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How to get to Suzdal from Moscow

If you are ever in Moscow, you should look at The Golden Ring, a ring of towns and cities north east of Moscow which played an important part in the formation of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. The towns themselves are almost like museums and none more so than the jewel of the Golden Ring, Suzdal. You have to visit this town if you are in Moscow and I will tell you exactly how to get to Suzdal from Moscow.

 

How to get to Suzdal from Moscow

You can do this in a return day trip to Moscow, just, but I recommend staying the night in Suzdal. That will give you the afternoon on the 1st day and the morning and early afternoon on the 2nd day to explore which should be enough time. You can get a bus from Moscow to Suzdal. However, there is only one bus a day and it is not very comfortable. A better option is to get a train to the nearby city of Vladimir and from there get a bus to Suzdal. There are multiple trains every day from Moscow and buses are almost every 30 minutes so you will not have to wait long in Vladimir.

 

Getting the train to Vladimir

Go to the state run website for Russian railways. In the departure station, click (or type) ‘MOSKVA’, in the arrival station type ‘VLADIMIR”, select your departure date (and return if you will go back to Moscow the next day) and click on the buy ticket button. You will have multiple trains to choose from. The fastest trains do the journey in about 1 hour 45 minutes. Be sure to check which of the Moscow train stations your train will depart from. More than likely this will be Mockva Kurskaia. Whichever station it is, you can get there very easily by using the metro.

How to get to Suzdal from Moscow? By train of course

How to get to Suzdal from Moscow? By train of course

 

Looking out train window

Looking out train window

 

Getting Bus from Vladimir to Suzdal

When you arrive at the train station, follow everyone else that is leaving the train station. When you get outside, if you look across the street, you will see the bus station. The facilities in the bus and train station are pretty basic. the train station is a little better so if you want a coffee or something to eat, I would get it there.

In the bus station go to the ticket office and get a single ticket to Suzdal. Something like “odin billet Suzdal” should be enough to be understood. The ticket costs 98.50 rubles so its easier to have a 100 ruble note to get change from.

 

At the exit of the train station, the bus station is directly across the road

At the exit of the train station, the bus station is directly across the road

 

Bus timetables

Bus timetables

 

 

And more timetables

And more timetables

 

My ticket to Suzdal is bus number 159, platform 10 at 12:00 and seat number 6.

 

Bus ticket to Sudal

Bus ticket to Sudal

 

When you have your ticket, go outside to the platform listed on the ticket and wait for the bus. Simple really!

 

Not the actual bus in the end. The bus was more of a minivan.

Not the actual bus in the end. The bus was more of a minivan.

 

Staying the night in Suzdal

There are a lot of accommodation options available in Suzdal. The place i stayed is Suzdal Hotel. It is actually a house and they have a few rooms available. The breakfast that is included is very very good. Trust me on this. They will even collect you from the bus station in Suzdal and bring you back the next day.

View out my bedroom window

View out my bedroom window

 

Returning to Vladimir (and Moscow)

To return to Vladimir, just repeat these steps in the opposite direction – return to the bus station in Suzdal, buy a ticket to Vladimir and continue your onward journey in Russia. Simples! 😉

Train to Nizhny Novgorod

Train to Nizhny Novgorod

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Lena
    May 20, 2018 at 13:33

    Thanks for the instructions. If I ever want to visit Suzdal I now know how to get there from Moscow via Vladimir.

  • Reply
    Lauren Pears
    May 20, 2018 at 13:28

    Suzdal sounds really lovely! I need to travel to more places where there will be snow rather than just constantly chasing the sun 😉

  • Reply
    Mohana Das
    May 20, 2018 at 00:59

    I had never heard of Suzdal until now. Thank you for introducing me to a new place. It looks so calm and quiet under the snow.
    What are some things to do in Suzdal?

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