Welcome to the majestic and truly tourist-friendly city – Saint Petersburg! Touch its history, taste the spicy mixture of cultures, breathe in the Northern crispy air, listen to the music of Neva river waves, contemplate white sleepless nights! Both headlong entertainment and total cultural exposure await you here! Day in and day out brand-new developments in infrastructure and event venues keep changing the city’s image due to cutting-edge technologies and innovations. Come here by yourself and discover your own Saint Petersburg!
Russian ruble (RBL) 1 ruble = 100 kopeks
Resque Service +7 812 380 91 19
Tourist Contact Centre +7 812 30 30 555
St Petersburg Times
Shops are usually open from 10 am until 10 pm. Most shops are open on Sundays. Many shops and supermarkets are open for 24 hours a day. The opening hours of most banks are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday-Friday.
City Tourist Information Bureau
14/52, Sadovaya Street
Tel: +7 812 242 39 09
Gostiny Dvor Metro Station
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 7 pm
37, Sadovaya Street.
Tel: +7 812 242 39 04
Sennaya Metro Station
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 7 pm
- Pulkovo Airport (daily 9 am - 9 pm)
- Palace Square (daily 10 am - 7 pm)
- St.Isaac's Square (daily 10 am - 7 pm)
- Aleksandrovsky Park (daily 10 am - 7 pm)
- Vosstaniya Square (daily 10 am - 7 pm)
- Rastrelli Square (weekdays 8.30 am - 4 pm, May-September)
- Marine Facade Seaport (daily 10 am - 7 pm, May-September)
Dreaming about visiting a paradise-like place on Earth? Come to Saint Petersburg – the so-called museum in the open air. There is no need in visiting any places at all: you can just admire its lavish baroque or reserved classicism architecture and picturesque ribbons of canals by taking leisurely strolls or boat trips. Most daring tourists are welcome to discover city’s diversity by taking helicopter or segway rides. Have never been here before? Professional guides will make your trip as comfortable and enlightening as possible. Have been here for numerous times before? Try to go around the city using our new official mobile application Visit Petersburg.
Saint Petersburg is a caring city which thinks of all types of tourists. It is a real kingdom of heaven for kids. Let them enjoy interactive science museums, puppet theatres and contact zoos here. Young people will be amazed by the number of music events and social venues where they can make new friends. Gourmands are free to reveal tastes of Russian and all international cuisines. Several business areas and complexes are at the disposal of businessmen to participate in plenty of congresses and conferences. Bohemia has a great opportunity to fulfill its potential via taking part in various creative workshops, festivals and experimental projects. Travel and enjoy in winter or summer, rain or shine, young or old!
We have picked 10 most popular places, the so-called brands of the city for you to see and explore in Saint Petersburg. These are genuine treasures of the city which you have definitely seen many times on photos, souvenirs and heard of from your friends. Travelers who have visited them at least once will return here more and more times in future to attend current exhibitions and festivals.
The Russian Museum of Ethnography
Peter and Paul Fortress
Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art
Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Corps
St. Isaac's Square
The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
The State Hermitage Museum
The Russian Museum
Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
Do and see things you’ve never done or seen before in your life! Visit a soviet-time apartment with sovietic relics and learn about lives of plain soviet factory workers, pioneers and farm workers. Walk along the pages of Dostoevsky somber novels and meet its heroes on the dusky embankments or shaded parks. Dress up for masquerades and ballrooms, get ready to waltz in the same magnificent dancing halls as Pushkin in the 18 century. Not only learn but also take an active part and interact!
Alexander Nevsky Lavra
The State Museum of the History of Religion
St.Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music Art
The Dostoevsky Museum
The Pushkin Apartment Museum
Saint Petersburg Metro
The Bronze Horseman
Peter the Great Aquatoria
The Saint Petersburg Chamber Opera
The State Museum of Political History of Russia
Chaliapin Memorial Apartment
Samoilov Family Museum
Sheremetev Palace — Museum of Music
ROSPHOTO Exhibition Hall
Through March 22, 2017: Unknown Felix. The portrait of Prince Felix Yusupov
Through December 31, 2016: Food is a State Matter!
