Most visitors will come from Moscow. Vladimir lies about 120 miles to the east of Moscow, and is the first stop along the Golden Ring. The two best methods of transport are bus and train.
Being the first stop of the Golden Ring, Vladimir is located on the important railway route Moscow - Nizhni Novgorod, and is also a stop along the Trans-Siberian route. That is why there are many daily trains to / from Moscow, so it's easy to get between the two cities.
The trains go to and from Moscow, Nizhni-Novgorod, Kirov, Siberia, China, and Mongolia. There's no direct rail connection with the towns of the golden ring, except Moscow, though it's possible to get with suburban trains.
The station is a crappy grey concrete stinky building, not comfortable at all. The main attraction is bowling opened 24 hours a day ($1 a game) and slot machines in the main hall. There are automatic lockers in the railway station; it costs 22 roubles ($0.66) for 24 hours. A backpack, a tent and another smaller backpack will easily fit in one cell.
Tel: 0922-32-28-02 (information).
Directions: The railway station is within 5 minutes walk from the main street of Vladimir, next to the bus station.
Train Schedules to/from Vladimir »
There are intercity buses to and from Moscow (5 direct buses, and other 7 transit buses that go to and from other cities to Moscow, stopping in Vladimir), and local to Suzdal (16 daily), Kovrov (the direction of Bogolyubovo).
The bus station is just in front of the train station. There's a luggage storage room at the station, it costs 5 roubles ($0.16) to put it there for a day, and it’s opened from 7:30 a.m. to 19:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:30 to 13:30 p.m. The schedules of the buses are outside. When you buy the ticket, check if the right time is written on it. Ask the ticket sales person where your bus departs from.
Tel: 0922-32-37-90 (information and it costs 2 roubles ($0.08)).
Bus Schedules to/from Vladimir »