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Perm (Russian: Пермь p`yehr`m`) is a city in Perm Krai, Russia.


Night panorama of the city

Many pass through Perm on the Trans-Siberian Railway; however, few stay here, unless they are looking for a break from train travel. Highlights of the city include a walk along the Kama River, art museums and shows, and a visit to the nearby Gulag museum.

Perm is a large industrial city on the Kama river banks, at the western foothills of the Ural Mountain range. With a population of approximately 1 million people, Perm is the most populous city and the administrative capital of Perm Krai. Its name is derived from the same place as the "Permian" period, meaning "Far-away Land". Like Yekaterinburg, the city was founded in 1723 by Vasily Tatishchev, who was sent by Peter The Great to exploit the vast amounts of ores found in the region. From 1940 to 1957, the city was called Molotov (Мо́лотов), after Vyacheslav Molotov, the minister of foreign affairs under Stalin. The city is bifurcated by the Kama River. Perm was known as the "Gateway to the Gulag" and the horrors of the Gulags are on display at a nearby museum.

During Soviet times, Perm was a manufacturing center for artillery and weapons, some of which are on display at an outdoor museum. It was a "closed city" and was inaccessible by foreigners and most non-residents. It was "hidden" and did not appear on Soviet-made maps. Gorbachev opened the city in 1990 and Perm modernized rapidly.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Bus #42 operates every 9 minutes between the airport and the bus station (Автовокзал) in the southwestern part of the city. Bus #35 also operates to/from the airport.

By train[edit]

Perm II railway station, which handles most long-distance trains.

When searching timetables and fares on RZD, enter "Perm 2" as this is the main station for Perm. There are several daily trains to Moscow (20 hours, 1,400-5,600 руб).

  • 2 Perm II railway station (Станция Пермь-II). Main station, also known as Perm-Zaimki. Perm II (Q4351569) on Wikidata Perm II railway station on Wikipedia
  • 3 Perm I railway station. Smaller central station used mostly by regional trains. Perm I (Q4351571) on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

The central bus station of Perm is on Shosse Kosmonavtov opposite the central market. There are daily buses to/from Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Izhevsk, Chelyabinsk, and many cities in Perm Krai.

By car[edit]

Although Perm lies on the "Siberian Trakt", the main motorway from Moscow to Siberia, the local roads are of poor quality, similar to most of Russia.

By boat[edit]

Perm is accessible through its Kama river port. Passenger transportation is limited to recreational cruises to Chaikovsky, Kazan, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Volgograd. Cruise companies tend to sell return tickets only.

Get around[edit]

Perm stretches 25 km along the Kama River; travelling the entire distance by bus or tram requires several transfers. Therefore, it can be hard to get around.

Tram and bus tickets each cost 20 руб and can only be purchased from the driver or conductor. Transfers require the purchase of a new ticket.

Public transport operates 05:30-00:30.




  • 3 The International Diaghilev Festival (Diaghilev Festival), 25а, Petropavlovskaya st.. May – June. The festival presents different genres and art movements, styles and formats. Ancient music, research of contemporary music tendencies, extraordinary interpretations side by side with academic performances. Night events are followed by early morning concerts. The festival lasts about two weeks and occupies various city venues. From 500 руб to 10,000 руб. It's advised to buy tickets in advance, as tickets for the most popular performances may be sold out on the first day of availability..
  • Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival, +7 342 241-38-02. September or October. (Q4483249) on Wikidata
  • White Nights in Perm. Daily performances in June.
  • Arabesque. Annual ballet competition.
  • Snow, Ice and Fire Festival (Park Gorkogo/Gorky Amusement Park on Komsomolsky Prospekt). The festival includes an international ice and snow sculpture competition with teams from all over the world competing. February. Perm International Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival (Q7169177) on Wikidata Perm International Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival on Wikipedia


With the city quickly developing, new shopping malls appear everywhere. Definitely worth seeing is the always crowded Central Bazaar, with uncountable kiosks and market stands, as well as huge market halls. The bazaar is located opposite the central bus station, at the very beginning of Kosmonavtov avenue. Perm also has a Chinese market, with mostly clothing being sold.


