St. Petersburg visitor’s Guide

By on April 5, 2016

Dear friends it’s been a pleasure to share more details on when, where anhow you can have  great time in the most beautiful city of Russia – St. Petersburg. for the last several years we’be been getting daily emails with questions like: “What is the most convenient way to get from the airport to the city center?”, “How much does a taxi cost?”, “Which hostel to stay at?”, “Where can I find a good guide?” or “How do Iget to the Hermitage for free?”. Dear blog visitors, we are incredibly grateful for all your questions, because they help us understand what is missing in our blog about St. Petersburg and how we could make it even better.

After almost five years of blogging we decided to prepare a brief pocket-size guide on St. Petersburg with the most essential and relevant information. Feel free to download it to your smart phone, tablet or to print – just 2 pages of the most important and up to date information. Should you need  more details – you can always follow the links in the guide to see the full-size articles on our website.

Download your free St. Petersburg guide in pdf here. Have a wonderful trip to St. Petersburg and enjoy using our guide! Comments and further suggestions on it are welcome.

St. Petersburg guide 2016

How to get from Pulkovo airport to the city center

Pulkovo Airport is located 20 km from St. Petersburg city center.
Taxi fare is about 1000 RUB.
Bus ticket to Moskovskaya metro station – 30 RUB (routes number – №39, №39Э operating from 5:30 am to 1:30 am).
Arrived just for one day? Use luggage storage at the airport – 300 RUB/day.
Don’t forget to take a free city map at the tourist information desk in the arrivals.

Saint Petersburg Pulkovo airport arrivals

Saint Petersburg Pulkovo airport, arrivals

Public transport

Apart from metro (single-ride ticket is 35 RUB), you can use mini-buses, buses, trams and trolley buses (single ride ticket is 30 RUB), in summer you can also use aquabuses cruising along the Neva river. During the navigation season (April-October), in order to see the spectacular bridges going open at night, check the drawbridges schedule here. Transport routes can be found on Google Maps and on the city portal of public transport. Map and operation of metro stations –

More info

Where to stay: Palace, Hotel, Hostel

The variety of accommodation in St. Petersburg has increased a lot. The price per night at a decent hostel is between 600 and 2500 RUB/bed depending on the high/low season. An average 4 star hotel in the city center will cost about 7000 RUB. City districts description can be found here.

Have a look at these articles to find out more:

Best and worst hotels and hostels
Where to stay and how much to pay
How to choose a Hotel
How to choose a Hostel

Main attractions of St. Petersburg

The high street of the city is Nevsky ProspectKazansky Cathedral, Stroganov Palace, Anichkov bridge, Gostiny Dvor, and many other attractions are located just along this prospect. If you are limited in time, take a walk from Palace Square  and Hermitage, the most important museum and art collection in the city, along the Nevsky Prospect to Vosstaniya Square. Take a stroll along minorstreets crossing Nevsky – you will find beautiful bridges and mansions, cosy gardens and river boat trips there. If you’re running out of time, hop on trolleybus №1 or bus №7.

The most popular tourist places

Hermitage – see one of the most valuable art collections in the world

Peter and Paul Fortress – check out the city foundationplace where the history of St. Petersburg started
Peterhof (fountains and palaces) – located 30 km south to Petersburg. In summer it’s fun to take a speedboat from a quay near the Hermitage to get there
St. Isaac’s Cathedral – enjoy great city views from the upper colonnade circle
Savior on Spilled Blood cathedral – admire unique mosaics of this typical Russian architecture church on the banks of the Griboyedov channel
Russian Museum – explore the largest collection of Russian art.
See more information about these and other sights of St. Petersburg on our website

If you do not have enough time to plan your own route or prefer experts showing you around the city, find a touristic guide in St. Petersburg. Approximate cost of a one day tour – 5000 RUB, for halfday – 3000 RUB.

Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour in St Petersburg

Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour in St Petersburg

What else you should  do in St. Petersburg

Visit one of the best opera and ballet theaters – the Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky Theatres.

If the weather is nice, enjoy a boat ride along the rivers and channels and see some of 300+ bridges from a different perspective.
Take a walk along the leafy alleys of the Summer Garden, have a rest next to its fountains and admire the statues of Italian masters.
Visit historical districts – Kolomna, the Petrogradskaya side, Vasilyevsky Island – if possible, with a guided tour.
Commemorate those who fought for Russia watching the eternal fire and enjoy the fragrance of lilacs at the Marsovo field.

River cruise in Saint Petersburg

River cruise on Neva river in Saint Petersburg

Food: restaurants, cafes and grocery stores

Rubinsteina street –a good choice for those looking to dine out.
Eliseev store – pop in to this historical store with  “Modern” style interior to try some elite delicacies and treat yourself with a lunch atits excellent café or restaurant.
Teremok and Stolle chain bistros – Russian pancakes and pies with yummy and filling stuffings, choose your favorite flavors for a quick snack stop.
Mamma Roma, Market place, Marchelli’s – Italian restaurant chains in various districts of the city, affordable and tasty.
Three restaurants, which we would recommend to our friends: Kokoko, Italia cafe, Moskva.

Large food supermarkets for those looking to stock up and party – Okey, Auchan, Lenta, Perekrestok.
Small local grocery shops you can find in every city district – all essentials at Diksi, Pyaterochka.

Night and evening life

A bunch of evening and nightlife bars can be found in the Dumskay street. Read about them here 

Several good pubs: Oldham, The Office Pub, Mollie’s
Nightlife: one of the XXXX clubs, Griboyedov, Estrada, Coyote Ugly, Barrel
Trendy places: Buddha Bar, Nebar, Erarta-Stage

Shopping in St. Petersburg

Department stores within 5 minutes from Nevsky prospect: Bolshoi Gostiny Dvor, Passage, Nevsky Centre, Galeria.
Designer clothes can be found on Bolshoy Prospekt of Petrogradskaya side.
Flea Market is located near the Udel’naya metro.
Antiques – Mohovaya and Pestelya streets
Outlets – Outlet Village Pulkovo, Babochka Outlet, Discount Center “Rumba”

More information is available here.

Other useful information

Proven guidebooks of St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg and the Top10 by Dorling Kinderslay publishing company, Afisha Guide.
Call #112 for police, ambulance, firefighters.
Tourist offices (you can take a free map there) – Palace Square from 10.00 to 19.00, daily; Pulkovo Airport from 09.00 to 21.00 daily.
Travel support +7 812 30 30 555
Private emergency and injury care – Medem, Marata str., 6, 7 (812) 336-3333
Luggage, handbags, shoes repair – on the ground floor of “Galeria” shopping mall, Ligovsky pr., b.30A
Laundry in the city center – Sadovaya street, b.30, Sadovaya Str., b. 32,  Fontanka emb., b. 123
Taxi, a ride within center about 200-300 RUB, a residential district-center 300-500 RUB
Reservation of theater and concerts tickets ­
Purchase and delivery of flowers –
Internet cafes (Internet, printer, scanner) on Nevsky –

Tourist Information Center on Vosstaniya Square

Tourist Information Center on Vosstaniya Square

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