TOP QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CITY. The most important info about Saint Petersburg
Answer: we recommend spending there about a week or day less to enjoy your travel without getting bored. If you come just for a couple of days, that’s too little. There are many sights worth visiting in Venice of the North, so 5 days is the minimum. If you can do more, do it!
Answer: well, it depends on your funds. First, you can use a public bus (route 39 or 39A) to reach the nearest subway station Moskovskaya. There you follow the 2nd metro line to Nevsky prospekt station, and here you are in the very centre. Also you can take a taxi (more expensive, certainly) or in advance order a transfer service from the airport to the necessary point. You can use the official Taxi Pulkovo counters. International taxi services like Uber or Get taxi also do work in big Russian cities (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don and etc.). There is also a Russian analogue commonly used by locals – Yandex Taxi. The application is free for iOS and Android. And of course you can book an airport transfer with us before you come and be greeted at the airport.
Answer: well, we think that Saint Petersburg is always beauteous, we could also add that summers (you can extend it from late April to early October) are friendlier than winters here. If you don’t like watching water all around and slipping on a melting snow, then skip the eleventh, third and fourth months for sure.
Answer: It is not, if you are attentive and accurate. Try to spend more time in the public places and don’t let strangers talk to you (unless you really need something from them). As in any country, you should use your common sense and avoid wandering alone in deserted places. However be careful holding cameras, place your wallet in inner pockets.
Answer: Certainly, there are things yet to be made better (e.g. some infrastructure and roads) and some things to be taken as fact (cold winters and lots of rainy days throughout the whole year). But disregarding all this Saint Petersburg has beautiful palaces, numerous trade areas (where you can find everything you need), great history to study and so on. The taxes here are quite moderate, so you spend less money for living. Also we should pay respect to the appearance an education of Russian women.
Answer: both. Yes, tickets are available in the Internet, but you must always consider that the guide (especially when he or she is a native Russian) can know something not written in any book and share this knowledge with you. Of course you can make yourself a plan with a list of sights, but certainly you will miss something crucial and regret that.
So we advise you to do a couple of days with guide working specially for you and then spend some time solo. This is the best way to enjoy your journey and share both leisure and education.
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Answer: if you compare Russian cultural and official capitals, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, you will find that prices in Saint Petersburg are lower. It doesn’t mean you can trade to reduce the price in shops or supermarkets, yet you can always find an appropriate food stand or café. Just don’t go everywhere by taxi and try to have lunch in special “economy” places – this way your wallet will remain fat. About the sleep – there are cheap hostels located mostly in the city centre, don’t hesitate to use them. The total daily sum should be about 35 euro pp (excluding shopping and accommodation), then it is totally OK.
Answer: The easiest way is just to buy a local SIM card. The most preferable operators are Megafon and MTS. You can make a call to your country or use Internet for Skype or messaging through WhatsApp or Viber. These will work on any smartphone with an up-to-date OS. Wi-Fi is usually free in most cafes, restaurants, hotels and shopping malls.
Answer: it all depends on your journey duration. A room fits perfectly for a 5-7 days trip. If you are about to stay longer, a flat may be better option. Before you make your choice, think for a while about your desirable amount of expenses and level of comfort. Anyway you can compare the rates on hotel accommodation and staying via services like AirBnB.
Answer: Reading the guide-book, you will find thousands of restaurants and cafes with different menus, list of services, prices etc. The best options, as we think, are Masha Ï Medved on Malaya Sadovaya, 1 restaurant and famous Vodka Room. Russian food is always served there and its success is definitely permanent. For Soviet cuisine try Soviet café “Kvartirka” on Nevsky pr., 51.
Answer: just come closer to the stand and think! Everyone knows Russian wooden dolls (Matryoshka) and once tried fiery vodka. Excluding these, the list of “necessary belongings” can also contain Pavlovo scarves (so beautiful), Ushanka hats with their funny ears, striped t-shirt named Telnyashka, much popular amongst the seamen, birch little boxes or brooches, Valenki boots (you will never freeze) or Bear (popular faery-tale hero) figures.
Answer: These best-known shows are Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. There are two theatres in the city: Mariinsky and Mihailovsky that are the most famous. If you don’t book your ticket a month or more before the show you may never get it. If you do not seek for something that grandiose, you always can find it in special stands neat subway stations or just surfing through the Internet. In any case, it’s better to think in advance.