Khabarovsk

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Introduction

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Khabarovsk is a city in the far east of Russia and has around 575,000 inhabitants. It is a city on the Amur river near the Chinese border. Often overlooked due to its proximity to Vladivostok, Khabarovsk could easily be a highlight in the long line of predominately dull cities along the Trans-Siberian Railway. But while most cities look their best when the sun is out, in few is the effect as profound as in Khabarovsk – attractive parks, beaches, outdoor beer tents with live music, pretty girls promenading and classic architecture await if the weather gods favour you. Even if you are unfortunate, it's not a loss to go indoors: the city also houses some of the best museums east of Moscow.

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History

The lands near the confluence of the Ussury and the Amur, where today's Khabarovsk stands, have been populated for centuries by the indigenous Tungusic people. Chinese expeditions reached this area as early as the first half of the 15th century, and in the mid-17th century the Amur Valley became the scene of hostilities between the Russian Cossacks, trying to expand into the region, and the rising Manchu Qing Dynasty, bent on securing the region for itself. Nearly a century of skirmishes between the Chinese, Koreans and Cossacks followed, one of those involving Russian explorer Yerofey Khabarov, whose name the city later adapted. The Treaty of Nerchinsk (1689) brought the conflict to a close and made the area an undisputed part of the Chinese Qing Empire. According to French Jesuits mapping the Ussury and the Amur rivers in 1709, the future site of Khabarovsk was known to the Chinese as Yupi Dazi ("Fishskin Tartars").

In 1858, the area was ceded to Russia under the Treaty of Aigun. The Russians founded the military outpost of Khabarovka (Хаба́ровка), which subsequently became an important industrial centre for the region. The Russian Geographical Society then began founding libraries, theaters, and museums in the growing city. Since then, Khabarovsk's cultural life has flourished. Much of the local indigenous history has been well-preserved in the Regional Lore Museum and Natural History Museum and in places like near the Nanai settlement of Sikhachi-Alyan, where cliff drawings from more than 1,300 years ago can be found.

The Trans-Siberian first reached Khabarovsk from Vladivostok in 1897, while the complete railway to Moscow did not see completion until 1913. Three years later, the Khabarovsk Bridge across the Amur was completed, allowing Trans-Siberian trains to cross the river without using ferries. The city was occupied by the Japanese for much of the Russian Civil War, which may offer some explanation to the many old buildings still standing around the city center.

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Sights and Activities

There is a fantastic cluster of top notch museums along Shevchenko Street, just behind the tall blue-domed Church of Theotokos on Komsomolskaya Square towards the river and stadium. Not only are the museums some of the best in the far east, they also make their home in some impressive century-old buildings dating back to before the revolution. After a visit, the nice river promenade is just a short walk away, so you can wash all that new found knowledge away with some pivos in good company.

