SANKT-PETERSBURG – main destinations

Saint Petersburg is the second largest and important city of the country, and is often called the Northern capital of RussiaFounded by Peter I in 1703. Its total area is 606 sq. km, and together with suburbs — 1439 sq. km.

At the end of may, begins the period of white nights, this is due to the high-latitude location of the city. And at this time Saint Petersburg is unusually beautiful, because at the evening the city is as bright as morning. But it lasts only until mid-July and a total of about 50 days.

The city stands on the river Neva, which received the name from the Nevo lake (the original name of Ladoga Lake). Precisely because it originates this navigable river. The depth of the river is 24 m, so the courts is not difficult to move it.

In the city are many streams and canals, spanned 308 bridges, 22 of which are movable. Bridges are raised over the nights, on average from 2 to 5 am, it’s an indescribable sight that attracts thousands of tourists! Bridges are completely different, so the bridge of Alexander Nevsky length 909 metres is the longest drawbridge in St. Petersburg, the Blue bridge on the river Moika, the most wide, its width equal to 99.5 meters.

Saint Petersburg is located on Neva Delta islands, about 48. Petrogradsky and Vasilevsky are the largest of them. Flooding in the city is not uncommon, this occurs most often in the fall. More than three hundred times the river water to rise above the normal level.

The city has little bit over 5 mln. people. This is the second in Europe, the city — not the capital in terms of population.

The History Of Saint-Petersburg

Peter the Great building St. Petersburg

May 27, new style (may 16, old) in 1703 in the Delta of the Neva River on Zayachy (hare) island, by order of Peter I was founded the Peter and Paul fortressAnd this date became the birthday of the great St. Petersburg.

On the lands captured from the Swedes began the construction of defensive structures: Peter and Paul fortress, opposite the Kronverk is located to the left of a fortified shipyard on the Kotlin island fortress of Kronshtadt. Vasilievsky island was planned to be the center of the city. Strategic position contributed to its rapid development, overshadowing the inconvenience of very bad climate and infertility of the land, because the soil is marshy.

To achieve military objectives and the development of trade was  important an outlet to lake Ladoga and the Baltic sea. Due to project the city was supposed to become the main Russian port. Builders, sailors and soldie
rs became its first settlers. 
And although the move has been promised a generous reward and even free lands, willing were not enough.

Courtyard and governing bodies have moved from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 1712. Eleven emperors changed on the Russian throne over 215 years of existence of St. Petersburg as the capital. Although the heirs of Peter the Great tried to return the capital back to Moscow due to frequent floods, with the coming to power of Empress Anna Ioannovna their plans failed.

In the history of the city, global flooding has happened three times: in 1777, 1824 and 1924. But as it’s said, misfortune never comes alone. Frequent fires – destroyed the wooden buildings of the new capital. The first stone palaces appeared under Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, and all the splendor of the city built in the 19th century.

There is a legend that the Empress Eudoxia Lopukhina cursed Saint Petersburg, thereby plunging him into the dark historical events. Regicide, conspiracy, terrorist acts, revolution, Leningrad blockade — it is considered that all these are consequences of long-standing curse.

But even the sad events of history does not overshadow the solemn look of Saint-Petersburg, which today sees every tourist.

Getting in

Russian visa requirements are complex but are not hard to manage with some online research. See the Get In section of the article on Russia for information.

A visa is not required for a trip of less than 72 hours if you arrive in St. Petersburg by ferry or by cruise liner and you have a pre-arranged program of excursions by an approved local company. This kind of visa for cruise passengers is called Blanket visa and can be  ordered online at Russian travel agency.

By plane
Pulkovo Airport

Pulkovo Airport (LED), 20km sout of the city centre, serves many international and domestic destinations. A new terminal opened in 2014. There is unlimited free Wi-Fi. The airport has business lounges that are free for first and business class travelers but are available for use by all passengers upon payment of a fee. The lounges include snacks, drinks, televisions, and showers.

