[[Image:Krasnoyarsk railway station.jpg|thumb|250px|Krasnoyarsk, Railway Station]]
A smaller airport Cheremshanka (Черемшанка)
serves regional flights only, usually between Krasnoyarsk and the northern parts of the [[Krasnoyarsk Krai]].
Krasnoyarsk is located
on the [[Trans-Siberian Railway ]], so every day dozens of trains pass the Krasnoyarsk central railway station. It takes about 12-14 hours to get to Krasnoyarsk from [[Novosibirsk]] or [[Irkutsk]] and minimum 60 hours from [[Moscow]] or [[Vladivostok]].
There is a good network of public buses, which are quite cheap (
13 rubles in June 2011, per trip, regardless the distance). In large buses the conductor walks among the passengers and gets paid once he (or, more often, she) comes by a recently entered passenger. In a minibus (''marshrutka'', маршрутка, means the ''route bus'') the conductor sits near the driver and gets paid before passengers exit (because of this the hind door is rarely opened). In a large bus the conductor can be determined by a roll of tickets in a hand, a belt purse and, if a bus is crowded, loud demands for payment. However, without a local consultant it's rather difficult to plan a way because route maps are not usually available at bus stops, though there is a very comprehensive [http://map.yarmap.ru/krasnoyarsk online map of Krasnoyarsk ] (in Russian ) which is able to plan a complex route automatically.
The taxi companies are numerous and phone booking is very easy but the chance of that your English will be understood is very small. It is a very common case in Russia that a driver who wants to earn some money stops near your holdout hand, but in Krasnoyarsk you're strongly advised to use only authorized carriers, it is a very safe city but there is no need to risk without necessity, there are very many licensed drivers available. The licensed cars always have a yellow lamp on the roof with the chessboard- like ornament and advertisements with phone numbers on the sides.
Usually taxis are rather cheap (even if not using a meter) and rather honest, however, seeing that you're a foreigner, some drivers may try to make you pay through the nose. Half-a-city drive should not be more than 300 rubles (11 USD), if you suspect too dirty cheating, you may demonstrate your intent to complain to the driver's boss. A ride to and from the airport ranges from 900 to 1200 rubles (30-40 USD). Beware of taxi drivers that offer rides at the exit from the baggage area upon arrival, you might be robbed or ripped off.
*'''Karaulnaya Gora''' (Караульная гора, Russian for 'The Watch Hill') — a large hill with the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel (Часовня Параскевы Пятницы) on its top is a symbol of the city depicted on the 10-ruble banknote. To get there you can take a bus, in the autumn 2008 the suitable bus numbers were #32, #64, #74 and #88, and ride to ''Ploschad Pobyedy'' (Площадь Победы, Russian for ''The Victory Plaza''), from there walk the Stepana Razina Str. until you see the chapel. In the village-type surrounding area you can easily come upon criminals and drug traders, so you should better not try to walk there.
*'''Vasily Surikov Museums''' (Lenina Str. 98 and Karla Marksa Str. 36) are the museums of the one of the greatest Russian painters who was born and lived in Krasnoyarsk until he moved to Moscow to become a member of the National Academy of Arts. The first is a two-story wooden house built in 1830 by the painter's father, Vasiliy Surikov was born and lived for many years in that house, the second is a later-built one-story house holding many of his works.
*Krasnoyarsk has a lot of huge '''trade-and-entertainment centers''' where you can find cinema theaters, restaurants, cafeterias and numerous large and small shops. The major centers are: Torgovyy Kvartal (Торговый Квартал, Russian for ''Trade Block'') at Televizornaya Str. 1, Planeta (Планета, Russian for ''Planet'') at Dyevyatogo Maya Str. 77 and Luch (Луч, Russian for ''Ray'') at Karla Marksa Str. 149. Other large trading centers are Kvant (Квант, Russian for ''Quant'') at Krasnoy Armii Str. 10, Yevraziya (Евразия, Russian for ''Eurasia'') at Karla Marksa Str. 95-1 and Krasnoyarye (Красноярье, Russian for ''Places of Krasnoyarsk'') at Krasnoyarskiy Rabochiy Str. 120.
*''' Open-air concerts.''' June-September,every Saturday and Sunday. Since the beginning of June until mid-September, at the Theater Square in Krasnoyarsk city are spend
SUMMER EVENINGS. Concerts are held every Saturday and Sunday from 19 to 21 hours. In August concert began with a unique presentation of one-man band Yuri Melnikov, and continued with the performance of creative groups from Azerbaijan and Armenia. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning national dances and hear the instruments peoples of the Caucasus. For those who love to dance, Krasnoyarsk Alla studio brass hold a master class. For forty minutes you can learn some of the elements in dance style. On Sunday, guests waiting for a concert of vocal group "Diez". Winners of the International and Russian competitions will perform their best hits! And the sixth qualifying round of the project "Popstars". Participation in the contest can take anyone. Anyone who feels confident in himself, who is talented and not shy, can show himself to the public. Come to the Theater, participate, and you have a chance to win! Every Saturday and Sunday and public holidays, from 19.00 to 21.00 on a special platform installed in the Theatre Square, will be held performances of creative groups of the city and the region. All those who will come to the Theatre in the evening, within two months to hear songs, classical and retro music, as well as works by contemporary composers, jazz. For young people will take pop festivals and competitions. There will be a festival and guitar music
[[Image:Ges_b.jpg|thumb|250px|Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station]]
*'''The City Day''' is celebrated every year in June, it is a spectacular show with a street carnival of different topics each year and everning fireworks.
