Yaroslavl (Ярославль) is the capital city of Yaroslavl Oblast in Russia and a point on Golden Ring itinerary.


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.

Get in

By train

Yaroslavl station

Train timetables and fares can be found on the RZD website.

From Moscow

Yaroslavl is 266km from Moscow and 13 trains per day make the 3-4 hour journey (RUB500-900) from Yaroslavsky Railway station in Moscow. These trains include the Trans Siberian Railway trains, departing from Moscow.

From Saint Petersburg

An overnight train makes the 12-hour journey from Saint Petersburg daily. Tickets cost from RUB750.

From other points

Journey by elektrichka needs connection in Alexandrov. Daily trains include other destinations of Arkhangelsk, Ivanovo, Vorkuta, Cherepovets, and Tolyatti.

By bus

There are buses from Moscow Central bus station near Schyolkovskaya metro station at 8.30, 12.15, 14.15, 17.30, 23.15 daily. The journey takes 5 hours.

By car

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.

By plane

Tunoshna Airport (Аэропорт Туношна)), (IATA: IAR), ++7 4852 43-18-00, is 18km southeast of the city centre. There are regular flights to Saint Petersburg and Arkhangelsk and there are seasonal flights to Sochi.

Get around

Elijah the Prophet Church

Rides on public transport, which operate during the day and late at night and include buses, marshrutkas, and trolleybuses, costs RUB16-25.

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.


Tolga monastery

Religious buildings



Festivals and events


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:


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. Be warned though, they ONLY sell beer. If you're looking for anything other than beer, you would be better off heading to Ars Café (yes, it was funny the first few times I heard it as well), which is located 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. Relatively recently, the new bar "Silver" opened 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. As you walk past, be sure to listen out for the George Michael blaring from the speakers on the outside of the building.

Aktor, a studenty bar a few years ago, has now 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.



His mansion in Yaroslavl Oblast is a museum 15 km off the city.







Free wi-fi locations abound

and many more but they may be pay wi-fi points.

Go next

Take an elektrichka to Rostov Veliky or Alexandrov.

Routes through Yaroslavl

Moscow Alexandrov  W  E  Kirov Yekaterinburg

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