Chapter 3. Best solutions how to get to Altai


Are there any airlines making flights to Gorno-Altaysk?

Yes, there are some: direct flights from Moscow, Tumen, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk. There is also transfer flight from Saint-Petersburg - through Moscow.

What are another variants with planes?

You can get to the neighbor city – Barnaul. There are daily flights from Moscow, twice cheaper. From other cities – this variant is cheaper as well.

What is the cost of a flight?

It depends on the season. There and back from Moscow to Gorno-Altaysk will cost 15000-20000 RUB.

What is the cheapest way to get to Altai by plane?

Take a flight to Novosibirsk. The tickets cost much less, but you will have to take a bus to Gorno-Altaysk (8-10 hours to go). You need to have an extra day for transfer.

What is the most expensive one?

Make the direct flight to Gorno-Altaysk by plane: it is very convenient.

What is an optimal one?

Get to Barnaul. A three-hour bus ride saves you enough money.

What is the cheapest way?

Get to Biysk or Barnaul by train. It is just in case you are a big fan of Russian trains. Some people have a real pleasure to travel through a half of the country.

What is the quickest way?

It is the direct flight to Gorno-Altaysk: it takes 4 hours from Moscow.

I cannot find the tickets with a search engine. What am I doing wrong?

There is a little nuance – the departure of the flight from Moscow is after midnight. So the departure on a Saturday evening means at 0.20 on Sunday. The flight is rare – from Moscow - on Sunday, from Gorno-Altaysk - on Sunday.

What if there is not a direct flight?

Search for the flight to Barnaul. If there is not any, search for Novosibirsk then.

Why do none of the tours in Altai include the cost of the tickets?

Usually, tourists are taken to some popular places by chartered flights. But Altai is not so popular, so there are only regular flights available. Why shouldn't we include their costs into our price? The flight might be canceled, the cost of tickets and their availability are very unstable. To include the flight into the price means to guarantee it. We wouldn't like to make impracticable promises.

Are there any other ways or variants available for Moscow or the other cities?

Yes, there are many combinations – just pick the point of departure:

Quick and easy: direct flight to Gorno-Altaysk

A two-way ticket will cost around 25000-30000 RUB for one person.

We will meet you at the airport.

One of the flights arrives exactly at the time the tour begins: departure – at 0:10 AM on Sunday from Moscow, Domodedovo Airport. Arrival to Gorno-Altaysk – at 8:25 AM.

There are some more flights but the availability is quite unstable. We recommend you to search for two-way flights in the form below.

Cheaper but longer: flight to Barnaul + transfer to Gorno-Altaysk

It is cheaper than a direct flight to Gorno-Altaysk – one way ticket costs around 10000-20000 RUB for one person. But it takes more time.

We provide transfer from Barnaul for 1500 RUB per person in one direction. But not at anytime and not every day. For now, we only make transfer on the day the tour begins, on Sunday, and then back – when the tour ends, on Saturday. You need to leave Barnaul by 7:30 AM, so you should arrive to the airport of Barnaul not later than by 7:00 AM; and by 7:15 AM you should be at the bus station. We set off from Gorno-Altaysk to Barnaul at 0:30 AM.

If your plane arrives not on the day when the tour begins, you will have to find a transport by yourself. Taxi means quick and comfortable – it will cost you 700-900 RUB for one seat or 5000-6000 RUB for a car. We recommend you  Maxim, Gett, or Uber: they are cheaper and easier to order.

Cheaper but slower variant (about 5 hours) is to take a bus that departures from the central bus station of Barnaul. You can see the schedule and buy the tickets on the bus station's website. That will cost around 700 RUB for one person.

Even more cheaper, but too long: flight to Novosibirsk + bus/taxi to Gorno-Altaysk

A bus sets off from the central bus station of Novosibirsk, goes 8 hours and costs around 1000 RUB. You can see the schedule and buy the tickets on  the bus station website.

Taxi moves faster, but it costs around 1500 RUB for a seat or 7500 RUB for a car. And again, we recommend you Maxim Gett or Uber: they are cheaper and easier to order.

