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Yaroslavl (Ярославль, [11]) is the capital city of Yaroslavl Oblast in Russia and a point on Golden Ring itinerary.


With the population of almost 600 thousand, Yaroslavl is the second-largest city in Central Russia after Moscow. This doesn't make this city at the Volga bank any less provincial.

1000-year history and the location just in the middle of Golden Ring make Yaroslavl a good point for a weekend out of Moscow.

Get in

By train

Yaroslavl station

266km away from the Russian capital Yaroslavl is well served by rail, with a four hour trains from Moscow (Yaroslavsky Railway station) leaving 30 times daily, and a 12 hour overnight sleeper to St. Petersburg leaving every night. All of these trains are cheap, and the 12 h sleeper is a convivial place where it is possible to meet interesting characters. Journey by elektrichka needs connection in Alexandrov. Daily trains include other destinations of Arkhangelsk, Ivanovo, Vorkuta, Cherepovets, Tolyatti etc.

By bus

There are buses from Moscow Central bus station (Schyolkovskaya metro station) at 8.30, 12.15, 14.15, 17.30, 23.15 daily. Time travel: 5 hours.

By car

Taking the opportunity of no traffic jams from Moscow, if any, drive on Yaroslavskoye shosse aka M-8 'Kholmogory' and visit beautiful destinations en-route: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl Zalessky, Rostov Veliky. The road takes 4 hours or more, depending on traffic near Moscow.

By air

Airport Tunoshna [12] serves flights from St. Petersburg.

Get around

Saint John the Baptist Church

Getting around in Yaroslavl is incredibly cheap, with trolleybuses running incredibly frequently, costing 16r each journey, and carrying on well into the night. The buses are the same price, although much less frequent. Marshrutki are a different proposition altogether, and although costing a shade more at 18r per journey, are incredibly efficient. You can tell the driver where and when to stop, by shouting out "Ostanaveetye pazhalusta", or, if you want to get off at the next stop, "na ostanovkye". Sometimes, at the back of the marshrutki, there is a button above the rear doors, which will ask the driver to stop at the next available place.

Transport is incredibly busy between 8 and 9 in the morning and between 4 and 6 in the evening. You may find you have to push to get on and off. A useful phrase here is "Vykhoditye na sledooyushi?", which means "Are you getting off at the next stop?". Regardless of the answer, it will indicate your intention to get off.

That said, the centre of Yaroslavl is a very small place, and you will probably need only one trolleybus: the number 1, which starts at the train station, and goes all the way down Svobody, through Volkovo to Yaroslavl's own Red Square.


Tolga monastery
  • The historical center of the city is located at the river confluence which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Architecture is mostly Classicism era of Catherine the Great.
  • Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve which comprises six churches and three museums[13].
  • Museum of city's history [14].
  • Museum of Fine Arts [15]
  • Private museum Music and Time on the Volga promenade, one of the first private museums, it was established by John Mostoslavsky, a circus magician. The museum possesses a curious collection of bells, samovars, irons, phonographs and musical instruments.
  • Jazz over Volga (Джаз над Волгой) , the international festival of jazz taking place every odd year since 1979 in March.


  • Cruise over Volga.
  • Tours of Smaller Golden Ring (Uglich-Myshkin-Tutayev-Rybinsk) that takes 3 days and even smaller excursions to neighboring towns.
  • Be a guest of Baba-Yaga on her birthday, 26 June.


Go along Deputatskaya st. and you'll find several curious shops of traditional cloths (6/1), amulets (15) and stone (15/43). Kiosks at the museums and rooms of souvenirs inside them are another opportunity to give a look and buy something.


The best place to eat out is the Volga promenade but there is a bunch of curious restaurants:

Paulaner Restaurant
  • Paulaner restaurant (Баварский ресторан Paulaner), Pavlika Morozova str. 3A (City center), +7(4852) 77-00-88 (, fax: +7(4852) 77-00-89), [1]. 07.00-24.00. This Yaroslavl restaurant’s menu features hearty Bavarian options accompanied with a wide variety of beers. Dining hours are extensive and convenient for guests of varying travel itineraries. The restaurant frequently features live music and other entertainment programmes, perfect for birthdays, corporate gatherings and other festive events.
  • Ioann Vasilyevich (Иоанн Васильевич), 34 Revolutsionnaya st, +7(4852) 91-47-07, [2]. Ancient Russian cuisine.
  • DudkiBar, 33 Sobinova st., +7(4852) 33-09-33 (), [3]. European, Japanese and grill menus.