Far East Regional Museum (Хабаровский краеведческий музей), 11 Shevchenko St, ☏ +7 4212 312 054. 10:00-18:00. One of the oldest museums in the Russian far east, laid out in 6 sections in an impressive 1894 red-brick building. For the most part it's leaps and bounds ahead of the region's other museums, and with nearly half a million artifacts in the collection, they can afford to be picky about what they display. The ethnographic section with displays of indigenous cultures from around the Amur is unusually informative, but the zoology section is also worth a look, stuffed animals galore! To top it off, it has actually seen some substantial renovations lately, and they even have a few English captions here and there. May be worth considering but the price for foreigners is high for what you see. 300 руб.
Far Eastern Art Museum (Дальневосточный художественный музей), 7 Shevchenko St, ☏ +7 4212 328 338. Tu–Su 10:00-17:00. Established in the 1930s and now housed in the building of a former officers' club. Them seem to take most pride in their collection of Far Eastern aboriginal art, but they also have a rare collection of ancient Russian religious icons and Japanese porcelain. In the classic exhibition they have a few painters you may have heard of like Titian and Garofalo, but also some lesser known Russian masters. Foreigners 150 руб.
Far Eastern Military Museum (Военно-исторический музей ДВО), 20 Shevchenko St (across from the Art Museum), ☏ +7 4212 326 350. Tu–Su 10:00-17:00. Another impressive building from the turn of the 20th century, this one was the state bank up until the 1930s. Weapons galore propped up by medals and other memorabilia. If you are not interested in these sort of things, you can probably give it a miss, but they have a few cool war propaganda posters from the Great Patriotic War and a luxury officers' railway carriage from the 1920s in the courtyard, if you need to entertain yourself for a while while any male company goes into boy mode.
Museum of Archaeology (Хабаровский музей археологии), 86 Turgeneva St, ☏ +7 4212 324 177. Tu–Su 10:00-17:00. Part of the regional museum but located in a attractive separate building which, before the October revolution got him, was owned by the owner of a local brewery. Finds from the dawn of man up until the middle ages. Their collection of ancient ceramics is interesting, and the Sikachi-Alyan petroglyphs and Sheremetyevsky inscription replicas are also worth a look.
Far Eastern Railway Museum (Музей истории Дальневосточной железной дороги), 40 Vladivostokaya St, ☏ +7 4212 383 035. M–F 09:00-17:00. A small museum which houses a previously private collection of around 2000 original artifacts, documents, models and photographs telling about the history and construction of the Far Eastern Railway. edit
Fedotov Exposition Hall (Выставочный зал имени Федотова), 47 Karla Marksa St, ☏ +7 4212 211 154. Temporary exhibitions of professional painters, sculptures, designers and other artists from the far east. The exhibits changes monthly.
Geological Museum (Геологический музей Хабаровска), 15 Lenin St, ☏ +7 4212 215 370. 10:00-18:00. Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, which once belonged to a prominent local merchant family. True to its name, this museum has a huge collection of rocks and minerals – some even some from outer space, like a few moon fragments brought home to Earth by automatic probes and one of the world's largest iron meteorites which crashed into the Sikhot-Ailin mountains in the 1940s. If you are not into stones, you could check out the small section on tools and equipment related to prospecting in the region or the collection of prehistoric plant and animal fossils. Outside the museum there are a few large monoliths of minerals, ores and rocks.
Khabarovsk City History Museum (Музей истории Хабаровска), 85 Lenina St (Exit Dynamo park to the east and walk along the Platinium Arena turn right when the road ends until Lenina St), ☏ +7 4212 412 706. Actually the youngest museum in town, only opened in 2004. A small museum which details the history of Khabarovsk from its inception up until today. Covering the pre-revolutionary period, the October Revolution and the civil war in Khabarovsk, the city during World War II, and up until the Perestroika and modern Khabarovsk. The collection is mainly made up of everyday items, photographs and documents from private donations. Foreigners 300 руб.
The Arboretum (Хабаровский дендрарий), 71 Volochaevskaya St, ☏ +7 4212 22 34 01. May-Oct, advance reservations required. Founded in 1896 as a experimental laboratory, it was transformed into an a 12-hectare (27-acre) botanical garden in the thirties. It's a nice place for a stroll among the many trees, bushes and flowers, about 800 different kinds of them gathered from nearly every continent; some exotic medical plants also grow here.
Cathedral of the Transfiguration (Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, Преображенский Кафедральный собор), Lenina St. Christianity is alive and well in Russia, as this golden domed church towering above Khabarovsk is evidence of. Only completed in 2004, at 83 meters it's the 3rd tallest church in all of Rusia - inside it's not that impressive, just large. The monastery, or rather the Theological Seminary, right next to it is also worth a look a brief look from the outside. Opposite, facing the Amur is a war memorial "Вечный огонь" ("the eternal flame"), rather kitschy but has good Amur views. The whole thing is labeled as the Ploshchad Slavy or the Square of Glory.
Dynamo Park (Парк Динамо), 62 Karla Marksa St (South side of Karla Marksa St, just north of Lenina square). A quite attractive park spreading over 30 hectares, immensely popular with locals on sunny days. The water ponds to the south are popular for splashing and cooling down. There are several nice, quirky statues cut from huge wooden logs dotted all over the park which can be interesting to trace down in a small treasure hunt for adults. There are also a handful of running amusements, cafés and beer gardens. Just across the street from the eastern entrance, Khabarovsk's local ice-hockey team battles it out in the premier Russian league in the Platinum arena.
Vsevolod Sysoyev Far Eastern Zoo (Зоопарк имени В. Сысоева), 25 Pervomaiskaya St (Way out in the northern suburbs, bus number 8 all the way to the end), ☏ +7 4212 647-556. Daily 10:00-18:00. Opened in 2002, this smallish zoo have around 40 different species, mostly regional fauna like Ussuriysk bears and tigers and the Far Eastern Leopard. The zoo is named after local nature writer.

