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Novgorod The Great is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It was first mentioned in the manuscripts as early as 859.


The city of Novgorod The Great (Novgorod Veliky) is located between Moscow and Saint Petersburg; its population is estimated at 230,000 people; it is one of the most culturally important cities in Russia.


Novgorod was first mentioned in the manuscripts as early as 859. Together with Kiev, Novgorod was a very important cultural, social and economical centre in Rus'.

Get In

By plane

Novgorod Airport (IATA code: NVR) is currently not operational. It was a busy airport during USSR, but then, due to country's economical situation, had to cease its operations. It has reopened in 1998 with a daily flight to Moscow's Sheremetyevo I (on Yak-40 fleet). This charter flight also came to an end in late 1999.

By train

Train is usually the cheapest way of getting to and from Novgorod. The station is located at the west end of the city center, within 15 minutes' walk of the Detinets (Kremlin). Note that for the elektrichka trains from/to St. Petersburg (train number begins with a 6), tickets can only be purchased on the day of travel, there are no assigned seats, and the cost is about 250 Rubles.

From Saint Petersburg, two trains daily from Moskovskiy Vokzal terminal for suburban trains. The seats are not very comfortable, but there is a lot of leg-room space and the windows are there to enjoy the scenery. In between the wagons it is also allowed to smoke.

Train #6905 departs St. Petersburg at 08:13 and arrives Novgorod 11:49

Train # 801 departs St. Petersburg at 17:18 and arrives Novgorod 20:24

Train #6916 departs Novgorod at 16:55 and arrives St. Petersburg 20:54

Train # 802 departs Novgorod at 08:05 and arrives St. Petersburg 11:21

From Saint Petersburg, one daily from Vitebskiy Vokzal. It is the slowest of the trains from St. Petersburg.

Train #6685 departs St. Petersburg at 07:53 and arrives Novgorod 13:02

Train #638E departs Novgorod at 17:13 and arrives St. Petersburg 22:12

From Moscow, daily overnight train run from Leningradskii Vokzal and arrive in Novgorod early in the morning. This train is more comfortable, with seats designed for both sitting and sleeping. Personal suites for 2 or 4 are also available.

By bus

Several buses run daily from Saint Petersburg Bus Terminal to Novgorod, with a travel time of about 3.5 hours. Buses to Moscow run only during the summertime, but the trip is way too long and inconvenient.

Get Around

By Bus

Novgorod has both bus and trolleybus systems. Running approximately every 5 minutes, buses and trolleybuses will get you to every part of the city.

By cab

Like almost everywhere in Russia you can wave your arm and a car will stop to take you anywhere in town. You can cross the whole center for 80 roubles (3 USD).

By Foot

Novgorod is a walking-friendly city, and if you like long walks, everything in the city is within walking distance. The advantage is also that you have a chance to see the beautiful architecture of the city.


Main Sites

  • Kremlin
  • Sophia Square
  • Monument of the Millennium of Russia


  • Beresta Palace, Ul. Studentechskaya 2 (North of the city center on the east side of the river,), +7 (8162) 94-09-10 (), [1]. Novgorod's top class hotel, with the most amenities, a moderate distance from the city center. Singles starting at 3000 Rubles.
  • Intourist Hotel, 16 Velikaya St (On the river north of the Kremlin), +7 (8162) 77-42-36 (, fax: +7 (8162) 77-41-57), [2]. Singles starting at 1500 Rubles.
  • Sadko Hotel, Ul. Fedorovsky Ruchei (Across the river from the Kremlin, about a 30-40 minute walk from the train station), +7 (8162) 66-09-20 (, fax: +7 (8162) 60-30-17). Mid-range, clean, renovated 3-star hotel with restaurant. Price starts at about 2000 for a single, including breakfast..
  • Volkov Hotel, Ul. Predtechenskaya 24 (Between the train station and the Kremlin, about a 10-minute walk from each.), +7 (8162) 33-55-48 (, fax: +7 (8162) 33-55-51). Mid-range 3-star hotel
  • Akron Hotel, Ul. Predtechenskaya 24 (Next to the Volkov Hotel but with a separate entrance), +7 (8162) 73-69-08, 73-69-12 (, fax: +7 (8162) 73-69-18). One of the less expensive decent options in the city center, at about 1500 Rubles for a single.



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