St Isaac’s Cathedral
Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)
Boat Trips and River Cruises
Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan
Don’t miss out on special days and nights when the sky gets brightly colored in all possible hues of fireworks and parade floats as well as crowds of disguised people march along the festively adorned streets and squares. More than 300 events are annually held in the open air or on the best Russian theatre stages: musical, poetic, theatre, patriotic, religious events, etc. Watch the burning of Maslenitsa effigy, crack painted eggs in the course of Easter Fair, greet a ship with spectacular scarlet sails, ride a legendary Harley Davidson bike at the August festival, be the first to watch recently shot movies at the cinema festivals. Saint Petersburg offers events to suit all tastes!
All year round: Roof Music Fest
International Book Fair
What can be more inspiring than observing marvelous architecture masterpieces through floor-to-ceiling windows and tasting something delicious at the same time? Panoramic views, exquisite menus, mouth-watering desserts, considerate personnel will undoubtedly spice your trip up! Restaurants offering Russian traditional cuisine will not only treat you with well-known borscht, shchi, solyanka, vareniki, Russian salad, and blini but also entertain you with vibrant folk shows! However sophisticated you can be, an abundance of international cuisine restaurants will not fail to surprise you!
The Idiot Restaurant
Tandoor Indian Restaurant
Literary Сafe Restaurant
Russian Fishing Restaurant
Restaurant F. Dostoevsky
Russian Vodka Room №1
Russian Ampir Restaurant
Il Lago dei Cigni
Dans le Noir
Old Customs House
Saint Petersburg offers a great variety of cafes for all tastes. Some of them maintain historic city traditions while others concentrate on the latest tendencies in culinary art. Enjoy majestic views of the city from windows of cosy, elegant, rattling, designer and other types of cafes.
Troitsky Most Vegetarian Cafe
Sunduk Art Cafe
WHY NOT CAFE
Frida vegetarian cafe
St Petersburg’s bars tend to have themes - sports, Irish, British-style pub, hip Soviet nostalgia - they serve food, usually have DJs or live music and 02.00 is considered early closing. The scene is constantly changing, so check weekly listings and posters around town. Most clubs serve food and are open until 06.00 or later.
JFC Jazz Club
Lomonosov Club and Bar
Dead Poets Bar
Red Fox Jazz Club
Santa Barbara Club
Barslona Tapas Bar
All the top international brands and designer fashion names are here, lining up on Nevsky Prospeсt, and the shops are as glitzy and glam as in any European capital.
Dom Knigi Book Store
Sennaya Shopping Mall
Grand Palace Boutiques Gallery
Admiral Shopping Center
Outlet Pulkovo Village
Alongside internationally acclaimed sights such as the Hermitage, Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo, Saint Petersburg has a number of lesser known but equally interesting attractions, Among them are modern art galleries, contact zoos for kids, interactive museums equipped with cutting-edge technologies, audiovisual effects and optical illusions.
"Russian Levsha", museum of microminiature art
Art of Fan Museum
The Museum of Live Butterflies "Tropical Paradise"
Petersburg Museum of Dolls
The Necropolis of the of Art Masters
Museum Complex 'The Universe of Water'
Loft Project ETAGI
The Petrodvorets Watch Factory «Raketa»
The Freud Museum of Dreams
Museum of the Soviet Slot Machines
The Botanical Garden
Pushkinskaya-10 Art Center
Cat Republic Museum
Malaya Sadovaya Pedestrian Street
The Mosaic Courtyard
Lenfilm Motion Picture Studio
The National Congress Palace
Museum of Emotions
The topsy-turvy house
St. Petersburg is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Europe.
The city’s hotel infrastructure never stops its development.