To travel between the airport and the city:
  • City buses numbers 39, 39 Ex and minibus K39 operate service between the airport and the Moskovskaya (Московская) metro station (RUB30-40, 35 minutes). Buses are available 05:30-01:30. From the Moskovskaya metro station, you can take metro line 2 (blue), which operates between 5:45AM and 12:20AM, to the city centre (20 minutes). If you arrive late at night and the metro is not operating, you can also take a night bus from the metro station to the city centre. Minibus K39 also stops at the Aeroport commuter rail station. From there, you can take a train to Saint Petersburg’s Baltiysky Station (17 minutes, 6:00AM-11:30PM), next to the Baltiyskaya metro station. This is only convenient if it is near your accommodation.
  • Taxis can be ordered from the service booth in the arrivals hall. Prices are fixed based on the zone of travel; the cost to the city centre is RUB900-1000. Without traffic, the trip takes 30 minutes, but it can easily take an hour during rush hour. As an alternative, Taxi 068 has a mobile app that you can use to book a taxi to the center for RUB600, but you will need a Russian phone number to communicate. If calling from the airport arrival hall, it will take 10-20 minutes for the taxi to arrive. Uber fares to the city center are approximately 1,000 RUB (~14 €).
  • Pre-booked taxis will cost 1,300-1,600 RUB (~20 EUR) to the centre, but you will be welcomed in the arrival hall by your driver carrying a sign with your name. Pre-booking through the internet is without risk, no credit card information is asked, and pre-payment is not required. LingoTaxi has English-speaking drivers and dispatchers.
By train

There are five principal train stations in Saint Petersburg:

Baltiysky Station (Балтийский вокзал) (Metro: Baltiyskaya) – Trains operate to/from Petrodvorets (Peterhof), Lomonosov (Oranienbaum), Gatchina, Luga, and other cities. Also used by trains to/from Aeroport station, with connecting buses to Pulkovo airport.

Finlyandsky Station (Финляндский вокзал) (Metro: Ploschad Lenina) – Trains operate to/from Vyborg, with continuing service to Helsinki (Allegro high speed) and other cities in Finland.

Ladozhsky Station (Ладожский вокзал) (Metro: Ladozhskaya) – Trains operate to/from Murmansk, Ekaterinburg, Cheliabinsk, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Astana (Kazakhstan), Helsinki (night-train Leo Tolstoi), and other cities.

Moskovsky Station (Московский вокзал) (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstaniya & Mayakovskaya) – Trains operate to/from Moscow, Novgorod, Ukraine, AzerbaijanVolgograd, Kazan, Samara, Rostov-na-Donu, Ufa, Sochi, and other cities.

Vitebsky Station (Витебский вокзал) (Metro: Pushkinskaya) – Trains operate to/from Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoe Selo), Pavlovsk, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Riga (14 hours, from RUB 2,200 (31€), Estonia.

To/from Russia

Tickets for travel originating in Russia can be bought at the train stations or online. Long distance train tickets are generally more expensive if bought close to the date of travel. See Russia#By train 2 for more details on travelling in Russia by train.

Sapsan high-speed trains (4-5 hours, 6 per day, 2,300-3,500 RUB (~31-50 €) for 2nd class if bought several days in advance) make travel between downtown Saint Petersburg and downtown Moscow very easy. Some trains make a few stops including Tver. The crew speaks English.

Overnight rapid trains (8-9 hours, 800+RUB (~11 €)) are slower but usually cheaper. Price and comfort levels vary, with the luxurious private Grand-Express “hotel train” (featuring some compartments with showers!) at the high end, all the way down to budget connections in third-class platzkart cars. Second-class coupe coaches, which include a bed and sheets, are a good value.

To/from Finland

VR Group operates high-speed Allegro trains running at up to 220km/h between Helsinki and Saint Petersburg (3.5 hours, 4 per day, €59-79 for 2nd class). Tickets originating in Finland can be purchased from the VR Group website, via some travel agencies, and at major VR train stations in Finland. Border-crossing formalities are completed on board the train immediately after departure from Helsinki. The trains are almost always on time and there are no delays in crossing the boarder. On-board currency exchange is available.

By bus

International buses and buses to major cities in Russia all leave from the main bus station (Avtovokzal), near the Obvodny Kanal metro station. Some may make additional stops elsewhere in the city; see below. Buses are the preferred method of travel to/from Estonia and Latvia, but generally do not make sense for travel to Finland or within Russia.

