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Kirov Oblast

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Kirov Oblast

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Kirov Oblast is a region in Russia's East Volga Region, which borders Nizhny Novgorod Oblast to the southwest, Kostroma Oblast to the west, Vologda Oblast to the northwest, Arkhangelsk Oblast and Komi Republic to the north, Perm Krai to the northeast, Udmurtia to the southeast, and Mari El to the south.



  • Kirov — the region's capital and principal city, on the Trans-Siberian Railway; it has sights to see, but is not very distinctive
  • Kirovo-Chepetsk — the region's only other city, besides the capital, is a small industrial city and not a tourist destination
  • Kotelnich — a large town on the Trans-Siberian Railway with a cathedral; a good base for any expeditions off into the Nurgush Nature Reserve
  • Zuevka — small town with a memorial museum to the great Russian painter Viktor Vasnetsov, who was born in this area

Other destinations

  • Nurgush Nature Reserve


Kirov Oblast is probably about as close as you can get to a Russian version of the American "flyover city." The few sites of much interest to a tourist are in the capital, Kirov, but most Trans-Siberian Railway passengers will probably skip even that.


See Russian phrasebook.

Get in

Trains depart daily for Kirov from Moscow and take about 18 hours.

The Trans-Siberian Railway stops at Kotelnich, Kirov, and Zuevka (from west to east).

Get around






Stay safe

Get out

The next major stops on the Trans-Siberian Railway are Galich, Kostroma Oblast to the west and Glazov, Udmurtia to the east.

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