*'''Stolby Nature Reserve''' (Заповедник Столбы, or Pillars in English ) is famous among alpinists all over the world. Stolby covers an area of 470km² (181 square miles) with numerous giant granite rocks formations up to 100 m high, many of very extraordinary shapes: Ded (Дед, Russian for ''Grandfather''), Babka (Бабка, Russian for ''Grandmother''), Slon (Слон, Russian for ''Elephant''), Peria (Перья, Russian for ''Feathers''). The last one is the most dangerous rock, which has already taken dosens of climbers' lives. Stolby is a major rock climbing location, many local climbers intentionally do not use any belaying equipment and call their extreme sport "stolbizm", which is known around the world as free solo climbing. To get there you should take a bus to 'Turbaza' (Турбаза, Russian acronym for ''Tourist Base''), in the autumn 2008 it was #19 and #30, then you need to walk for 7 km on the asphalted road through the forest until you reach the Pervyy Stolb rock (Первый Столб, Russian for ''The First Pillar''). Most of the distance goes upwards, the last 400m of the way is rather steep, that's why tourists has called this road "Pykhtun" (Пыхтун, Russian for ''Panter''). There is also a cable car that travels to the Reserve. Check the web-site[http://www.stolby.ru/eng/] for more details.
*'''Divnogorsk city''' (Дивногорск, means "The Town of Wondrous Mountains") — 40 km West, half an hour on the jet-boat (only in summer) or by train from the central railway station (железнодорожный вокзал). The view to the river and the mountains is breath taking. A major hydroelectric dam is located there, during the water discharge in summer it looks fantastic. If you choose train then please note that there are few trains (elektrichkas) per day going there: at 6:37 AM (except Saturday and Sunday in winter), at 3:42 PM, at 6:00 PM plus an additional summer weekend train at 10:38 AM. Trains back to Krasnoyarsk are at 6:00 AM, at 8:28 AM (except Saturday and Sunday in winter), at 5:22 PM plus an additional summer weekend train at 12:18 AM. The schedule may be temporarily changed at any time.
*'''Roev Ruchey Zoo''' (Роев ручей, Russian for ''Royev's Brook'')[http://www.roev.ru/chey/] is located westward of the entrance to the Stolby Nature Reserve (one bus stop further). It is a very good zoo, where animals live in good conditions, the city children and adults love to visit it throughout the whole year. Its animal collection is one of the richest in Russia. The most famous inhabitant is a polar bear called Sedov.
Next to [[Novosibirsk]] and [[Tomsk]], Krasnoyarsk is the most prominent scientific and educational center of Siberia with more than 30 higher education facilities, many of which are the branches of the Russian Academy of Science, and about 200 high schools. The most notable higher education institutes are:
Krasnoyarsk State University (Russian abbreviation is KGU), founded in 1963 as a division of Novosibirsk State University, became a standalone university in 1969 * Krasnoyarsk State Technical University (Russian abbreviation is KGTU) , founded in 1956
* Krasnoyarsk State University of Education (Russian abbreviation is KGPU), founded in 1932
Like any industrial center, Krasnoyarsk has a large number of employment opportunities. However, salaries are low (up to 500 USD/month is 'good', 1000+USD/month is 'very good'; higher salaries are availble for top-managers or business owners only).
* '''Venezia''', Mira (Мира) street crossing Surikova Сурикова street. One of the best restaurants serving Italian cuisine. To the left of a large shopping mall called Dom Byta (Дом быта). Be careful not to miss the well hidden small door.
* '''100 Povarov''' (100 поваров), on Mira (Мира) street. Russian for "100 Cooks", this is the place to eat a lot for an average price. *'''Chaynaya Yurta''' (Чайная Юрта) near КИЦ (Lenin's museum): A tea house inside a large yurt/ger with a great atmosphere and comfy cushion seating inside. They have a huge range of teas from many different countries and regions, 150rub for a pot and free water refills. They also do excellent flame roasted and skewered chicken, meat and potatoes. One serving of chicken, potatoes and some lavosh bread is enough for 2 and will cost around 340rub. They also have pretty good taste in music here playing chill out CD's with a mongolian/tuvan vibe...... No English menus...
