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Derbent

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Travel Warning WARNING: Travel to Dagestan is extremely dangerous and strongly discouraged, due to high criminal activity, frequent bombing and general lawlessness and crimes. Due to its neighbouring of Chechnya, Chechen terrorists often target Russia for bombings or for terrorist threats. If you are planning to visit Dagestan, consult to your embassy before you are planning a trip to this region.


Derbent (Russian: Дербе́нт dyeer-BEHNT) is a 5,000 year old city in Dagestan and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the location of the mythical "Gates of Alexander," and easily one of the most impressive historical sites in Russia.

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There are two daily communter trains from the regional capital of Makhachkala, one departing 10AM and an other departing 5:20PM, journey time is around three hours. Long-distance trains heading to and from Baku makes a stop-over here. From Moscow there are departures on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, leaving from Moskva Paveletsky station at 6:05PM and arriving two nights later at 6:40PM. A second class sleeper ticket costs around 3,500 RUB. Other Russian cities with rail connections includes Saint Petersburg (59 h), Rostov-on-the-Don (25½ h) and Yekaterinburg (64 h). International connections includes Kiev (56 h) and Minsk (65 h).

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