Colourful trolleybuses in Yalta

Past Alushta, and the trolleybus starts the climb into the snowy mountains

Jan 03

The longest trolleybus line
in the world !
At 86 km (just under 54 miles) the route between Simferopol and Yalta is the longest trolleybus line in the world. Built in the fifties as an alternative to extending the railway over the mountains to the seaside towns, its continuing popularity proves just how successful a pollution-free, low cost transport system can be. It's not the fastest way to do the journey - it takes 2 hours - but for the many who use it that's not the point.

The route takes you through the Yaila mountains across the Angarskiy Pass, reaching 752m (nearly 2,500 feet) at its highest point, and then drops down to Alushta on the coast. For the 41 km from Alushta to Yalta, the road snakes along above the sea, providing breathtaking views. The last thing you want to do is rush this route.

It also happens to be the cheapest way to do the journey - £1 ($1,5) is not bad for a 54 mile trip.

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Resting at the top of the Angarskiy Pass

Jan 03