Kazan Kremlin. Buy plane tickets to Kazan
Qolşärif Mosque. Buy plane tickets to Kazan
Family Center "Kazan". Buy plane tickets to Kazan
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In 2005, Kazan celebrated its 1000th birthday. ‘Russia’s third capital’ (an officially registered trademark) has a distinct character due to its unique blend of Eastern and Western influences. Here you can find skyscrapers shooting up against the backdrop of medieval architecture, as well as mosques standing next to Orthodox Christian churches.

Another nice thing about Kazan is that you can come here at any time of the year; the weather never gets unbearably hot or severely cold.

Flying is the fastest way to get there. Aeroflot offers direct flights (just 1h 35m), landing at Kazan International Airport, 23 km from the city centre.

The earlier you book your tickets, the more you’ll save, since the best deals sell out first. You can also save more by buying a return ticket.


General flight information Moscow   Kazan

Distance between cities

717 km

Time difference in winter

0 h

Time difference in summer

0 h

Average flight time

1 h 30 min

What to see

To feel the pulse of the capital of Tatarstan, take a walk along the pedestrian Bauman Street, Kazan’s main promenade, lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. You can take a selfie with the Kazan Cat monument and rub its belly (it’s said to bring good luck). As if that were not enough, you can also take pictures with real cats –– there are plenty here. You see, this city has always been famous for its skillful mousehunters. In the 18th century, while visiting, Empress Elizabeth was surprised not to see any mice in the city, and to rid the Winter Palace of rodents, she commissioned the 30 best feline fighters. They were given an official post and given an allowance; hence the famous Hermitage cats, descended from the mighty Tatars..

One of Kazan’s iconic spots is the picturesque Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also on that list is the city’s main mosque, the Qolşärif Mosque, opened in 2005. It accommodates 1,700 people, and another 10,000 can fit on the square in front of it. As for Orthodox cathedrals, the Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul is the most beautiful one, delighting visitors with the splendour of its façade and its lovely stained-glass windows.

Kazan is just as beautiful at night as by day. The Agricultural Palace turns into a castle thanks to its magical lighting. It’s a good idea to take a stroll from here down the Kremlin Embankment to enjoy a wonderful view of the Kremlin.

If you’ve seen it all and still crave something more, here are some clues: look for the building that has a Tu-154’s snout sticking out of its window, the library inside of an old villa with a grotto for a reading hall, the Temple of All Religions and the Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley, Innopolis.

Food is another reason to visit Kazan. Especially delicious are traditional local sweets: honey chak-chak, echpochmak (stuffed dough triangles), talkysh kaleve (think halva mixed with cotton candy) and much more.