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About Nalchik Airport

Northrop YF-23, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Hava Kuvvetleri için tasarlanmış tek kişilik, çift motorlu hayalet avcı uçağı ve teknoloji göstericisidir. Tasarım, Lockheed YF-22 ile birlikte hava kuvvetlerinin Gelişmiş Taktik Avcı yarışmasında üretim sözleşmesi için iki finalistten biri oldu.

1980'lerde Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Hava Kuvvetleri, özellikle Sovyetler Birliği'nin Suhoy Su-27 ve Mikoyan MiG-29'una karşı mevcut avcı uçaklarının yerine geçecek bir tasarım aramaktaydı. Açılan yarışmada birçok şirket tasarımlarını değerlendirmeye sundu. Finalist olarak Northrop ve Lockheed'in önerileri seçildi. Northrop, YF-23'ü geliştirmek için McDonnell Douglas ile ortak çalışırken; Lockheed, Boeing ve General Dynamics birlikte YF-22'yi geliştirdi.

Getting to the City Center from Nalchik Airport

Nalchik is the capital of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, which is located in the North Caucasus region in the south of Russia. The city, whose history dates back to a fairly recent history, has a population of about 300,000 and is situated on the Nalchik River. Urban transportation in Nalchik is provided to a great extent by buses, mini-buses and trolleybuses.

The tourists visiting the city usually prefer car rental and taxi transport services. Because the surface area of the city is quite small and the taxi fares are quite affordable. As an alternative, it is also possible to go to every part of the city by walking or renting a bicycle.

There are a railway station and a bus terminal in Nalchik. The train lines 061C and 0624 regularly depart from Nalchik railway station, but the Kabardino-Balkaria train passes through the town of Prohladny, not from Nalchik. Normal buses and mini-buses depart from the bus terminal to the city center and the neighboring cities of Nalchik. International transportation is also provided by buses to a great extent. Bus tickets for Stuttgart-Nalchik and Berlin-Nalchik cost 140 Euros according to the latest tariff.

The international bus services are operated by the company KVN Internationaler Linienverkehr. You can get more detailed information from this company's website. Taxis, which are another means of transportation in the city, are highly developed and affordable. The federal highway Rostov-on-Don Baku passes through the city of Nalchik. If you prefer, you can also reach the city center on foot because Nalchik Airport is only 3 kilometers away from the city center. However, if your luggage is too heavy to walk, you can also take advantage of taxi or the airport shuttle buses.

If you prefer to walk from the airport to Nalchik city center, you can complete your transportation in about 25-30 minutes.

Bus and Mini-bus

The distance between the airport and Nalchik bus terminal in Ulitsa Zalikhanova is 16.5 kilometers. There are intercity and urban bus services from the bus terminal. If you rent a car from the airport, it is possible to go to the bus terminal in about 28 minutes.

The bus number 14 is the bus line which has the busiest and longest route in Nalchik. The fare is the same for both buses and trolleybuses, and shared ticket system is available. Bus ticket price is 10 rubles according to 2015 tariff. The route of bus number 14 starts from Kadirova, passes through Konchnaya and end at Musukeva. Bus services are provided between 7 am and 10 pm. Mini-buses are more common in the city and the number of lines of the mini-buses is much more.

There are nine mini-bus lines including the lines 3, 11, 14, 19, 27, 101, 333, 527 and 536 in total. Most of the mini-buses run between 7 am and 9 pm. Although the shared and single ticket system is valid in buses and trolleybuses in the city, the ticket prices of mini-buses that are like minibuses vary according to the line number.

The terminal stops of the mini-bus line 3 are Detskoya poliklinika and Konechnaya, and the ticket price is 6 rubles. The mini-bus number 11 runs between Licei No 1 and Konechnaya and ticket price is 13 rubles. The mini-bus number 14 runs between automobil’nie and masterskie-Konechnaya with a 13-ruble ticket price; the mini-bus number 19 runs between Rinok “Strelka”-“Pervaya Apteka” na gornoi and Torgovii Kompleks Yugo-Zapadnii-Konechnaya; and the mini-bus number 27 runs between Rinok-Dubki-Torgovii Kompleks and Yugo-Zapadnii.


