a VirtualTourist member from Leidschendam asked on May 28, 2006
I would like to travel to Voronezh this summer. Reading on the Deutsche Bahn site I can get some quotes on the trip. What is a good site to loopup Russian traintickets and fares?
The most easy trip seems to have one tiny problem:
transfer 120 min. Continue by public transport
Is this step easy to do? By bus or metro?
Because the traintrip takes at least 39 hours I lookuped up some flights. Which seems to go to Moscow SVO. Playing public transport detective in a foreign country not speaking the language isn't my thing is it easy to go from the airport to a train that brings me to Voronezh?
You could compare DB prices to www.expresstorussia.com. From home page go to Russian train schedule, and choose Berlin or other European departure to get a quote. If you choose to arrive by train, you could easily get to Kazansky train station by subway. Both Belorusskaya and Komsomolskaya (the station to go to in order to reach Kazanskaya train station) are on the circular subway line, and are just several stops away from each other. You could check www.hotels-moscow.ru/metro.html for the Moscow metro map in English. Look for Brown circular metro line. Short distance doesn't mean of course that it will be piece of cake to navigate through the subway with its signs posted in Russian only. The good news is that Russian reading rules follow pretty much the phonetic principles, meaning, if you have the russian alphabet with you, you can easily read (or understand) the words. Both Belorusskaya and Komsomolskaya stations are usually very busy with lots of people using them, especially Komsomolskaya. Once you get outside of Komsomolskaya station, you'll find yourself in the three train stations square, called Komsomolskaya Square. Your Kazansky vokzal (train station) is just one of three. I would suggest that you have somebody write several sentences for you in Russian (with English translations) so you could ask people to direct you if you feel hopelessly lost. I'm sure you'll find many people in this forum who will be happy to help you. Depending on how quickly you can navigate through the Russian subway signs, 2 hours may be just right or even on a short side to make the transfer in time.
Speaking about a flight to Moscow, arriving in Sheremetyevo 2 is going to be pretty awkward if you'd rather take public transportation. If you go to www.worldairportguide.com, you could access Sheremetyevo 2 website and read in English transfer to the city options. They don't have any buses going to Kazanskaya train station, though. On the other hand, there is a new international airport Domodedovo that has an excellent train service connecting Domodedovo airport to Paveletskaya subway station. From there, it's a very short ride to Komsomolskaya (Paveletskaya station is also on the circular Brown line and is only 4 stations away from Komsomolskaya). So check flights to Domodedovo. I haven't used it yet, but heard very good things about it. They might even have more transfer options than SVO 2, you never know. Again, www.worldairportguide.com should have that information for you. Don't hesitate to ask if you need further help.
Both, thank you very, very much for your replies. It almost sound easy. Now my pretty blonde only need to get the OVIR card :) Which probably takes some time too. Then again, if she knows were the office is, we can travel to it after arrival.
Does any of you know the address of the office? Of have an URL to it?
Skinkie, what kind of visa are you planning to obtain? If you will be traveling on a private invitation, you must submit the OVIR card to the Russian Consulate (or Consular Division of the Embassy) in order to apply for your visa. So your friend should go to OVIR, fill out some papers (she should have all your data), get visa support document from OVIR and mail or fax it to you. Without visa support document you will not be able to get your visa. Usually private visa support and visa cost less than a tourist visa support and visa, but it's going to be a hassle for your friend. When you arrive in Voronezh, you must register your visa at the same OVIR that issued your visa support. That procedure might take a whole day, I heard. There is a simpler way to do it, i.e purchase both visa support and visa through a travel agency. It's going to be more expensive, but you'll be worry free. Just don't forget to ask the travel agent where to register your visa upon arrival in Voronezh.
I'm going for the private visa. So I know for sure someone will be at the trainstation when I'll arrive ;) Gives me the feeling that we both are doing something for the trip :)