Driving to Krasnaya Polyana: road, how to get to Krasnaya Polyana, advantages, disadvantages

Train from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana, Rosa Khutor

All the most important information about travelling by car to Krasnaya Polyana. I share my personal experience and give a lot of advice. Learn about the road, difficult areas, parking, winter tires, attractions, pros and cons of such a trip.

Here I will tell you how to go to the resorts of Krasnaya Polyana by your car. First of all, we will talk about the road to parks from Sochi and Adler, and about the nuances of traveling at the resorts themselves Polyana. And about the road from Moscow and other Russian cities to Sochi, I have already told in detail in the article “How to go to the sea by car. Take a look at it, if you want to know not only about distances and road quality, but also about other important travel nuances: what road to take, what to take with you, where to sleep and how to find a normal restaurant along the road in the Rostov and the Krasnodar region, and not to fall into numerous tourist traps, where they charge three times the price, and even poison.

Tips for recreation in KP.

Our experience

Funny, but to superpopular Krasnaya Polyana we and Renata only got many years later, after his car toured every single republic of the North Caucasus, more than 50 resorts in the Krasnodar Territory and the Crimea, and in general half of Russia. Well, what can we do if KP is pure pop, and we prefer music with a heavier tone (Dagestan, Dombai, Dzhily-Su and so on). But we finally did it! We actively drove along the main sights of Greater Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana itself, so we are ready to share our experience with you.

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What to see on Krasnaya Polyana

This is a very vibrant place, which is a must visit at least once in your life.

Krasnaya Polyana

This resort town very quickly began to blossom and in just a few years has become the most respectable ski cluster of our country. And you had a rest there? If so, share in the comments.

The success and popularity of this place was brought, of course, by the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. At the preparatory stage for this important event, the town was improved and changed, all thanks to the new infrastructure: from the airport you can get by a wide convenient road, there are new slopes for skiers and snowboarders, equipped with modern elevators.

Winter lovers can also relax in the luge center, extreme park, several high-class tourist complexes, excellent hotels and restaurants.

After the Olympic Games, the resort continued to develop, construction work here even today, stretching into the mountains of new roads, improved cafes and various entertainment venues, but all repairs are carried out very carefully, without disturbing tourists. There is a Formula 1 track in Sochi, which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Glade is famous not only for winter entertainment

In this town live hospitable Russians that make the most delicious Caucasian honey. In summer, people come here to breathe fresh air and admire the beautiful horizons, go on mountain hikes, go to the sea and take a walk in the chestnut forest.

This place has been a kind of a brand for several years, and it combines several tourism centers at once.

uphill on the elevator

But in fact, it is a small village located along the Mzymta River and serves as a kind of gateway to the resort area. In the village you will not find large sports facilities, but here you can find a budget hostel or guest house, a tasty meal in one of the many cafes and restaurants and purchase all sorts of small things in the stores.

Despite being a village, you will find a post office, hospital, clinic, branches of several large banks and even museums.

Almost immediately behind the town you will find the village of Esto-Sadok, where the Lastochka train, which I wrote about earlier, makes its first stop. It is in Esto-Sadok that you will find numerous Olympic facilities, which have become the economic backbone of the town.

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Road and distance

Let’s see how many kilometers of roads separate us from the alluring mountain slopes and peaks. The distance to Esto Sadok, the heart of Krasnaya Polyana resorts, is indicated. I advise you to read our guide to the resorts in Krasnaya Polyana to understand what they are and where to stay.

Adler 49 km
Sochi 77 km
Anapa 407 km
Krasnodar 377 km
Rostov-on-Don 630 km
Moscow 1700 km
Nizhny Novgorod 1890 km
Saint Petersburg 2400 km
Yekaterinburg 2860 km
Tyumen 3200 km
Vladivostok (just in case!) 9999 km (actually, that’s how much you can see on Google maps)

Travel time is difficult to calculate, because it depends on the road conditions (especially on the route from Dzhubga to Sochi), your car and driving style. But the way from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana usually takes about 40 minutes, and the way from Moscow takes about 30 hours.

Recall that in the article “How to go to the sea by car” I told in detail about the M4 highway, the quality of roads, toll plots, choosing the best route, and other important things. I won’t repeat it here, so follow the link. Also find out how to prepare for a road trip.

Journey to Sochi by car

Skybridge view of the road from Sochi and Adler to Krasnaya Polyana. Photo: unsplash.com / @tulen.

