This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tiraspol. To help you make friends with Tiraspol before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tiraspol is the "capital" of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). It officially belongs to Moldova and is its second largest city.
If you are looking for a hostel in Tiraspol, you should try to find a central location, but Tiraspol is quite small and there are not many options. Getting around in Tiraspol is not a problem, since everything worth visiting can easily be reached on foot. Tiraspol can be reached by train or bus from both Moldova and Ukraine. There have been reports of tourists being asked for bribes at the border, but recently, the situation seems to have become more professional. Remember that you have to register with the police if you are staying longer than twenty-four hours.
While you are there, you will notice that Tiraspol is quite a funny place. It is somewhat of an open-air Soviet museum -- time seems to have stood still since Soviet times. You will see huge posters of the republic’s president and advertisement for Sheriff, the company owned by billionaire Viktor Gushan, who controls the whole country. All stores sell the same things -- don’t forget to buy a bottle of Kvint, the country’s famous liquor. If you want to buy anything, you need to change some money into the local currency, Transnistrian ruble. Remember to spend it all, as it is not recognized in any other country!
Written by local enthusiast for Tiraspol hostelsMona