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Getting There & Away

The classic way to get to the Russian Far East from elsewhere in Russia is by train, of course. The Trans-Siberian Railway terminates in Vladivostok and serves Birobidzhan and Khabarovsk as well, while its branch line, the BAM (Baikal-Amur Mainline), sends trains all the way to the Pacific Coast at Vanino.

Most locals, however, fly. Subsidised flights, vast distances and cheap fuel mean that planes are best if you need to get anywhere in a hurry. For some places, such as Kamchatka and Magadan, it's virtually your only realistic option. The region's busiest air hub is Khabarovsk, closely followed by Vladivostok, but almost every town in the region has an airport and at least a weekly flight somewhere.