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Understand
==Understand==
Most of It depends on whom you run into, but most people on in the streets probably won't probably speak English with you if you need help. Don't think of them as being rude or not hospitableunfriendly. Many of young people can speak English but they are afraid of talking to foreigners, and older people tend not to speak foreign languages at all. It may sound ridiculous but it's true. It's just a matter of whom you run into. HoweverHence, it's is recommended to go to Novosibirsk with someone who understands Russian or to learn some Russian before you go. Older people tend not to speak foreign languages at all but it really depends on whom you run into. There are a lot of people who can communicate in English. So it's just a matter of you luck.
==Weather==
Flights are handled by the '''Tolmachevo Airport''' [http://tolmachevo.ru], 16km away from city center. S7 Airlines is the major airline here and have domestic flights to most cities in Russia. Aeroflot also have direct flights from Moscow. Bus #111 connects the airport with the major train station "Novosibirsk-Glavny" (Новосибирск-Главный) and Avtovokzal (Автовокзал), the bus terminal (each 30 min). Bus #112 since 06.2011 connects the airport with shopping mall "Mega" (IKEA). Also minibus #1122 shuttles between the airport and main train station.
 
A taxi between the airport and downtown (around Lenin Square) takes about 30 minutes with no traffic and is 400 - 500 rubles as at Feb 2013.
Novosibirsk is a major station on the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]], in fact the '''Vokzal-Glavny''' (Вокзал-Главный) station is the largest station along the route. This means that there are daily trains avalible from [[Moscow]] and Saint-Petersburg with a journey time of 2-3 days. Coming from the other direction, there are direct trains from [[Beijing]], [[Ulaan Baator]] and [[Vladivostok]] amongst others. Also, Novosibirsk is also the final destination of the ''Sibirjak'' express train, the longest train journey originating in the European Union. This weekly train leaves [[Berlin]] each Saturday afternoon and arrives Wednesday at lunch time. Apart from the long-distance trains there are plenty of local and regional trains connecting with most nearby cities. Vokzal-Glavny station is very close to the ''Garina Mikhailovskogo'' (Гарина Михайловского) Metro stop.
[[Image:Novosibirsk metro.png|thumb|400px|The Novosibirsk metro system]]
There is a lot of public transport in this city. Everywhere you will pay from 13 to 30 rubles (it depends from your change of transport). Taxis, metro, buses, street railways or trams and so on. Most citizens can't speak even basic English (although almost all of them were taught English in schools). Very often it this also depends from some on the English accents of tourists, I mean, misunderstanding each other.
The Metro [http://www.nsk-metro.ru] is cheap but only runs through the city center and just past the Ob River. Still, for the visitor, you can get to many major destinations from its six major stops, including the main square, Lenin Square, on Krasny Prospekt (Red Avenue).
==Eat==
*<eat nameThere are plenty of good cafes and restaurants around the city, where you can get quality, non expensive food and drink. Most of the best cafes in the city are chains, and you will find five or six other branches around. Most are located around Lenin Square, and will be in the big shopping centres. The most popular choice of food in Novosibirsk is Italian or Sushi, however you can find places with Russian food, and there are also a few well known fast food chains. You can generally get a good meal with wine for under 500 rubles, but look out for the Business Lunch menu, found in all cafes from 12pm -4pm. Portion sizes the same, but prices are very low. Starter, main and wine can be bought for 200-250 rubles.  ="James" alt="hilly" address[[Italian]] ="hagenlaan 46" directions="left" phone'''Perchini (Перчини)''' Over looking Lenin Square. Free WiFi. During summer there is also a rooftop bar which is open from 9th May. They don't speak much English, but the menu is in Russian and English and has pictures. They serve good pizza, pasta ranging from 200-400 rubles. Business Lunch 10am-4pm - small pizza or normal sized pasta for 115 rubles.  '''Il Patio (IL Патио)''' Next to Lenin Square. Smoking upstairs, downstairs non smoking. Free WiFi. Service in this branch is excellent, and there are some waitresses with really good English. The menu is all in Russian but you will find the usual classic dishes. Recommended is the lasagne, and the pizza is really good quality. Business Lunch 12pm -4pm - full sized pizza or pasta for 150 rubles or a combination menu.  ="06539528724729" url="" hours[[Sushi]] ="12:12='''Riba Ris (Риба Рис)''' Lenina Street next to Lenin Square. Large menu, all tables are booths -12:14" priceremember to push the button for service! And the waiting staff wear red beanie hats with big eyes on top. Menu is in Russian but lots of pictures. 8 pieces of sushi cost between 120-300 rubles.  ="135= [[Russian]] =='''Shashlikof (ШашлыкоFF)''' Found all over the city - Lenina Street, Krasnyy Prospekt etc. Fun cafe, music, cheap prices, always busy, so for a Friday/Saturday night always book a table. Speciality is Shashlik - barbecued meat on a stick, which you can have with a choice of potato or salad.  '''Buffet No 1''' Lenina Street. USSR recreation cafe serving traditional food from that time. No table service, but very cute, retro style. And prices are very cheap. Breakfast costs no more than 100 rubles.56" lat =="868" longBritish/American ="1234">hello='''People's Bar and Grill''' Very popular on Friday and Saturday evenings,bla bla blaso book tables if you plan to visit. A very general menu, fuck yallburgers, this world wraps, pasta, pizza, sushi, fajitas and cocktails. Recommended is fucked up</eat>the chocolate fondant for dessert. Lively atmosphere, loud music, great service, and a good place to come for an evening.  == [[Fast Food]] =='''KFC''' All of your fried chicken favourites! '''Carls Junior''' The closest equivalent you will get to McDonalds. Found on Lenina Street, Aura or Sibirian Mall with a large choice of burgers. Classic Kombo meal starts at 150 rubles.  '''New York Pizza'''
== [[Cafes]] ==
'''Travelers Coffee''' Good selection of tea and coffee. They have an English menu if you ask. Some light snacks - sandwiches, wraps, and cheesecakes, muffins and cookies. Free WiFi and plug sockets for your laptop. Very good service.
 
