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For other places with the same name, see Samara (disambiguation).

World Cup 2018 Samara was one of the hosting cities for the biggest event in soccer—the Fifa World Cup. See more information here.

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Samara (Russian: Сама́ра suh-MAH-ruh), the sixth largest city in Russia and capital of an eponymous region, lies on the Volga River in European Russia. It is a major economic, industrial and cultural centre and has a population of over 1,164,000. It will be one of the 11 Russian cities to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Samara was officially founded in 1586 with the construction of a Russian fortress on the Volga. However, settlement there had been mentioned since at least the 14th century.

During World War II, Samara, then named Kuibyshev, was the second capital of USSR. The city's growth was stimulated during the war due to its proximity to Moscow but distance from the war zone; several government offices were evacuated to Kuibyshev when Moscow was under threat. The city has also became one of the principal aircraft manufacturers due to Voronezh Aviation Factory, as well as part of Moscow Aviation Institute (this part has eventually grown into Kuybyshev Aviation Institute and later Samara State Aerospace University) evacuated there. More than 74% of the famous Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik battle planes have been produced in Kuibyshev.

During the post-war period evacuated aircraft industry and scientific base, as well as development of the Volga-Urals oilfield, helped Samara to grow rapidly and become one the most important centers of aerospace science and industry. The city has contributed a lot to Soviet achievements during the Space Race. Due to this strategic importance, Kuibyshev was closed for foreigners till the very dissolution of the USSR.

Kuibyshev reverted to being Samara in 1991 and is now available for tourists, but due to the above-mentioned reasons its tourist infrastructure is not so well-developed. Hopefully, the FIFA World Cup should greatly improve this situation.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -7.8 -6.8 -0.4 11.8 20.7 24.9 26.2 24.1 17.8 8.7 -0.6 -5.4
Nightly lows (°C) -14.2 -13.6 -7.4 2.8 9.7 14.6 16.3 14.1 8.9 2.2 -5 -10.9
Precipitation (mm) 46 35 33 39 32 58 64 52 45 52 54 51

Average of Samara

As a cultural centre, Samara has attracted several famous creative Russians. The likes of writers Tolstoy and Gorky, painters Ilya Repin, Vasily Surikov and Ivan Aivazovsky, and revolutionaries Michael Frunze and Vladimir Lenin have all lived in the city. Even Alexandre Dumas visited in 1858, he describes his whole journey, including his impressions of Samara, in "From Paris to Astrakhan".

Get in[edit]

Samara's railway station is a clear sign of its oil wealth

By plane[edit]

The city is served by Kurumoch International Airport (IATA: KUF) "website" which has international connections from Dubai, Frankfurt and Prague. Domestic, there are up to ten depatures daily from Moscow as well as direct flights to Samara from many other major Russian cities including Saint Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Perm and Rostov-on-Don .

Aeroexpress trains as of may-2020 do not operate.

There are buses linking Samara and airport:

  • bus 78 "Barboshina polyana" a.k.a "polyana Frunze" - "Bereza" township (located near Kurumoch airport)
  • bus 652 "Samara railway station" or "Samara central bus station"(depending on bus) - "Togliatti" city. Check bus direction (ask bus driver) to avoid Togliatti, it's 120km from Samara.
  • bus 406 "Barboshina polyana" a.k.a "polyana Frunze" - "New buyan" village. Check bus direction (ask bus driver) to avoid "New buyan", it's 70km from Samara.
  • bus 392 "Bereza" township - "Voskresenka" village. This bus goes through all Samara city and further, so mind your bus stop. Tickets can be purchased in the bus. Depart every 20 minutes. The trip takes 1 hour.

Typical bus operating hours are 07:00 - 21:00. You can find actual information in 2GIS Samara map locating a Kurumoch bus stop. Also you can find actual info at airport information centre. Bus timetable

In the evening and at night, it is much more reliable to use a taxi. The trip cost in Uber, Yandex.Taxi or Gett varies from 800 to 1000 rubles per car.

By train[edit]

Wikitravel has a guide to Trans-Siberian Railway.

Samara is a major railway junction and almost all trains connecting with South Urals and Central Asia call here. There are at least five departures every day from Moscow, including the Zhiguli branded deluxe train. Journey times varies between 14-20 hours depending on train. Another branded train, Samara, is avalible from Saint Petersburg every second day taking just over 23 hours to Samara and going further to Ufa. Most other major cities in central Russia also have overnight trains to Samara. The once-weekly Sibirjak train originating in Berlin calls here, a neat journey of four nights. It's also possible to get on this train in Warsaw and Minsk. You can plan your trip by train there Russian Railways site

By bus[edit]

A cheaper alternative is to travel by over-night buses which are avalible from most nearby cities such Nizhny Novgorod, Saratov, Perm and Moscow. You can find timetable there: (only in Russian)

By car[edit]

If traveling by own car, Samara is along the M5 Highway, also known as Ural Highway. Distance from Moscow is just over 1000 km.

