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Novorossiysk is a port city in Krasnodar Krai with population 230,000.


Aerial view of Novorossiysk


In the times of the Ancient Greeks, here was the site of Bata of the Bosporan Kingdom, a colony that specialized in the grain trade. It was settled by Adyghe tribes and later conquered by the Mongols. From 1722 to the Russo-Turkish war in 1829, the area was controlled by the Ottomans. In 1855, English and French fleets unsuccessfully besieged the fort during the Crimean war. In late 1942, the area was occupied by the Germans.

A naval base is under construction and is scheduled to be completed by 2020.


The city is situated on a 25km bay and is formed as an amphitheater by surrounding mountains protecting it from the cold air coming from the continent. The river Tsemes runs through the city.


Novorossiysk has a humid subtropical climate. In winter, the air masses from the north take hold of the city while in the summer the air is of tropical origin. The cold weather lasts from November to March and three-day storms with severe wind are pretty common. The clouds of cold air rolling over the mountains look like giant candyfloss and temperatures drop 10-15 degrees in a few hours.

The average temperature of July is 23.7C and is 2.3C in January. The bay is prone to tornadoes and storms in August.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Anapa Airport (IATA: AAQ) is 63km northwest of the city. The airport serves regular flights to Moscow, Sochi, and Simferopol as has seasonal flights to most major cities in Russia.

Krasnodar International Airport (IATA: KRR) is 165km km east of the city and offers additional flight options.

By train[edit]

A train departs Moskva Kazansky terminal in Moscow every day at 2:18PM arriving in Novorossiysk at 12:55 the next day (22.5 hours, From RUB2,500). There are 2 other daily trains from Moscow, but they are much slower, taking up to 37 hours. From Saint Petersburg, there are departures every second day during summer (41.5 hours, From RUB3,200).

Other Russian cities with rail connections include Kazan (45 hours), Nizhny Novgorod (42½ hours), Perm (59 hours), Yekaterinburg (60 hours), and Arkhangelsk (52 hours, From RUB2,600).

From Krasnodar, there are four daily commuter trains leaving for Novorossiysk taking 3-4 hours.

The train station is one of the oldest in Russia, built in 1898.

By bus[edit]

Buses operate approximately every 3 hours between Novorossiysk and Krasnodar (RUB350, 3.5 hours). Daily buses also operate to/from Sochi (8 hours, RUB400).

By sea[edit]

Hydrofoils offer service to/from Sochi (3-5 hours, RUB1,800) in the summer. In summer 2019 this sea travel option was not available.

Get around[edit]

There is a network of trolleybus, bus, and marshrutka services.

See[edit][add listing]


  • Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum, Emb. Im. Admirala Serebryakova 2A. A huge former battleship, now a museum.  edit
  • Ruins of the Palace of Culture
  • Novorossiysk Historical Museum Reserve
  • Cement Industry Museum
  • Gagarin Planetarium
  • Novorossiysk Dolphinarium Sea Life
  • Novorossiysk State Historical Museum Reserve
  • Prima-Yug Art Gallery


  • Malaya Zemlja V Novorossijske Memorial Complex - The site of a historical World War II battle.
  • Monument Ensemble Line of Defense
  • Monument to Sailors of Revolution
  • Exodus Monument
  • Monument to the Wifes of Sailors
  • Monument to the Unknown Sailor
  • Torpedo Boat Memorial
  • Monument to the Founders of Novorossiysk
  • Monument to the Fallen in the Undeclared War
  • Monument to the Fishermen
  • Brezhnev Statue
  • Lenin Statue

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Beach activities including sunbathing, diving, and yachting.


  • Vladamir Lenin Park of Culture and Leisure

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Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Prival Hostel (Хостел Привал), Mefodiyevskaya ul. 1, +7 861 770 8236.  edit


  • Brigantina (Бригантина), 18 Anapskoye shosse, +7 861 721 6373, +7 861 761 1743 (, fax: +7 861 721 6446).  edit
  • Okean Hotel (Океан), 29 Geroyev Disantnikov st, +7 861 723 4926, +7 861 723 3603 (fax: +7 861 723 0040).  edit


  • Novorossiysk (Новороссийск), 2 Isayeva st, +7 861 7606505, +7 861 7631584 (, fax: +7 861 763 1559), [1]. from 3100RUB.  edit




  • Gr-flag.png Greece, Mira street 13, +7 861 7646485, 646452 (fax: +7 861 764 6435). M-F 9AM-3:30PM.  edit

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