providing the usual mix of Russian/Japanese and Italian food; unfortunately the level of international cuisine is not that high.









You can pay hourly rates at the resting rooms (Komnaty Otdykha) at the main train station. To get there, walk to the eastern end of the station to the last and small set of glass doors. First door on the right should lead you to a set of stairs which will take you there.





Visa Centers

Go next

Monument "Europe-Asia".
Routes through Yekaterinburg

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