How to navigate in the Crimea on the bus quickly, inexpensively and without problems
In the Crimea is well developed intercity and commuter bus service. To get directly or with transfers from and to anywhere, and major cities and resorts are connected by frequent direct flights. Prices on travel compared to travel similar distances in other regions of Russia is very low. For example, a two-hour transfer from Simferopol in Evpatoria at a distance of about 100 kilometres on local bus costs just 80 rubles (price of June 2015).
But for every barrel of honey there is always a fly in the ointment, and passenger transportation on long-distance buses in the Crimea, there are serious problems about which you should know every tourist planning their trip.
Purchase tickets at the box office or drive "not using cash"
This is the main problem of interurban bus transport of the Crimea, which negates all the advantages of travelling by bus in the Crimea. We hope that once this issue is resolved, but until that purchase tickets at the bus stations of the Crimea – a true "trash".
The problem is this. Departures of passengers on intercity buses in the Crimea is always made through the ticket office at bus terminals, i.e., the tickets are not purchased from the driver, but strictly in the box office. The ticket shows the seat number, and everything seems to be properly and comfortably, if not one but... People stand in huge queues at the box office, while they need buses leave empty because they just don't have time to buy tickets. Really you can stand several hours in line at the box office and never buy a ticket on your bus today, while dozens of buses with two or three passengers during this time will go. The reason for the sluggishness of ticket sellers we do not understand, but the fact remains. Particularly pronounced these problems manifest themselves at major bus stations in the cities of Simferopol, Sevastopol, Yalta, Evpatoria, Sudak, Feodosiya. The evening usually turns down, but in the first half of the day on these stations going just pandemonium with the scandals and almost "massacre".
But self-prepared tourist anywhere no problem, and even this is solved. The easiest and most reliable way to solve it is to buy tickets in advance, for example in the evening of the previous day for an hour or half an hour before closing Cass when the queue is reduced.
Another common method is to sit next to the driver. Almost all drivers pick up passengers without tickets and accept payment cash in hand, and sometimes it's a real escape for travelers. And, most of all drivers take a charge even slightly less than the box office.
Get hooked right on the station platform, from where buses depart, on the road from the bus station or anywhere along the route on the street. It is best to sit down right at the station. To do this, find the bus and ask the driver to "get you". Then, depending on the situation you either put in the bus on the spot (if the driver will resolve the issue with the controller), or the driver will take you to the right place (usually either leave the station or nearest bus stop), where you will choose.
The downside of "replanting" is that there is a chance that you will have to ride standing up or sitting on suitcases, because sometimes the buses are Packed. Even with the driver as you would violate the internal rules of the carrier, and the SDA, because long-distance transportation of passengers standing prohibited. But fortunately, so far, the traffic police in the Crimea is not adapted to the new tough Russian conditions, and such "grafting" widespread. Besides, sometimes it really is your only chance to go somewhere, and you should not forget this and to Express my thanks to the driver as an outright thank you, and not to be rude about the fact that you have not got seats.
By the way, at the bus station in Sevastopol, we even watched "pomagalo", which has collected more than willing to stand in a queue, and assigned to the right bus stop. Of course, this helped to share with the driver, and to pay him in addition to the cost of travel does not need anything.
Transfers with transfers
Not everywhere and always possible to get on the bus directly, so don't be afraid to go instead. Almost everywhere in the Crimea can be reached with a change in Simferopol, as it is the biggest transport hub and there are several bus stations. The cost of this will be quite a bit more expensive, but the time you will be able to save a lot.
Schedule many flights available through Yandex.schedules, as well as on the information boards at the bus stations. But in Yandex.schedules are reflected not all of the buses, and the information on Bulletin boards, bus stations don't always have time to upgrade, because everything changes so fast, especially with the beginning of the tourist season. Therefore, the surest way to learn about the availability of flights and their schedule - directly in the bus station ticket office.