Getting there & away
The Nizhny Novgorod train station still goes by its old name of Gorky-Moskovsky vokzal (station), so 'Gorky' appears on most timetables. It is on the western bank of the Oka River, at pl Revolyutsii. Several trains go to Moscow (seven hours), including one fast train (R300, 4½ hours), which departs every morning at 6.30am. All of these stop at Vladimir (R240, two to three hours). One train also continues all the way to St Petersburg (R1500, 16 hours).
Heading east, trains stop at all routes along the trans-Siberian route - the next stop is Perm (R1700, 14 hours). Trains also depart to Samara (R710, 17 hours, every other day) and Kazan (R640, nine hours, daily).
The service centre(483 470) at the train station is helpful for buying tickets, and also offers other services like Internet access.
The river station(303 666) is on Nizhne-Volzhskaya nab, below the kremlin. Apart from short trips along the Volga, this is where you can find out about the summer cruises linking Nizhny Novgorod with St Petersburg, Moscow and cities further down the Volga.
The Nizhny Novgorod International Airport is 15km southwest of the city centre. Several flights go daily to Moscow (R1000 to R3000, one hour). Lufthansa(759 085) flies directly to/from Frankfurt three times a week. Airline tickets are available at agencies around the city, including the Turbyuro(104 503; ul Zvezdinka 10; 10am-7pm Mon-Sat).