Petrozavodsk (Петрозаво́дск) is the capital city of Karelia. Petrozavodsk's current population is about 280000.
Petrozavodsk is most easily reached by train. It is about 9 hours from St. Petersburg (Ladoga Station; about 1100 Rubles for a 2nd class sleeper) and 16 hours from Moscow (Leningrad Station, on the Murmansk-bound trains).
The town is a moderate size and easily walkable. A taxi anywhere in town costs 100 Rubles or less. Buses run frequently along the major routes.
The railway station is located at the southern end of Leninsky Prospekt, which cuts through the center of town all the way to the embankment on Lake Onego. It is about a 30 minute walk from the station to the lake.
- All the neoclassical architecture
- Hotel Karelia, Gulling Embankment 2 (Northeast of the railway station, about a 45 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride), ☎ +7 (8142) 733-333 ([email protected]), . A new well-run hotel with several amenities, including gym, spa, restaurant, and a helpful tourism department that runs tours to Kizhi. Part of the Best Eastern Hotels group.
- Hotel Fregat, Prospekt Karla Marxa 1a (On the lake side of the ferry terminal building), ☎ +7 (8142) 774-853 and 764-162 ([email protected], fax: +7 (8142) 764-163), . A small but clean hotel close to the ferry dock. Good for early risers who want to catch the first boat to Kizhi in the morning. It is a little hard to find; the door faces the lake, not the street, and one must ring the bell to be admitted, then the reception desk is up the stairs.
- Hotel Severnaya, Prospekt Lenina 21 (Halfway between the railway station and the lake, about a 15 minute walk from the station), ☎ +7 (8142) 762-080 ([email protected] ; [email protected]), . An older but decently-maintained hotel in the downtown area, closer to the railway station than the other hotels. Part of the Intourist Hotels group.
A hydrofoil service takes travellers from Petrozavodsk to Kizhi.