TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION
· VLADIVOSTOK – HOW TO GET & WHEN TO SHOOT
The city of Vladivostok - the unofficial capital of the Russian Far East and one of Russia's most important commercial ports and naval bases. It is the biggest Russian port city at the East and the final stop of the Trans-Siberian. Vladivostok is the city in Asia with European look, the closest European city for such countries as Korea, China, Japan, located within 1 or 2 hours flight. There are direct flights from Seoul, Busan, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Moscow. Vladivostok also can be reached by other means of transportation from neighboring countries by ferry boats, and by bus.
It is charming city, with a gorgeous hilly setting, striking architecture, numerous verdant islands and sandy bays along its Pacific coastline. The ctiy is located around the Golden Horn Bay, over which now soars a massive suspension bridge, one of three built in recent years that have hugely improved the city's infrastructure.
In winter first snow might appear in November and last till March or even April. The temprature can get down to -20 °C , but average temprature from 0 °C down to -10 °C. January and February are normally the coldest months. The region has a very distincitve spring and fall seasons. Spring time from March till May. And fall time starts from the second half of September and lasts till November, always with beautiful colors and blooming within its season. Summertime starts in June and followed by such a beautiful weather phenomena as fogs covering all the city landscape.
July and August are the warmest months. Temperature is mild and comfortable around +25 °C and rarely gets above +30 °C always with an offshore breeze. September is still a warm month. August and September is the best time also for underwater shooting.· VISA SUPPORT
Most of the foreign citizen entering Russia for the period of time not exceeding 90 days would not require visa. To check the list of the visa free countries please read here
For those who require visas Vladivostok Film Commission provides visa support, arranging proper documentation and invitations for the suitable type of visa. · ACCOMODATION
Vladivostok has a numerous amount of hotels, most of them are not cheap and range from 60 to 150 USD per night, though a cheaper solutions also can be offered on a long-term base from 15 up to 50 USD. Vladivostok Film Commission can provide information or assist in finding right accomodation for your film crew.
The high season is considered to be the Summer and the beginning of Autum (July-September). In this time the air fares and accomodation can be twice higher than in other months. Early September is probably the busiest time for the hotels, as there are two big events take place in the first week, The Pacific Meridian Internation Film Festival
and Eastern Economic Forum. If you plan your travel for August or September, it is better to prepare well ahead.
Vladivostok Film Commission during the past 15 years cooperates with many local hotels when providing film production services and able to suggest good discount rates and suitable conditions for film crews.