Getting around in Rostov on Don

Rostov-on-Don, or simply ‘Rostov’ as the locals call it, is the historical hotbed of the Cossack culture. It is often called the gateway to the Northern Caucasus. Nowadays, it’s southern Russia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city and here is a quick guide around its infrastructure to help you get around.


Platov Airport

The Rostov-on-Don international airport was initially located within the city. In 2017, due to the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, a new international airport — the Platov Airport was built near the Grushevskaya village 34 km away from the center of Rostov, next to M-4 federal road. The new airport provides diverse modern services: round-the-clock box office, comfortable waiting rooms, a VIP area, a café and a restaurant. Here you’ll also find a parenting room, a currency exchange point, bank terminals, Duty Free shops, a Hotel Airport and other amenities.

Transportation options

Bus

Buses are a quick and convenient way of transportation to and from the new Rostov airport. They run on a regular, around-the-clock basis between the airport and downtown.

Route: #285; #286
Timetable: 24/7
Cost: ≈$1-1.5
Waiting time: 30-40 min
Travel time: 60-65 min
Arrival to: #285 — Rostov Railway Station (Rostov-Glavniy); #286 – Oktyabrskaya Ploshchad (suburban bus station)

Individual minibus, taxi and transfer

Large parties of tourists and families with children are welcome to use the Comfort Don taxi service offering 8-passenger minibuses. The official Aeroservis Taxi can be ordered from the desk at the arrivals terminal. Other taxi and transfer services are also available.

Timetable: 24/7
Cost: $20-25
Waiting time: 5-10 min
Travel time: 40-60 min
Arrival to: any given address downtown

Railway Stations

Rostov-Glavniy (1/2, Privokzalnaya Ploshchad)

The main Rostov-on-Don Railway Station (Rostov-Glavniy) is the largest transport hub of the North Caucasus servicing long-distance and suburban routes and connecting Central Russia with the Caucasus Mountains. It’s located in the city center.

Pervomaiskaya (1/3, Ulitsa Peskova)

There is another train station in Rostov called Pervomaiskaya located 8 km from downtown Rostov and operating mostly cargo and industrial trains. However, due to the heavy passenger traffic at the Rostov-Glavniy Station, some passenger trains arrive to and depart from Pervomayskaya Station.

Bus Terminals

Donavtovokzal (1, Ulitsa Siversa)

The major Rostov Bus Terminal (Donavtovokzal) is located in the city center near the major Rostov Railway Station. It is perhaps the biggest and the busiest bus station in Russia, with more than 400 buses running to 137 destinations per day.

‘Old’ Bus Terminal (suburban station) (126, Ulitsa Sholokhova)

One more bus station in Rostov is located further from the center and servicing suburban and urban bus routes.

Baget-Pashtet café and bakery
A charming bakery in the center of Rostov on Don set in the spirit of 1960’s France
Baget-Pashtet café and bakery
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