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Yoshkar-Ola, Mari-El Travel Tips

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The town Yoshkar-Ola, Mari-El republic of Russia

The town Yoshkar-Ola was founded in 1584. It is the capital of Mari El republic. The nation that lives in this region is called mari. The population of the city is 290 thousand people. Yoshkar-Ola is 850 km far from Moscow, 160km far from Kazan and 100km far from Cheboksary. Here you can find Yoshkar-Ola city location on the map of Europe. On this weather forecast flash-informer to the right you will find the forecast for 4 cities: Yoshkar-Ola, Kazan, Cheboksary and Moscow.
Click here and you will find Yoshkar-Ola map.

Visa to Russia

To enter Russia you have to get the Russian Federation entry visa. To get Russian tourist or business visa you have to fill in the visa application form for the invitation letter. After you will get the invitation letter by email you will have to contact Russian embassy in your area and apply for the visa at the Russian consulate. Upon your arrival don't forget to keep the migration card with you. It will be required for the registration in Yoshkar-Ola, Mari-El. You will have to get registered within 3 days. You can get the information on invitation letter for Russian multiple entry business visa if you will contact us.

Airline tickets, Airport transfers, Train reservations, Guide and Interpreter




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Moscow, DME - Yoshkar-Ola






Yoshkar-Ola - Moscow, DME





You can fly to Moscow (airport code SVO, DME, 800km far from Yoshkar-Ola), Kazan (airport code KZN, 160km far from Yoshkar-Ola) or Cheboksary (airport code CSY, 100km far from Yoshkar-Ola). There is a direct flight to Yoshkar-Ola from Moscow, Domodedovo airport (DME). You can easely get to Yoshkar-Ola from Moscow, Kazan and Cheboksary by car, bus or train. "Alina" agency can offer you the best rates for airline and train tickets. The guide, interpreter and taxi service in Moscow, Kazan or Cheboksary is available too. If you need an interpreter service, we offer the help of our highly educated and licensed interpreters. Also, at your desire, you can have a guide, speaking a foreign language at your arrival to the airport. If not, we offer only a driver (usually non-English speaking) to transfer you to your destination.

Please, feel free to contact us to make the reservation/order.


If you decide to make a trip to Russia you have to remember that the Russian currency is a ruble. The exchange rate of ruble to dollar or euro and other currencies is changeable. You can easily exchange your currency at local banks or withdraw the money in rubles using ATM.

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Yoshkar-Ola has a Moscow time zone: GMT+3 (winter time) or GMT+4 (summer time). GMT means Greenwich Mean Time.

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ATM, Bank machines, credit cards and travellers checks

The banks are open only on weekdays. They don't work on Saturdays and Sundays. There are bank machines or ATM machines that work 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Don't be afraid of taking credit card it's a convenient way to make payments while your travel to Yoshkar-Ola. Credit cards are accepted in some cafes and restaurants. Here is the link to the addresses of banks and ATM machines. The most ATM machines are excepting Visa Card, Master Card, Cirrus Card and PLUS cards. If you have decided to take travel checks it will not be a problem to change them here you could do it easily in Yoshkar-Ola. It's very safe way to keep money while your stay and it has non-limited validity. Local banks: "Vneshtorgbank", "Sberbank" accepts travel checks of "American Express", "VISA" and "Thomas Cook"/"Master Card".

International calls and telephone cards

You can use telephone cards as it's cheaper connection. Don't use your SIM cards on the territory of Russia. It's better to purchase or rent a local sim-card and a cell phone. You can purchase "Corbina telecom" phone cards. You can use Skype connection at our office (less than 0,02 USD to call USA and Canada).

Prices and tips at the cafes

Yoshkar-Ola is not a very expensive town. We are giving you the prices in Yoshkar-Ola. It is not a tradition to give tips but if you want you can.

Potable water

The water is very clear. And you can buy a potable water in bottles at shops.

Shops and shopping centers, markets

We can't call Yoshkar-Ola a "paradise" for the people who are crazy about shopping. But there are a lot of shopping centers here where you can buy whatever you need. There is a big food market in the center. There are 3 big supermarkets in Yoshkar-Ola "Apelsin", "Babylon", "Eurospar". Here you can learn the prices for products.

Medical insurance

Before entering Russia you have to get the medical insurance policy which will cover all your medical expenses.

Car rental

There is such a service as a car rental in Yoshkar-Ola. You have to take your driving license with you. Before renting a car you should do the deposit and you have to purchase the insurance policy.

