Samara

For other places with the same name, see Samara (disambiguation).
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Samara (Russian: Сама́ра suh-MAH-ruh), the sixth largest city in Russia and capital of an eponymous region, lies on the Volga River in European Russia. It is a major economic, industrial and cultural centre and has a population of over 1,164,000.

Understand

Samara was officially founded in 1586 with the construction of a Russian fortress on the Volga. However, settlement there had been mentioned since at least the 14th century. During World War II, Samara, then named Kuibyshev, was the second capital of USSR. The city's growth was stimulated during the war due to its proximity to Moscow but distance from the war zone; several government offices were evacuated to Kuibyshev when Moscow was under threat. The post-war development of the Volga-Urals oilfield also helped. Kuibyshev reverted to being Samara in 1991.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) -7.8 -6.8 -0.4 11.8 20.7 24.9 26.2 24.1 17.8 8.7 -0.6 -5.4
Nightly lows (°C) -14.2 -13.6 -7.4 2.8 9.7 14.6 16.3 14.1 8.9 2.2 -5 -10.9
Precipitation (mm) 46 35 33 39 32 58 64 52 45 52 54 51

Average of Samara

As a cultural centre, Samara has attracted several famous creative Russians. The likes of writers Tolstoy and Gorky, painters Ilya Repin, Vasily Surikov and Ivan Aivazovsky, and revolutionaries Michael Frunze and Vladimir Lenin have all lived in the city. Even Alexandre Dumas visited in 1858, he describes his whole journey, including his impressions of Samara, in "From Paris to Astrakhan".

Get in

By plane

By bus

By train

Samara's train station is a clear sign of its oil wealth

By boat

By car

If traveling by own car, Samara is along the M5 Highway, also known as Ural Highway. Distance from Moscow is just over 1000 km.

Get around

The Samara Metro is a convenient way of zipping across the city. However, it remains underdeveloped and comprises one line that runs east to west.

Samara metro map

See

The beach by Volga in the city center. Visit the space museum. Visit the shopping street Leningradskaya.

Old Samara

Church of St. George
St. Basil's Cathedral

Volga Embankment

Zhigulevsky Brewery

Oktyabrsky district

Promyshlennyy rayon (Industrial district)

IL-2 aircraft

Krasnoglinskiy rayon

Museums

Military History Museum

Do

Shopping center Avrora
Vertikal Plaza Shopping center

Night life in Samara is quite joyful. The main dance clubs are: Beerja (Stock Exchange), KINUP, Zvezda (Star), Aura (The Aura), Postel (The Bed), Long Bar. There are many restaurants and bars in Samara. The pricing for clubbing are the same or even higher than in Europe and Americas, though not so high as in Moscow.

Drink

Drink original Zhigulyovskoye beer in Na dne bar or in posh U Vakano restaurant (both located in Volzhskiy prospekt, 4, near the old brewery).

Sleep

Connect

Consulates

Visa Centers

Go next

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