By cruise[edit]

During the summer season, cruise ships operate along the Volga river to Kazan, Saratov, Volgograd etc.

Get around[edit]

  • The city public transport includes buses, "marshrutka" minibuses, trolleybuses, trams, and one relatively small metro line.
  • As of May-2020, the fare is RUB 32 (approx. $0.4) everywhere. Tickets can be paid by cash, as well as by card/NFC, to the driver or check-taker.
  • Intraurban traffic of Samara also includes suburban trains and riverboats.
  • Using public transport in Samara is more convenient with the "Pribyvalka-63" application for iOS and Android. It shows the transport arrival time, helps to orient in the urban environment and to find the route between two points, and also shows local events around you. "Pribyvalka-63" can be installed from the AppStore and Google Play for free. The application supports Russian, English and Spanish.

By bus[edit]

Samara bus network has a wide variety of routes. You can plan your journey using Google Maps or Yandex Maps or 2GIS applications (available for Android and iOS). Additionally, you can in realtime monitor you trip in Samara using web bus map or corresponding applications.

By tram[edit]

Samara has an extensive tram network which is the most well-developed and widely used public transportation system in the city and allows to move between many places of interest rather quickly, especially during traffic jams. However, the lines closest to the Volga embankment are located relatively far (~1 km) from it, but it is not so difficult to get there on foot, for example, from "Samarskaya Square" tram stop. "Samara metro and tram map"

By metro[edit]

The Samara Metro is a convenient way of zipping across the city. However, it remains underdeveloped and comprises one line that runs east to west and not yet even linked with the Vokzal train station. "Samara metro and tram map"

By taxi[edit]

Typically, you cannot get a taxi on the street - nobody stops. Usually taxis are ordered via phone and applications: Uber, Yandex taxi, Gett.

By carsharing[edit]

There is one carsharing "Delimobil". The price is floating 6-8rub/min for rent with 2-3rub for standby. Allowed parking zone does not cover all Samara - check it in Delimobil app before parking.

By cruise[edit]

From May 18th, 2018 a speed boat Samara (riverboat station, here ) -Togliatti (riverboat station, here) goes into operation. There is a great opportunity to enjoy "Russian Switzerland" by boat. Timetable (in Russian). Fare is 500rub/person.

From May 10th, 2018 a cruising boat across Samara (riverboat station, here ) goes into operation. Timetable is: 12:15, 14:15, 16:15, 18:15, 20:15.A cruise lasts 1,5hrs. Fare is 350-400rub (adult) 220-270rub (child).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Samara Embankment in the city center. A large bike and pedestrian zone more than 5 kilometers in length offering impressive landscape of the Volga river and plenty of entertainment. You can have a Virtual tour on embankment
  • "Souyz" space rocket and "Samara Cosmos" space museum telling the history of Kuibyshev as one of the pioneering aerospace industry centers. Museum web site (in Russian) Have a virtual tour
  • "Kuibyshev square" - largest square in Europe, even greater than Red square in Moscow Have a virtual tour
  • Samara square and Glory square - a great view on Volga and Samara symbol. Have a virtual tour
  • Samara circus with good sightseeing viewpoint Have a virtual tour
  • Pushkin garden with good sightseeing viewpoint too Have a virtual tour
  • "Bunker of Stalin" - russian leader in 1920-1950s. website (Russian)
  • Strukovskiy garden - small and quiet place to relax Have a virtual tour
  • Leningradskaya pedestrian street, "Samara's Arbat" Have a virtual tour
  • Zagorodny garden - large forest relax place near Volga Entrance is there
  • An atmosphere of old town in Samara - just dedicate one sunny day and walk around. Have a virtual tour
  • Get a tour on Volga river across Samara (april-october, 2 hrs, ~400rub),
  • Visit a cat cafe and interact with a lot of cats.
  • Visit a sightseeing place "Vertolyotnaya ploschadka" ("Helicopter place"). It is remote from Samara but provides a great view on Volga.location
  • Gagarin garden - small garden in the city center Entrance is there
  • Samara-arena stadium with walking avenue location