Bavarian restaurant Paulaner

For a dark, smoky atmosphere, you could do worse than Bar Beer, which is on the main street, just off Ploshad Volkovo, heading towards the monastery. Be warned though, they ONLY sell beer. If you're looking for anything other than beer, you would be better off heading to Ars Café (yes, it was funny the first few times I heard it as well), which is located inside a theatre next to the Bear's Corner hotel. There are three main sections to Ars Café, an upstairs, with comfortable sofas, which is often busy, a downstairs section, with dance floor and a big long table for larger groups, and a back room, which you have to pay to get into, but is very comfortable, and is primarily supposed to be used to smoke Kalyan (Shisha). Across the road from Ars Café is Tarzan, a higher end establishment, which is a restaurant by day. Dark inside, with a jungle theme. Relatively recently, the new bar "Silver" opened on Ulitsa Svobody, near the Ulitsa Pobedy junction. Pleasant inside, with a very silver theme. They also serve food. Bristol, on Kirova, is nice, but pricey. As you walk past, be sure to listen out for the George Michael blaring from the speakers on the outside of the building.

Aktor, a studenty bar a few years ago, has now become a seedy, unpleasant place, and Cocktail Bar, next door, threaten to serve you "Cancer" (a mis-translation of Crab), but that's the least of your worries - bad vodka, appalling service, and a joke of a toilet means it's better avoided.



  • Nikolay Nekrasov [17]

His mansion in Yaroslavl Oblast is a museum 15 km off the city.



  • Tourist (Турист), 2 Lenina st (from railway station by trolleybus #3 to the stop ''Hotel Tourist''), +7(4852)72-86-16. Close to the Volga promenade. from 900RUB for single, 1400RUB for double.
  • Parus (Парус), 4 Volzhskaya naberezhnaya (Volga Promenade), +7 (4852) 30-41-92. For those who can rough it double from 800RUB, single 1100RUB.
  • Good Luck Hostel, 11 prospekt Oktyabrya, +7 (920) 65-11-999 (), [4]. checkin: 1 PM; checkout: 12 AM. The very first hostel in Yaroslavl. At the moment the hostel is very hard to find, since it has no signs outside. Choose the door, where there is also a turist agency, and press number 2. 10/8/4 bed dorm - 450/500/550 RUB per bed.


  • Hotel Kotorosl (Которосль), 87 B. Oktyabrskaya st (City center), +7 4852 212415 (, fax: +7 4852 216468), [5].
  • Hotel Yubileynaya (Юбилейная), 26 Kotoroslnaya Naberezhnaya (City center), +7(4852) 30 92 59 (), [6]. Located 5 min from a monastery at the entrance to old town it has 210 rooms with the Internet access, ATM and souvenir shop in the lobby.
  • Volga Pearl (Волжская жемчужина), Central Volga Promenade, +7 (4852) 73-12-73, 72-77-17 (, fax: +7 (4852) 72-65-30), [7]. Hotel on water 700m from the city center with 38 rooms, WiFi. 2500RUB for a single room, 4200RUB for a double up to 7600 for penthouse.
  • Zvezdniy mini-hotel (Звездный мини-отель), 37 Pobedy st, +7(4852) 58-58-84 (, fax: +7(4852) 58-58-84), [8]. The hotel in the city center with 18 rooms ranging from economy to splurge. Romantic room. from 2800RUB for single room to 5000 for double.


Park Inn by Radisson Yroslavl
  • Park Inn by Radisson Yroslavl, Pavlika Morozova str. 3A (City center), +7(4852) 77-00-88 (, fax: +7(4852) 77-00-89), [9]. checkin: 15.00; checkout: 12.00. The hotel features 167 vibrant, contemporary rooms with modern amenities like Free Wireless High-speed Internet access, on-site dining at the authentic Bavarian restaurant Paulaner and secure outdoor parking. This Yaroslavl hotel is also an excellent venue for arranging a conference or celebrating any special occasion up to 250 guests.
  • Ring Premier Hotel, 55 Svodody st (City center), +7(4852) 58-08-58, 58-09-58 (, fax: +7(4852) 58-09-62), [10]. A Western-style four-star six-floor hotel in the city center with a restaurant, a pub Dublin and fitness facilities. Additional rooms for disabled persons. Free wi-fi.



Free wi-fi locations abound

  • McDonald's at 119, Leningradsky prospekt and 115, Moskovsky prospekt.
  • Kinomaks at 123, Leningradsky prospekt.
  • Mojo Coctail Club at 9, Svobody st.
  • Yubileynaya hotel.
  • Le Petit Cafe at 4 Volzhskaya naberezhnaya (riverside).
  • Shaiba (sport-bar) at 135, Moskovsky prospekt.
  • Rodina at 7a, Respublikanskaya st.

and many more but they may be pay wi-fi points.


  • Tour agency of Yubileynaya Hotel may organize an excursion around the city and a monastery as well as an hour cruise over Volga river.
  • Volga Tour[18] engaged in all sorts of Golden Ring tours in English, German and French.
  • A variety of tours on the Golden Ring and around the Oblast by YaroblTour[19], a rather large company having over 40 offices.

Get out

Take an elektrichka to Rostov Veliky or Alexandrov.

Routes through Yaroslavl
Pereslavl ZalesskyRostov Veliky  S noframe E  KostromaIvanovo
MoscowAlexandrov  W noframe E  KirovYekaterinburg

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