The capital of the Siberian Region of Russia and the most crowded city, Novosibirsk is the third largest city after Moscow and St. Petersburg. Located on the southeastern part of Siberia, it is the administrative center of the Novosibirsk Oblast. Along the Ob River, the city's location is close to Kazakhstan and China. Novosibirsk is Siberia's first established city, being established in 1893 based on the nearby Trans-Siberia Rail Line. It's first given name, in honor of St. Nicholas and Czar Nikolay the 2nd, 'Novonikolayevsky', holds the meaning "new Siberia" in Russian.
With its location, Novosibirsk is an active transportation and trade center. In terms of mining and automotive it is one of the most important cities in the country. Novosibirsk is home to Russia's largest and the world's second largest opera house. It is also home to Russia's largest zoo. In addition to this, this city has been named Russia's science center due to Akademgorodok, the Academy of Sciences. In the Academy city, the Sun Museum is an interesting place because here are exhibited artworks reflecting sun customs from all around the world. The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk Zoo, Lenin Square, Novosibirsk coach station, Krasny Boulevard, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and St.Nicholas(Santa Claus) Church are the top touristic locations to travel.
With a cold climate in Novosibirsk, Siberia, average temperatures in winter are -20°C and around 20°C in the summer months. The Tolmachevo Airport in the city is 16 km from the city center.
Novosibirsk, which is the largest city of the Siberia region in terms of the surface area, is the third most populous city in Russia with one and a half million population. Novosibirsk has a very cold climate and is noted for its weather temperature that may go down to -40 in the winter months.
At the same time, the city, which is highly developed in terms of automotive and mining industry, is one of the leading centers of the world in this respect. The urban transportation is provided by metro, trolleybus, minibus, bus and taxi. However, the metro is the most convenient option for transportation. Considering the cold weather in the city and the streets are covered with snow in the winter, the metro consisting of 12 stations is the best option among the other alternatives for urban transportation. The single-pass train ticket is about 25 rubles; it is also possible to buy tickets for multiple passes as 5 or 60.
For the urban transportation, the city bus is the option that provides the best transportation alternative after metro. The private bus lines provide a faster service compared to the public transportation buses; unlike the public buses, they do not have to depart/stop at the certain stops. The ticket price for public buses is 10 rubles, while the ticket price for private buses may vary ranging from 15 to 35 rubles.
The minibuses called “Marshrutka”, which serve as a means of urban transport throughout Russia, are also available in the city of Novosibirsk. The marshrutka minibuses are so similar to the minibuses in Turkey. The ticket prices vary between 0.3 and 1$ depending on where you want to go in the city. Tramway and trolleybus attract attention as other means of transportation in the city. Trolleybus ticket prices are lower than the bus ticket prices by 8 rubles. One-way tram ticket prices are about 10 rubles.
You can pay for the tickets after getting on the public transportation vehicles. Taking a taxi and renting a car are the easiest yet the most expensive means of transportation in Novosibirsk. You can get a taxi at the taxi ranks on the road or you can call a taxi to wherever you are by contacting the taxi call centers.
Taking into consideration that the taxi drivers do not mostly activate the taximeters, bargaining in advance can be useful for a lower taxi fare. Novosibirsk Airport (Tolmachevo), which is constantly improving internationally, is about 17 kilometers west of the city. You can reach the city center from the airport within 20 and 30 minutes by car. Ticket sales are carried out at the desks of relevant station around the airport. You can also buy ticket after getting on the vehicles.
Bus is one of the most convenient means of transportation from the airport to the city center. As soon as your plane lands, it is possible to find a bus to the city. You can reach the city center by bus after stepping out of the airport terminal.
There are two different bus lines to get to the city center from the airport. These are 111E (Express) and 112E. The ticket price for the first is 38 rubles, while the other costs 30 rubles. 111E runs between 04.00 and 22.30. 112E is at your service between 05.00 and 21.00. If you are going to travel to the city center by bus, you can arrange your landing time accordingly.
Train is another vehicle that provides convenient transportation to Novosibirsk city center. With the rails on the ground, the train provides a fast transportation to the city center. As you can see the train stations around the bus stops, there are also train stations that are 2 kilometers away from the airport.
The trains run between 6:30 am and 11:30 pm, including weekends.
Minibus taxis are the most convenient option to reach the city center, yet their price is very high. You can take advantage of the minibus taxi as an individual passenger as well as you can travel with other passengers. You can see the minibus taxis just around the airport. You can reach the city center in about 25 minutes by these vehicles. Some drivers may ask for a taxi fare more than necessary. You can bargain with the driver in advance to avoid such a situation.
The last option you can prefer to get to the city center is to rent a car. You can plan this service in advance according to your flight schedule before you land at Novosibirsk Airport, or you can rent a car from the companies at the airport such as Herts, Europcar and Hertz after your flight.Last Updated: January 03, 2017