The process of crossing the border by bus takes much longer than when travelling by train or air. Border agents only speak Russian and are sometimes not aware of visa requirements, which leads to delays.

To/from Russia

The train is much more preferred method of travel than the bus within Russia. Domestic bus schedules can be accessed on AviaBus.

To/from Finland
  • Lux Express operates service to/from Helsinki (€15-20, 7 hours, 3x per day). This is the cheapest way to travel to Helsinki, although it takes twice as long as the train.
  • Matkahuolto provides information on traveling by bus to/from Finland. There are direct buses between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki (7-8 hours, 4 per day, €35) and Lappeenranta (6 hours, 3 per day, €31), with further connections to other cities in Finland.
  • Sovavto operates daily buses between Saint Petersburg and Turku (10 hours, €53), with stops at several cities including Helsinki (7.5 hours, €35).
To/from the Baltics and other cities in Europe
  • Lux Express operates service to/from Tallinn (€14-30, 7 hours, 7x per day) with a stop in Narva (€9-16, 5 hours, 7x per day), Tartu (€22-25, 7 hours, 5x per day), as well as a service to/from Riga (4x per day, 11 hours, €33-35), with continuing service to the rest of Europe. Office at Mitrofanjevskoe Shosse 2-1, near Metro Baltiskii. Tel: +7 812 441 37 57. Lux Express buses depart from Baltiskii Station and the main bus station (Avtovokzal).
  • Ecolines operates daily departures to Riga (€36, 10-12 hours, 3x per day) as well as service to Minsk (€34, 15 hours, 1-2x per day) and Kiev (€68, 19 hours, 2x per day). Office at Pod’ezdniy pereulok 3 near Metro Pushkinskaya 10:00-22:00. Tel: +7 812 314 2550, +7 901 300 6170. Ecolines buses depart from Vitebsky vokzal (near Metro Pushkinskaya) and the main bus station (Avtovokzal).
By boat

If you join a cruise tour of St. Petersburg, then you don’t need a Russian visa but you have to stay with the tour. See Russia#Visa free entry by ship.

  • RechFlot and Stolichnaya Sudokhodnaya Kompania (SSK) operate river cruises on the inland waterway “Volga-Baltic” which links Moscow, the River Volga, and Lakes Onega, Ladoga and Neva.
Ports

Passenger Port of St. Petersburg “Marine Façade” is the main boat terminal in St. Petersburg, and is where 90% of cruise ships dock. It was built on reclaimed land on the western shore of Vasilyevsky Island at the mouth of the Neva River, 8km west of the city center. With its 7 berths and 4 terminals, Marine Façade is able to handle 7 large cruise ships and more than 15,000 passengers per day. Bus #158 operates between terminal 3 and the Primorskaya (Примо́рская) metro station.

Smaller cruise ships sail up the Neva river and dock at either English Embankment (Англи́йская на́бережная; Angliyskaya Naberezhnaya) or Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment, both of which are closer to the city center.

Climate and weather in St. Petersburg

The sky through the bridge

Summer in St. Petersburg is moderately warm with an average temperature of +18°C, this is not the limit, it can reach up to +25°C…+30°C. Winter is moderately cold, the average -8°C, but this temperature is not always the case. The thermometer sometimes drops to -25°C and even -30°C. by Themselves, the temperature is not terrible, but the seaside location of the city gives great moisture and strong winds, so early spring, late autumn and winter the tourists can feel uncomfortable.

Transport

Saint Petersburg is the second largest transportation hub in Russia and the largest site in the North-West of the country. Public transport of Saint-Petersburg represented the following types: metro, buses, trolleybuses, trams and Aqua-buses. The historic suburbs can be reached by trains, buses, shuttle buses and water transport.

Areas

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The Canal

Entire territory of the city is divided into 18 urban districts. This northern capital is divided into islands by various water channels and small rivers, and are connected to each other by stationary and drawbridges.

It is conditionally possible to divide Peter into three main areas which are of interest for tourists. This is the historic center of the city, the Petrograd side and Vasilievsky island. Let’s look to each of these areas closer.

