ELBRUS WORLD RACE Competition Center

Elbrus World Race Competition Center is located in Hotel Smile, here. GPS – 43.248786, 42.531584

Here you can find all major facilities of ELBRUS WORLD RACE:

By car

In Rostov-On-Don turn to road E119 and approach town of Baksan via Mineralnye Vody. At the roundabout right before Baksan turn southwest to road A158 leading you into Baksan Valley. Follow the road A158 app 100 km to upper Baksan Valley.

By aeroplane

By plane to airport Mineralnye Vody (MRV) or airport Nalchik(NAL). Frequent flights – from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody or St Petersburg to Mineralnye Vody. There are seasonal international flights to Mineralnye Vody. There are even more international flights to Krasnodar (KRR). The transfer from Krasnodar to upper Baksan Valley is app 560 km.

Please note that if you fly via Moscow it can be recommended to book flight to Mineralnye Vody from the same airport as your international flight arrives to. For example if you arrive to Moscow to Domodedovo airport it is better to fly to Mineralnye Vody from Domodedovo. There are several airports in Moscow and a transfer between airports in Moscow can take several hours.

By train

By train from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody or to Nalchik, time to spend in a train – 25-30 hours.

Transfers from Airport/Railway

The distance range between area of Nalchik–Pyatigorsk-Prokhladny–Mineralnye Vody and upper Baksan valley (Mt. Elbrus southern foot) is 150 – 230 km and it takes about 2 – 5 hours to get there, depending on route, way of transport and number of changes. There is an intercity bus from Mineralnye Vody to Nalchik. From Nalchik to upper Baksan valley one can go by shuttle bus (“marshrutka”). Details are on Nalchik bus station web-site.

Official transfer Elbrus World Race

For participants of ELBRUS WORLD RACE and your accompanied persons – you can order an official bus transfer from the airport or railway station in Mineralnye Vody to your hotel in upper Baksan valley and back. Just go to your participant account and press button Order Transfer – there you will be able to order the transfer for and your accompanied persons. The price for transfer is 1330 rubles (19 euro) per person.


You can book taxi transfer from airport upon arrival at the taxi reception located right at arrival hall. This is most inexpensive taxi for travel to upper Baksan Valley. Approximate price for a small taxi (comfortly accomodates 2-3 persons and luggage) is 3500 rubles.

By helicopter

Transportation distances:

  • Mineralnye Vody airport – Pyatigorsk: 28 km
  • Pyatigorsk – Baksan: 65 km
  • Nalchik – Baksan: 26 km
  • Baksan – Tyrnyauz: 63 km
  • Tyrnyauz – Verkhniy Baksan (Start of Elbrus Trail and Elbrus Mountain Marathon, Finish of all events): 24 km
  • Verkhniy Baksan – Elbrus village: 13 km
  • Elbrus village – Terskol: 15 km
  • Terskol – Azau (Start of Elbrus Mountain Race): 3 km
  • Terskol – Cheget: 2 km

Local transfers in upper Baksan Valley

There are affordable shuttle busses in the area and taxi. Taxi cost is from 150-250 rubles for short transfers in the upper valley to 700 rubles for transfer from highest point in the valley village Azau down to start of Elbrus Mountain Marathon and Elbrus Trail in Verkhniy Baksan. The taxi can be booked via your hotel.

Official transfer to the races

Where will be an official transfer to the start of the races and from the finish of the races. More information here.