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St. Petersburg
Travel Guide

St. Petersburg showing a city, a fountain and a park

St. Petersburg is a popular destination with travellers looking for a city break in Russia, and its coastal location makes it a great base if you’re travelling around the Baltics for your holiday. The country’s cultural epicentre, St. Petersburg, is known for its distinctive European flavour that blends with traditional Russian style.

St. Petersburg’s location right next to Europe and Scandinavia makes it a very accessible holiday destination from many countries. Most travellers fly into Pulkovo Airport, which is just a 30-minute drive south of the city centre. The airport is well-linked to the centre of St. Petersburg, and a number of buses regularly run between it and Moskovskaya Metro station.

It’s also possible to drive to St. Petersburg from Helsinki and Tallinn, which is a popular option for those wanting to see more of the Baltic Coast during their holiday. Travelling by ferry is another option, and ships sail frequently between St. Petersburg and many other port cities including Stockholm and Hamburg.

Once the capital of Imperial Russia, St. Petersburg and its historic buildings and architecture are constant reminders of the city’s decadent past. Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, and there are still many landmarks and buildings standing today that date back to his reign, such as the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Cabin of Peter the Great, both of which are in the Petrogradskaya district.

The life of the tsars is on full display at the Imperial estates in St. Petersburg’s suburbs. The gardens, stately buildings and Grand Palace at Peterhof are right on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, just a 45-minute train journey out of the city. In the summer, hydrofoil boats run from the centre of St. Petersburg down the River Neva to this large estate. Comparable to Versailles, this splendid royal residence is also known for its Grand Cascade, a huge network of fountains and canals.

The area around Palace Square is one of St. Petersburg’s oldest and is the location of many high-end hotels. There are plenty more five-star establishments dotted along the city’s main road, Nevsky Prospekt, which is known for its impressive facades and numerous bars and restaurants. There is also a large number of mid-range mini-hotels along Nevsky Prospekt, and a lot of St. Petersburg’s cheap hostels are situated in the stretch between Vosstaniya Square and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Popular with families, hotels in Petrogradskaya often benefit from quiet locations, away from the busy tourist spots. There is plenty to see and do in this area of St. Petersburg, especially with children. Kids can come face-to-face with polar bears in Leningrad Zoo and gaze up at planets and stars in the St. Petersburg Planetarium. Even if you aren’t travelling with children, staying in Petrogradskaya will place you within easy reach of the many museums and galleries on neighbouring Vasilyevsky Island.

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Where to stay in St. Petersburg

Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge
Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge
5 out of 5
Birzhevoi Pereulok 4, Building 4 lit.A, St. Petersburg
The price is £53 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Located in District No. 7, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vasily Dokuchaev Museum of Soil Science, State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (714 reviews)
"Good hotel with very nice spa and excellent breakfast"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge
Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
5 out of 5
Nevsky Prospect, 57, St. Petersburg
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £89 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Galeria, Russian Museum and Kazan Cathedral. Summer Garden ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"The stay was quite and nice but upon check out I discovered a cigaret bud under my seat, even though we were checking out it was pleasant finding that. After advising the front desk about it, I was expecting a little more rather than “when yuh come back we will upgrade you”. Whatever."

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2021

Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
Petro Palace Hotel
Petro Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
14 Malaya Morskaya Street, St. Petersburg
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £78 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Admiralty Building and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Mariinsky Palace and Blue ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Excellent location, functional but not luxurious."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

Petro Palace Hotel
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Nevsky Grand Apartments
Nevsky Grand Apartments
3 out of 5
10 Bolshaya Konyushennaya, St. Petersburg
The price is £27 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Arkady Raykin Variety Theater, DLT and Saint Petersburg Printing Museum. Museum ...
3.9/5Good! (568 reviews)
Good location and service
"It was great with decent and comfortable to stay with nice location"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2020

Nevsky Grand Apartments
The Faces Petrogradskaya
The Faces Petrogradskaya
3 out of 5
Ulitsa Mira 7G, Petrogradsky District, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg
The price is £43 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in Petrogradskaya District, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saint Petersburg Mosque and Peter and Paul Fortress. Church of the Savior on Spilled ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (25 reviews)
Fabolous
"Everything was fabolous! Rooms were very clean and comfortable. Modern and the room contained allkind of facilities I haven’t seen before in hotel rooms. We loved our stay in the hotel and St. Petersburg."

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

The Faces Petrogradskaya
Apartments Salut plus
Apartments Salut plus
2.5 out of 5
Pulkovskoe Highway 14 E, \N, St. Petersburg
The price is £25 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Moskovskiy, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Catherine Palace and Park in Tsarskoye Selo, Kazan Cathedral and Palace Square. Summer Garden ...
4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)
"The location is good if you’re visiting the expo for example. Some rooms are better than the others. English communication is a bit challenging. The room was relatively clean and nice."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Apartments Salut plus
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of St. Petersburg

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

Yat' Restaurant, Russian cuisine, on Moyke River Embankment, just off Palace Square is worth checking out. Inexpensive and traditional. Also Georgian Cuisine, Phali-Khinkhali (not 100% sure of spelling) on Bol'shays Morskaya Ulitsa. Lovely.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

Well worth a visit. Easy to do alone. Everywhere accessible by foot. No need for the expensive tours. Entry fees very reasonable. Hard Rock Cafe - great. La Famillie - fantastic! Romeos - over charged us - don't go!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Maria at Getaguide was superb showing us the Hermitage Museum. we pre booked the by pass the queue option. The Faberge Museum is also a must see. The red line underground stations are also a must see. The travel card is great value.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Beautify huge, tidy city of old, huge buildings with history

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

Truly stunning. Old and modern combined. So much history.

5/5 - Excellent

Stephen

29 Dec 2019

Use the metro it’s fast, efficient and inexpensive, use YANDEX APP for taxis, visit the Russian spa, Bani. Use the hop on and off bus, visit Nevsky street, Russian vodka museum and hermitage is a must. There is lots lots more to do. Very very nice.

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