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Kazan

With its East-meets-West vibe and a rich blend of history and culture, Kazan claims title of the third Russian capital (the first two being Moscow and St Petersburg). Its location on the Volga River and at the crossroads of Europe and Asia helped Kazan rise to prominence but also guaranteed centuries of a turbulent history. Once an independent Tatar Turkic state, the Khanate of Kazan was conquered by the army of Ivan the Terrible in 1552 and has been a part of Russia ever since. By the end of the 19th century, Kazan was not only a big trade and industrial centre, and an important stopover along the newly-built Trans-Siberian railway, but also an ambitious cultural and educational hub - Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Lenin were among those who studied here. 

Today’s Kazan is a rich and vibrant city, a melting pot where West and East don’t replace or suppress each other but blend together creating a unique multicultural vibe in which mosques and churches stand side by side, all signs and announcements are bilingual, and Tatar öçpoçmaqs are served next to Russian pancakes.

POPULATION1 231 878

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW810 km

FOUNDED IN1005

UTC+3

See

Smena Cultural Centre

Chak-Chak Museum

Eat & Drink

Zhavoronok Coffee

Houdini Coffee

Smorodina Cakes

Get There
By Air:
Kazan International Airport is located 26 km southeast of Kazan. For there you can fly direct to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, Ufa, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Astana, Dubai, Istanbul and Frankfurt. There're also seasonal flights to Prague, Barcelona, Tbilisi and other destinations.
By Train:
Kazan-1 is the main station for most mainline train services across Russia. There're several overnight sleeper train operating between Moscow and Kazan including double-decker and premium trains. 
Get Around

Kazan has a good public-transport system - a combination of bus, tram, trolleybus and underground connecting city centre with the suburbs. However, it's feasible to get around the centre of Kazan on foot. The railway station is located 15-20min walk from the main Baumana Street and the Kazan Kremlin. The easiest way to get to the city centre from the airport is by train (40₽, 30min) or by taxi (500₽, around 35min).