By: The PH Team
The North Caucasus is a region of southern Russia, encompassing the republics of Adygea, Karachay–Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia–Alania, Ingushetia, Chechnya, and the Republic of Dagestan.
The region borders the unrecognized countries of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the ex-Soviet states of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The North Caucasus is easily accessed by both land and air from Russia and from neighbouring countries and regions.
Getting to the North Caucasus by Plane
The republics of the North Caucasus region can easily be accessed by plane on flights from various Russian cities including Moscow and St.Petersburg.
In addition, regular flights from surrounding countries and Turkey (Istanbul), make the region and its major cities relatively easy to access.
The Russian city of Sochi is also a good and convenient way to access the neighbouring North Caucasus region. Since the Olympics were held there, the city's infrastructure was rebuilt to account for a large influx in tourism.
Regular flights from all over Russia and neighbouring countries operate to Sochi International Airport.
Getting to the North Caucasus on Land
Getting to the North Caucasus on land isn't too difficult either. Travellers who are already in neighbouring countries such as Azerbaijan, or the unrecognized country of Abkhazia, can cross the border into Dagestan and Krasnodar Krai respectively.
There are semi-regular train services from many of the republics in the North Caucasus, including Chechnya's capital Grozny. This option works for travellers who have lots of time and want to enjoy the beautiful scenery and breathtaking Russian nature along the way.