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Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

Cairo
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Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

We are a group of 3 attending a FIFA WC game on the 15th of June and want to leave Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg after the game on Friday night to Chelyabinsk to catch a flight the following morning (June 16th).

What are our option for this trip as I am confused with the train times (for ex. are the times in Moscow time or local time) and are trains punctual and reliable or we will risk missing our flight. Also, is there a bus option or a taxi option and how much will each option cost as we are trying to plan our budget.

Thanks a lot.

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1. Re: Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

Hello,

1. Train times are shown (and printed on tickets) for Moscow time by default (UTC+3). When buying tickets at the RZD website, push "Время: Местное/Московское" to switch to local time (Местное is Local) - looks like they forgot to translate this option into Russian :)

2. Generally, trains are VERY punctual in Russia. A 5-10 minute delay is possible but usually not more than this.

3. Buses are more popular for this destination. There are plenty of buses between Ekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk. They depart both from the North and the South bus stations in Ekaterinburg, and cost 550₽/seat. The easiest way to get the tickets is to buy them right at the bus station on the day of departure. Alternatively, use the bus station websites:

http://avtovokzal-ekb.ru/ and http://www.autovokzal.org/ respectively, but both websites are in Russian, so it might be a bit difficult to use them (also, they don't sell tickets for June 15 yet, it's too early). So it's easier to buy the tickets at the bus station, there will be many. The trip takes ~4 hours.

4. Various taxi companies offer Ekaterinburg-Chelyabisk rides, the prices are ~3000-3200₽.

5. Check out carpooling service BlaBlaCar closer to June, there might be offers from locals who drive to Ekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk. As far as I see, most ask for 300-450₽/passenger for a trip like this.

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Moscow, Russia
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4. Re: Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

// why do you need to go Chelyabinsk on a plane, if you can do the same from Ekaterinburg?

Mikhail, there is such phenomena as sharp increasing of ticket price during World Cup matchdays in host cities.

Compare prices 15th June and 16th June

https://www.aviasales.ru/search/SVX1606MOW1

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5. Re: Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

@Gohary

Match ends 17.00 (Moscow time) 19.00 (local time)

There is the train 22.18 - 3.50 (Moscow time) 00.18 - 5.50 (local time).

https://pass.rzd.ru/tickets/public/en…

When is your flight from Chelyabinsk exactly?

Cairo
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6. Re: Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

Thanks a lot for all the replies, we already made a change of plans and found cheaper flights from perm which is 5-6 hours by train.

Your information regarding the train travel in Russia was very valuable and helpful in our decision.

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7. Re: Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

Gohary, Perm is also a good option. On 15th of June there are the following trains to Perm from Ekaterinburg that will suit you:

1) 23:03 - 04:27 (local time) prices range from $$21-32 for open compartment, $$43-52 for closed compartment (all for one person)

2) 23:14 - 04:37 (local time) prices range from $$15-23 for open compartment, $$30-50 for closed compartment (all for one person)

3) 23:35 - 05:00 (local time) prices range from $$15-24 for open compartment, $$25-41 for closed compartment (all for one person)

The sooner you buy tickets, the more probable that you will get them cheaper. You can buy them either online via various ticket websites or directly at the railway station. But I guess it's much easier to buy them online.

Also take into account that it will take some time to get to the airport from the railway station (about an hour) and that you have to be at the airport at least 2 hours just in case.

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8. Re: Ekaterinburg / Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk

Between the cities of 200 km, I would prefer a taxi or a bus (fast train yet)

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