Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site. In 2005, the Medal “In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan” was established by Russia to denote this landmark event. The multi-ethnic city is honored by UNESCO and famous for Muslims and Christians living side-by-side in peace.
In April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the “Third Capital” of Russia. In 2009 it was chosen as the “Sports capital of Russia” and it still is referred to as such. The city hosts the 2013 Summer Universiade, 2015 World Aquatics Championships, and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The old Kazan is the center of the city. There are beautiful buildings raised in different architectural styles. Mansions in the style of modernism coexist with the Baroque monuments. You can feel the aura of antiquity spell from ancient white walls of the Kazan Kremlin where from a superb view on the river opens. Imagination is boggled by the red bell tower of Bogoyavlenskaya church at the pedestrian Bauman street beloved by tourists.
Kazan easily combines the culture and traditions of the East and the West: next to the finely cut minaret towers there are old Orthodox churches.
A prevailing feature of life in the city is peaceful, creative coexistence of different religions and nationalities.
Kazan is a significant educational and cultural center of Russia. There are about 40 universities operating in the city. Among them there is the Kazan State University founded in 1804 with the faculty composed of and including the world renowned scientist.
There are lots of museums, libraries, concert halls, theaters in this city. Two renowned international festivals: the opera festival named after F.I. Shalyapin and the classical ballet festival named after R. Nuriev have been regularly held for a period of many years in the Opera and Ballet Theater named after M. Jalil. Apart from the local museum there is “Ermitazh-Kazan” Center located in Kazan, which is the only branch of the famous museum in Russia.
Buses, trolleybuses and trams
All overland public transportation of Kazan operates following a single scheme. The fare can be paid in the salon to the driver or conductor, or by means of a transport card, which is valid in all three modes of transport. For tourists it is more convenient to pay once a trip, in this case the cost of the trip will be 25 rubles. Payment by transport card is more profitable, the trip will cost 23 rubles, but the card must first be purchased for 75 rubles. The bus, trolleybuses and trams run on schedules in the period from about 06:00 to 22:00 (all in different ways, plus or minus 30 minutes).
The Kazan Metro consists of only one line and 10 stations. For tourists it is convenient that it passes through the tourist area, making three stops there: Kremlyovskaya, Tukaya Square, Sukonnaya Sloboda. The metro operates from 06:00 to 24:00. The entry fee is paid using tokens or smart cards, the cost of the trip is from 15 to 25 rubles depending on the method of payment. For tourists, it is most convenient to buy simple tokens immediately before a trip at the ticket office or in vending machines. The trip will cost 25 rubles. The bought token drops into the slot on the turnstile, the green light is lit, and you can pass. Children under 7 years inclusive are free. You should contact the controller at the entrance, and they will show the right pass to the children. Do not bring your children with you through the turnstile. You can also buy a smart card for several number of trips (from 1 to 49), in this case the trip will cost 23 rubles + 45 rubles per smart card. Free Wi-Fi is available in the metro.
Kazan International Airport
Kazan international airport is one of the largest airports in Russia, the best regional airport in Russia. Its track chart has more than 55 national and international flights. You can get to the Airport by public transport, by car, ba taxi or by aero express. It is located 26 km away from Kazan.
Travelling to Kazan
Visitors from 44 countries do not require a visitor’s visa for short stays. But those who needs a visa can obtain it by getting an official conference invitation.
Necessary Document for Official Invitation:
-A filled in information form,
-A possport scan copy.