There is plenty of Russian, Georgian, Azeri, and Uzbek food in Perm.




  • Karin Restaurant @ Hilton Garden Inn, 45 B Mira Street. High-end fusion cuisine.


There are many cafes in the city, all of them serving food specialities. One of the most popular bars are the Coffee City chain (Кофе Сити).



  • Hostel P (Хостел П), ul. Lenina, 67 (in the city centre), +7 342 214-78-47. Hostel has laundry, chill-out room, kitchen and friendly staff. Dorm bed: 400-1500 руб.


  • Amaks Premier (Отель Амакс), 43 Monastyrskaya str., +7 342 220-60-60, +7 342 212-24-94, +7 342 220-60-94, . 163 rooms. The staff speak many foreign languages, including English, Italian and French. The Kama boulevard, central shopping street Komsomolsky Prospekt and the "Chaikovsky" Opera & Ballet Theater are on walking distance. The hotel has a large bar/restaurant, with a very affordable a la carte menu, next to its modern bowling facilities. Small swimming pool with sauna/banya in the basement. From 2600 руб.
  • Astor Hotel, 40, Petropavlovskaya St, +7 342 212-2-212, . A 17-room 3-star hotel. Single: From 3800 руб; Double: From 4600 руб.
  • Gabriel Hotel (Габриэль Отель), Permskaya, 78a, +7 342 210-12-30. Single: From 3600 руб; Double: From 5000 руб.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Perm (Отель Хилтон Гарден Инн Пермь), 45B, Mira street, +7 342 -227-67-87, fax: +7 (342)-227-67-87, . From 4500 руб.
  • New Star Hotel (Новая Звезда), Gazety Zvezda (ул. Газеты Звезда), 38-Б (east from the railstation Perm II), +7 342 -220-68-01, . Upscale hotel. Since the building is among the tallest in the area, the top floors offer panoramic views over Perm's skyline. Single: From 4500 руб; Double: From 5500 руб.
  • Prikamye Hotel (Отель Прикамье), Komsomolskiy pr., 27 (Next to Hotel Ural), +7 342 270-02-40, . Although the hotel is quite large it has few facilities.
  • Ural (Отель Урал), 58, Lenin street, +7 342 -218-62-20, fax: +7 (342) 236-34-54. Perm's largest hotel. Apart from a wide choice of room classes, the hotel offers a wide range of facilities. Although parts of the hotel have been renovated, it still has a grey Soviet look.
  • Holiday Inn Perm (Жемчужина), Gagarina Blvd. 65-A / ул. Бульвар Гагарина, 65-А, +7 342 261-90-91. A 10-storey building. From 3500 руб.


Stay safe[edit]

Reckless drivers are probably the biggest safety threat. Pickpocketing is common in the crowded public transport and in the Central and Chinese Bazars. Occasional drunkards may be somewhat annoying but rarely pose any menace. It is wise to stay out of city parks, Balatovo Park, during the night.


Be prepared for cold weather from November to March. Despite cold temperatures outside, nearly all indoor spaces and public transportation are well heated.

Go next[edit]

  • Kungur is the next stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway going eastward, 50 km from Perm, and is famous for its Ice Caves.
  • Khohlovka Museum (Архитектурно-этнографический музей Хохловка), с. Хохловка, Пермский край (46km north of Perm), +7 342 299-71-81. 10:00-18:00. A museum of wooden architecture.
  • The Gulag Museum at Perm-36, village Kutchino, Tchusovskoi region (100 km northeast of Perm city), +7 919-492-5756. 10:00-17:00. Prison camp Perm-36 was closed in 1988, and later turned into the only genuine Gulag museum in Russia. There is a small cinema and a few exhibitions describing life in the high security area and in the special treament area.
Routes through Perm
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