Krasnodar

Krasnodar may lack first-rate tourist sights but it's a rich and vibrant city, the centre of  the fertile Kuban region and the touristy Black Sea Coast. Founded in 1793 as a Cossack fortress on the Southern edge of Russia, Krasnodar received city status only in 1867. The city was then known as Yekaterinodar which literally means 'Catherine's gift' in Russian, a nod to Empress Catherine the Great who granted those lands to the Cossacks. After the revolution of 1917 the city's name was changed to Krasnodar. 

Krasnodar desperately tries to look like a metropolis with its main thoroughfare crammed with upscale international chain hotels and shopping malls, yet walk just a couple of blocks away from it, and there you'll see a charming Southern Russian town whose quiet streets are lined with old houses with carved window shutters. Krasnodar is perfect for aimless strolling along its leafy streets and boulevards and lounging in one of its many parks. Come summer, the market stalls are laden with fruits and vegetables grown at local farms and beyond. The main Krasnaya Street is traffic-free during the weekends, which makes it the perfect place for walking or sitting at one of its cafes and watching the Cossack parades.

POPULATION881 476

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW1340 km

FOUNDED IN1793

UTC+3

See

Kovalenko Art Museum

Eat & Drink

Skotina

The Pech

Petrov Vodkin

Ivan Rakovar Crayfish Shop

Sweet Beans Coffee & Tea

Sleep

Shukhov Hostel

Bla Bla Rooms

Bla Bla Hostel

Get There
By Air:
Krasnodar International Airport, otherwise known as Pashkovsky Airport, is located 12km east of the city centre. It has direct flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Sochi, Yerevan, Minsk, Vienna, Istanbul, Dubai and other destinations.  

To get into town, the best option is to take a cab, it is cheap and reliable in Krasnodar. Uber, Yandex.Taxi and GettTaxi operate in the city. Give at least one hour to arrive there since the road to the airport is always busy.  
By Train:
The fastest double-decker sleeper train from Moscow takes almost 19 hours to arrive to Krasnodar. There're convenient train connections between Krasnodar and Sochi (4hrs), and Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don (3h20min). The railway station is located in the centre of Krasnodar, hop on a tram or walk to the central Krasnaya Street. 
Get Around

The city is well-connected by bus, trolleybus and tram lines. Although Krasnodar covers a huge land area, major sights, hotels and restaurants are located along Krasnaya Street and around it.