Samara is the sixth largest city in Russia. It is situated in the southeastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers. Samara is now a large and important social, political, economic, industrial and cultural center of European Russia.
The Volga River acts as its western boundary; across the river are the Zhiguli Mountains, after which the local beer (Zhigulyovskoye) is named. Its northern boundary is formed by the Sokolyi Hills and by the steppes in the south and east. Samara's river-front is one of the favorite recreation places for local citizens and tourists.
Samara’s old part of town is worth a visit. Considered an “open-air museum”, old mansions coexist with small wooden houses. The Samara Oblast Local History Museum is a treasure trove of historical artifacts from the Samara region. The Samara Art Museum displays works of Russian and European artists as well as Russian, French and German porcelain.
Things to See & Do
* Beach by the Volga in the city center
* Space Museum
* Leningradskaya – shopping street
* Samara Oblast Local History Museum
* Samara Art Museum
Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area – 465.97 km²
Population – 1,164,900 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7
Port Location - The port is centrally located on the Volga River.
Travel Links - The city is served by Kurumoch International Airport which has international connections from Dubai, Frankfurt and Prague. Domestic, there are up to ten depatures daily from Moscow as well as direct flights to Samara from many other Russian cities including Saint Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Rostov-on-the-Don and Vladivostok.
Samara is a major railway junction and almost all trains connecting with Siberia and Russian Far East calls here. There are atleast five departures every day from Moscow, including the Zhiguli branded deluxe train.