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Vladivostok

The outlandish city on the Pacific Coast with cragged shores, verdant rolling hills and picturesque bays flanked by suspension bridges, Vladivostok looks nothing like an average Russian city. Different climate with monsoons in summer and warm and sunny autumns, a seven hour time difference with Moscow, different landscape, different flora and fauna, different food and architecture - the final stop on the Trans-Siberian railway feels like a foreign country. The sea breeze, the cheeky seagulls, gigantic shrimps and Korean steamed buns pyanse, Japanese, Korean and Russian sailors in white uniforms flooding the streets of the city, horns of cruise ships leaving the port, the crooked streets of the former Chinese opium dens, bridges, the hills and the lighthouses contribute to the city's exotic charm. And yet if you look closely you'll see just the same Soviet-era apartment blocks nestled on the slopes of the hills, identical government buildings and monuments.  

POPULATION606 589

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW9141km

FOUNDED IN1860

UTC+10

See

Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art

Primorsky Aquarium

Get There
By Air:
Major Russian airlines like Aeroflot and S7 operate direct flights from Moscow (8-9hrs), St Petersburg, Khabarovsk. Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and other cities to Vladivostok. International destinations include Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Bangkok.
By Train:
Vladivostok is the final (or the first) stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway connecting the city to Moscow and St Petersburg. It takes six to seven days to get to Moscow depending on the train. Or significantly longer if you decide get off the train and see the Baikal, Siberian and Ural cities on the way. 
By Boat:
There're ferries from Vladivostok to Donghae and Busan in South Korea, and Sakaiminato in Japan.
Get Around

Although the city centre is rather compact, some of the sights in Vladivostok are located on the islands or on the outskirts. The main public transport in the city is bus. However, public transport is best avoided during rush hour (5-7pm).