Krasnoyarsk

When Anton Chekhov visited Krasnoyarsk on his way to Sakhalin in 1890, he was surprised to find 'a picturesque, cultured town' where 'the streets are clean and paved, the houses are of stone and large, the churches are elegant'. Chekhov even claimed he could easily live in this city and couldn't think of a reason why this was a favourite place for sending exiles to. Once a Cossack stronghold on the edge of the known world, Krasnoyarsk has transformed into a boomtown with the discovery of gold and the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway which connected it with Moscow and St Petersburg. By the end of the 19th century it became the largest city in Siberia, and its unofficial capital. 

But despite the fact that Krasnoyarsk is a big metropolis with a population of over one million people, it still feels like nature is very much present in this urban environment. The never freezing River Yenisei gently flows through the city producing massive clouds of steam in winter. Immediately beyond the river are the rolling hills covered with pine trees. It's a popular ski resort among locals during the winter, and a hiking trail in summer, thanks to the fantastic granite rock formations known as the Krasnoyarsk pillars. 

POPULATION1 082 933

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW4141 km

FOUNDED IN1628

UTC+7

See

Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre

Surikov Art Museum

Astafiev Literature Museum

Surikov Museum Estate

Eat & Drink

Culture Coffee

Coffee Academy

Bulgakov Bar

The Welcome Bar

Sleep

Hovel Hostel

Get There
By Air:
Yemelyanovo International Airport is located 27 km northwest of Krasnoyarsk. There're direct flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and other destinations in Russia. International destinations include Beijing and Harbin.
By Train:
Krasnoyarsk Railway Station is located on the edge of the historic city centre. All Trans-Siberian trains bound for Vladivostok, Beijing, Ulan-Bator or Moscow call here. It takes at least 57 hours to get from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk by train. And another 87 hours to arrive to Vladivostok.
Get Around

The centre of Krasnoyarsk is stretched along the left bank of the Yenisei River. The main streets are Karla Marksa Street, Lenina Street and Mira Avenue, all running parallel to each other. Public transport consists of buses, trolleybuses and trams. The easiest way to get to and from the airport is by taxi (30min, 700₽). The railway station is located 20-30 min walk from the main tourist sights. 

Events

Krasnoyarsk City Day