The bus station is about 4km north of the centre on the outskirts of town. A taxi to the centre will cost R200. Marshrutky 2, 6, 9 and 17 travel to or near the station and can take you to the front of Hotel Elista in the centre.
Elista is approximately the same distance from Volgograd, Astrakhan, Mineralnye Vody (Caucasus) and Stavropol (Caucasus). A trip to any of these takes about six hours and costs around R600. Currently there are no train services to Kalmykia.