Samara

Looking at this big and welcoming city with beautiful wooden, Art Nouveau and Constructivist architecture, wide sandy beaches along the Volga River and a new promenade, it's hard to believe Samara was a closed city to foreigners until 1990. The history of Samara began in the end of the 16th century with the construction of a fortress at the confluence of the Volga and the Samara rivers. By the end of the 19th century it was a busy river port and a growing industrial city. But the most important role Samara played after the revolution of 1917. It served as the capital on two occasions. The first time in 1918 as the capital of the pro-tsarist White Army, and then in 1941-1942 when the Soviet government was exacuated here along with the diplomatic corps, plants and industries. After the war Kuybyshev (as Samara was known during the Soviet Era) became a large centre of the rocket-building industry.

POPULATION1 169 719

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW1054 km

FOUNDED IN1586

UTC+4

See

Art Nouveau Museum

Samara Space Museum

Stalin's Bunker

Victoria Art Gallery

Eat & Drink

Cocoamama

Cup to Cup

Get There
By Train:
The railway station is situated at the edge of the historic city centre. Regular services link Samara with Moscow (several overnight sleeper trains including a new double-decker train, at least 13hrs), Kazan (15hrs), Saratov (9hrs), and other destinations. 
Get Around

Samara is a big city and the historical part stretches for many kilometres along the Volga River. The main attractions are located along Kuybysheva St. which intersects with the main pedestrian Leningradskaya St. Weather permitting, you can explore the city centre on foot. Otherwise, trams are ubiquitous and they run from the historic city centre all the way to Zagorodny Park on the outskirts of Samara. Underground is pretty useless in Samara since there's only one line which is located in residential areas and doesn't cover the city centre.