The largest international hotel brands operate in St. Petersburg, such as Best Western, Marriott, Kempinski, Radisson SAS, Accor, Rocco Forte Hotels, Corinthia and Sokos.
Today Petersburg is the leading Russian city due to the availability of on-line booking.
Grand Hotel Europe *****
Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge *****
Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden ****
Herzen House ***
Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg *****
W St.Petersburg *****
5th Corner Business Hotel St. Petersburg
Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota
Grand Hotel Emerald *****
Petro Palace Hotel
Saint Petersburg Hotel ***
AZIMUT Hotel ***
Bristol Hotel ***
Galerea Hotel ***
Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya ***
Central Street Hostel
Nevsky Hotel Aster ***
Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 *****
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace *****
The Official State Hermitage Hotel *****
Airport Pulkovo Saint Petersburg is the third busiest airport in Russia after Moscow’s Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports.
It is located 23 kilometers away from the central Palace Square of the city. City bus number 39, 39A and “marshrutka” minibus number K39 run between the nearest Moskovskaya metro station and the airport. You can also take advantage of taxi or your personal car.
Airport code of LED1 derives from the city’s previous name under USSR — Leningrad.
Address: 41 lit. ZA, Pulkovskoye Shosse, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Phone: +7 812 337 38 22
The St.Petersburg metro has fives lines. Buy a token (35 RBL) or card for multiple journeys. No matter how far you ride you will always be paying the same fare. Time and distance covered will be unlimited.
Buses and trolleybuses are slow (30 RBL, tickets on board), while marshrutkas (mini buses) dash around, stop at passengers’ request, and cover countless routes. Fares 40 RBL.
The Metro and buses operate from 05.45 to 24.00 marshrutkas from 07.00 to 22.00.
Long distance and suburban trains depart from five major railway stations. A summer hydrofoil service to Petrodvorets (Peterhof) leaves from the Hermitage jetty.
There are also 5 night bus routes that duplicate metro lines and work from 0:00 till 6:00 on weekends.
If you want to take a taxi, you will need to call a reputable taxy company. You will need to give the operator a phone number that you can be contacted on.
Although it is possible to take a car in the street, but it is not advisable unless you have good Russian and a reasonable knowledge of the city. Apart from the obvious safety risks of getting into a stranger's car, the majority of "gypsy cab" drivers are now recent immigrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus who do not necessarily know the topography of St. Petersburg and rarely have GPS. A yellow sign or light on the roof of a car does not mean that it is an official taxi, whatever the driver may tell you.
+7 812 333 00 00
- Petersburg taxi
8 800 550 0 068
- 6 million taxi
+7 812 6-000-000
+7 812 777 77 70
The Central Post Office is located in a historic yellow building one block away from St Isaac's Cathedral. It enables visitors to transfer money; buy stamps, cards and envelopes; wrap and pack packages and parcels; send telegrams; make phone calls, and use photocopier. There are additional post offices in the city centre:
18 Sadovaya Street
13 Sennaya Square
70 Fontanki Embankment
9 Kazanskaya Street
14 Stremyannaya Street
Address: 9 Pochtamtskaya Street, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Phone: +7 812 315 80 22
Saint Petersburg pfarmacy chain stores can be easily found near metro stations as wel as inside huge shopping malls and hypermarkets. They offer a diverse assortment of high-quality medicines, biological additives, beauty remedies, oral care products, items for kids (nutrition, cosmetic goods, diapers), medical equipment. Regular business hours for pharmacies are 09.00-18.00.
But many of them are open 24 h.
Address: 22 Nevsky Prospekt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Phone: +7 812 314 54 01
International dialing code of Saint Petersburg is +7 812
To save your money it is better to buy a local sim-card for economic mobile connection.
Megafon - 2, Efimova Street; 32-34 Nevsky Prospect; 32 Sadovaya Street
MTS - 11 Nevsky Prospect; 27 Sadovaya Street
Beeline - 32 Sadovaya Street; 85 Nevsky Prospect
Round two-pin plugs are used