Transport

Transport in the Amur Region: by land, water and air

It is not that difficult to get to the Amur Region. Blagoveshchensk, the capital of the Amur Region, is well connected with other Russian cities, as well as with China and number of other countries.

Blagoveshchensk Ignatyevo Airport is the main airport of the Amur Region. It is located about 15 km from the city. Blagoveshchensk is connected by air with Moscow, as well as cities of Siberia and the Far East. Besides, it operates flights to China, Thailand and Vietnam. However, not all the flights are year-round. The most recent information can be found on the official website of the airport http://www.amurair.ru/.

The Trans-Siberian Railway and the Baikal-Amur Railway pass through the Amur Region. The railway from Moscow to Blagoveshchensk takes 6 days to get there (Moscow-Vladivostok train). The Trans-Siberian Railway connects some cities and settlements of the Amur Region. You can check the current schedule and buy tickets on the official website of the Russian Railways (RZD) at https://pass.rzd.ru/.

Blagoveshchensk is connected by transport with the Chinese border town of Heihe, located on the opposite bank of the Amur river. The citizens of Russia and China enjoy a visa-free regime between the cities, all other nationals need to obtain a national visa for visits.

At the moment, there is a predominantly water connection between Blagoveshchensk and Heihe. In summertime, motor ships sail along the Amur River. In the off-season, transportation is handled by air-cushion vehicles ("hovercraft"). In winter, a pontoon bridge for cargo and passenger bus transportation is mounted on the ice-covered Amur.

Currently, two projects are being implemented in the region, which should increase the comfort of the border crossing.

In 2019, the construction of a cross-border road bridge across the Amur River was completed. The bridge will be opened for lorries in 2020. Meanwhile, car owners will have to wait until 2021.

At the same time, the construction of the cable car across the river should be completed. Its construction began in 2019. It is supposed to consist of four lines and work as a funicular. One cabin will carry up to 60 people. The frequency between cabin arrivals will be 12-15 minutes.

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