Pavlodar is a city in northeastern Kazakhstan. It is the capital of the Pavlodar Province and has a population of 318,000 (January 2009).
From Astana either by evening train or several buses a day.
From Omsk (Russia) by bus.
Flights on Air Astana are available from Astana and Almaty and on S7 from Moscow.
Long-distance and regional buses are available from most surrounding cities.
Within the city, there are many options for getting around. A fairly simple yet complete bus and marshrutka system exists as does a tram system. Taxis can be taken most places in the city for 350 tenge (2012). Outer regions of the city usually run about 400-450 tenge.
To learn more about the bus system, one can download an electronic interactive map of the city. Click on the little "A" circles, which are the bus stops, to see what buses go there.
Many things are in walking distance as well if you're looking for a little exercise.
Pavlodar is a fairly quiet and uneventful former Soviet city. The main attractions to see here are the Mosque, the Orthodox Church, and the WWII memorial park and statue.
Near the river is a nice trail to walk along that will take you south to the old River Station, which operates summer boat rides in the summer for a couple hundred tenge.
There are a number of old theaters, including the old Chekhov theater, and concert halls. There are also a few museums of interest.
The night life is quite active in Pavlodar. There are several night clubs that play mostly techno and house music, though almost all have an 80s or 90s night during the week. Most cost 1000 tenge to get in:
Bumer (Бумер) Toraigyrov street, 62 tel.: 8 (7182) 555730
Bayanaul (Баянаул) Kutuzov street, 36 tel.: 8 (7182) 460305, 546285, 546227
Karabas (Карабас) Victory Square, 25 tel.: 8 (7182) 321932
Crystal(Кристалл) Lomov street, 38 tel.: 8 (7182) 675610
159 (formerally 777) Kutuzov street, 159 tel.: 8 (7182) 572652
Like all cities, there are several major open and closed bazaars in the city. There are also several large shopping centers ("Артур", "Тулпар", and "Цум") and several large grocery store chains (GROS, Рубиком, Аманат Махх).
There is no normal hotels in this city.