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Getting there & away

Flights go once or twice a day to/from Moscow (R3100 to R3600, two hours); there's an Aeroflot office (394 750; ul Sovetskaya 15; 8am-noon & 1-4pm Mon-Sat) in the foyer of Hotel Venets. Several morning buses make the journey to Kazan (R230, five hours) and Samara (R230, five hours). Trains go to Moscow (R1100, 15 hours), Kazan (R320, six hours), Ufa (R650, 15 hours), Saratov (R520, 11 hours), Samara (R360, five hours) and Volgograd (R780, 15 hours).