If you live in Moscow or the Moscow region and want to reach Abkhazia by rail, you need to buy tickets for the fast train No. 305C. They can be purchased at the ticket office, via the Internet, as well as using the TTS - transactional self-service terminals. In the period up to 31 October 2013, this train departs from Moscow every day from Kursky railway station in 15 hours 32 minutes. Travel time is 42 hours and 38 minutes, including Parking for the implementation of border and customs procedures. The train arrives in Sukhum in 10 hours and 10 minutes. After October 31 of a possible change in the schedule, to see that you can on the website of Russian Railways.
Back you can come by train No. 306С. He goes from Sukhum daily exactly at 14 o'clock, and arrives at the Kursk station in Moscow in 11 hours and 20 minutes.
Before entering the territory of Abkhazia you need to pass the border and customs control. It takes place at the border station Fun, and takes only one hour of time. After crossing the border the train stops again to pass border control at the station Cantrips, car Park takes 30 minutes.
After the border on the way to Sukhumi, the train will make stops (except Cantrips) in the towns of Gagra, Gudauta, New Athos. All of these cities in Soviet times, was extremely popular resorts, and the New Athos is particularly famous for the fact that in its vicinity was located in an amazingly beautiful cave, open only in 1961.
Residents of the Krasnodar region or vacationers where you can get to Abkhazia by train Adler – Sukhum. He makes regular trips between these settlements in 2011. The train goes from Adler at exactly 7 o'clock (daily) and arrives in the capital of Abkhazia in 12 hours. He goes back in 16 hours and 45 minutes, and arrives to Adler at 21 hours and 40 minutes.
Advice 2 : How to get to Gagra
Gagra during the Soviet Union bore the proud title of the all-Union health resort, where mere mortals, however, was not so easy to get. Today, the Abkhaz, the city is gradually returning to normal life after the war of the Republic for independence and many years of international isolation. Beautiful Gagra are ready to accept tourists from Russia.
You will need
- - foreign or Russian General civil passport;
- - cash.
Gagra is located in 25 km from the Russian-Abkhazian border and to reach this wonderful city you can water, road or rail, but first you should get to Sochi. In Sochi trains Moscow-Adler, the Adler airport planes fly from Moscow, St.-Petersburg, and in the summer from many other Russian cities.
From Sochi marine station in Gagra walks in the morning a pleasure catamaran throughout the year, the only thing that can cancel the trip – storm, but they don't happen very often. In the holiday season the catamaran makes several flights. Passport control you can go right on Board.
In the morning, at 7:30 daily from the Adler railway station train "Adler-Sukhum". To Gagra drive 2.5 hours for passport control to leave, you do not need – Russian and Abkhazian border guards check passports right into the cars.
If you come to Sochi by bus, take the time to leave from the city bus station in the direction of the Abkhaz border and the checkpoint. It will be easier to wait for the transit flight to Sukhum, to buy a ticket for the bus to Gagra and go for it. On the border of the bus passengers come and go in the building of the checkpoint, where the verification procedure is relatively quick and without delay – 20-30 minutes. Bus station Gagra can be reached in half an hour – from Abkhazia traffic on the highway is not intensive and tubes, in contrast to Sochi, no.
If you drive your car, when entering the territory of the checkpoint all passengers must exit the vehicle and proceed to the passport control area. The driver checked with the machine, and then waits for its passengers already on the Abkhaz side. After half an hour you will be able to admire the magnificent architecture here, reminiscent of the colonial style.
Do not forget to remove essential travel amount of cash in ATMs on Russian territory – in Abkhazia there is no ATM.
On the territory of Abkhazia also speak only Russian rubles, no local currency, you do not need.