Kerch is a Russian city (population 147000) on the Kerch Peninsula of eastern Crimea.
The nearest international airport is located at Simferopol (200 km westward from Kerch). If you prefer air travel you can get to Kerch via Simferopol, follow these steps:
If you have both Russian and Ukrainian visas you can get to Kerch via international airport in Krasnodar. There are international bus routes that connect Krasnodar and Crimea. It takes 4 hours to get from Krasnodar to Port Kavkaz, then up to a few hours (depends on queue size) to traverse Kerch Strait using Kerch ferry line and pass Russian—Ukrainean border, then 30 minutes to get to Kerch Central Bus Station.
Kerch has frequent intercity bus connections with other destinations in Crimea and southern Ukraine.
Kerch ferry line
Kerch ferry line transports cars, passengers and cargo trains across Kerch Strait. The ferry line crosses Ukrainian—Russian border, so you'll have to pass border control procedures on both sides of Kerch Strait.
The Ukrainian harbor is Port Krym, located at eastern outskirts of Kerch. Port Krym is connected with Kerch Central Bus Station (Avtovokzal) by marshrutka bus line #1.
The ferry harbor on Russian side is Port Kavkaz that has an intercity bus connection with Krasnodar. It takes about 4 hours to get to Port Kavkaz from Krasnodar.
If you are travelling on your own car keep in mind that the ferry line is usually overloaded at summer due to a high season, you may spend up to 8 hours in a queue though the ferry transfer itself takes about 25 minutes.
All places near the city center are accessible by foot walk. If you need to get to a distant district or a sea beach on the outskirts then marshutka buses are your best friends. The price is usually written on a paper sheet inside the bus. Typical price is 2—3 grivens (UAH).
The are trolleybus lines in Kerch that connect Kerch Central Bus Station (Avtovokzal) with Kerch Train Terminal and Voykov Metal Works factory.
Taxi in Kerch typically costs 20 grivens for taking a cab and then 3 grivens per each kilometer (as of 2011). There are always a few cabs available at Kerch Central Bus Station.
At summer season you can take a rest on a sea beach, however most of them are located at the outskirts. Also, there are a few mud-cure sources near the city.
You can choose from a wide range of fresh fish. Smoked gobies (bychki vyalenye) is one of the most popular beings, particularly good with beer. At winter salted anchovy is available on the market.
There is a wide selection of restaurants on the high street although not all of them are open until late.
Crimea region is famous for its wines. Local wine stores offer a wide range of Crimean wines.
There are several hotels in the city. A number of summer resorts are located at the suburbs. At summer season many of the locals offer a house or a room for rent.