Cruise ships dock within walking distance to town. The terminal is adjacent to the railway station and main post office.
Visa requirements are not as strict as other Russian ports and you are free to venture around on your own. Check with your cruise line first.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Watch a destination video.
Vladivostok is a city in Russia, and serves as the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway. It also is the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet, and as such was off-limits to foreigners and Russians alike until 1992, although it is now open to tourism.
You can just walk around the town and pretty much see everything. The trans-Siberia railway is right next to the dock. In general an organized tour is not needed.
Make sure that you have some Rubles for drinks. The Gum department store is worth visiting.
The official currency of Russia is the ruble, which is divided into one hundred kopeks. It is illegal to pay in foreign currency. ATM's are many.
Most upscale establishments will accept credit cards.
Russian is the official language, English only spoken in upscale places and by the younger educated.
Email and Internet access is offered cheaply in a number of Internet cafés.
Emergency numbers Police 02; Ambulance 03; Fire 01
Most shops open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm or later.
Public holidays are: Jan 1; Jan 6/7 (Orthodox Christmas); March 8 (Women's Day); May 1 and 2; May 9 (Victory Day); June 12; Nov 7. Russians also celebrate the unofficial Old New Year on 13/14 January - according to the Julian calendar.
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