Just for a fan: train to Barnaul, Biysk or Novosibirsk + bus/taxi to Gorno-Altaysk.

The fastest train goes to Novosibirsk, slower and less frequent trains – to Barnaul and Biysk. If you are ready or just like traveling by train – go ahead. Just take it to account – one-way trip on the train takes 2 days.

Two-way ticket for one person costs around 10000 RUB.

The best variant: flight to Barnaul + transfer to Gorno-Altaysk

Two-way ticket for one person will cost 10000-20000 RUB. It is about 8 hour trip, then you may order transfer from us. Total journey will take around 13 hours.

About transfer. It costs 3000 RUB for one person in one direction. For now, we only make transfer on the day the tour begins, on Sunday, and then back – when the tour ends, on Saturday. You need to leave Barnaul by 7:30 AM, so you should arrive to the airport of Barnaul not later than by 7:00 AM; and by 7:15 AM you should be at the bus station. We set off from Gorno-Altaysk to Barnaul at 0:30 AM.

Alternative way is the transfer flight to Gorn-Altaysk. It will take 25-30 hours – not an easy variant.

If your plane arrives not on the day when the tour begins, you will have to find a transport by yourself. Taxi means quick and comfortable – it will cost you 700-900 RUB for one seat or 5000-6000 RUB for a car. We recommend you  Maxim, Gett, or Uber: they are cheaper and easier to order.

Cheaper but slower variant (about 5 hours) is to take a bus that departures from the central bus station of Barnaul. You can see the schedule and buy the tickets on the bus station's website. That will cost around 700 RUB for one person.

Cheaper but longer: flight to Novosibirsk + bus/taxi to Gorno-Altaysk

Airplane ticket, more likely, will cost even more cheaper than to Gorno-Altaysk and Barnaul, but it is so far from us. We don't provide transfer from Novosibirsk.

A bus sets off from the central bus station of Novosibirsk, goes 8 hours and costs around 1000 RUB. You can see the schedule and buy the tickets on  the bus station website.

Taxi moves faster, but it costs around 1500 RUB for a seat or 7500 RUB for a car. And again, we recommend you Maxim,Gett or Uber: they are cheaper and easier to order.

Just for a fan: train to Barnaul or Novosibirsk + bus/taxi to Gorno-Altaysk.

The fastest train goes to Novosibirsk, slower and less frequent trains – to Barnaul and Biysk. If you are ready or just like traveling by train – go ahead. Just take it to account – one-way trip on the train takes 2 days.

Two-way ticket for one person costs around 10000 RUB.

Direct flight to Gorno-Altaysk

It is the quickest and the easiest way. Two-way ticket for one person, most likely, will cost 7000-30000 RUB – depending on the city of departure.

far as we know, there are direct flights from Tumen, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk. Here is, for example, from Novosibirsk:

We will meet you at the airport.

Flight to Barnaul + transfer to Gorno-Altaysk

If there is no direct flight to Gorno-Altaysk from your city, it is better to take a flight to Barnaul: it will take 4-5 hours to get to us. Transfer will make it longer, but, probably cheaper than the direct flight: two-way ticket for one person will cost 7000-20000 RUB.

We provide transfer from Barnaul for 3000 RUB per person in one direction. But not at anytime and not every day. For now, we only make transfer on the day the tour begins, on Sunday, and then back – when the tour ends, on Saturday. You need to leave Barnaul by 7:30 AM, so you should arrive to the airport of Barnaul not later than by 7:00 AM; and by 7:15 AM you should be at the bus station. We set off from Gorno-Altaysk to Barnaul at 0:30 AM.

If your plane arrives not on the day when the tour begins, you will have to find a transport by yourself. Taxi means quick and comfortable – it will cost you 700-900 RUB for one seat or 5000-6000 RUB for a car. We recommend you  Maxim, Gett, or Uber: they are cheaper and easier to order.

Cheaper but slower variant (about 5 hours) is to take a bus that departures from the central bus station of Barnaul. You can see the schedule and buy the tickets on the bus station's website. That will cost around 700 RUB for one person.

