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 Belgorod. To help you make friends with Belgorod before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Belgorod, Russia, is a small city, close to the Ukrainian border and the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. If you are traveling overland from Ukraine to Russia, this will most likely be the first city that you will enter in the Russian Federation; previously popular border crossings that are further to the south are now a no-go area for foreign travelers due to the conflict in the Donbas Area around Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine.
Belgorod, Russia, is not a city that you will find on many travelers' shortlist of places to visit in Russia. There are not many interesting landmarks, and unless you are in Belgorod, Russia, for business, you will probably use the city as a hub for traveling between Kharkov, Ukraine, and destinations further in Russia. Frequent buses run between Belgorod and Kharkov, taking about one-and-a-half to two hours. From Belgorod, you can then travel onward by train to other destinations in Russia or take a plain to Saint Petersburg and Moscow (there are no direct flights from Ukraine to Russia due to the conflict).
There are quite a few hostels in Belgorod, Russia, for such a non-touristic city. Most of the Belgorod, Russia hostels are in the city centre or at least within walking distance from the city centre. Hostels in Belgorod, Russia, are very competitive in terms of quality; for just a few dollars, you can find a bed in an exceptionally good hostel. Private rooms in Belgorod are also reasonably priced. If you are traveling with more than one person, a private room may be even cheaper or similarly priced compared to two beds in a Belgorod, Russia hostel dorm. As previously mentioned, Belgorod is not a touristic city and foreign travelers are scarce -- it is not unlikely that you will be the only guest not from Russia or Ukraine. It may be more difficult to communicate in English to staff and fellow guests, but it will make it easier to emerge in the local culture.
Written by local enthusiast for Belgorod hostelsMartin Straatman