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It appears many of the big Russian rivers have passenger ships going along the river, in areas where roads and railways do not reach. What I have found so far:

It seems such boats could be a suitable way to connect from the Trans-Siberian railway to (even) more remote locations (such as the vicinity of Lake Vivi), where roads and railways do not reach. However, I find it difficult to find information about such boats, routes, schedules, etc.. Where can I find an overview, preferably a map, of long-distance boats in Russia? By long-distance boats I mean boats that run along the river for at least some dozens of kilometres, but preferably for several days, as opposed to ferries that simply cross the river from shore to shore.

Note that I'm looking for regular passenger ships, not special tourist cruises. Specifically, I'm looking for areas where travel by river is the only way of transportation, such as in the examples I've shown; there are no roads or railways in these areas.

I don't think this map from Wikimedia Commons shows actual passenger ship routes, just old used routes:

something like this I'm looking for

So, a map like this but with actually trafficated routes would be nice to see!

  • I'll add it as an answer if it's what you want, but realise that most long distance river trips along their rivers - ARE passenger cruises. As such, I think this site probably covers a lot of it, with several maps: Cruise Russia and Ukraine – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Jul 4 '13 at 4:44
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    @MarkMayo Aren't they also used as normal local transportation by villagers along the river, much like the Norwegian Hurtigruten used to be and still is in the far north? I guess it depends on the definition of a cruise, then (to be, a cruise would be purely recreational and focussing on leisure, luxury, and entertainment, as opposed to transportation from A to B). Those maps seem to be mostly in populated areas, whereas the areas that I mentioned have neither roads nor railways, leaving only rivers for travel. I've edited the question for enhanced clarity. – gerrit Jul 4 '13 at 9:27
  • yeah I wasn't sure, so kept it in a comment. Those areas would be amazing to explore, but also worth remembering that some of the rivers there would be frozen solid for much of the year :/ – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Jul 4 '13 at 11:08
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    @MarkMayo No problem! – gerrit Jul 4 '13 at 14:27
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    man, if you get an expedition organised, let me know, I'd be tempted ;) – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Jul 4 '13 at 14:40
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As far as I know there is no such super-site that covers all river routes, since there is no monopoly in river transportation in Russia (unlike train transportation like RZD.ru where you can find and book almost everything related to trains).

If you are looking for regular passenger ships then you should search on sites that belong to local river transportation companies. Usually those companies are situated in major cities on the route.
How to find those sites? Take start point and end point on the route and google it. There is however an inconvenience that you must use a translator, because many of these sites are simple static HTML's in Russian.

For example, for the route Krasnoyarsk-Dudinka, here is the site of the transportation company prt24

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    Even if there is no monopoly, there could be user-contributed sites. Maybe something for Wikivoyage to coordinate? :) – gerrit Jul 15 '13 at 10:27
  • @gerrit There are some sites from travel agencies that overview river cruises, but you are interested in regular ships and they belong to local companies. – nikita Jul 15 '13 at 10:42
  • Could be a project for Openstreetmap or Rome2rio as well. – gerrit Apr 4 '17 at 15:57
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An overview of the river routes I was able to find:

European Russia

Pechora river

On the Pechora river, the company RTK Komi has:

Openstreetmap also claims a car ferry to from Щельяюр to Нарьян Мар, but I can find no evidence this still exists and it appears there are roads there now, so this might have been withdrawn.

Siberia

Yenisey river

On the Yenisey river, the company PassazhirRechTrans has:

Lena River

On the Lena River, the company Lenaturflot has:

Ob-Irtysh basin

In Western Siberia on the Ob River, Severflot and other rivers operates 36 lines, including:

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