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Weather

Khabarovsk experiences a humid continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. From June to August average daytime temperatures are in the 24-27 °C range, with nights mostly around 15 °C or a little more. Winters are bitterly cold with average days from December to February ranging from -12 °C to -17 °C and nights plummiting to -20 °C to -24 °C on average. The alltime low stands at -39 °C, while the highest ever recorded is 38 °C, a difference of almost 80 °C! About half of the annual 700mm of precipitation falls during the warm summmer months. Snow is common from November to March, though most of the time it is too cold for much snow.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-16.9 °C-12.4 °C-2.3 °C9.7 °C17.9 °C23.5 °C26.4 °C24.2 °C18.4 °C9.3 °C-3.5 °C-14.1 °C
Avg Min-24.3 °C-21.2 °C-11.7 °C-0.2 °C6.7 °C12.9 °C16.9 °C15.7 °C9 °C0.4 °C-11.1 °C-21.1 °C
Rainfall15 mm11 mm17 mm43 mm58 mm82 mm144 mm154 mm89 mm51 mm23 mm18 mm
Rain Days334799101110755

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Getting There

By Plane

Khabarovsk Novy Airport (KHV) offers flights to Moscow, Seoul, Beijing, Harbin, Chita, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, St. Petersburg, Bangkok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sapporo, Yekaterinburg, Magadan, Sochi, Tokyo, Yakutsk, Vladivostok, Anadyr and several other smaller cities in Russia.

By Train

Khabarovsk is located along the Trans-Siberian Railway, about an overnight trip away from the terminus at Vladivostok. Moscow is over a week away by train!

There are several trains each day bound for Vladivostok (800 km) and Moscow (about 8500 km) along the main Trans-Siberian line. Other options include trains #386 or #035 to Blagoveshchensk, #325 for Tynda, #667э for Komsomolsk, #943э Vanino, all on the Baikal-Amur Mainline. Vanino is an interesting option as it allows ferry connections to Sakhalin and further on to Wakkanai in Japan – more details in the Russia to Japan via Sakhalin itinerary.

The international trains are Khabarovsk-Harbin, ongoing twice a week and Khabarovsk-Pyongyang on special days.

By Boat

If you want to go to places upstream on the Amur river, the Meteor speedboats will often be your transport of choice, but only during the summer when the river is navigable. However, in 2008, the water level in the river was at a historic low, so that the Meteor traffic had to be stopped. If Meteor traffic functions normally, you can go some 1,000 kilometres downstream to the Ul'chi municipal district (rayon), a region mostly inhabited by indigenous Ul'chi people.

In spring and summer there are daily hydrofoil services to Fuyuan in northeastern China, departing from the ferry terminal facing the Amur river.
If you are heading for the BAM line up north, an interesting option is to take a hydrofoil cruising up the Amur river to Komsomolsk-on-Amur (6 hours), and catch a train from there.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

The city has a network of four tram lines (there is no line 3 or 4). The most useful section for visitors is the stretch of the network running from the main railway station along Amursky Boulevard, before making a left turn down Volochaevskaya St. (near the market), and crossing Muravyov-Amursky Street one block west of Lenina Square, it then continues south intersecting Lenina Street roughly at its halfway point, before a stop at the botanical gardens (Lines 1, 2 & 6). The remainder of the network mainly extends into the sleepy suburbs. Line 5 serves the North, Line 1 and 2 the South along Krasnorechenskaya St.

