Boroughs and Administrative Districts of St. Petersburg

By on June 20, 2013
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Choosing a hotel or an apartment to stay in St. Petersburg we highly recommend to pay attention to its location. The proximity of places of interests and transport accessibility are the most important factors to take notice of. However, comfort and safety are equally important. Find some time to learn which districts of St. Petersburg would be the most comfortable for you.

Administrative districts of St. Petersburg

Petersburg is divided into 18 administrative districts including the satellite towns such as Zelenogorsk, Kolpino, Kronshtadt, Lomonosov, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Pushkin and Sestroretsk located beyond the ring road.

The districts of the city can be divided into three groups (in the realm of tourism):

Historical Centre and around,

– North, south and east residential districts,

– Suburbs and satellites.

Saint Petersburg neighborhoods map

St. Petersburg's neighborhoods map

Source: Administration of St. Petersburg official site (

1. Admiralteysky district

2. Vasileostrovsky district

3. Vyborgsky district

4. Kalininsky district

5. Kirovsky district

6. Kolpino district

7. Krasnogvardiysky district

8. Krasnoselsky district

9. Kronstadtsky district

10. Kurortny district

11. Moskovsky district

12. Nevsky district

13. Petrogradsky district

14. Petrodvortsovy district

15. Primorsky district

16. Pushkinsky district

17. Frunzensky District

18. Centralny District

Historical Centre

The Historical Centre is generally referred to Centralny, Admiralteisky, Petrogradsky and Vasileostrovsky districts. They are all located nearby, bordered to each other and seemed to be “glued” to the Palace Square like the petals of a flower(J). There are many places of interest in each district. The abundance of ground transport will easily get you from one historic site to another. The center of the city is moreover the concentration of all possible entertainment, especially in summer time. And only this area reveals a wide choice of hotels, cafes, restaurants, theaters, cinemas and clubs.

However, the cost of accommodation in the districts of the historical center is the highest. The traffic on the roads as well as other features of metropolis (levels of air pollution, lack of green spaces, etc.) reduce the rating of St. Petersburg’s central districts.  They are in disadvantage compared with other districts in terms of tranquility, environmental parameters, and low cost of additional services (for example, shops, hairdressers, etc.)

If you settle down in the central area somewhere, you can easily pass over main places of interests on foot without spending much on transport. But keep in mind that subway stations in St. Petersburg are located comparatively far away from each other, thus, in order to reach the Hermitage, for example, you will have to take ground transport and drive 3-4 stops from the nearest subway station before you actually get there.

Translation by Evgeniya Gavrilova

About Ekaterina Rezanova

I was born and live in this city, I breathe its moist air, cursing its climate and feeling immensely proud of the fact that I'm from St. Petersburg.


  1. Lena

    November 26, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Vasilievsky is the best!

  2. Robert

    July 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    where do wealthy people live, neighborhoods with houses and yards and nice cars, that is how I tell where to live. I don’t like to live in a city centre. but outskirts nearer to the country

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