Things to do in

St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg's 7 best things to see and do

While Moscow has the bulk of Russia's history, St. Petersburg is its most exciting destination. With a young population and ever-growing cultural landscape, the city is bathed in a unique light and laid-back vibe. See our sightseeing highlights.

Frequently asked questions about St. Petersburg

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Planning Your Visit

  • Getting around

    The St. Petersburg Metro is a good way to get around the city, particularly in winter, when it can be bitingly cold. Tickets are available at the stations from the toll booths, and a smart card that you can top up is the easiest option if you're staying more than a couple of days.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Most international visitors to Russia will need a visa, so check well before you travel and apply early to avoid disappointment.

  • What is the weather like?

    It's said the weather in this city has character - in others words, be prepared. By Russian standards, it doesn't get too cold - never really below minus 10 degrees - and in the summer highs can reach 30 degrees. However, a jacket and umbrella are always handy to have in your luggage!

Good to know

  • Language
    Russian
  • Currency
    RUB (руб)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +7
  • Best time to visit
    It's more expensive to visit in the summer months, but this is by far the best time. The temperatures are warm and the days are the longest, so you may get to attend the White Nights celebrations!

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11,122 reviews

The entrance to the museum is no problem, the audio guide is guided at the beginning of everything along the route, it is inconvenient, if you receive a call, you answer, then you need to download the application again. From the middle we lost our way through the halls of Italian painting. It is advisable in the Hermitage itself to add additional signs to route 1 or 2. Further, the inspection was carried out independently not along the route.

We had an incredible experience. Our guide Olga showed up exactly on time, was very articulate and made every effort to make a 3 hour long journey in Russia's cultural history an awsome experience. Her vast knowledge and dedication to her work will remain in our minds for a long time. Thank you again Olga!!!!!!!

Olga was an amazing guide ! She answered all of our questions and she was very pleasant and sweet !!!We learned a lot from her ! All in all it was an amazing experience!!!

Great visiting feeling! We quickly and easily issued tickets, there were no difficulties in passing through the turnstiles! EVERYTHING IS FINE!

It was very easy to use and covered the most important aspects of the Museum