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Introduction

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Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Volga Region. The city is the 6th biggest in Russia with a little over 1 million inhabitants.

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Weather

Kazan has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. From June to August, the average daytime temperatures are 22-25 °C with an alltime high of around 38 °C. Nights are around 13-15 °C. Winters from December to February see average highs of -6 °C to -8 °C, while nights plummit to average temperatures of -12 °C to -15 °C, while the alltime low stands at a freezing -47 °C. Average annual precipitation is around 550mm with most of it falling during the warmer summer months. Snow is common in winter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-9.3 °C-7.9 °C-1.4 °C9 °C18.9 °C22.7 °C24.8 °C22.7 °C15.9 °C6.7 °C-1 °C-6.3 °C
Avg Min-16.4 °C-15 °C-8.6 °C0.8 °C8 °C12.3 °C14.8 °C12.7 °C7.5 °C0.9 °C-5.7 °C-12.4 °C
Rainfall33 mm28 mm27 mm36 mm37 mm73 mm70 mm69 mm52 mm47 mm44 mm38 mm
Rain Days1087769989101010

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Getting There

By Plane

Kazan International Airport (KZN) has flights to Moscow, Frankfurt, Ufa, Krasnodar, Surgut, Dushanbe, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Tashkent, Tel Aviv, Yerevan and Samarkand, among several other regional cities.

By Train

Kazan has regular train connections to Moscow and Yekaterinburg.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bulgaru HostelUniversitetskaya 4/34 , apt 8Hostel75
Grand Hotel KazanPetersburg 1hotel-
Hotel Gulf Stream2ya Azinskaya 1 GHotel-
I&I HostelBolshaya krasnaya street 45/14HOSTEL81
Dream-Hostelul. Zhubovsky 28A-5, (coutyard entrance)Hostel-
Hostel Zebra18 A, F. Amirkhana pr.HOSTEL-
Hostel Tatyanas DaySuleimanova,5Hostel-
Gorky 6 HostelGor'kogo St. 6Hostel85
Vhostele54a Volkov StreetHOSTEL-
Happy House Hostelbuilding 39/6 Ostrovskogo streetHostel-
Kolvi HotelKhydykova, 7Hotel-
The old map of Kazan41-2, Esperanto st.Hotel-
Kameya Hostel30A Ak. Gubkina str.HOSTEL-
Hostel PushkinPushkina Street, 1/55HOSTEL84
Greenpoint Hostel KazanZhukovskova 23HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Russia is a huge country, and excess to the internet varies a lot. The main cities and tourist places have (free) wifi excess at lots of places, like restaurants and cafes (McDonald's is always a safe bet). Internet cafes are present in larger places as well. Rural areas and especially if you venture into remote and/or mountainous areas have little excess at all. Most travellers will find connections though when using their phone or tablet.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The emergency number is 112. The country code for Russia is 7. Russian phone numbers have an area code with three, four or five digits (according to their province), followed by an individual number with, respectively, 7, 6 or 5 digits, always yielding 10 digits in total. The three digit code 800 is used for toll-free calls. Mobile phones always have three-digit "area" codes and seven-digit numbers. Calls within any one area code may omit the area code (except in Moscow). Inter-area code calls within Russia: 8 (wait for tone) full Russian number including area code. The international access code for dialling outwith Russia is the sequence of 8 (wait for secondary tone and then) 10. International calls to Russia, as always, replace the plus sign (+) in the international phone format with the local international access code for the country you're calling from, followed by Russia's country code of 7 followed by the individual Russian phone number including area code.

You will require a SIM-unlocked GSM 900 / 1800 compatible international cell phone when buying a Russian SIM card. If you do not have your own international cell phone, it's best to buy a cheap cell phone with some value on the card. Foreigners can purchase a local SIM card by showing your passport. BeeLine is considered to be the best in terms of reliability and connections quality. However Megafon's services can be a bit cheaper.

Post

Russian Post is the national postal service of Russia. It's English version is currently under construction, but mainly involves the track&trace system. The domestic post is reasonably reliable, and sending international mail is fairly reliable but slow, taking at least a few weeks to European countries, longer to the USA or Australia for example. The delivery of mail sent from abroad to Russia is highly unreliable, and people or companies tend to use foreign adresses, from where a private carrier sends it to Russia. Alternatives like poste restante are non-existent with Russian Post. Most cities and large towns in Russia have a Central Post Office (Glavpochtamt), which also sells stamps and envelopes, and usually has fax services and Internet availability, though the latter mostly not in smaller places. Also, many hotels have postal services, including mail boxes. Post offices tend to keep long hours, usually from 8:00am or 9:00am until 8:00pm or 9:00pm Monday to Friday, and closing earlier during weekends. The main central post offices in the biggest cities keep even longer hours. For sending parcels, you can also try services by DHL Russia and FedEx Russia. For all mail you can use the regular alphabet, though maybe include the country's name in Cyrillic. For sending post to Russia (or trying to receive it) note that addresses should be in reverse order: Russia, postal code, city, street address, name.

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