Cheaper but longer: flight to Novosibirsk + bus/taxi to Gorno-Altaysk

Airplane ticket, more likely, will cost even more cheaper than to Gorno-Altaysk and Barnaul, but it is so far from us. We don't provide transfer from Novosibirsk.

A bus sets off from the central bus station of Novosibirsk, goes 8 hours and costs around 1000 RUB. You can see the schedule and buy the tickets on  the bus station website.

Taxi moves faster, but it costs around 1500 RUB for a seat or 7500 RUB for a car. And again, we recommend you Maxim,Gett or Uber: they are cheaper and easier to order.

Just for a fan: train to Barnaul or Novosibirsk + bus/taxi to Gorno-Altaysk.

The fastest train goes to Novosibirsk, slower and less frequent trains – to Barnaul and Biysk. If you are ready or just like traveling by train – go ahead. Just take it to account – one-way trip on the train takes 2 days.

A bus or a taxi to Gorno-Altaysk

Get to any city – Novosibirsk, Biysk or Barnaul – and take a bus or a taxi to Gorno-Altaysk or to Mayma village.

It will take 4-8 hours to go and it will cost 300-1500 RUB.

As for taxi, we recommend you Maxim,Gett or Uber: they are cheaper and easier to order.

Buses set off from the central bus stations. You will pay 700-1000 RUB for one person. It is better to check availability and buy the tickets in advance:

Way to Mayma or Gorno-Altaysk by car

If you go to Mayma by car, input the following GPS-coordinates into your navigator: N55.8494, E38.6603 or 'Mayma village'.

You can leave your car in the paid secure parking, which costs 50-100 RUB per a day; or for free – near our office.

The address of parking: Gorno-Altaysk, Krasnoarmeyskaya street, 58B https://goo.gl/tWLhrL. It is all about quietness and safety. If you would like to reserve a place, call them in advance: +7 913 6989911.




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Many people ask us (and themselves) why they should pay such sums of money for tickets? They could easily spend those 20000 RUB to take a flight to Turkey or Europe; or even less. Why Altai anyway? Why not Baikal or Caucasus?

I think, that is a 'united row' – Caucasus, Baikal, Kamchatka and Altai. It is hard to extract a separate unit – there is a common purpose: to explore the country. If you set such purpose and spend a million — you can make it). So the question doesn't sound “Why Altai?”, but rather “Why Russia?” There are some reasons why – political, patriotic or just being inclined to tourism and adventures. Altai itself is a checkpoint.

That is an element of a grand-tour, stretched in time. Travelers coming to Altai put the question of money to the background, while their curiosity is on the foreground – that is something that motivates them. They want to see something that is hidden from the others. So the answer to the question “Why?” is often sounds like - “because Altai is a unique place giving impressions which are not available for the others”.

This might be showing off (in a good meaning of that word), but it is still a motivation. A nice trip, a good story and a big pride for many years. What is 'a Paris'? Another popular place to visit... But Altai... It is about a hundred points on a coolness scale.


Alexey Kiryanov,
Equesto CEO (FB)


Chapter 1. Why Altai and what's its zest?

Chapter 2. Best time of the year to go to Altai

Chapter 3. Best solutions how to get to Altai

Chapter 4. Taking off our rose-colored glasses: antidote against 'all-is-good' ads

Chapter 5. Activity in Altai

Chapter 6. Touristic bases, hotels and campsites of Altai

Chapter 7. Hikes with tents

Chapter 8. The ancient Altai and history

Chapter 9. Important questions got answered

Chapter 10. Prices in Altai

Chapter 11. Altaian tour selection guide

Chapter 12. Goods of Altai

Chapter 13. What do people say after visiting Altai?

Chapter 14. The examples of independent travels in Altai

Chapter 15. Organizing a tour

Chapter 16. Bike tours in Altai

Mailing for the first time comers to Altai

9 - Edited (2).pngIf you are going to visit Altai, you probably started with searching for the information in the internet: how, what, where, how much, what are the routes, reservation, sightseeings and tours. That's a huge work and it is time consuming.

Our mailing is a set of several letters full of concentrated and structured information, links to well-tried sights and sources and answers to questions.

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