Panoramic View of the City. Buy plane tickets to Ekaterinburg
Sevastyanov's House. Buy plane tickets to Ekaterinburg
Ekaterinburg Railway Station. Buy plane tickets to Ekaterinburg
Ekaterinburg-City. Buy plane tickets to Ekaterinburg
Panoramic View of the City
Sevastyanov's House
Ekaterinburg Railway Station
Ekaterinburg-City

Ekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia and the capital of the Urals. It is rapidly expanding and attracting more and more visitors who seek to enjoy its cozy parks, architectural masterpieces, and fascinating museums.

The climate in Ekaterinburg is moderately continental, which means that the winter is cold and the summer is hot. It is best to come in August: the hottest part of the summer is past, but the cold hasn’t set in yet, and the streets are festively decorated for City Day. It is nice here in late spring, especially when the apple trees are in bloom.

The easiest way to get to Ekaterinburg is by plane. Aeroflot operates direct flights from Moscow to Koltsovo International Airport. It takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. The Koltsovo Airport is located 15 km from the city center.

The best airfares tend to sell out quickly, so it’s highly recommended that you book your flight in advance. One of the best ways to save money when purchasing an airline ticket is to get a round-trip ticket.

General flight information Moscow  → Ekaterinburg

Distance between cities

1 416 km

Time difference in winter

+ 2 h

Time difference in summer

+ 2 h

Average direct flight time

2 h 20 m

Ekaterinburg Arena

Friday, 15 June. Group A
Egypt
Uruguay
Thursday, 21 June. Group C
France
Peru
Sunday, 24 June. Group H
Japan
Senegal
Wednesday, 27 June. Group F
Mexico
Sweden
 
World Cup 2018

The Central Stadium was built in 1953 and has been renamed Ekaterinburg Arena for the duration of the 2018 World Football Championship. The stadium has been renovated and modernized a number of times. Its latest renovation was performed as part of the preparations for the World Football Championship. The stadium has retained its distinctive Soviet neoclassical style facade. The stadium is a site of cultural heritage and is included in the list of cultural monuments of national importance. The Western and Eastern entrances are columned porticos with sculptures of a milling machine operator, a skier, a hunter, a footballer, a female athlete carrying a torch and a steelmaker. The ticket offices at the stadium's entrances are designed as pylons.

It is the largest sports arena in the capital of the Ural region and is home to FC Ural. The stadium can hold up to 35,000 spectators.

 
Ekaterinburg Arena (map)
5 Repina st., Ekaterinburg

What to see

Start your walk on the rather short pedestrian Vainera Street (about 1 km long), the local promenade, which has a multitude of shops, cafes, and amusing sculptures that depict all types of characters: the inventor of the two-wheeled bicycle, Yefim Artamonov, riding his invention, a banker, two lovers, and a street merchant. Following a local custom, tourists gladly rub different parts of the statues for good luck.

Your next option would be Plotinka, a place where tourists and locals like to go for a stroll. Plotinka is a dam connecting the city pond with the Iset River. This wide embankment is a great spot for enjoying the view and taking some photos.

Ekaterinburg has many interesting churches and monasteries. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at the Novo-Tikhvin Women's Monastery is sure to catch your eye; be sure to visit it. The cathedral has recently been restored, so you can admire the exquisite decoration and the mosaic marble floors. The baroque Church of the Ascension of the Lord, the monumental Church on the Blood, erected on the site of the execution of the Romanov royal family, and the complex of wooden churches of the Ganina Yama Men’s Monastery in the picturesque Ural forest are also worth visiting.

If the weather isn’t that welcoming, there is quite a list of Ekaterinburg museums. The Yeltsin Center is one of the new museums that are definitely worth seeing. Even if you have mixed feelings about the first Russian president and his personality, take the time to stop by, anyway. This place is a movie theater as well as a museum of modern Russian history and an oratory platform for contemporary publicists, public figures, and politicians. Plus, the building’s architecture is impressive.

Another magnificent museum in Ekaterinburg bears the name of the legendary bard and actor Vladimir Vysotsky, whose personal belongings are carefully preserved and on display. The museum also gives you an excellent opportunity to go to a lookout point and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city.

Unfortunately, the capital of the Urals hasn’t developed its own special local cuisine; however, going hungry in this city is most certainly not an option — there are a plethora of cafes and restaurants for any budget and taste. Coming to Ekaterinburg, you should definitely immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere, admire the works of renowned Ural masters, see Constructivist architectural monuments, stroll along the remarkable embankment, and marvel at how quickly one of the biggest Russian cities is developing.