Flights to Tiraspol
Tiraspol is Moldova’s second largest city and is also the capital of Transnistria (the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. Not renowned as a tourist destination, Tiraspol does have several things to see and do.
There isn’t an airport near Tiraspol, and the closest one for international flights to Tiraspol is the Chisineau International Airport (airport code: KIV). There is a regular bus route that can take you from Chisineau to Tiraspol. There is a one-stop flight with Turkish Airlines from South Africa that transfers in Istanbul, but a 2-stop flight with Egyptair is actually shorter. That flight goes through Cairo and then Istanbul. If you book with Virgin Atlantic, you can transfer once in London but the flight is 8 hours longer than the others.
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The Tourist Attractions of Tiraspol:
Tiraspol is the capital of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, also known as Transnistria, a republic that was declared in 1990 as a breakaway from Moldova. The republic is situated in the east of Moldova on the border with Ukraine but its status is not recognised outside of this zone. There are really no differences between visiting this city compared to other cities in Moldova, except that a different currency is being used. When you arrive in Tiraspol you should change your money for Transnistrian rubles.
In terms of things to see, the main sights include several monuments set around Tiraspol. These include a large statue of Alexander Suvorov on a horse. Suvorov was the last generalissimo of the Russian Empire. Most of the statues and monuments have a soviet link including the soviet tank monument, and the soviet jet monument. The tank is part of a plaza of monuments that commemorate the soviet victory in World War 2, plus there is an eternal flame here.
Opposite these on the other side of the square is the Transnistrian Government building, and outside of this is a statue of Lenin.
Other Attractions in Tiraspol
A few other attractions in Tiraspol include several parks. These attractive parks include Culture Park which is a popular meeting place and a good place to sit and watch the world go by. Near the centre of Tiraspol there are a couple of museums to visit.
If you enjoy football you might be able to catch a game at the Sheriff Stadium. This is the largest capacity stadium in the region and is home to Moldova’s top football team FC Sheriff Tiraspol.
When Should You Visit?:
With its humid continental climate Tiraspol has hot and humid summers, and cool winters. July and August are the hottest months when the average high is over 27C and the average low between 14.7 and 15.5C. Rainfall is fairly well spread across the year, though there is a rise in the average rainfall levels in June and July. For slightly less rain and lower humidity a god time to visit could be spring or autumn, from April and no later than October. From November the temperatures drop fairly sharply. By January the average high is 0.7C and the average low is -6.1.