*'''Chaykhona''' (Чайхона)Урицкого,100: Similar to Chaynaya Yurta however in a normal building instead of a yurt. Good atmosphere, live DJ's playing down tempo and chill out in the evenings. Beer: half litre for 100rub. Cocktails available too.
* '''Bavaria'''' (Бавария), on the Square near the Opera Theater. German cuisine.
* '''Balkan Grill''' (Балкан Гриль) is behind Krasnoyarsk Opera theater, serves delicious authentic! cuisine of South-Eastern Europe.
*'''Che Guevara Bar''' (Бар Че Гевара), Profsoyuzov St. (ул. Профсоюзов) 3, building 1/35, near the Krasnoyarsk railway station.
* 'Koloradsky Papa' (Колорадский Папа) Krasnoyarsky Rabochy (пр. Красноярский рабочий, 160e* Harley's , Molokova 56 (Молокова)* The XXX , Karla Marksa (Карла Маркса), 95 building 1* Sterling * (Стерлинг) , Vzletnaya, 12 (Взлетная)*Music bar LOFT* Uritzkogo, 94 (Урицкого)
Most cinemas have night clubs as well. Actually, it quite difficult to find several adjacent blocks without at least one night club or disco.
Generally speaking, the closer to the center, the safer. Although Krasnoyarsk is a very safe place, you're not advised to look for accommodation in the suburbs; local lumpens won't make your stay pleasant. The right (southern) bank is mostly "lumpenized" except for the Predmostnaya Ploshchad' (Bridge Square, or Предмостная площадь); on the contrary, the left (northern) bank is nice except for the most distant districts.
You're strongly advised to book your accommodation beforehand (better by phone, and don't expect to find any English-speaking staff), because there are not many hotels in Krasnoyarsk, most with no on-line booking service and no English-speaking personnel. Don't expect to find Internet and hair-dryers, but be ready to meet insects and to go without hot water
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The international code for Russia is +7, the code for Krasnoyarsk is 391
(since 6 Sept. 2008). On September the 6th 2008 all Krasnoyarsk numbers had a 2 added to the beginning.
Public phones are not very common. International phones can be found in the post offices, where you prepay your talk to a cashier (English is very unlikely to be understood).
Mobile phones are carried by almost everyone, including children. Prepaid SIM cards with Russian federal number are sold for many national and local telecommunication providers: [http://www.krasnoyarsk.beeline.ru BeeLine] (Билайн), [http://www.kras.mts.ru MTS] (МТС), [http://www.etk.ru YeniseyTelecom] (Енисей Телеком), [http://www.megafonsib.ru Megafon-Krasnoyarsk] (Мегафон-Красноярск), all around the city. The mobile standard is GSM 900/1800, however some operators still provide the DAMPS service. SMS usually costs around 1
rouble ( ~5 US cents), one minute of talk is around 5 roubles ( ~20 US cents). Since July 2006 you cannot be charged for incoming calls (unless you're using the roaming) , but sometimes you need to pay a fixed price of 50 US cents for a call. For the beginning of 2008 there was a pretty good coverage from all of the major cellular providers in the city neighborhood, though do not expect the phone to work in deep uninhabited valleys as well as far from relatively large towns .
Internet cafes are not common, but Mobile GPRS in Russia is usually very cheap, 5-10 roubles (20-50 US cents) per 1 MB. There are many local ISP's who offer high-speed Internet connection via ADSL, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Wellcom (IMT-MC 450) but they all require signing an end-user agreement and very unlikely accept foreign passports and understand English as well. Modem access (usually 40-56 kbps) is much easier to buy: ''Internet cards'' can be bought in any post office and some supermarkets, they contain login, password and the ISP modem phone number. At the beginning of 2009 there were several free Wi-Fi Internet access points available in the public places:
* '''Traveler's Coffee''', Mira St. (ул. Мира) 54. Wi-Fi is about 100 rubles per 100 MB. Setting up is not instant, but as long as you get through the instructions, all is OK. Good coffee, some simple cuisine and fine lounge music are nice additions to your temporary work environment.
* '''Mama Roma''' restaurant, Mira St. (ул. Мира) 50a. You should order something (more than a cup of coffee) and ask to turn Wi-Fi on.
* '''Coffee House English School''' restaurant, on Lenin St. has a very helpful English-speaking staff and free internet terminals and wifi.
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The easiest way to travel from the city is to fly to Moscow first, and then to wherever necessary. However, there are some flights from the local airport Emelianovo to China and the nearest ex-USSR countries, or through [[Novosibirsk]] and [[Irkutsk]] which can be easily reached by train.
The neighboring region of [[Khakassia]] with its major city [[Abakan]] is 400km
West, reachable by car (M-54 road) and everyday train from the railway station.
The next stops of note on the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] are [[Achinsk]] to the west towards [[Novosibirsk]] and [[Kansk]] to the east towards [[Irkutsk]]