The electric trolleybuses also has a few useful sections for visitors, Line 2 runs between the Airport and the main railway station, and line 1 between the Airport and Komsomolskaya Square (River promenade, Museum cluster) along Karla Marksa and Mureava Amursky streets. Line 5 makes a stop near the City History museum.

The regular bus number 1, is a useful circle line. It starts at the Railway station, turns down Seryshev street (a block north of Amursky Boulevard) until it reaches the river park at Lenin Stadium. Turns down Komsomolskaya Street (and square) and runs south until Lenina Street. It then runs the entire length of Lenina street before north at the City History Museum and returns to the train station.

By Foot

The best thing to start with is to walk around the center of the city. Have a nice walk from Lenin Square to the Amur River via the main street, Muravieva-Amurski. You will find all sorts of shops and places to eat.

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Eat

The local cuisine consists primarily of traditional Russian restaurants and different Asian-style places. Italian food is also common. However, there's a great variety of cheap fast-food outlets on the streets. Prices start from $3 for good snack to $5–10 at the Golden Bird fast food chain. Meals in small restaurants are available for $10–20. If money is not a concern, you can dine with a view of sunset and the Amur River at Hotel "Inturist" for $50–100.

Café Utyos (кафе «Утёс»), 15 Shevchenko St, ☏ +7 4212 399 774. The name means The Cliff in Russian, very appropriate as the restaurant is located in an unusual art nouveau building from the forties on top of the tall cliff dominating the waterfront, which used to be a lifeboat station. It has a large balcony with spectacular views of the Amur, beneath which the restaurant spreads out over two floors serving Japanese and western fare. A bit on the expensive side and the food leaves something to be desired, though dining with a grand view is the draw here. Mains 800-1500 руб.
Chilly (Чили), 23 Leningradskaya St, ☏ +7 4212 391 919. Steaks, fish, fajitas, burritos and tacos can be washed down with tequilas at the bar, while watching Russians wearing sombreros doing the Mariachi and scantly clad (but fairly decent) girls doing latin danceshow. It can all seem a bit tacky, but hey, that's what tequilas are for, drink a few and you might end up enjoying yourself. Mains 400-1500 руб.
Chocolate, 74 Turgeneva St (near the cathedral), ☏ +7 420 097. A stylish, modern looking cafe-like eatery with an international menu, cappuccino, and free wireless access.
Harley Davidson motor-saloon, 5, Muravyov-Amursky st, ☏ +74212 25-49-56. Located in the historic center, this is not a biker's pub, but a full-fledged restaurant.
Kabachok (Кабачок), 84, Zaparina st (Opposite the entrance of the cinema 'Gigant' in the city center), ☏ +7 4212 42-31-84. 12:00-24:00. Ukrainian restaurant. 700-1000 руб.
R-Cafe, 52 Pushkina St (On Lenin square), ☏ +7 4212 610 233. Daily 10:00-00:00. Stylish café designed by a Moscow architect. An expansive fusion-esque menu, but they actually pull off most of the dishes quite nicely. Also works if you want a drink, although it's on the expensive side with mains going for 700-2000 руб.
Russki Restaurant (Русский Ресторан), 9 Ussuriiski Blvd, ☏ +7 7 4212 306 587. 12:00-01:00. Russki means Russian, and that is exactly what you can expect; cozy if tacky decór - Datcha (log cabin) style, complete with a Banya (costs extra), the waiters are dressed in Russian national clothes, and one of the four halls usually has live Russian folk music. Even if that's not your thing, you can't hold anything against the food: expect tasty classic Russian fare like blinis, patties, borscht, or the good sizzling sturgeon or meat served on warm stones. All can be washed down with tea from the samovar. 600-900 руб.
Scalini, 18 Muravyov-Amurskiy St, ☏ +7 4212 305 837. Pricey but good Italian restaurant, though the service might wind up feeling a bit pretentious out here in the far east.
Teplan Yaki (Теплан Яки), 11, Muravyov-Amursky st, ☏ +7 4212 32-47-63. 12:00-24:00. Nice sushi-bar on the main street. Teplan. 700-2000 руб.

