Neryungi

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Neryungri (Russian:Не́рюнгри, Ner-yun-gry) is a city in Yakutia.

Understand

The relatively modern coal mining town of around 65 000 people was built attractively on a hill top overlooking an enormous coal mine. The coal mine today consists of one large open pit, 5 smaller pits, and an underground section.

Get in

Close to the end of the AYaM railway that will eventually connect Tynda and Yakutsk, Neryungri railway station is about 4km from the city center.

Get around

The city is compact and can be covered on foot. A network of buses and marshrutkas also cover the town and nearby areas.

See

  • The central park and war memorial.
  • The mine site. You will need to obtain permission to enter the actual mining site, but sometimes a good story is enough to be allowed access to the adjacent maintenance sheds. In these (one is a big blue building not far from the main security checkpoint) enormous mining trucks are pulled apart and fixed.

Do

Buy

Eat

There are several restaurants and bars in the town.

Drink

Sleep

There is one hotel offering rooms for 1600 rubles (about $50 US) a night, and several smaller guest houses have much cheaper rates.

Contact

Get out

Visiting the mine is the main reason tourists come here, it is about 10km down a road on the other side of town to the railway station.

From here it is possible to catch a group taxi for the 12-16 h ride (around 3000 rubles) to Yakutsk. They usually time their departure with the arrival of trains from the south.



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