How to Get to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

How to Get to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

According to, Nizhny Airport receives flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg and a dozen other cities in Russia and abroad. By rail, the easiest way to arrive here is on the high-speed “Swift” and “Swallow” from the Mother See or the branded train “Volga” from the northern capital. The journey by bus will be the longest, but no less picturesque. Well, we have already said about the options with river cruises (it’s a pity, there are no scheduled motor ships).


With this, the “millionaire” (moreover, the fifth largest city in Russia) Nizhny Novgorod is all right: buses, trams, trolleybuses, minibuses, metro, cable car and express river boats. It is better to stomp around the historical center on foot, fortunately, the distances here are small, sometimes you can ride a tram. By bus it is convenient to get to the outskirts and suburbs, by cable car – to get to the satellite city of Bor on the opposite bank of the Volga, admiring the magnificent panorama along the way, and by river express – to the same Bor or just for the sake of an impressive boat trip.


The Nizhny Novgorod Metropolitan has an emblem with a red “M” and a prancing deer, two lines, 14 stations and a reasonable price of 28 RUB per fare. 13 stations of both branches are located on the Zarechnaya part and only one – on the Nagornaya; the haul between the stations “Moskovskaya” and “Gorkovskaya” goes along the metro bridge across the Oka with an excellent view. These two stations are also the most useful from a tourist point of view: the first is located at the railway station, the second is in the historical center of the city. The Nizhny Novgorod metro operates from 5:00 to 0:00.

Ground transport

Buses (60 routes), fixed-route taxis (65 routes), trams (18 routes) and trolleybuses (19 routes), the fare everywhere, except for minibuses, is the same 28 RUB. Tickets for municipal transport can be bought at kiosks at bus stops or from the driver;

The Nizhny Novgorod tram is one of the first in Russia: it traces its history back to 1896. It is definitely worth taking a ride on routes 1, 2 or 21 around the Kremlin.


In Nizhny Novgorod taxis they charge 75 RUB for landing in the city and 22 RUB for each kilometer – in total, a trip within the city will cost at least 150 RUB, and as a maximum – 800 RUB, sometimes even more. Private traders have died out due to the invasion of aggregators, but they are still encountered: you should bargain with them and generally keep your eyes open.

An important nuance: the upper and lower parts of the city are connected by 4 bridges across the Oka. In the morning peak traffic jams are formed “up” – everyone goes to work in the center, in the evening – “down” – they go to the outskirts.

Cable car

Thrown across the Volga, the Nizhny Novgorod cable car connecting Nizhny with the neighboring town of Bor is the largest in length (3600 m) and the highest (height of supports 82 m) in Europe. Another of her records is the longest unsupported flight over water – as much as 880 m! The trip will take 12 minutes and costs 100 rubles, cabs leave every minute. The Nizhny Novgorod station is located in the center, on the Kazanskaya embankment, next to the Cathedral Mosque.

From the gondola you can admire the view of the Kremlin, the Volga slope, the spit of the Oka and the Volga, the Pechersky Monastery, the city of Bor and the picturesque plains – in general, be sure to dare!

River taxi

On river express boats “Zvezda” you can get from the Nizhny Novgorod pier (200 m south of the Chkalov Stairs) to the city of Bor. Transport runs daily from 7:00 to 20:00 with an interval of 10 minutes. And from the River Station of Nizhny Novgorod, pleasure boats regularly depart to Gorodets, Pavlovo, Chkalovsk and the Makariev Monastery.

Nizhny Card

Temporarily unavailable: in connection with the preparations for the 800th anniversary, many cultural sites of the city are closed for restoration, and Nizhny Card sales are temporarily suspended. At the office The website promises to resume them in 2021.

Since 2018, a single electronic guest card has been operating in Nizhny Novgorod. Today, it can be used to visit 16 museums and exhibition halls, the city’s main skating rink, get discounts at local restaurants, cafes and hotels, and use it as an unlimited public transport pass. Along with the Nizhny Card, the buyer receives a guide card, and there is also a convenient mobile application.

The Nizhny Novgorod guest card is valid for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. The cost of one day is 700 RUB, a weekly subscription is 1900 RUB.

Car rental in Nizhny Novgorod

Local, Russian and international car rental agencies operate in the city, including Avis, Hertz and Europcar. Additionally, you will need to leave a deposit – about 5000 RUB. A few tips for those who will be driving in Nizhny Novgorod for the first time:

  • It is better not to come to the historical center by car: the driver will be met by pedestrian and one-way streets, as well as a lack of parking lots. But for trips around the picturesque Nizhny Novgorod region, a car is the best option.
  • A popular one-day route from Nizhny to ancient Gorodets, the best small historical city in Russia in 2003, with its rich merchant houses, museums of gingerbread and samovars and the City of Masters.
  • Far from the Volga, you can go to Bolshoe Boldinotorecite “I visited again” in Pushkin’s office, to the famous Arzamas with its temples, churches and monasteries, to the Oran Monastery near Bogorodsk, the lace Balakhna or the old Pavlovo, glorious for its fighting geese and roosters, and also – suddenly – indoor lemons.

All practical details are on the page ” Rent a car in Nizhny Novgorod “.

How to Get to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

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