Also there is a lot of sightseeing artifacts, monuments, etc. You can find a list of them here (in Russian) - just choose by picture and follow the coordinates there.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Samara Tourist Information Centre (TIC) runs a 3-hour guided tour [8] (in Russian) every Saturday afternoon, departing at 1pm from Samara railway station (500₽ for adults, 450₽ for children up to 12 years old). The tour includes a visit to Stalin's Bunker (which is not open to individual visitors).
  • Night life in Samara is quite joyful. The main dance clubs are: Artifact, Yar Bar, KINUP, Van Gogh, Dorogaya ya perezvonju(Darling, I'll call you later), Harat's . There are many restaurants and bars in Samara. The pricing for clubbing are the same or even higher than in Europe and Americas, though not so high as in Moscow.
  • Study Russian at SSU, 1, Ak.Pavlova 209 m/m, 443011 Samara, Russia, +7(846)2780908, [1]. Study Russian while experiencing real Russian culture and traditions!Programmes for individual students and groups meeting particular needs. Certification of Russian as a Foreign Language at different levels.  edit

Samara 2020 Festivals calendar[edit]

as of may-2020, due to coronavirus all festivals are canceled for 2020.

this calendar will help you plan your journey and activities:

  • World Cup 2018 football activities - Jun-Jul 2018.
  • Victory Day (9 May) - 9 May 2018. Wide celebration on Kuibyshev sq/embankment
  • Russia Day - 12 June 2018. Wide celebration on Kuibyshev sq/embankment
  • Samara city birthday - 1st or 2nd weekdays of September
  • New year eve - December 31st-January 7th. Large celebration on Kuibyshev square.
  • "Maslennitsa" traditional ceremony - 12-18 Feb 2018. Large celebration on Kuibyshev square.
  • "Grushinskiy" festival near Samara - first week of August (9-12 August).
  • "Barabany mira" (baraban of the world) - 25 Jun-01 Jul 2018.
  • "Protoka" festival of world national music. 17-19 August 2018.
  • "Kreschenskie kupania" (traditional russian swimming in ice-holes in Volga river) - 18-19 January 2018.
  • Volga quest - race on dogs. 10-18 February 2018.
  • Naval Forces day - 28 July 2018. Naval forces parade and celebration on embankment.
  • Aviation Forces day - August 12-23, depending on year. Avia forces parade and celebration on embankment.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Typical souvenirs are related to aerospace and sightseeings. You can find souvenir shops using Yandex Maps or Google Maps or 2GIS

Eat[edit][add listing]

In Samara, there are hundreds of restaurants in which different national cuisines are represented: European, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Jewish, Tatarian, Georgian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and, of course, traditional Russian. Three unique Samara dishes: ukha, okroshka and Volga crayfish.

  • Benjamin (Бенджамин), ул. Куйбышева, 103, +7 (846) 990 15 76, [2]. Cosy café filled with Americana, offering diner-style fare as well as cakes and pastries.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The most notable speciality in Samara is undoubtedly the famous Zhigulevskoye beer that was originally produced right here by the eponymous brewery founded in 1881. It is a traditional lager beer with 11% original extract and 4.5% of alcohol. The best place to try it is so-called "Dno" ("Дно", "Bottom"): Volzhsky prospect, 4, where it is on draught directly from the brewery. There is a bar where one can enjoy a mug or two of great beer, and in the neighbouring building closer to the river there is a booth with a tap where you can be provided with as much Zhigulevskoye as you can carry for the lowest price in the city (RUB 71 per litre). The tap booth both allows pouring beer into your own bottles and sells new empty ones, a 1.5L bottle costs RUB 10.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Guests of Samara and Samara region can choose any accommodation type: from five-star hotels to suburban recreation centers and private housing.

  • Renaissance Samara Hotel, Novo-Sadovaya St. 162, +7 (846) 277 8340, [4]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. Smart business hotel. Centrally located, broadband internet. 24-hour business center, gym, indoor pool, massage, bowling alley and billiards."  edit


Tourist Information Centres (TIC)[edit]

  • Kurumoch Airport TIC, (situated in the arrivals hall of the airport terminal building), +7 89063467178, [5].  edit
  • Samara railway station TIC, +7 89063467180, [6].  edit
  • Volga Plaza TIC, 8th Floor, Volga Plaza (Волга Плаза), 1B Red Army Street (Красноармейская д.1Б), Samara 443010 (next to Strukovsky Park), +7 (846) 207-0738 (), [7]. Mon-Fri 9AM - 6PM.  edit


  • It-flag.png Italy (Honourary Consulate), Stepan Razin street, 71A, +7 (846) 310-6401, 310-6403, +7 (846) 271-1820 (mobile) (, fax: +7 (846) 310-6402). Mon-Fri 9AM - 4PM.  edit

Visa Centers[edit]

  • Bu-flag.png Ez-flag.png Da-flag.png Gr-flag.png Ic-flag.png Mt-flag.png Sp-flag.png Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Malta, and Spain (EU Visa Center), Sadovaya street, 263. Mon-Fri 9AM - 4PM.  edit

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