There are 53 trolleybuses that actively serve in the city with a total of 44-kilometer transportation network and 7 lines. There is a single ticket system for all trolleybus lines. The updated ticket price for a trolleybus ticket costs 10 rubles. Trolleybus lines 1, 2, 3 and 4 are interconnected and a large majority of trolley buses run between 06.00 and 23.00 working hours.

The trolleybuses 1 and 4 run between Gornaya and Dubki; the trolleybus number 2 runs between Gornaya and “Strelka”; and the trolleybus 3 runs between “Strelka” and Dubki.


Transportation from Nalchik Airport to the city center takes about 4 minutes by taxi. In Nalchik city, taxi fares are affordable, yet it is possible to come across the taxi drivers who overcharge. Therefore, if you are told the taxi fare is above 220-260 rubles from the airport to the city center, you can ask for a discount or get a price from another taxi driver.

Rent a car

There are not many car rental alternatives you can prefer at the exit of Nalchik Airport terminal. If you are planning to travel Nalchik and the nearby cities, renting a car is the most appropriate and economical option for you. It is possible to reach the city from Nalchik Airport in about 5 minutes by renting a car.

Last Updated: 25 Feb 2017
Getting to Nalchik Airport from the City Center

Taxi is the most preferred means of transportation because Nalchik Airport is only 3 kilometers away from the city center. In addition, there are also the stops of some trolleybus lines and minibuses called "marshrutka" near the airport.

Bus and Mini-Bus

Nalchik city buses and mini-bus lines provide transportation to all parts of the city. These two types buses are connected to each other and you can reach Nalchik Airport at any time from wherever you are in the city with or without a transfer. Even if you are in a far distance from the city center, your transportation time shortens thanks to the fact that there are the bus stops in many points of the city.

There is a single and shared ticket system that is valid for all lines of city buses and trolleybuses. The most up-to-date ticket price is 10 rubles. On the other hand, the ticket prices for the mini-buses in the city vary according to the line number.

There are a total of 9 mini-buses in the city.  The mini-bus number 536 runs between Nal’chik (autovokzal No 1, ploshadka 6) and Tirniauz (administrac,ya); the mini-bus number 527 runs between Nal’chik (autovokzal No 1 ploshadka 4) and Vladikavkaz (autovokzal No 1) for 6 rubles; the mini-bus 333 runs between Baksan and Tirniauz; and the mini-bus 101 runs between Nal’chik (autovokzal No 1, plashadka 6) and Baksan.


The most up-to-date price for one-way ride on trolleybus, which is the most active and preferred means of public transportation in the city is 10 rubles and it is much faster compared to the buses.

The trolleybuses running in Nalchik city with 7 lines in total have the lines number 1, 2, 3 and 4 are connected to each other and there are the stops at the most visited places of the city.

The trolleybus line 5 runs between “NZPP” and KBGU Berberkova (Pyatachok) between 08:40 and 09:32 and the trolleybus line 7 serves between KBGU Berbekova (Pyatachok) and Pticefabrika (p. Adiyukh).


The most preferred means of transportation in the city is undoubtedly the taxis. The fact that both taxi fares are affordable and Nalchik is a small city promotes many people to take a taxi, because the places to visit in the city are usually in the city center. Even if you are in a place that is far from the city center, going to Nalchik Airport by taxi is affordable, as well as it is the fastest and comfortable option.

Rent a car

It is possible to see more car rental companies in the city compared to the airport terminal. It is very easy to get to Nalchik city center and its surroundings by the car you have rent. There is scarcely any traffic congestion in the city. It takes only 5 minutes to get to Nalchik Airport from the city center.

Airport Information

Nalchik Airport is located 3 kilometers north-east of the city center. It is a small airport and generally serves for small airplanes. As of 23rd June 2015, there are direct flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Nalchik Airport.

There are direct flights from Nalchik Airport to Moscow on a regular basis. Vladikavkaz Airport, which is the closest airport to Nalchik Airport, is only 85 kilometers away. From the airport to Nalchik, there are transportation alternatives by public transportation such as bus and etc.

Last Updated: 25 Feb 2017

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