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Welcome to Saransk

  • Area: 383 km2 (148 sq mi)
  • Capital of: Republic of Mordovia
  • Dialing code(s): +7 8342
  • Founded: 1641
  • Federal subject: Republic of Mordovia
  • International Airport: Saransk Airport (SKX)
  • Population: 297,415 (2010)
  • Stadium: Mordovia Arena
  • Time zone: MSK (UTC+03:00)

Located in the Volga basin at the confluence of the Saranka and Insar Rivers, Saransk is the capital city as well as the financial and economic center of the Republic of Mordovia. It sits 656 km east of Moscow (by road) and recently became the home residence of one of Russia’s famous new citizens, Gérard Depardieu.

According to multiple sources, Saransk is a frequent venue for ethnographic and folklore festivals aimed at preserving national identity, culture and customs. Ethnic Russians (53.4%) and Mordvins (40.0%) account for the majority of the city’s population.

Saransk is one of the host cities of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018. 

Information & Facts


Saransk has a relatively chilly version of the humid continental climate with warm but not hot summers and cold winters, that averages well below freezing for five months of the year. Transition periods are extremely short and only April and October are between 0 °C (32 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F) in mean temperatures. - Wikipedia

Eating Out

Saransk has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine. The city has a full suite of resturants from budget to high-end to satisfy almost any taste

Getting Around

Train is the only practical and cost effective method of traveling within a country that spans eleven time zones and two continents. Saransk has one of the most beautiful Train Stations in Russia. Unfortunately there are no direct flights from other countries. - Wikipedia


Of all the languages of Russia, Russian is the only official language at the national level. 


Like the rest of Russia, Saransk's official currency is the Ruble or Rouble (RUB).

Notes come in denominations of 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, and 10 Rubles, and there are 10, 5, 2 and 1 Ruble coins. One Ruble equals 100 kopeks which come in 50 and 10 kopek coins. 


Saransk is home to many theaters, art galleries, historical places and museums. Do not miss the Museum of Mordovia Folk Culture, or a triumvirate of excellent squares - Millennium Square, Victory Square and Soviet Square.  


Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is the time zone for the Saransk, Republic of Mordovia. Since 26 October, 2014, it has been set to UTC+3 all year round. Descriptions of time zones in Russia are often based on Moscow Time rather than UTC. For example, Kamchatka (UTC+12) is said to be MSK+9 within Russia.

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