Due to an international airport, Kazan is an easily accessible location from Europe.
One can get here:
- By plane
Kazan is a large transport hub, with Kazan International Airport located 26 kilometers (16 mi) from the city center. It is also accessible through the Trans-Siberian railway and the federal highway M7.
Kazan International Airport receives direct flights from other Russian cities: Moscow (1 h. 25 m. on board), Saint-Petersburg (2 h. 05 m. on board), etc. International flights connect Kazan with foreign cities: Frankfurt, Istanbul, Riga, Helsinki, Prague and others. In total, there are 24 airlines flying from and to Kazan. Most flights are operated by one of the following carriers: UTair, Ural Airlines, RusLine, Pobeda. FinnAir, Nordwind Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Azimuth, S7 Airlines, WizzAir, Turkish airlines, SmartWings, Azur Air, Czech Airlines, RedWings, Avia Traffic Company, AirBaltic and others.
In the case of an unavailabilty for non-stop flights from a departing location to the destination, the best way to travel from the departure city is to take a connecting flight with a layover in Moscow.
There are three major airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), Domodedovo International Airport (DME) and Vnukovo International Airport (VKO). There are several flights from Kazan to Moscow and back every day.
- By plane and by train
On arrival at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) or Domodedovo International Airport (DME) or Vnukovo International Airport (VKO), one can take a taxi or Aeroexpress trains from the airport to Moscow’s Kazansky railway station. Every day several trains leave Moscow for Kazan: the city has good train connections to Moscow (2-3 overnight trains). Travel takes 11 – 13 hours.
In Kazan there are two railway stations: the central railway station, Kazan-1, and the northern railway station, Kazan-2. Kazan-1 is located in the center of the city. To get to the conference venue one can take a bus, a trolleybus, a taxi, or walk for about 25-30 minutes.
- There are a few options to get to the city from the airport and railway stations:
By taxi: round-the-clock taxi-service is available 7 days a week. It is recommended to use the official carriers.
Aeroexpress train runs from Terminal 1 / 1A to the Passenger Railway Station Kazan-1, located in the centre of the city. Working hours: 7.40 a.m. – 9.40 p.m. The length of the trip is 28 minutes. The fare starts from 200 rubles.
One can get from Kazan-1 and Kazan-2 Railway Stations to any part of the city by taxi or public transport. It is recommended to use the official carriers.
TRANSPORT WITHIN KAZAN
Kazan has a well-developed public surface and underground transportation network represented by buses, trams, trolleybuses and metro which allow passengers to get to any part of the city with ease. Working hours of public transport are from 5.30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Public transport fare varies from 27 to 35 rubles, depending on paying options (transportation cards, cash, bank cards).
Besides public transport, taxis can be called upon from local taxi services at any time.
A taxi to the city centre and the conference venues will cost 500-1000 rub.(7-15 EUROs). One could hire a taxi in the airport (which could be much more expensive) or order online or by phone. It is advisable to use online services to order a taxi.
Taxi Uber +7 (960) 054-58-34, Uber.com
Taxi «Tatarstan» +7 (843) 567-15-67, Kazan.taptaxi.su
Taxi «Vezet» +7 (843) 230-00-00, https://kazan.rutaxi.ru/index.html
Yandex taxi: +7 (843) 510 00 00, https://taxi.yandex.ru
All Congress sites are located within walking distance from each other and no transportation is required. One can book a hotel within walking distance (5-15 minutes) from the venue. To get to the University’s accommodation (the guest house and dormitories of the Universiade Village), one can take the metro or a bus (about 30-35 minutes).