How to get from Adler to Rosa Khutor

Lastochka electric train.

It runs on the route Adler – Rosa Khutor – Adler every day.

You will spend up to 45 minutes en route. To make it more convenient for the guests, the electric train car will take you to your hotel for free.

By bus

The municipal bus #135 leaves from the stop of the “Novy Century” shopping center in Adler.

By car

Rosa Khutor is fifty kilometers from Adler, you can get there by the newly created highway A-148, it is safe and straight, with good coverage and several modern tunnels.

The road starts at the traffic circle of the federal highway M-27. The territory of the lower base of the resort Rosa Valley, equipped with five indoor and one outdoor parking lot, which can accommodate up to 10,000 cars.

Dzhubga-Sochi section

But it is definitely worth mentioning. This is the most difficult section of the road to Krasnaya Polyana (170 km), because here the main serpentines are waiting for you during the whole trip. Add to this only one lane for each stream for almost the entire length of the road, frequent repair work, slowly creeping trucks that collect behind them unthinkable columns and just a huge traffic congestion, especially in the summertime. In general, on this section you can not relax. Unless you, like us, hack the system, going to Sochi in the low or at least the velvet season. Otherwise … Well, I warned you.

By the way, Dzhubga – this is the most treacherous resort of All Russia. If you want to see all the flavor of Krasnodar resort recreation, then look over there in the summer. There’s such a flavor that you won’t be able to develop it for a long time.

On the way south

Driving on serpentines on the way from Dzhubga to Sochi.

If you’re going by car

If the weather is bad, be prepared for snow-covered serpentine roads, which are found on the pass Dzhubga-Sochi immediately after the Krasnodar region. At first sight, the driver and passengers may get scared, almost everyone gets carsick. And if there is snowfall, then the probability of jams increases by 80 percent.

Also, be extremely careful on the serpentine.

Do not leave your car in any place! It is better to park your car for a fee. If you are “dragged away” tow truck – it will cost you about 6000-7000 rubles.

mountain serpentine

Traffic cops often eat a lot of traffic with a recorder to make a fixation of crossing a solid line. Then turn on the blinkers, and formed the usual for all the traffic jam. Have you ever been in such situation? Share in the comments.

If you want to go by car, I recommend to get a transponder (T-pass) – a device for passing through the checkpoints of toll roads, your account will be automatically deducted. This way you will save a lot of time on payments and queues.

Rent a car as an alternative

Or maybe it is better to rent a car? This is a good solution for those who are too long to get to Krasnaya Polyana, and who are not attracted to traffic jams on the road to Sochi. These unpleasant things can be avoided if a couple of hours to fly to Adler and rent a car right at the airport. It is perfectly simple and inexpensive. I can recommend reliable and convenient service Myrentacar. It costs from 1000 ₽ per day for renting a budget car, from 2200 ₽ for a crossover, from 3400 ₽ for a luxury car, from 6500 ₽ for a BMW convertible.

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To go to Krasnaya Polyana by private car or not?

I believe that you need to go, but observe a few rules. When you travel, you must obey traffic regulations and not speed, otherwise you may pay higher fines and get your license revoked. In my opinion, it is not worth it. Also, you have to spend at least 8-10 days on the road, because staying in your car all the time is not going to bring you much joy, neither from the road, nor from the trip itself.

I’d also like to add that it’s better to go to KP at any time, except holidays. There are a lot of people here celebrating the New Year, February 23, March 8. The New Year is also attended by rulers and government officials of Russia. So if you just want to be alone and enjoy nature, choose the usual weekdays or weekends.


A cab or transfer is the only way to get from Sochi Airport to Rosa Khutor at night. No other transport runs here at that time.

Another advantage of this method of travel is that you do not have to wait for a car or minibus. The tourist will have the necessary flight at his/her disposal as soon as he/she picks up the luggage and leaves the airport. At the exit from the arrivals area a driver will be waiting with a nameplate in his hands.

The route will be shortened to the minimum, the final stop – “Rosa Khutor” or any specific address.

Sochi airport to Rosa Khutor by car

There are several companies that organize a comfortable delivery of passengers, but it is better to give preference to proven, among them the well-known service Kiwitaxi. It will be as fast as Aeroexpress, but more comfortable.

  • 1,600 rubles for a car of economy class (comes out 400 rubles per person).
  • 2825 rubles for a minibus for 7 passengers.

Travel time will be 55 minutes.