The historic city centre, or as it’s also called the “Golden triangle”. This is the area which is bounded by the river Big Neva, the Fontanka river and Nevsky Prospekt. The name of this district was given in the 90-ies because of the prices on real estate located in the city centre. Also this area is famous for its numerous city attractions, including the world-famous HermitageSt. Isaac’s Cathedral and Kazan CathedralRussian MuseumNevsky prospect and many other places.

Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Prospekt is the main street of St. Petersburg and does not have an importance competition. On its architectural principle the street is built so that the houses and various buildings having the same height as would open their vaults to the human eye grounds with majestic temples and rivers. Many of the most interesting buildings are located on the segment from Fontanka river to the Moika. Nevsky prospect has two sides: one is called solar (North side) and one dark (South side). The most interesting of all are the adjacent to Nevsky couple of streets Pushkin and Rubinstein, which has not changed since Anna Karenina.

Spasskaya part of the center

Spasskaya part of the centre located between the Fontanka and Griboyedov canal. In the 18th century and later, this part of the city was a center of trade. In abundance were various stalls and markets. Currently, this district can be described as very noisy and polluted area of the city.

Petersburg of Dostoevsky

The Peninsula located between the Griboedov canal and Kazanskaya street, called the St. Petersburg of Dostoevsky. Most of the houses are buildings of the 19th century. The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky lived here in the 60-ies of the XIX century, in the houses № 1, 7, 9 on Kaznacevski street, that’s why this dark and poor area, to this day, attracts a lot of attention. In these houses Fyodor Mikhailovich wrote the most acclaimed of his works: “Crime and punishment” and “Humiliated and offended”.

Over the Fontanka

The area beyond the Fontanka river can also be divided into several independent pieces of the architecture. The neighborhoods located to the North from Nevsky Prospekt towards the Neva river is the ‘Liteinaya” part of area beyond the Fontanka. In the 19th century, this place started to built multi-level houses with beautiful apartments, which later, in the years after the revolution, became communal. On the main street of this district — Liteiny prospect — are the Big house sight — the former headquarters of the NKVD, at present, the FSB Department, and the Muruzi house, a New Vasiliev passage and Mariinsky hospital QuarenghiOn the banks of the Fontanka river there is once belonged to count Sheremetyev family PalaceNow it is the diplomatic center, where the consulates of 7 countries, and previously the mansions, located on Furshtatskaya and Tavricheskaya streets.

Moscow part

The Moscow part of the district is a residential area located South of Nevsky Prospekt. In the area you should pay attention to the mansion of the Charlovoi, which is currently a library named after Mayakovsky, and the Church of the Vladimir Mother of God.

Kolomna
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House company “Zinger”

The main attraction of the town is the Large choral synagogue. Malaya Kolomna is an island, which is fenced Fontanka, Kryukov canal and Griboyedov canal. This is one of the oldest St. Petersburg neighborhoods, which induces a dull and depressing mood. On Fontanka embankment is located first Pushkin’s apartment in the house № 159. Nearby is the Egyptian bridge, which in winter, in 1905, failed while marched the guards on it.

Vasilievsky island

Another area that attracts tourists, is Vasilievsky island. It is the largest island in the Neva Delta, having the form of an axe. The principle of construction is quite simple: parallel street lines that intersect at a right angle to three arteries: Small, Medium, and Large avenues.

Of course, the main attraction of Vasilievsky island is the “Strelka“. Until the middle of the 19th century here was the port. At present, there are numerous cultural institutions. On a promontory is built Exchange, which now serves as a Naval MuseumOn the University embankment there is the Kunstkamera and the Academy of Sciences, also there is the Palace of Peter I. The Harbour is in the west part of the island with access to the Gulf of Finland, built relatively recently, in 70-80s years of the 20th century. In this part in the Smolensk cemetery is the tomb and chapel of the Blessed XeniaAs the harbour is blasted by the winds on all sides, the best time to visit is summer.

Petrogradskaya side

The main part of this area is the Petrogradsky island, which in 1903 was connected with the left bank of Neva by Trinity bridgeHere is one of the first buildings of the city — the House of Peter I. Of particular interest is the mansion of ballerina Kshesinskaya M., who carries memories of the Romanovs andLenin.

