Where and How to Park in St. Petersburg
Parking lots in St. Petersburg are as much of a problem as in any city overloaded with traffic. It’s simple – there are too few of them for a 5-million person city.
Due to the present tough situation, City government passed a new law about paid parking in the city center.
Beware of leaving your car under a sign marked “No Parking,” even if there are other cars parked. Your car may be towed away to the car pound.
If you can’t find you car where you parked it
– Try to find out your car’s location by phoning +7812 680-33-33 or 004. You will be provided with the address and phone number of the traffic police (GIBDD) where you can get a written permit to pick up your car.
– Ask by phone where and when you will be able to get this permit. The permit will be issued to you after payment of the fine for the improper parking.
– Once you’ve received the written permit, go to the car pound. Don’t forget your ID and the document that confirms your ownership of or right to use the car.
Improper parking fees
Find out actual info regarding fees for other violations here: www.gibdd.ru/info/iaz/ (only in Russian)
Having your car towed is at your own expense and it costs around 3000 RUR (€ 70).
Be careful: a lot of parking lots are accessible only on even or odd days of week. Violation of these rules will suffer the same fees as for the improper parking.
Some ideas if you need to park in downtown Petersburg
Near Moskovsky Railway Station (metro “Ploschad Vosstaniya”)
There are several underground parking lots in the center of St. Petersburg. Usually they are located under big shopping malls (Stockmann and Galeria). One-hour parking is around 150 RUR (€ 3,5).
Parking near the Kazan cathedral
This guarded parking lot is convenient if you want to go sight seeing or have dinner in any restaurant on Nevsky Prospect. Free lots are almost always available. Price: 150 RUR/hour.
Parking at the Konyushennaya Square
Paid guarded parking is located near The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the biggest souvenir market. Price: 150 RUR/hour.
Parking at Pulkovo Airport
Parking at Pulkovo-1 or Pulkovo-2 is around 100 RUR (€ 2,5) per hour or from 700 RUR (€16,5) per day.
Free parking lots in the city center
Near the oldest mall Gostiny Dvor on Sadovaya St. (a few free places)
Along Fontanka River, on both sides of Nevsky Prospect (few free places, especially on weekdays)
Ital’yanskaya St. (few free places)
Ingenernaya St. (free places are often available)
There are several “park-and-ride” lots on the outskirts of town. You can leave your car near a metro station and use public transportation to get where you want.
“Park-and-ride” lots – map
Long-term parking – map
Translation by Igor Todorov
Edited by Erin Swanson