A rather harsh and cold climate defines the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. From October through April, temperatures can fall as low as -17 degree Celsius overnight, so visitors should be prepared to bundle up. This time of year is also best for travellers seeking great deals on airfare and hotel rooms for a trip to Yekaterinburg. Keep in mind that snow is a constant during these months, and it sticks around even in April, as the temperatures begin to warm up.
Typically, the best time of year to visit Yekaterinburg is between May and September, when the city experiences its warmest weather. Temperatures are usually around the mid-teens, and the pleasant weather brings the most tourists to the city.
History, art, culture and politics await visitors in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, one of the country’s largest cities – and certainly one of Russia’s most interesting. Siting on the border between Europe and Asia, Yekaterinburg boasts a long history of eras that may be gone, but are definitely not forgotten.
Some of the most noteworthy sights in the city include the Church of the Blood, which was built on the very site that Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed on. The QWERTY Monument is another must-see, a quirky, larger-than-life outdoor reproduction of a standard keyboard.
Arts and culture can be had at attractions like the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts and the various opera and ballet theaters throughout the city. The Yekaterinburg Circus is another fun local attraction.
Shopping is a must when visiting the city, especially at the Chinese Market, where unique stalls sell an eclectic mix of everything. The local MEGA Mall is also a must-visit for true shopaholics.
Near the Ural Mountains, Yekaterinburg is also a good starting point for adventurous travelers who want to spend part of their trip immersing themselves in Russia’s wilderness with a journey into the mountains.
While the city has the infrastructure needed for visitors to drive around town, Yekaterinburg has notoriously heavy traffic, making it difficult to get around by car. There is a local tram system, however, that lets travellers get around the city without being at the mercy of local traffic. The public transportation system also includes buses and trolleys, though these are both impacted by traffic. Many of the biggest attractions can be reached by foot, as well.
Yekaterinburg is served by Koltsovo International Airport (SVX), about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of the city centre. To get from the airport into Yekaterinburg, passengers can take an express train (the ride is about 40 minutes). Tourists can also hire a taxi at the airport for a private ride into Yekaterinburg, and car rental services are also available on site.