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best time to visit St Petersburg

The best time to visit St Petersburg. How long to stay in St Petersburg?

What is the best time to visit St Petersburg, Russia? And how long to stay there? These are some of the most common questions that I see all the time. I decided to share my ideas with you. Because of the cold and rainy climate, the majority of people come to St Petersburg from May to September. Normally it's the busiest and the most expensive period, especially the time from…

souvenirs from st petersburg

Souvenirs from St Petersburg

Shopping for souvenirs in St Petersburg  is a part of almost every trip. But what  to bring back home  & what are the best places to buy souvenirs ? Here you will find some  ideas. You can buy the majority of common budget souvenirs in the center of St Petersburg at the souvenir market by the church of the Savior on the Spilled blood. Lots of matreshka dolls, magnets, cups…

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Money exchange in St Petersburg. Insider’s tips.

Money exchange in St Petersburg is an important question for everybody who is coming as a tourist. Can I pay in Euro or USD, are credit cards accepted? Some insider's tips  that will make you stay in St Petersburg much easier. 1. National currency is Russian rouble, so USD or Euro are not accepted anywhere except for some souvenir shops (exchange rate may be poor though) 2. The majority of shops,…

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The citizens of 53 countries can visit St Petersburg with a free electronic visa

The citizens of 53 countries can  visit St. Petersburg and its neighboring Leningrad region with a free electronic visa from October 1, 2019.  The list of the countries includes Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (including Taiwan), Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco,…

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…

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…

Metro in St Petersburg

How to use metro in St Petersburg Metro is the most popular means of public transport in St Petersburg as almost half of the citizens are using it daily. Currently we have 5 metro lines our city  that connect residential and central parts of the city. Although different stations have different opening and closing time, generally metro functions between 05:40 and 0:20-0:30. There are signs in English in metro, so…

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…