The prices for renting:

  • 5€ per 1 hour with the driver
  • 40€ per 10 hours with the driver
  • 25€ per day without a car driver

The best cafes, restaurants, casinos, night clubs in Yoshkar-Ola

The best restaurants: "Onar" (12.00 a.m.-24.00 p.m.), "Maska" (12.00 a.m.-3.00 a.m.), "Monopol" (12.00 a.m-12.00 p.m.), "Karina" (12.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m.).

Cafes: "Aquarium" (12.00 a.m-1.00 a.m.), "Territoria" (12.00 a.m.-1.00 a.m.), "Visit" (10.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m.), "Dolce Vita" (10.00 a.m-10.00 p.m.), "Capuccino" (10.00 a.m-10.00 p.m.).

Casinos: "Vanda" (24 hours a day), "Maska" (24 hours a day), "Iceberg" (24 hours a day), "Faraon" (24 hours a day).

Night clubs: "Faraon" (11.00 p.m-3.00 a.m), "Rossia" (11.00 p.m-3.00 a.m).


There is a bowling center in Yoshkar-Ola at "Faraon" club. Here you can master yourself at playing bowling and there is a bar in it. You could hardly notice how your time is flying.

Horse riding

There is a great chance for you to ride the best horses of Yoshkar-Ola. There is a great place "Chkarino" it's a horse riding center where you can have barbecues, enjoy the great nature, you can try Russian banya and there is a hotel there where you can stay for some days, play billiard and just get the relaxation.


There are some places where you can play billiard. They are "Faraon", "Rossia", Maska".

The tour around the city

Yoshkar-Ola is a great historical place with the cozy and comfortable restaurants and cafes where you can go to have lunch during your excursion. There are a lot of museums, theatres and exhibitions here. You can take a tour out of town. It's the most popular place among people of our small and green town-Kokshaisk. It is the embankment of the great Russian river- Volga where you can see the ships going here and there. There are a great number of churches and historical places here. Don't loose your chance and take the excursion around the city. Here is the map of Yoshkar-Ola.

Aqua tour

There is a great aqua park in Kazan city it's 2 hours ride by car from Yoshkar-Ola. It's one day tour and you will spend an unforgettable day in the aqua park "Letostop".

Disco tour

You can make a wonderful disco-trip around the town night clubs. You can take an interpreter of our agency he/she will be the best guide in this tour.

Means of transportation

There is a great railway station in Yoshkar-Ola. You can take a train Moscow-Yoshkar-Ola. The train is rather comfortable. It's 16 hours trip. There is an airport in Yoshkar-Ola. But we can't say that it's functioning very well. If you want to have a trip around the town you can take a taxi or a mini-bus. Minibuses are very cheap. You can check the schedule of trains here Trains booking page, or www.poezda.net.

Scooter riding

You can have a marvelous scooter riding around the Volga river. You will be transferred to Kokshaisk and we are sure that you will spend unforgettable time there.

Trip to Sheremetyev Castle

There is a great historical castle in the Mari El region - Yurino. The ancient Sheremetyev castle is a brilliant example of the 19th century Russian architecture. We invite you to admire the magnificent beauty of this building and to find yourself in the times of middle ages. We are suggesting you the wedding ceremonies.

Russian Banya, Sauna

Russian banya (sauna) is not only a tradition or ceremony but also a great way to relax, to talk and just to forget about daily problems. Here you can order a massage for yourself.

Excursion to Raiph Monastery

This Monastery is 2 hours ride by car. It's a great opportunity to know some traditions and customs of the Russian Orthodox church. You can try the water of the old curing spring on the territory of the Raiph Monastery.

Yoshkar-Ola hotels and apartments to rent

There are several hotels in Yoshkar-Ola. The price of a standard single hotel room : "Yoshkar-Ola" - from 700 rubles, "Virginia" - from 1100 rubles, "Evrika" - from 1200 rubles, "Tourist" - from 1300 rubles, "Gostevoy Dom" - from 1600 rubles, "Faraon-2" - from 2000 rubles. But we highly recommend you to rent apartments while your stay in Yoshkar-Ola. The hotels are not so comfortable and we doubt that they can be better than the apartments we suggest. You will not be able to relax there. And the apartments can give you the home atmosphere.

Clothes and shoes

As you know each place has its own peculiarities in clothes. Shorts are not very popular in Russia. As it's cold in winter take care of shoes, take warm gloves and scarves. Shoes must be insulated for winter. And you can take light and comfortable shoes for summer season. Take sweater no matter what time you plan to come. Most Russians dress in styles similar to those in the West although they are usually more simple and basic. Bright colors of shirts are not so popular in Russia. Try not to look very extravagant.

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