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Your check list: planning an unforgettable trip to Kazan

Experienced travelers know that the most interesting trips are often planned and organized down to the minute. We suggest you don't deprive yourself of all the excitement of spontaneity and unexpected discoveries, but we do suggest creating a rough plan of your journey. Using our tips, you can plan your stay in Kazan, discover places that you won't find in travel guides and get to know the capital of Tatarstan from a completely new perspective.

Make your way around the city on the cheap

Kazan boasts public transport options - the famous red buses, underground metro (where you can pay by card) and even trams and trolleybuses. Traveling by any type of transport costs 27 roubles, but you can also buy two types of passes: 100 bus trips per month for 1,800 roubles, or unlimited trips for all ground transport and up to 50 trips on the metro for 2,500 roubles.

If you have not figured out the public transport routes, you can easily catch one of the several app-based taxi services. Choose a service and install the app at the hotel or at home before traveling. The most popular and affordable taxi apps among local residents are Yandex.Taxi, Uber and Gett. In the warmer months however, opt to move around on a bicycle instead, especially since the infrastructure of the central part of the city contributes to making it easy for cyclists to get around.

Spend an unforgettable evening without paying a single rouble

The saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is not always true, especially when it comes to the most hospitable republic. In order to acquaint the public with the work of city council structures, interesting businesses, and unique buildings, Visit Tatarstan launched a free series of tours called “Oh My Guide!” in the summer of 2018. Each tour is guided by an expert in their field, who takes the group to places usually closed to the public and talks about the specifics of their job. Over 10 such tours have taken place since it started, which have including a walk around Kazan Arena Stadium with the Chairman of the State Tourism Committee Sergey Ivanov, the Director of IT-Park Anton Grachev, a gastronomic tour with degustations, with the Director of TatInter Restaurant Holding Zufar Gayazov and others. Announcements about upcoming tours can be found via Visit Tatarstan’s social media networks. Each tour is unique and will never be repeated, which makes it all the more worthwhile to attend if one is being held while you’re in the city.

An ice-skating rink is traditionally a free and fun winter activity. In addition to the beautiful (and Europe’s longest) skating rink on the Kremlin Embankment, another Kazan ice-skating rink is open to the public in Chernoye Ozero Park, which has become one of the most beloved places of entertainment for the locals. This is due to the fact that it is located in the very centre of the city, decorated with bright and festive lights and spreads around holiday cheer with the cheerful melodies being played. By the way, this year one of the two main city Christmas trees will be put up here.

Parks in Kazan are key places of recreation and relaxation, so it’s no wonder that locals are involved in their up-keep and on-going events. Because of this, a significant portion of free events takes place in the various parks around the city. The events program in Kazan parks during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period this year has already been planned out in a way that interesting events for adults and children are scheduled to be held daily in a variety of locations. The events schedule can be found here.

Head to a rave (a.k.a. techno party)

The nightlife in Kazan is quite eventful - big parties are held every weekend in the city, and sometimes you may even find yourself lucky enough to end up at a rave DJ’d by a famous Berlin techno musician. So you don’t miss out on the best parties in the city, be sure to sign up to social media and Telegram channels of the local music promo companies which regularly announce upcoming events. And if you can’t find a place and all else fails, you can’t go wrong by heading over to Profsoyuznaya Street and walking into any venue with a bright lit sign.

Be an independent traveler

If you prefer exploring by yourself, you can drive around the entire republic without having to wait on tours or signing up for anything in advance. The BlaBlaCar app, used by both locals and tourists is at your service 24/7. Within Tatarstan, trips to any city will cost you around 500 roubles and take about 2-3 hours to go one way.

Buy unique souvenirs to remember your trip

Not a single tourist can leave Tatarstan without packing some chak-chak to share back home, but we suggest expanding your range of Tatar gifts to choose from. Among the less common souvenirs you can take with you are wooden brooches, metal pins with illustrations of the main city sights or in the form of Tatar ‘kyz’ and ‘malaya’ (Tatar “girl and boy”), a re-useable cup with Tatar patterns and much more that can be found in our gift guide. Recently, the Visit Tatarstan selection of authentic souvenirs added leather products to its list: wallets, business card holders and luggage tags can all be purchased at the Tourist Information Centre located at 49 Bauman Street.

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