To make the wait “zero”, you should reserve the car in advance by phone or using an online service.

If you don’t book in advance, it will take you 10-15 minutes to get to Rosa Khutor. Cars with checkers stop on the right side of the airport exit and cost about the same as a shuttle.

Watch video: Taking a cab to Rosa Khutor. Climbing along the mountain road.

Suburban electric train

Suburban Kuban trains run much more frequently than high-speed trains. Rails run from 8 to 18, every hour or two. You will have to pay about 250 rubles for less than an hour.

The schedule of electric trains changes quite often because the flow of passengers to the resort area is taken into account. Therefore, it is better to get acquainted with it beforehand. The electric train delivers tourists to Rosa-Khutor only in the daytime.

Sochi – Rosa Khutor electric train schedule

Walking along the mountains

Akhun Mountain

From Medoveevka you can take a bicycle tour or walk to the observation tower on Mount Akhun, the Eagle Rocks, Akhshtyrskaya Cave, Aibga Ridge and Stone Pillar, the Black Pyramid, Khmelevsky Lakes, Psakho Canyon, Semiozero, yew- and boxwood groves and other interesting places. Walks take from 1.5 hours to 2 days and require different level of training.

sightseeing tour

If you are going to Krasnaya Polyana not with the purpose of skiing, but, as they say, just to see

Perhaps it is more convenient to just take an excursion tour. This will save a lot of trouble to find and wait for transport, in addition, the movement will be accompanied by interesting stories guide, jokes and pranks. You will not have to think about how to get back and stuff.

Exploring the beauties of Krasnaya Polyana is possible as part of the tour

Excursion routes can be found on the Internet, or just walk up to the train station or other place where there are tourist points.

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Resort facilities.

Recreation area.

Recreation area near the swimming pool. First, a free shuttle from the train station to the center of Rosa Khutor.

Large pool in the center, you can swim for free, around it a recreation area, awnings and sun loungers.

Resort guide. Free tour and accompaniment during the holidays.

Service Center Rosa Khutor

Service Center Rosa Khutor.

Service Center. There are ATMs, cash registers, toilets, medical center.


Center Resort.

For 500 rubles you can rent bicycles.

Gazprom Base.

Cafe and bike rentals at the base of Gazprom.

To Krasnaya Polyana by car

Krasnaya Polyana is located in the Adler district of Sochi, 42 km from the Black Sea. There are two roads leading to it: the “old” and the “new” ones. The old one is more winding and difficult to overtake, so it is better to take the new road, which was built for the Olympics. It takes 35-40 minutes, there are usually no traffic jams and few cars, except for New Year holidays.

Go to Krasnaya Polyana by car

Peculiarities of winter roads in Krasnaya Polyana

Several times during the winter snow falls in Adler and all the way to Polyana, so traffic can be difficult due to local eagles on summer tires and just because of bad weather.

The road is usually cleared quickly, but traffic cops in such cases check all cars for the presence of winter tires. Because of this, there are often traffic delays, because they check every car.

Spikes are not necessary for us, it is enough so-called winter “sticky”, but usually from other regions come in spikes. Four-wheelers are usually allowed to drive in summer as well.

Since snow plows are always working in the snowfall, improperly parked cars interfere with it, and they are actively evacuated. Be vigilant

Going to Krasnaya Polyana from Moscow

The distance from Moscow to Krasnaya Polyana is about 1700 km. The road takes on average 25-30 hours. The M4 Don federal highway is in excellent condition, but there are regular repairs closer to the south – it is possible to be stuck here for several hours.

At the border of Rostov and Krasnodar regions, you are likely to be stopped and your entire car may be shaken. Be sure to wear your seatbelt!

In the event of bad weather, prepare for a snowy serpentine road on the pass Dzhubga-Sochi directly after Krasnodar (see the Map of Russia). At first experience is scary and sickening. And if you get in the snow, you can stand in a traffic jam for hours. Also, at the Dzhubga post pretty unpleasant traffic police post, where you can be suspected of all automotive and drug-related sins for several hours, for good reason. Apparently, count on the gifts, realizing that you are already tired, and the ride is not much left. Also, be careful on the serpentine. Road sanitation workers practice to drive after the traffic with a video camera, hoping to fix driving into a solid line with at least one wheel, and then, with flashing lights, they rush to perform their official duty. So drive carefully, so as to leave the valiant guardians of the roads more time to regulate the intersection, which is much more important.

