Yaroslavl is a well known city within Russia, but unfortunately is not so well known to the wider World. Unlike other Russian cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl has no major international airports or ports through which international visitors can gain easy access.
The former military airport of Tunoshna lies just 11 miles (18 km) south east of Yaroslavl and if this small international airport were to be expanded to accommodate more commercial passenger flights, then visiting Yaroslavl would be much easier for the tourist.
For tourists wishing to visit Yaroslavl, currently the main point of entry is either through Moscow or St. Petersburg, and then via road, rail or waterway. To enter Russia, many tourists require a visa, check here for information about Russia Visas (and transit cards).
Many foreign visitors to Yaroslavl arrive on a River Volga cruise, whilst others are on a Golden Ring tour.
Yaroslavl is located 155 miles (250 km) north east of Moscow. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to drive from Moscow to Yaroslavl, however, it could take longer - depending on the notoriously busy roads in and around Moscow. Check here for details of how to get from Moscow to Yaroslavl. Unfortunately we are not able to arrange travel from Moscow to Yaroslavl.
Yaroslavl is connected to most major Russian cities by rail - and it takes approximately 4 hours to travel to Yaroslavl from Moscow by train.
Yaroslavl is well worth more than a quick one day visit - and there are several hotels and apartments that range in price to suit most visitors. Click here for a list of hotels, and contact us if you’d like to arrange a stay in an apartment in Yaroslavl.
There are many interesting places to visit in Yaroslavl, and some of its main attractions are detailed here. There are of course many more interesting places in Yaroslavl to visit, and we would strongly recommend that you take the time to explore the city fully.
Large scale tourism is something relatively recent to Russia as a whole, and Yaroslavl in particular. You will find a few tourist style shops in the city centre and near the boat station, and you will also find some great market stalls selling a host of tourist souvenirs.
English is not widely spoken, however more and more people are now able to understand it - especially the younger generation. Many restaurants now also include an English Language menu, but you cannot expect this everywhere in the city. And in occasionally the English Language menu might not make a lot of sense as the translation often isn’t very good.
The city centre contains several shops, a large market, restaurants, etc. - however on the outskirts of the town you will find supermarkets (such as Globus and Real) which both stock all sorts of food, etc, and is easily comparable with any supermarket in Europe or America. If you are shopping in one of the local markets, try to take a local with you to do the buying on your behalf, as it has been known for unsuspecting tourists to be charged a lot more than a local would need to pay.
The Russian Ruble, is standard currency used throughout Russia, and there are various banks and agencies who will exchange US dollars or Euros into Rubles. There is a more limited range of banks and agencies that will also exchange other currencies such as UK pounds. Make sure you shop around as the exchange rate can be very different at different banks and agencies. If you have a suitable debit or credit card that works using an ATM, there are plenty of ATM’s around Yaroslavl. Make sure you let your bank know that you are visiting Russia before you leave home, so they are not surprised, and block the card.
If you are thinking of visiting Yaroslavl, the following sites provide some useful information, and also many reviews from tourists who have previously visited Yaroslavl:
A useful site if you want to study the Russian Language in Yaroslavl is here (The site also contains very useful comments about the City from students who have spent time studying there).
It is always advisable to consult the Foreign Office of your government about any travel issues when visiting another country. For example, advice from the United Kingdom Foreign Office about visiting Russia is listed here.