The most convenient way to get to Saransk is to take a direct Moscow — Saransk flight. The best money-saving option is to purchase a round-trip ticket. Flights arrive at Saransk International Airport (flight duration: about 1 hour 30 minutes). Please note that the best airfares to Saransk usually sell out quickly, so we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance.

Saransk is the capital of Mordovia, a mosaic city with an astonishing blend of different cultures. The reason is that since the dawn of time, the land was shared by three nations: Russians, Tatars and Mordvins. The charming provincial scenery of the city stands juxtaposed with majestic architectural monuments, and the Orthodox temples stand alongside the characters of Mordvin mythology.

The locals revere tradition and are tickled by innovation. All of the indigenous harmoniously intertwines with the rest. This would be one trait worth taking away from a visit to Saransk.

General flight information Moscow   Saransk

Distance between cities

513 km

Time difference in winter

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Time difference in summer

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Average flight time

1 h 30 min

What to see

Saransk is a former fort, built on the banks of the Insar River in 1641. Initially, it was called Saransky Ostrozhek, taking its roots from the word «sara», which means «marsh». In other words, the capital of Mordovia is a marshland. Over the course of time, its military role waned, and due to favourable geographical location, it gradually became a centre of trade, before becoming the capital of the republic in 1934.

The major landmark of the city is the Cathedral, erected in commemoration of Admiral Theodore Ushakov. Opposite the cathedral is a monument to the glorified naval commander. The invincible Ushakov (and the entire navy under his leadership) is especially venerated: he is considered the patron saint of the republic.

Look for two more unique sights located near the cathedral. Going counterclockwise, you will face the Family Monument, recognised as one of the kindest monuments in the world. Proceed further to see the Monument to Patriarch Nikon, and close by is the house where Gerard Depardieu was registered in Saransk.

A mini-park on Bolshevistskaya Street is one of the favorite spots in the city for taking pictures.  It is also the centre for starting all tourist routes. Continuing on, you will explore the student quarter. At the intersection with the street Bogdana Khmelnitskogo, you can see the main building of N. P. Ogarev Mordovia State University — a hub of the most trendy late-night bars and cafes. The top of the university building is the highest point in the city. Recently, an observation deck was opened on the 17th floor; excursions must be booked in advance.

Another place worth visiting in Saransk is the Star of Mordovia fountain on Millennium Square. Element of the national ornament served as the sample for the fountain’s construction and symbolises the century-long history of the Mordvins as part of Russia. In the evening, it welcomes visitors for a colourful light show — the illuminated water flows reach a height of 45 metres!

A great place to go for a stroll is Pushkin Park. The entrance to the park reveals one of the most romantic monuments (Pushkin and his Muse) dedicated to the poet. The locals come here on summer days to marvel at the geyser fountains located on the Saranka River. They are clearly visible from shore or from the Ferris wheel, which also opens the best view of the Forever with Russia monument and People's Friendship Square.

Saransk features a number of museums. Explore the Mordovian Erzia Museum of Visual Arts, and for those curious about the history of Mordovia, we recommend visiting the I. D. Voronin Mordovian Republican United Museum of Local Lore.

If it is time for a meal, choose one of the city’s restaurants, where alongside the European cuisine you will also be served the traditional Finno-Ugric Povolzhsky soup, meat, fish or the mysterious «bear’s paw». The local drink — poza — is definitely worth trying.