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Drink

Locals will happily teach you how to drink Russian-style. People are very friendly, and in general you will find lots of locals who would love to practice their English. Don't miss an offer to visit a Russian banya (sauna) somewhere outside the city.

For the most part you should avoid the pubs and bars if weather permits, and indulge in the many beer tents instead. The River Promenade (Набережная Хабаровска) below the large cathedral is a lively place in the summer months, open air cafes in large tents, dot the promenade along the river. Most bars play different styles of music, and there is usually live music going on in one of the tents. Young crowd, and some establishments stay open till very late. This is also the starting point for a host of river boats, taking the party going crowd on short cruises down the river with loud music banging out the speakers. Dynamo Park (Парк Динамо) also has some beergarten style watering holes along long benches beneath coloured lanterns and Russian schlagers blasting out the speakers.

Eternal, 62B Karl Marx st (City's Second Pond), ☏ +7 45-09-14. M-Th 12:00-24:00, F Sa 12:00-02:00, Su 12:00-24:00. Surrounded by water of the Pond, this is a glass-and-steel construction of two-floors with a dance-floor and a bar. Entrance fee: VIP (200 руб), FC (500 руб). Soft zones: 1500-2000 руб. DJ service. Menu 700 руб on average.
Hospital (H.S.P.T.L.), 3B Muravyov-Amurskiy St, ☏ +7 4212 448 427. Hottest club around, but getting in will usually prove tricky if you are not a "member", though it is doable - especially if you are an English speaking Westerner.
Nebo Nightclub (Небо), 46 Turgenev St, 5th floor, ☏ +7 4212 613 959. Neba was a popular and spacious up-scale 3 floor club, with a large dance floor on the ground level. Authorities shut it down along with hundreds of other clubs following a deadly nightclub fire elsewhere in Russia. Owners are reopening as Nebo and seem to be back in business.
Plastilin, 96A Karl Marx st, ☏ +7 45-43-30. Small hall but wonderful atmosphere.
Pleasure, 28 Leningradskaya St, ☏ +7 47-77-77. F Sa 23:00-06:00. Two-floor spacious club with three bars, VIP, and proposed terrace on the roof.
Pool Bar, 2A Lenina St, ☏ +7 4212 227 523. 13:00-03:00. The most popular bar in the city and the oldest one. Popular with foreigners and not crazily expensive. Pint of Heineken 150 руб. As you might have guessed from the name, it has pool tables.
Velicano, 67A Zaparina St, ☏ +7 4212 326 390. Th & Su 21:00-03:00, F Sa 21:00-06:00. It's a bit Russian, but nice nonetheless. Two dance floors and competent bartenders. Cover charge 150-350 руб.
Shokoladnitsa at 69, Lenina st. and 44, Muravyov-Amursky st. 08:00-24:00. All-Russian brand cafes offering a variety of coffee and chocolate drinks.
Cafe Coffee is one more network to relax in town. Addresses: 43, Karl Marx st. and 64, Komsomolskaya st.
Sense Café (кафе Sense), 22a Postysheva St, ☏ +7 4212 452 010. Cafe which serves a descent coffee, and also works if you want a bite, all while you browse their free wifi. Sometimes there is live music to accompany your drink.
Rock-bar 'Garage' (Гараж), 15 Volochayevskata St. M Th Su 12:00-2:00, F Sa 12:00-. Stylish and cosy cafe with live sound, Russian-European food, coffee and theme parties.