“Zayacii” (hare) island with an area of 18 hectares, is the place where in 1703 by order of Peter I laid the fortress of St. Petersburg. Later this name was given to the town, and the fortress was called Peter and Paul.

On Petrovsky island, between little Neva and Zhdanovka is the stadium “Petrovsky”, which holds its matches of football club “Zenit”.

In the Northern part of the Petrograd side — on Aptekarsky island is a Botanical garden and Institute of experimental medicine, tower. On the Vyborg side, the main attraction is “the Nobel town“.

The right Bank of the Neva river connects the city centre by bridges Peter the Great and Alexander Nevsky, which truly are beautiful works of art. In the residential area of “Joy village” there is the Ice Palace of St. Petersburg, where are held the most ambitious concerts.

Telling about the historic districts of Saint-Petersburg you can spend hours, but in order to find them all and examine in detail, it is necessary to spend weeks or hundreds of hours, because almost in every street of this unique city, you may encounter a true work of art.

Sights of St. Petersburg

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View of the Vyborg castle from the Gulf of Finland

In Saint Petersburg almost every house and every street have their own history, and you may study it by the memorial plaques on the facades of buildings. Kings and Queens literally come to life on the city squares and promenades, inviting me to take a picture. If you get involved in all the splendor of the city on the Neva, it is possible to quietly be in the past, to feel part of history.

You can quickly and easily find the right house, because a clear system of numbering houses will not let you make a mistake. On the left side of streets, even numbers on the right side is odd, they are mirrored to each other starting from the nearest water unit or from the square.

Since its founding the city on the Neva is rich in various attractions. In Saint Petersburg there are museums with a rich collection of exhibits of the Russian Museumthe HermitageKunstkamera and many other museums of St. PetersburgHere were raised, beginning from the time of Peter the Great, architectural constructions of different styles and trends — the cathedrals, palaces and gardens. Many of them have survived to the present day, and represent great historical and cultural value, attracting to the city a great many tourists.

Petergof

Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Lomonosov, Kronstadt, Petergof, Strelna — it’s not just the names of great people, but also the names of the most famous suburbs of St. Petersburg, included in its composition. There is always a lot of people that comes to see a historic beauty, especially their number increases during school holidays and summer. Queues you can not avoid. Keep this in mind when planning a tour. Of course, to see all the sights, you will need at least 10-15 days.

Sightseeing tour across Petersburg will tell you about the great events of our history and make it more deep in her plunge. A visit to the Peter and Paul fortressHermitage Museumthe Kunstkamera Museum or other attractions of St. Petersburg will add to your knowledge, and without swirling of the flow of events and information, the head. This tour will take from a half to three hours and takes you 350 rubles plus tickets to the museums, but believe me, it’s worth it.

A trip to historic suburbs will be much longer and more expensive because in addition to the bus you will have to pay for all the museums included in the architectural ensembles.

And what you can do without a walk on the river tram or boat that lasts only an hour? Moreover, such a journey is interesting as in the daytime and night. The Griboedov canal, Kriukov and the Moika river will open to you a very different side. You will get a lot of pleasure, having examination the Northern capital from this angle.

Below are listed the main tourist attractions of the city. Following the links, you will receive additional information such as description, photos, location map, hours of operation, admission and more. You can also add a review of the place visited.

Have a good time!

Sights of St. Petersburg

Saint Isaacs Cathedral interior
 Museums of St. Petersburg
  • Wax Museum
  • Cabinet of curiosities
  • The Museum is a garden of tropical butterflies
  • The State Hermitage Museum
  • Zoological Museum
  • Russian Museum
  • Chocolate Museum
  • Museum of railway transport
  • The Museum ship “Shtandart”
  • The Museum of St. Petersburg metro
  • The Stroganov Palace Museum
  • The Pushkin apartment Museum
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    Neva, Universitetskaya embankment

