The westernmost large city of Russia, Kaliningrad is a major cultural and industrial center and a place with an extraordinary history. Located in the Kaliningrad Gulf, the city borders Lithuania and Poland, thus making it a major transport hub. Here is a quick overview of the city’s means of transport and key traffic hubs.
Khrabrovo is an international airport about 20 km northeast from the city center. It is a fully-fledged connection point between the world and Russian cities.
Commute between the airport and the city
The cheapest and most convenient way of transportation from the city airport to downtown. The bus stop is located right by the exit of the arrivals terminal. The tickets can be purchased from the driver.
Best for: individual tourists, with little luggage travelling without small children and arriving during the day.
Bus route: # 144
Timetable: 8:20 AM – 10 PM
Cost: ≈ $1
Waiting time: 40 min
Travel time: 40-50 min
Major stops: Northern Train Station; Central Market; “Kaliningrad” Hotel; Bus Terminals
Arrival to: Southern Train Station
By taxi and transfer
There are several taxi services running from Khrabrovo airport, including Kobra Taxi, Kaliningrad Park Taxi, Kiwi Taxi (online service). Taxi can be ordered from a designated desk at the arrivals area, the taxi stop is outside the arrivals to the left.
Best for: businessmen, families with children, disabled people, aged tourists, first-time visitors, large parties, tourists with a lot of luggage or those arriving at nighttime
Cost: $8-$15 (depending on taxi company)
Waiting time: 5 – 10 min
Travel time: 25-30 min
Arrival to: any given address downtown
Southern Railway Station (29 Ulitsa Zheleznodorozhnaya)
Often called the gateway to the Amber Region of Russia, it welcomes long-distance trains from numerous Russian cities and neighboring countries including Ukraine and Belarus, Germany, and Poland.
Northern Railway Station (2 Prospect Sovetstky)
Located not far from Ploshchad Pobedy (Victory Square), the Northern Station is servicing suburban trains taking passengers to Zelenogradsk, Svetlogorsk, Pionersky, and towns in the Kaliningrad region.
International (Central) Bus Terminal (184 Moskovsky Prospect)
It’s a large complex providing bus commute to and from international destinations, including Poland, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, and Latvia.
Southern Bus Terminal (7 Ulitsa Zheleznodorozhnaya)
Located not far from the Southern Train Station, the Southern Bus Terminal provides regular, scheduled bus commute connecting Kaliningrad and resort cities of Svetlogorsk, Zelenogradsk, and others.
Kaliningrad Sea Port
It’s the only non-freezing port of Russia on the Baltic Sea located 45km from the city. An indispensable trading hub, Baltiysk Port provides some passenger transportation services, for instance, ferry connections between Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, the Baltic Spit, and Ust-Luga.
In the city
Kaliningrad’s well-developed transport infrastructure includes buses, trolleybuses, and trams, as well as endless marshrutkas (fixed-route buses). As for the Kaliningrad tram, it is a city landmark in its own, running from 1895, thus making up the oldest tram system in Russia and also one of the two surviving tram systems in Russia with a meter track (the other in Pyatigorsk).