'''Coffee House''' Good coffee and tea. Cakes are nice. Food reasonable.
==Drink==
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Central Hostel" alt="" address="Ordzhonikidze Semji Shamshinyh st. 33 - 412, flat 113" directions="" phone="+7 (383) 222217-5648-8913, +7-913-759-50-36" url="http://eng.centralhostelnsk.ru/" checkin="12pm" checkout="1pm12pm" price="2010-8057$" lat="" long="">In the centre, two ten minutes away from metro station Ploschad Lenina.Close to cafes and restaurants, bars and night clubs, Central Park and The Pervomaysky Park. For those who like shopping there are boutiques and different shops like one of the biggest shopping centers of Novosibirsk - Aura.The hostel offers Wi-Fi and 77 135 TV channels. The staff is always pleased to help you with everything.Maximum number of customers is six, which creates a special comfortable atmospheresixteen.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Dostoevsky Hostel" alt="" address="Inskaya st., Building 56 - Apt 8" directions="" phone="+7 913 002 7189" url="http://hosteldostoevsky.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$19-$23" lat="" long="">A new modern hostel with a western feel and excellent security. The owners Ksenia and Marina are very welcoming and look after all the guests. Situated across the road from Rechnoy Vokzal metro station. Easy to get to from the Central Train Station (20 min). Excellent accommodation for Trans-Siberian Railway travellers, general tourists and business travellers. [email protected] </sleep>
*'''River Park''', [http://riverpark.ru/?lang=en], formerly known as the '''Ob Hotel''', on the bank of the Ob River, is situated close to the Metro just southeast of the city center. After being gutted by fire in the 1990s, it has been refurbished, with reasonably clean rooms, free wi-fi internet, a business center, and a nice Russian restaurant on the first floor. Don't look for English-language television or air conditioners, but there are plenty of rooms with private bathrooms.
* <sleep name="Zokol Hostel" alt="" address="Shchetinkina st. 34" directions="2 minutes walk from the main street, Lenina St" phone="+73832233611" url="http://zokolhostel.ru/eng/hostel/" checkin="" checkout="" price="500 Rubles for a shared room and 650 for a private." lat="" long="">Close to the main train station, around a 10 minute walk. Very comfortable rooms, more akin to a hotel, with single beds and a nice communal kitchen/living area. The staff speaks excellent English and are extremely friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. There's free wi-fi and a shared toilet and bathroom.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Beerman" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">up market friendly bars at 3 locations in the city - 2 "Beerman" and "Beerman Pelmini" are downtown in the Novosibirsk Hotel (by the station) and Hilton Hotels. Great food and their oen brew of beer </sleep>
 
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