We recommend that you get a transponder (T-pass) in advance – a device for passing through toll road checkpoints, which automatically deducts the amount from your account. That way you won’t waste time paying and waiting in lines.

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Pros and Cons of Driving from Moscow to Krasnaya Polyana by Car

A car with skiers

To go to Krasnaya Polyana by car or…? My choice is to go, but on several conditions. The way should be following traffic rules, and not for speed, otherwise you could lose money on penalty fees, and even your license. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not worth it. Also, the entire trip should be a minimum of 8-10 days, because going out for three days on your car will not bring pleasure, neither from the ride, nor from the trip itself.

Oleg Stepin (free2ride partner) adds here that you can go to Krasnaya Polyana anytime, except for holidays: New Year, February 23 and March 8. The rulers of Russia and Belarus also visit on New Year.

I will start at once with the pros and cons, then – what you should pay special attention to, at the end I will give recommendations based on the experience of our numerous trips.

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  1. Take everything you need without limiting yourself to luggage standards (better to have a roof rack, at least a simple one for skis and snowboards)
  2. Bring from Krasnaya Polyana tea, honey, tangerines and much more.
  3. Make stops whenever and wherever you want, and enjoy the ride.
  4. Save on flights (if you have more than 1 person in the car) – you’ll pay about 4000-5000 roubles for the gasoline one way
  5. Save money on cabs around Krasnaya Polyana and Sochi (the current rates are 200-300 rubles at the settlement and 1500 rubles to Krasnaya Polyana from the airport).
  6. You can leave for Sochi at any time (we usually took a skating break for 6-7 days)
  7. Home can return at any time (to stay for the approaching snowfall or to escape from Krasnaya Polyana rains)
  8. If there is little snow in Krasnaya Polyana, you can also go to Elbrus-Cheget (800 km), Arkhyz or Dombai (about 600 km). But this is if you like to travel.

The disadvantages are .

  1. If you ride without stopping, you will definitely get tired (long distance affects even the passengers).
  2. Dzhubga section – Sochi can be exhausting and dangerous, especially at night.
  3. Angry Krasnodar and Adygei traffic police (may detain you for inspection and turn over all the luggage, according to them, in search of weapons and drugs)
  4. Parking in the resorts of Krasnaya Polyana – paid (and from the free to the elevators will have to walk)
  5. Additional costs for toll roads (cheaper at night)

Moscow-Krasnaya Polyana and M4

Most of the way goes along the M4 Don highway, which has changed a lot for the better over the past 5 years. The distance from Moscow to Krasnaya Polyana (Krasnodar region) is 1680 km.

Travel time is 23 hours (no stops or traffic violations), and there are many other time options if you are not in a hurry and have a rest on the way. When we got the experience and stopped racing to Polyana to catch the plane, we started staying overnight somewhere between 11:00 and 7:00. So, add another 8 hours, then the trip will be comfortable and enjoyable.

Road can be divided into several logical sections:

  1. Moscow-Voronezh – 520 km. (6 hours)
  2. Voronezh – Rostov on Don – 516 km. (6 hours)
  3. Rostov-on-Don – Krasnodar – 274 km. (3 hours 30 minutes)
  4. Krasnodar – Dzhubga – 125 km. (2 hours)
  5. Dzhubga – Sochi (Center) – 173 km. (3 hours 30 minutes)
  6. Sochi (Center) – 67 km. (1 hour 20 minutes)

Toll Road Sections

For money you will take a better road with less traffic. There is no speed enforcement on these sections (but don’t count on it), so I increase the speed to 150 km/h (with 130 km/h allowed).

Paid sections

  1. 48 km -71 km (length -23 km) in Moscow region
  2. 225 km-260 km (length -34 km) in Tula region, bypassing the town of Bogoroditsk
  3. km 287 to 321 (length 34 km) along the Tula Oblast, bypassing the town of Efremov
  4. 330 km-355 km (length 25 km) in the Lipetsk Oblast, bypassing the town of Yarkino
  5. 355 km to 414 km (length 59 km) in the Lipetsk Region, bypassing the town of Yelets
  6. 416 km -464 km (length 48 km) in Lipetsk Region, bypassing the town of Zadonsk
  7. 492 Km -517 Km (length 25 km) in Voronezh Oblast, bypassing the city of Voronezh

M4 toll roads

Toll road length is 248 km with the price about 350 rubles by day and 250 rubles at night. You need it or not, decide for yourself. There are free parallel roads everywhere, but we didn’t use them. To get more information about the toll roads, you can always check here.

