Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russian: Петроп́авловск-камч́атский, pee-truh-PAHV-luhvsk kahm-CHAHT-skee) is the capital and largest city on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. It is a port city on the Avacha Bay and surrounded by high, snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. This city of roughly 200,000 residents is the principal entry point for travelers visiting the peninsula, and has good tourist infrastructure, offering anything from wildlife viewing to bear hunting to paragliding.

Understand

Winter view of Petropavlovsk's central port

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) -6 -5 -3 1 6 11 14 15 13 7 0 -4
Nightly lows (°C) -11 -10 -8 -3 1 5 9 10 7 2 -4 -8
Precipitation (mm) 69 59 52 53 49 57 75 99 100 133 81 68

Averages of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky shares the same parallels as Manchester and Dublin, but is harsher climate-wise. In summer the daily temperatures happen to reach 25-30°C. Rains are frequent at daytime with mists that occur in evenings. Winters are mitigated by the sea and are much milder than the rest of Siberia. Snow blizzards and cyclones bring warm temperatures to 0...+1°C. The end of January and beginning of February are frosty, often about -20 °C. The closest analogues in climate are Alaska's Anchorage and Juneau.

Get in

By plane

The only practical way to reach Kamchatka is the Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky airport in Yelizovo, 16 kilometres north-west of the city.

Most visitors arrive on the Aeroflot flight from Moscow, but S7 and Vladivostok Air offer a 3-hour flight from Vladivostok (10,000 RUB). There is also a regular connection to Khabarovsk by SAT Airlines. The Aeroflot flight is on an A330, S7 and Vladivostok Air use A320s.

Other possible destinations include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk. Beginning in July 2012, service will begin to Anchorage on Vladivostok Air.

Bus #113 goes from the airport to the city center for 25 RUR; a taxi would cost about 500 RUR ($20).

By road

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the second largest mainland city in the world that is unreachable by road from any other noticeable city, behind Iquitos in Peru. However, a handful of roads on the peninsula connect the city with its airport (in Yelizovo), and with the closed city of Vilyuchinsk.

Get around

Volcan Koriacky in background

Most things of interest within the city are located within a compact area that can be covered on foot. The central square Teatralnaya is a venue for all major city events. Out of the square are running up three main streets: Leninskaya, Sovetskaya and Partizanskaya. There are also cheap buses and minbuses operating fixed routes throughout the city, mostly along the main road (fare as at July 2011 was 16 Rubles flat fare, pay driver as you alight).

See

Events

On the first weekend of September the city hosts the Festival of Bard songs.

Do

Krasnaya Sopka (red hill) next to the city

Other things to do

Buy

Some shops accept credit cards, but acceptance is not widespread. Most Bankomats (ATMs) limit cash withdrawals to either 6,000 or 10,000 Rubles - note that some will levy a 2% fee in addition to whatever your own bank charges. As at July 2011 Rosbank, Gazprom Bank and Bank of Moscow did not levy a fee. The Bankomat at the airport has a 20,000 Ruble limit, but charges 2%.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Connect

Wi-Fi

The list of pay wi-fi locations:

Go next

Public transportation in Kamchatka is limited to buses. The main bus station is on Pobedy Prospect and offers daily services (in high season) to Esso, Oktyabrsky, Milkovo, and Ust-Kamchatsk. Be sure to get to the ticket office early in the morning. It opens at 8:00AM.

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