About St. Petersburg

With its lavish architecture, wild nightlife, extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience. The city sits on the eastern tip of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River. Breathtaking landscapes, historical architecture, winding canals and beautiful bridges all come together to make St. Petersburg one of the most enchanting cities in the world. It is one of the best tourist destinations in Russia and people visit this beautiful haven throughout the year. There are many tourist attractions and activities in St. Petersburg that keep visitors enthralled. The historic centre is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. St. Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital and a must-visit!

Public Transport System

Metro, Tram, Bus, Trolleybus, Taxi, Aqua bus and Marshrutki (private mini-bus).

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High, Effeciency : High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Single Trip Charges

  • Metro (by token): 45 rubles
  • Tram: 40 rubles
  • Trolleybus: 40 rubles
  • Bus: 40 rubles

Time Limited Travel Passes (unlimited travel on all public transport)

  • 90 minute pass: 70 rubles
  • 1 day: 180 rubles
  • 2 days: 255 rubles
  • 3 days: 340 rubles
  • 4 days: 425 rubles
  • 5 days: 510 rubles
  • 6 days: 595 rubles
  • 7days: 680 rubles

 

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.47
Cup of Coffee USD 1.57
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.73
Rice/Kg USD 0.83
White Bread USD 0.58
Eggs (12) USD 0.94
Combo Meal USD 3.77
Fine Dining USD 25.16
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.63
Domestic Beer USD 1.51
Imported Beer USD 2.33
Bottle of Wine USD 5.17
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 1.76
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 25.16
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.50
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 445.99

Do’s:

  • When you visit the Hermitage, plan your itinerary before your visit. 
  • Check the events calendar before your visit during major holiday seasons.
  • You can spend 72 hours visa-free in St Petersberg.
  • Knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet will help you decode street and metro signs, maps, timetables and menus.
  • The public transport system doesn’t have night time services, so if you plan to stay out after midnight, take a taxi.

Don’ts:

  • Put your money and other valuable things in the back pocket of your pants or bags as pickpockets are notorious here.
  • Resting your elbow or hands on the table while dining is considered rude.
  • Visit the Hermitage on the free admission day. It can be a long wait because of the queues.
  • During White Nights, the sun sets at 11 p.m. and rises at 2:30 a.m. If you want a good night’s sleep, don’t leave your curtains and windows open.
  • Remember to bring an umbrella, a jacket and a pair of sunglasses. Even in the middle of summer, St Petersburg is known for its unpredictable weather.
  • Using the metro or buses during rush hour could be unpleasant.

 

Night Life

The nightlife in St. Petersburg is splendid. There are many places to eat, drink and dance all night long. The city has dimly lit jazz halls, groovy strip-clubs and a vibrant underground music scene to offer during the night time. If you are looking for something classier, there are theatres, opera houses and contemporary dance performances to keep you entertained. The people here are friendly and it is easy to socialise. There are trendy and elegant fashion clubs and not so expensive student bars and an array of restaurants to keep your night fun-filled. St. Petersburg also has a fleet of party boats and floating restaurants offering a huge range of evening entertainment across the waters of the Neva Delta. The legal age of sexual consent in Russia is 16 years old. Prostitution is not legal in Russia, but it's also not strictly illegal.  

Must See

  • Make sure to enjoy a guided boat trip along the city's rivers and channels or rent a private yacht.
  • Watch the spectacular drawbridges at night.
  • Follow the ambassadorial, industrial or jazz routes to discover the American side of the city.
  • Explore the city’s signature courtyards and the maze of inner buildings.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the city from one of the high-rise buildings.
  • Drink coffee at the tiny local coffee shops.

 

Experiences

  • Chart your own course or take a guided kayak tour through the city's rivers and channels.
  • Enjoy a boat ride during the day to admire the architectural marvels of the city.
  • St. Petersburg still has many banyas (public bath-houses), you can take a steam bath for 20 rubles.
  • Take an early-morning stroll around the city centre to appreciate its true beauty.
  • St. Petersburg is a perfect city for bike rides. Rent a bike and explore the quiet streets, pedestrian zones, empty sidewalks and connecting courtyards.
  • Take a helicopter tour or an unforgettable balloon ride and see the city from birds-eye view.
  • Combine sightseeing with horseback riding and enjoy the city in a horse-drawn carriage in summer and on a horse-drawn Russian sleigh in winter!

 

Activities

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-Replica Fabergé Eggs

-Khokhloma (beautifully decorated wooden articles)

-Russian Fur Hat

-Lacquered Boxes

-Decorated Birch Bark

-Raketa Watch

-Belomorkanal Cigarettes, Baltika Beer

-Gzhel (Enamelled pottery and ceramics), Soviet Memorabilia

-Malachite (Pieces of jewellery and other nice widgets)

Official Language

Russian

Other Language

English

Spoken Language

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Currency

Russian Ruble (RUB)

Population

4.9 (Millions)

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Weather

Mist 9.6°C

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TimeZone

11:07 AM (GMT +03:00)

 

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Ambulance

 

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Police

 

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Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type F
Type F ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Pulkovo Airport - LED

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September and October: St. Petersburg has nearly 24 hours of sunshine during these months. You can also enjoy the White Nights celebrations during this time of the year.

Moderate time to visit

March, April and May: As the city gradually thaws out of its cold, dark winter, the days are brighter and warmer. This is a good time to visit St. Petersburg if you want to avoid crowds of tourists and cut down on travel costs.

Worst time to visit

November, December, January and February: Winters are cold, dark and icy. Temperatures can drop significantly, but the amazing view of frozen rivers, canals, and snowflakes in the sun can be very enchanting.

Taxi

Start Tariff: RUB 150.00

1 Km. Tariff: RUB 20.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: RUB 300.00

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