Dzhubga-Sochi section

The most uncomfortable and treacherous section (both there and back). It is 173 km of serpentine. On a weekday, you run a great risk of getting stuck in traffic jams. It’s very easy to get in the tail of the long line of cars, which barely crawl behind the almost impossible to overtake the truck. Due to the fact that the distance to the turns are minimal (ie, straight sections of road almost none), the chances of overtaking are minimized and carry a risk of a head-on collision.

All complicated by lack of sanity of local hot drivers, trying to overtake everything and everywhere on a shabby “six” of the last century.

Relax, do not drive, change driving more often, stop and enjoy the warm weather (because ten hours ago you may have been driving in snow-covered Central Russia).

Stop in Sochi

Assuming that you are not planning to rush into the mountains tomorrow morning, then it is better to spend the night in Sochi. A lot of hotels are empty and there will be no problems with the lodging. You should choose a private hotel, you can negotiate the price with them (250-500 rubles for a bed in a decent room is normal).

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Meals at the hotel does not pay, (you’re in the car!) And at any time you can go to the Black Sea embankment and eat with pleasure at a table outdoors under the noise of the surf and warm sunlight.

If you are “burning” to ride, it is better to go to Krasnaya Polyana and spend the night there. In the evening, for good food and a pleasant atmosphere, go straight to the inn “Trikoni”.

My recommendations:

1. Take your time.

You have already traveled a long way and this part of the route should be relaxed. Tune in positively, and look at the sea and breathe in the sea air through the open window, because most of the time the air will be warm. Usually, already after Dzhubga, and it is the departure from the mainland to the Black Sea coast, the temperature jumps by ten degrees, say, from 5 degrees in Krasnodar to 15 (and even higher) on the coast. So don’t be in a hurry, if you are going in the morning, you can stop at a cafe and eat meat and vegetables.

2. Plan the time of your trip

So that to Dzhubga – Sochi and Sochi – Dzhubga section (way home) to be at the weekend. Do not violate traffic rules, in the bushes is sure to sit an employee with a computer, which displays the road video cameras. I ignored this fact and lost my license for 4 months a few years ago.

3. stay overnight.

Usually we get to Rostov-on-Don or Krasnodar, choose a decent looking hotel and go to bed. If you do that, you will have a good impression of the road, not only the speed bump.

4. Choose reliable gas stations.

There are enough of them on the road, so as not to fill up the car in the middle of nowhere. By the way, at Rosneft gas stations they make decent coffee now. In the Krasnodar region, some Rosneft gas stations (at the entrance to Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana) have a “tasty” cafe called “Varenichna Khata”. Appetizing dumplings and not expensive (but not cheap either).

5. Go around the city.

Be careful, do not miss the turns to bypass roads around Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar, otherwise you will lose a lot of time. In the city, by experience, you can lose an hour or more.

6. News about the route

Before your trip be sure to search in search engines for the latest news about the route for repairs, the allowed speed, new toll sections.

7. Car roof box

If you can and the size of your car allows it, buy (borrow) a box. We substantially unloaded the interior of our Pajero (there were four of us at the time) by putting skis, snowboards, boots, poles, and other things in the trunk.

There are a lot of boxes on the market: Thule, MontBlanc and others. Many variations in size and price. On the Internet you can easily find what you need. Choosing a box is a separate story, go to the showroom with your car and consult with the salesperson.

8. Beware of theft

Do not leave your gear in the car or trunk overnight, unless it is parked on the property/hotel, under supervision or paid parking. Although Krasnaya Polyana is a rather quiet place in terms of security (compared to Elbrus), the thieves deprived us of four pairs of skis at night by breaking into the car park.

And it is clear that after skiing you have almost no energy left, and that you want to shower, and then stretch on the couch, yet I strongly recommend that you make an effort and bring skis inside. In the morning will be grateful to themselves for dry and warm skis / snowboards. Yes, and ointment will be more convenient to apply, which is not unimportant for the changeable Krasnaya Polyana weather.

9. Chains

If you do not have a super off-road, then, just in case, buy chains on the wheels. Inexpensive, but they are what saved us after a meter of snow fell overnight.

We will be glad if you share your experiences, questions and opinions about your trip to Krasnaya Polyana by car in the comments or at oleg@free2ride.ru.

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