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St Petersburg cruise visa

Many of those who are coming to St Petersburg on a cruise wonder if they need a visa . Good news is that according to the law cruise ship passengers arriving in St Petersburg may stay in Russia visa-free for up to 72 hours if they  book  a shore excursion from a local company or a cruise ship and if they are leaving St Petersburg onboard a cruise ship as…

Top 10 St Petersburg tourist attractions

St Petersburg tourist attractions are very numerous and a first-time visitor may have problems where to go.  There are more than 200 museums in St Petersburg, but we have picked up the most popular and special ones.  You can find our list of the top 10 sights below. The Hermitage museum A #1 attraction in St Petersburg with more than 3 million items. The main complex of the Hermitage museum…

Is St Petersburg safe for tourists?

Many people wonder if St Petersburg is safe for tourists. I am sure that you will feel very welcome and safe here, but just as any major tourist destination we have problems with pickpockets. Unfortunately there are quite many of them and they are very professional .Pickpockets may “work” in the streets, in the main museums like the Hermitage or in Peterhof and in public transport. And they look like…

Shopping in St Petersburg

Buying whatever you want is not a problem in St Petersburg even if you don’t want to go far from the Nevsky prospect (the main street of the city). If you are interested in souvenirs you can buy them at a souvenir market next to the Savior on the Spilled blood church or in one of the many shops along the Nevsky prospect, but if you are looking for clothes,…

How to get to the Catherine palace

The Catherine palace is one of the main attractions of St Petersburg. It's situated in a suburb called Tsarskoe Selo (also known as Pushkin) about 25 km from St Petersburg. Unfortunately the metro doesn't go this far, so it's not so easy to get to the Catherine palace if you are a tourist. The options include a minibus (marshrutka), a taxi or private transfer and a train. Bus to the…

Budget places to eat in St Petersburg

In spite of the fact that St Petersburg is a rather expensive city, its’ s possible to find budget places to eat even in the center. Of course, like any other big  city, Saint-Petersburg has global fast food chains like Mc Donald’s, Sbarro, KFC or Subway. But what if you want to try local food without spending a fortune on restaurants? You can find several options below: Teremok (Теремок) A…

Where to buy ballet or opera tickets in St Petersburg?

A visit to the  theater to see a ballet or listen to an  opera is a must-do for many tourists who come to St Petersburg. Nevertheless,   theater tickets  sold on internet by intermediaries are very often quite expensive. And there are several theaters, so which one to choose? When I am asked what the best theaters are, I always recommend Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky theaters. They are rather expensive, yes, but…

Useful words in Russian for tourists

Here you can find some useful Russian words that will make your trip more comfortable. I won’t give you any phrases as many other sites do as I can’t figure out how you are supposed to understand the answer. :) capital letters mark where the stress is. Здравствуйте ( ZdrAvstvuyte) – Hello До свидания ( Do svidAniya) – Good bye Спасибо (SpasIbo) – Thank you Извините (izvinIt’ye) – Excuse me…