Fly To Kazan, Russia
This popular city is capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan and boasts a rich Muslim culture. It’s a large port on the left-hand-side of the Volga River and has its own language and government. Kazan is also famous for its friendliness and religious tolerance. It’s well-known as the city ‘where Europe meets Asia’, and is often referred to as the third capital of Russia as it’s one of the country’s largest economic, scientific and cultural centres.
The city has been beautifully restored as it was the host city for the Olympiad, the international student Olympics, in 2013. Kazan’s highlight is its magnificent Kremlin, which comprises both a mosque and an Orthodox cathedral.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Kazan do require a Visa for Russia. Make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from your return and that there are at least 2 free pages available for stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Kazan is in Moscow. Granatny Pereulok 1, Building 9, 123001 Moscow. Phone: +7 (095) 540 11 77. Fax: +7 (095) 540 11 78. Website: saembassy.ru. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See and do
Top of the list is the famous Kazan Kremlin, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Also located on the site of the Kremlin is the Soyembika Tower, which looks as if it’s toppling. The Kremlin also houses the largest mosque in Europe, the Qolsarif Mosque.
After exploring the Kremlin, head for Ulitsa Kremlevskaya, to admire the beautiful 19th Century mansions lining the street. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral before heading for Ulitsa Baumana, a pedestrianised promenade full of lovely bars, cafes and restaurants.
Kazan International Airport – KZN
Kazan International Airport is located 25km southeast of Kazan city.
Food and beverage: The South Terminal at Kazan Airport offers a number of fast food outlets, bars and restaurants and the North Terminal has a sandwich shop.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Kazan Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: None at the airport. Nearby: Courtyard Kazan Kremlin, Ibis Kazan Centre, Park Inn by Radisson Kazan.
Car Hire: Avis, Hertz, Europcar.
Airport Hub: Kazan International Airport (code KZN) was a hub for Tatarstan Airlines which ceased operations in December 2013.