And while Kaliningrad Guide Blog is waiting for any new information about free visas to visit Kaliningrad, the issue of getting “Letter of invitation” for standard Russian Tourist Visa is still actual. Latest question was received from Seattle, USA. Continue reading “Letter of invitation to visit Kaliningrad”
Svetlogorsk is one of the main seaside resorts in Kaliningrad region. We`ve got a question from UK about getting there by train. Let’s start our research!
Train stations in Kaliningrad
There are two stations in Kaliningrad where you can find the train to the seaside.
- Youzhny Vokzal – Южный вокзал – South Station – (note the official name: Kaliningrad Passajirskiy)
- Severnyi Vokzal – Северный вокзал – North Station
The first one is the main city station where you can find local trains, international ones and transit to “Main Russia” like Moscow, Saint Petersburg, etc. Also you will find a big Bus Station with local and international routes, as well as the airport shuttle.
I prefer to take a train to Svetlogorsk there since it’s the route starting point and you have better chances to find a free seat. Yes, there are no allocated seats with your ticket. But this area is of the tourist path and far from the city center.
Next station is Severnyi vokzal (North Station) is for local routes to the seaside only. It’s located right next to the main city square, so it’s on option too. But expect bigger crowds on sunny days especially on weekends.
Good News Everyone! Russian ministry of foreign affairs is working on a new type of Russian Visa that will allow to visit Kaliningrad for 10 days. It was mentioned by Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia during his meeting with the local government.
So what do we know about this free Visa to Kaliningrad so far:
- It should be free
- valid for 10 days
- only for visiting Kaliningrad Region
- single entry
- new type is called “electronic visa”… should require less paper work
- probably it will be “issued” right at the border. Let’s hope that all border-crossing offices will work this way.
- Minister has mentioned that it will make easier to travel for Kaliningrad citizens and their neighbors… That leaves the question open – who will be able to use this offer? Our friends from Poland and Lithuania only? EU citizens? Or everyone is welcomed?
Update: During another event a “list of countries” was mentioned. Last time countries of Shengen Agreement, UK and Japan was in that list. Let hope a new one will be longer.
Let’s keep waiting for the official details and the date when it will be available. Stay tuned!
One of the recent questions from one of the travelers was: “How to get from the airport to Kaliningrad?“.
First of all there is a shuttle bus that goes every 40 minutes. Check the timetable from KGD Airport below. The ticket price is 80 RUB, aprox. 1.3 EURO or so. Sounds perfect, isn’t it?
You can check the schedule for both directions at Khrabrovo Airport Official Site.
Second option is a taxi ride. Some taxi apps shows me the prices starting from 500 Rub or so to the city center. Also there are special information desks with taxi-agents that could help you to get the ride to the destination you require.
And annoying taxi drivers that are looking for customers on their own – least recommended but sill an option too. 🙂
Also you will find several Car Rental companies inside the Khrabrovo Airport Building.
And one more exclusive option! Kaliningrad Guide Blog would like make a limited offer for our readers: free airport transfer! Just let us know in the comments below or using the Contact Us form that you need help with getting to Kaliningrad or back to the Airport. The only requirement is to write later a short review on your stay in Kaliningrad. Share some tips and ideas that could be useful for those who will travel after you.
Have a good flight! And feel free to send your questions about visiting Kaliningrad.
Kaliningrad was mentioned in the latest TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards as the 5th destination on the rise in Europe. It’s a great achievement for our region to be in the same list with such great tourist places like:
- Las Palmas de Gran Canariaa and Malaga, Spain
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Kiev, Ukraine
- Wroclaw, Poland
- Bologna, Italy
- Faro, Portugal
- Bucharest, Romania
- Rotterdam, The Netherlands
A little extra chunk of Russia stuck between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad was known as Königsberg from its founding by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century until after World War II. It was renamed, repopulated with Russians and became part of the Soviet Union. Today, as it has been for centuries, it’s known for amber products, with most of the world’s harvestable amber still lying off its coast. The 14th century Königsberg Cathedral is a main city attraction.
So If you decided to visit Kaliningrad, feel free to contact us for any related information. We’ll try our best to help you. For example, we can research a way to make a trip that will include four mentioned destinations at once.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Representation in Kaliningrad just issued the statement that 72-hour Russian visas for short stay in Kaliningrad are going to be canceled from January 1 2017. That was an experiment that was continued in 2016, but now they decided to stop it.
It was a popular way for the tourist to visit our region because it was possible to get that short-stay Russian visa right at the border for some extra fee and paper work.
So starting from the next year you will need to get a regular Russian Visa to visit Kaliningrad. That was the most popular option before.
Kaliningrad Guide Blog will continue to follow the story and inform you af any changes to come.
At least we are waiting for the information about new special visa-free passes for football fans for FIFA Footbal World Cup 2018 and Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia.
Feel free to ask your questions for the details! See you in Kaliningrad.
We have a local joke here:
If you don’t like weather in Kaliningrad, just wait for half an hour and it will change.
This is partly true, the climate here is very “unstable” and the weather can change several times during the day. But let’s take a look at the weather statistics, so you could get a general impression what you can expect during your trip to Kaliningrad. The following table is from Wikipedia and based on very old data. But you can find both Celsius and Fahrenheit. You can see that Summer is not very hot, Winter – not cold, and Spring and Autumn temperatures can be very unpredictable.
And the next graphs are based on the actual data: average for last 7 years.
Day and Night Temperature in Kaliningrad (°C):
Sunny and rainy days per month:
By month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
This should give you a general impression on Kaliningrad Weather during the year.
For a short term weather forecast I can recommend two options that I use on daily basis.
- 10-day Kaliningrad weather forecast from the main Russian search engine Yandex.
- And the wind and weather forecast for wind related sports that provide detailed predictions by hour.
It was a much-unexpected question for me. Then I realized that it’s quite important to know when the sun goes up and down in the area where you travel. Therefore, you can plan your trip and enjoy the maximum number sights during the day or stay safe by avoiding trips in the dark. Continue reading “When is Sunrise and Sunset in Kaliningrad”
We have a brand new hostel right in the heart of Kaliningrad. “KD Hostel” is available on Booking.com less than a month, and have a stunning 9.8/10 rating so far. And we have an exclusive review from one of our readers.
Laura from Argentina: KD Hostel is a beautiful Hostel located in the city center of Kaliningrad, right next to the orthodox cathedral and two shopping malls. The hostel has a well equipped kitchen and a cozy couch area. KD Hostel offers double rooms and 6-bed-dorms with a shared bathroom. The beds in the dorms have a curtain for privacy as well as a lamp, a plug socket and a small locker for your valuables. Everything is very clean and nicely decorated. Only cons: one bathroom for all the guests, so you might have to wait to shower, and the staff hardly speaks any English. Continue reading “Review of KD Hostel in the center of Kaliningrad”