Kazan travel guide

Kazan Tourism | Kazan Guide

You're Going to Love Kazan

The ancient capital of Kazan is Russia's third largest city. It's a thriving oil-rich metropolis, but Kazan's citizens still celebrate the language and folkways of the Tatar people, who came to the region in the 15th century.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kazan

1. Visit a World Heritage Site

Kazan's hilltop Kremlin was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Visit Kul Sharif Mosque, Annunciation Cathedral and Suyumbike Tower.

2. Buy a Traditional Souvenir

The pedestrian friendly Bauman Street is the place to buy everything from Matryoshka dolls to Tatar folk costumes.

3. Tour a Museum

Your choices include the artistic masterpieces at the Kazan branch of the world famous Hermitage or the quirky collection of communist kitsch at the Soviet Lifestyle Museum.

4. Take a Boat Trip

Enjoy leisurely views of the central Russian countryside during a two-hour boat trip on the Volga River.

5. Cheer the Home Team

Hoops-mad locals regularly pack the Basket-Hall arena to watch the Kazan Unics face off against a EuroLeague opponent.

Where to Eat in Kazan

The cafeteria chain Dobraya Stolovaya offers basic Russian fare at affordable prices. Sample traditional Tatar cuisine such as creamy fish soup at Bilyar on Ulitsa Butlerova. The average price of a meal is RUB750.

When to visit Kazan

Kazan in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 50
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kazan in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 50
1 night at 3-star hotel

Visit Kazan in August or September. The temperatures average 70°F and there are jazz and opera festivals as well as a handicrafts fair.

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How to Get to Kazan

Plane

Most international visitors will arrive via Kazan International Airport (KZN), which is 18 miles south of downtown. Visitors can take an Aeroexpress train to the Kazan Train Station for RUB40 or catch a taxi for around RUB500.

Train

Kazan Train Station is a main stop on the routes to and from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Siberia.

Car

Take the M7 highway east from Moscow or take the E22 west from Perm. Unscrupulous taxi drivers can drastically raise rates for foreign tourists, so it is best to choose wisely before booking a cab.

Bus

Long-distance routes to and from Kazan are mostly run by private companies, which can vary widely in reliability, times of operation and drop-off points. Check in advance to see if your chosen bus route stops at the Kazan airport.

Airports near Kazan

Airlines serving Kazan

Turkish Airlines
Good (944 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (582 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (117 reviews)
Air Serbia
Good (28 reviews)
Royal Jordanian
Good (89 reviews)
flydubai
Good (32 reviews)
EL AL
Good (58 reviews)
Air Astana
Excellent (5 reviews)
Uzbekistan Airways
Good (5 reviews)
AZIMUTH
Excellent (1 reviews)
UTair
Poor (1 reviews)
Ural Airlines
Good (2 reviews)
Nordwind Airlines
Okay (2 reviews)
S7 Airlines
Okay (9 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kazan

Check into the restored Shalyapin Palace Hotel on Ulitsa Universitetskaya for classically decorated rooms and haute cuisine. The Volga Hotel on Said-Galeeva Street and Hostel Kremlin on Bolshaya Krasnaya Street are clean, affordable accommodations within walking distance of the Kremlin.

Popular neighbourhoods in Kazan

Vakhitovsky - This central neighborhood contains the Kremlin and most of Kazan's museums.

Privolzhsky - This southern district is the center of Tatar culture. Don't miss the elaborately decorated Azimov Mosque.

Kirovsky - The Kyrlay amusement park is in this northwest district. Ride the Ferris wheel for panoramic views of the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kazan

Most booked hotels in Kazan

Tatarstan
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 17+
Tatarinn
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 22+
Amaks Safar Hotel
Poor (0, Poor reviews)
C$ 17+
Grand Hotel Kazan
Poor (0, Poor reviews)
C$ 45+
Hotel Crystal
Good (6.4, Good reviews)
C$ 28+
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How to Get Around Kazan

Public Transportation

There is a basic Metro service in central Kazan, and bus and tram lines run throughout the city. The cost for all public transport is RUB7.

Taxi

Taxis average a cost of RUB100 per trip and should be booked ahead of time.

Car

The Kremlin and Bauman Street are pedestrian-only zones, but the rest of Kazan is easily drive-able with ample parking. The average cost for a rental car is RUB3,834.

The Cost of Living in Kazan

Shopping Streets

In addition to Bauman Street, there is the Koltso shopping mall and TSUM department store. Expect prices to be a bit higher than in the U.S.

Groceries and Other

In central Kazan, you can get the basic necessities at convenience stores or open-air markets. The Privolzhsky district has five supermarkets. A quart of milk costs RUB180 and a loaf of bread RUB21.

Cheap meal
C$ 9.12
A pair of jeans
C$ 133.06
Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.57
Cappuccino
C$ 2.55