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Sleep

No hostels and not many unrenovated Soviet rooms, so accommodation is pretty steep - on the other hand, the situation is not much different from the rest of Russia. If the situation is desperate and you have a valid ISIC card, you could try to see if the university will hook you up with a room in their dorms - though call ahead instead of showing up on the day. If not, rooms can go as low as 1,000 rubles (€25) if you look around and book well ahead of arrival.

Abricol Hotel (Гостиница Абриколь), 138 Voronezhkaya St (Bus 6 or 57 from the railway station), ☏ +7 4212 660 000. About a kilometer north(west) of the railway station on the outskirts of town, offers 28 modern rooms within a larger entertainment complex which also includes a restaurant, two bars, billiards, a bowling alley and a sauna/pool. The hotel is hard to reach by public Transport, taxi from city center costs about 250 руб. 2250-5000 руб.
Ali Hotel (Гостиница «Али»), 17 Mukhin St, ☏ +8 4212 217 888. Is an up-scale choice with 24 rooms overlooking the city ponds. Has a swimming pool, casino and fitness facilities. 3500-11000 руб.
Amur Hotel (Гостиница «Амур»), 29 Lenina St, ☏ +7 4212 221 223. Classic building on Lenina street, though it lost some of it grand old-world charm when it was renovated in 2005, and the 78 rooms are for the most part very kitschy. 2450-4500 руб.
Intourist Hotel (Гостиница «Интурист»), 2 Amursky Blvd, ☏ +8 4212 326 507. 283 rooms divided into singles, doubles and triples, all have air condition and Sat-TV. Big, bombastic and Soviet in appearance, but at least the service has much improved since those days, though you may still find it lagging compared to Western standards. Accepts major international credit cards. 2750-8200 руб.
Parus Business Center Hotel (Бизнес-Центр Парус), 5 Shevchenko St, ☏ +7 4212 327 270. Possibly the best located hotel in town, though the noise from the river promenade is reported to sometimes get disturbing for those of the 82 rooms which are facing the Amur river. Unusually for Russia parts of the hotel are located in a classic pre-soviet brick building, and the rooms are spotless in the new wing. On-site Bar, Spa/Sauna, Restaurant and conference/meeting facilities. 5200-28500 руб with suites going up to 16000 руб.
Zarya Hotel («Заря» гостиница), 16/81 Vladivostokskaya St, ☏ +7 4212 327 075. Some of the 62 rooms used to be cheapies, but they've all been renovated, so don't count on that any more. On the other hand, the rooms are really nice for the price range. It's a bit away from the centre, but not too far from Dynamo Park and the railway station, and there is a free internet cafe (requires key) for paying guests. The young staff is lovely and unusually helpful, the old staff acts like you're a western spy. 2200-5800 руб.
Boutique-Hotel “Khabarovsk City” (Бутик-отель Хабаровск Сити), 64 Istomina St, ☏ +7 4212 76-76-76. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Boutique-hotel “Khabarovsk City” is located in the central part of the city not far from the Amur River. It is a modern beautiful building of 2008. There are 44 rooms of various categories for 69 guests: standard rooms, studios, and lux. Hotel facilities: restaurant-bar "Flowers" (Russian and European cuisine), conference hall, lobby bar, night bar «The place», business center, free wifi, beauty salon, parking lot, booking and delivery air/train tickets, taxi service, left-luggage office, laundry service, elevator. 4400-9500 руб.
Afalina Hotel (Гостиница Афалина), 80 Dikopoltseva St, ☏ +7 4212 604-706. The Afalina Hotel is near the central railway station of Khabarovsk. It is a small pleasant hotel with friendly staff. Hotel building was built in 1994, and renovated in 2008. There are 26 rooms of European style in different categories. Every room has its own design. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with TV, internet access, phone, safe, refrigerator, new shower units. Hotel facilities: restaurant, bar, sauna, billard room, parking lot, laundry service, pet-friendly. 3600-5400 руб.

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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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