    Museum of artillery

  • Electric transportation Museum
  • The Erarta Museum of contemporary art
  • Museum of history of St. Petersburg
  • Museum of the Russian Geographical society
  • The siege of Leningrad Museum
  • The memorial complex “Narodovolets”
  • Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Ethnographic Museum of St. Petersburg
  • The Museum of urban sculpture
  • St. Petersburg Museum of cinema
  • Museum-apartment of Gumilev
  • Art-center “Pushkinskaya, 10”
  • St. Petersburg puppet Museum
  • The Museum of Russian vodka
  • Interactive center Umnikum
  • Gallery “D137”
  • Museum complex “the universe of water”
  • All-Russian Pushkin Museum
  • Museum of theatrical and musical art
  • The Museum of microminiature
  • The Museum of political history of Russia
  • The Dostoevsky Museum
  • The Museum of history of religion
  • The “new” Museum
  • Museum of the Petersburg avant-garde
  • Coffee Museum
  • The Anna Akhmatova Museum
  • Museum of the Roerich family
  • The Museum complex in Razliv
Castles and palaces of Saint-Petersburg and suburbs
  • The winter Palace
  • Winter Palace of Peter I
  • Stroganov Palace
  • The Mikhailovsky castle
  • The Menshikov Palace
  • Sheremetev Palace
  • The Tavricheskiy Palace
  • Catherine Palace
  • Alexander Palace and Park
  • Palace-Park ensemble Peterhof
 The Bridges of St. Petersburg
  • The Palace bridge

    Exchange bridge

  • Annunciation bridge
  • Trinity bridge
  • The Volodarsky bridge
  • Grenadier’s bridge
  • The Finnish bridge
  • Sampsonievsky bridge
  • Bolsheokhtinsky bridge
  • The Palace bridge
  • Kantemirovsky bridge
  • Foundry bridge
  • The Alexander Nevsky Bridge.
  • Tuchkov bridge
Cathedrals, temples and churches of St. Petersburg
  • The Savior on blood
  • Smolny Cathedral
  • Kazan Cathedral
  • St Andrew’s Cathedral
  • St. Vladimir’s Cathedral
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Sampsonievsky Cathedral
  • Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • Holy cross Cathedral
  • Trinity-Izmailovsky Cathedral
  • Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral
  • St. Nicholas naval Cathedral
  • Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Troitsky Cathedral
Purchase
Winter garden to blossom in Nevsky prospect

Many ask themselves: “What to bring from the trip?”. Of course — a souvenir, especially if it is with the symbols of the city. It may be small products of the Imperial porcelain factory. In the Museum of chocolate are selling chocolate pieces, and just candies from N. K. Krupskaya candy factory will please anyone. A nice bonus to any purchase is the unforgettable photos of the incredibly photogenic Saint-Petersburg. Read more about shopping in the Northern Capital, shopping centers and what you can bring as a gift to relatives and friends in the article “Shopping in St. Petersburg“.

Food and drinks

In the Northern Capital it’s impossible to stay hungry. In the city there are numerous establishments where you can eat, thoroughly lunch or formal dinner. In short, the choice of locations to meet the needs of the stomach huge. Well, to stay warm while walking in the open for all winds to St. Petersburg, we offer you to look periodically at the wineries, which are called “Ryumochnaya” and which the city also abound. On links below you can read detailed information on some interesting cafes and restaurants in the city on the Neva.

Connection in Saint-Petersburg
Phones

In Saint-Petersburg payphones are divided into two types. The most common are card pay phones. They provide local, intercity and international calls. In some places there are still phones that are designed for calls inside the city – method of payment here are the tokens.

With the purchase of a magnetic phone cards there is no problem, you can buy them in the metro, all cassis, post offices, “Rospechat” stands,  at all railway stations, airports and department stores. 

In addition, you can order telephone conversation, for this there are special meeting points, they can usually be found near post offices or at the post office, which is located at Pochtamtskaya street, house 9. Metro station “Gostiny Dvor” (exit to Griboyedov canal.

Local SIM cards

In the Northern Capital of Russia is launched a new tourism project “SIM card for guests of the city”. This project is implemented by the administration of St. Petersburg and one of the largest cellular operators of Russia. This is a special card that costs 300 rubles (± 5$), the money are automatically credited to the subscriber’s account. City tourist information center has started selling these cards in the corporate pavilions.

Free Wi-Fi in Saint Petersburg

In Saint Petersburg there are free Wi-Fi access points.

