Ekaterinburg is situated on the border between Europe and Asia, 1,667 kilometers (1,036 miles) east of Moscow, on the eastern side of the Ural Mountains on Iset River.
Several Russian and European airlines are flying to the city's Koltsovo International Airport (SVX). These include Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, S7, Czech Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Finnair with the direct flights from Moscow, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Prague, Istanbul, Helsinki, Beijing, Harbin, and major cities of Russia. In addition the city is served by direct trains from Beijing (travel from Beijing to Ekaterinburg on this part of Trans-Siberian Railway takes 5 days and is unforgettable experience by itself).
Local organizing committee has negotiated special rates with a wide selection of hotels located close to the Conference site.
Moscow time is CET+1hr.
Ekaterinburg time is CET+3hr.
Russian plugs are of the European standard and have 2 round pins. The power supply is 220 Volts, 50Hz. Please do not forget a suitable socket adaptor if you are bringing electrical items with you. Although the majority of the modern equipment easily switches between 110 and 220 Volts, please check that your item is designed to be plugged into 220 Volts power supply.
Russian currency is Russian Rouble – RUB: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
All cash payments in Russia can be made in RUB only and all credit/debit card payments are processed in the local currency. Cash can be withdrawn from cash machines/ATMs.
In Ekaterinburg money can be exchanged in Bureaus de Change and banks. Most of the banks are open from 10am to 6pm during the weekdays. The number of banks opened during the weekend is smaller, their opening hours are shorter and the exchange rates might be less attractive (before the beginning of HTMC-16 we will list the banks working on the weekdays together their addresses here). Euros and US dollars are accepted by all banks and other world currencies are accepted by larger banks (like Sberbank) although the exchange rates might not be particularly attractive.
In all banks of Ekaterinburg the commission of about 20% is added when torn, dilapidated, and marked bills are exchanged. Coins are not accepted (i.e. it is impossible to exchange the sum in Euro smaller than €5).
Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards are widely accepted in hotels, shops, restaurants, etc. American Express is not accepted in smaller hotels, shops and some restaurants (the reason is that AE charges the small merchants more than Visa and MC charge and they have to wait an extended period of time to receive the payment from AE). We recommend you not to bring travelers´ cheques, since are rarely used now in Europe and Russia.
When you arrive you will need around €50-100 in cash to exchange to the local currency for your initial expenses.
Ekaterinburg has extensive public transport network including city buses, electrical trams and trolleybuses, and underground. The fair is payable after you board a bus, tram or a trolleybus to a conductor or (on some smaller buses) to a driver. There is a flat fair of 28 RUB for one trip. Cash and E-cards(local travel cards) are accepted and change is given. For using the underground, the payment is made before entering the station. Tokens are sold at every station and the fair is 28 RUB.
There are a number of options to get to the city from the airport. City buses run frequent service to the city Railway Station with all the on-route stops (route No. 1) and the fair is 28 RUB. The bus stop is located outside the Terminal building and you will need the cash to pay for the trip (change is given).
Taxi stand is located in the Terminal building and the cost of the trip to the city center is about 800-1000 RUB. Cheaper rate taxis can be called to pick you up at the airport.