Tolyatti (alternatively spelled as "Togliatti") is a city in Samara Oblast in Russia. It is best known internationally as the headquarters of AvtoVAZ, manufacturer of the Lada automobile. AvtoVAZ is Russia's largest automaker and the factory itself is one of the largest in the world. For this reason, Tolyatti is often nicknamed "The Motor City" or "The Detroit of Russia".
Tolyatti was named after Palmiro Togliatti, an Italian communist who played a major role in establishing the giant VAZ automobile factory around which the modern city was built. VAZ (now known as AvtoVAZ) is the manufacturer of Lada automobiles. The population is approximately 720,000, of which 110,000 are employed by Lada. In the 1950s, when the population was 12,000, the entire city was moved to its present location to allow for construction of the Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station.
Kurumoch International Airport, (IATA: KUF) is 55 kilometers east of the city and is the closest airport to Tolyatti. Bus 652 (160₽, 60-80 minutes) operates between the airport and the city. Direct flights are available to/from Russian cities including Moscow and Ufa as well as international cities including Osh.
Timetables and fares can be searched for on the RZD website. Search for "Toliatti".
Train 066Й operates daily from Moscow Kazansky vokzal, departing Moscow daily around 5PM, arriving in Tolyatti between 10AM and 11AM the next morning. The 17 hour trip costs from 1,700₽.
Buses, trolleys, and marshrutkas are availble for 30₽.