Security
Police in St. Petersburg

If you are going to explore St. Petersburg on your own or as part of a tour delegation, you will certainly need to see a number of tips that are designed to help on any unpleasant situation and to protect your journey to the Northern capital of Russia from unwanted consequences.

Although many of russians consider St. Petersburg the criminal capital of their country, but if you compare the city with other major cities in Russia, we can say that the offences against tourists here are less common. In principle, any large tourist city will always attract fraudsters and those who like to profit of the careless and inconsiderateness of visitors.

If you don’t want to fall victim to fraud, be careful with random acquaintances, should be vigilant and cautious in places where there is mass congestion of people.

  • Safer and more comfortable would be if you rent the housing as close as possible to the Central area of the city;
  • Money, documents and valuables are best left in the hotel safe and carry a copy of your passport. In the extreme case, all the most important things keep in your pocket, wearable clothes that you won’t hang on the back of a chair in a restaurant, museum or other public place;
  • Exchange currency only in specialized exchange offices, do not trust the “money changers” on the street, even if you lived a “good” course. You can stay without any money;
  • Taking the landside taxi, remember that you will pay two or three times more usual rate. If you have already rented a  house in the Northern capital for a day, you’ll save time and money if you also hire cars or taxi through the same firm which provided you the opportunity of temporary residence;
  • If you want to rent a house as soon as you arrive, i.e. at the station, you can stay disappointed by the living conditions, if not you can become a victim of dishonest real estate agent and be left without any stuff and money;
  • If you are a resident of a small town, you may be new to the heavy traffic on the roads. Be careful, use only a specially equipped pedestrian crossing, cross only on a green light signal, in general, follow the traffic rules;
  • Do not expose flaunting expensive equipment. Your bag or backpack, always keep in sight, even if you are even briefly distracted, it can take a skilled fraud.
  • We should not become a member of street lotteries, sweepstakes and promotions, this is all a clever scheme of deception, which is designed for non-residents and foreigners on guided tours in Saint-Petersburg;
  • Saint Petersburg is very often visited by tourists. Better if you take care of the place of residence in advance, it is possible to do through a special service, so you do without intermediaries, and, therefore, it will be more reliable and cheaper option. Otherwise, find a good shelter in no time you will find difficult. The prepayment is better to make in advance, before departure to Saint-Petersburg;
  • Do not buy food in the kiosks or market stalls, because the person are cooking the food and then picks up the money with the same hands, and they are breeding grounds for vast numbers of bacteria. Such foods may harm your health. It is better to dine in the café, bar or restaurant;
  1. Don’t stay late in those areas of the city that are considered less discovered. Then starts to go dark use a taxi to reach your hotel.

Buttons emergency communication with the police

  • Nevsky prospect, 93
  • Address: ulitsa Lva Tolstogo, 1
  • Address: Sytninskaya street, house 16
Emergency numbers
Police 02 / 112
Central police Department (the Mytninskaya street, building 3) 271-0202      
ATC for the protection of Underground (the area of the Baltic station, building 1, metro station “Baltic”) — if you were injured in the subway                         251- 6562
Line police Department (street Krasnoarmeyskaya, 9) — if you were injured on the railroad 717-5575
FMS (Rimsky-Korsakov Avenue, building 39) — if your passport is stolen 714-7671
First Department of internal Affairs on the metro: the Moscow highway, the house 48 726- 54- 85
Where to stay in Saint Petersburg
You should take care of booking the accommodation in advance of 2-3 months, as the cheapest and best rooms in mini-hotels are taking very fast, just like hot cakes in the cold. This situation occurs from may to september, then the rental things are a little easier, but do not relax.

The majority of small hotels of St. Petersburg located in the centre and it is very convenient, because you can explore the attractions of the city and to visit places of interest to you. In such mini-hotels prices are significantly lower than in “star” hotelsIf you plan to visit the city on the Neva river with a group of friends, you will approach the hostelIt is cheap and “cheerful” and live there will have to in big room for 6-10 people.

In addition to traditional hotels, you can rent an apartment in St. Petersburg, it can be convenient for certain categories of tourists – families with multiple children who prefer to cook themselves and so on.

The prices are to 1 December, 2016 and the post is regularly updated. 



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