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    • Worried about visit to St. Petersburg in May

      Saint Petersburg Mar 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Going to St. Petersburg in May (2014). We are Canadian, in our 60's and going on our own for 5 days. Already have our VISA. Coming in from Helsinki on train. Frankly we are very concerned about what we might face when we get there given all that is happening ..... Should we be worried? Our consulate website basically says nothing except that they have limited services now. (They closed the St. Petersburg branch)
      Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    • Worried about visit to St. Petersburg in May

      Saint Petersburg Mar 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Going to St. Petersburg in May (2014). We are Canadian, in our 60's and going on our own for 5 days. Already have our VISA. Coming in from Helsinki on train. Frankly we are very concerned about what we might face when we get there given all that is happening ..... Should we be worried? Our consulate website basically says nothing except that they have limited services now. (They closed the St. Petersburg branch)
      Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

      13 Answers Apr 15, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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      Visum and boat

      Saint Petersburg Mar 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      I have heard you don't need a visum/visa if you go to St. Petersburg by ferry and leave Russian within 72 hours. Does that mean that I can arrive with boat and leave with plane, or would I have to leave the same way as I arrived?

      4 Answers Mar 21, 2014 at 12:21 AM
    • Weather, tour operators

      Saint Petersburg Mar 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      We'll be arriving by cruise ship on 05/27-05/28/14. Typically will I need a down coat & boots or is it usually rainy in May? We want to arrange an intensive 2 day group tour of St Petersburg & an evening ballet performance independently of the cruise ship. Many of these tour operators provide group tours with less than 20 people, which is very appealing. My difficulty is finding a tour operator that offers the 2 day tour linked with the evening ballet performance, because the playbills for the ballets are NOT released until 1 month prior to the performances. Any suggestions about making our preferred arrangements would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

      Vicki Van Elswyk

      5 Answers Mar 14, 2014 at 6:13 AM
    • Pavlovsk weather

      Pavlovsk Feb 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      what is the climate like there? and overall weather condiditons?

      4 Answers Mar 29, 2014 at 2:49 AM
    • From St. Petersburg city ceter to terminal Oktyabrskaya naberezhnaya, 31

      Saint Petersburg Jan 16, 2014 at 6:41 AM

      I have a river cruise that starts in St. Petersburg at Oktyabrskaya naberezhnaya, 31 Pier Utkina Zavod. Is there any public transportation from the city center to the cruise terminal? Thanks. Ray.

      7 Answers Jan 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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      Visa free ferry

      Saint Petersburg Jan 3, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      Hello VTers. I have heard about the 3 day visa free stay in St Petersburg from Helsinki, but have heard conflicting reports about the conditions, has anyone done this and can confirm the group size, heard you have to be at least 2, and you have to leave by boat, is this true? I'm a British national btw

      10 Answers Jan 8, 2014 at 5:21 AM
    • Is early June a good time to visit St. Petersburg?

      Saint Petersburg Dec 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Is June 6-15 a good time to visit St Petersburg as far as weather and crowd are concerned?

      8 Answers Mar 26, 2014 at 3:40 AM
    • Fountains in Peterhof, SPB

      Peterhof Dec 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Where were the fountains closed in 2013?

      4 Answers Dec 15, 2013 at 3:25 AM
    • new year's salsa party

      Saint Petersburg Dec 2, 2013 at 5:32 AM

      Hello, we are two Italians who visit St. Petersburg from 31/12/13 to 05/01/14. For the night of 31/12 is there any place where we can dance salsa that organize the party for New Years?
      is possible to have the dinner too?
      Our Hotel in St. Petersburg is close to Nievsky Prospekt. Close to the subway Gostiny Dvor and Nevsky Prospekt.
      Can you recommend some place to dance salsa for the other nights?
      Thank you
      Anna Maria

      1 Answer Dec 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM
    • transportation

      Pavlovsk Oct 30, 2013 at 4:05 AM

      with bus from pavlovsk to kolpino

      2 Answers Oct 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM
    • SPA center or similar in Malookhtinskiy prospekt area

      Saint Petersburg Oct 22, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      my question to the "locals": can anyone indicate me a SPA center or similar in the area of Malookhtinskiy prospekt, as close as possible to the cross with Respublikanskaya ulitsa
      A place like would be great, but the location is wrong, as i need it located in Malookhtinskiy prospekt area for logistics purposes. Any suggestion?
      Thank you in advanced!


      1 Answer Oct 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM
    • Possible job int. Petersburg, Russia

      Saint Petersburg Oct 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Can I work in a restaurant in ST. Petersburg while there on Study Abroad?

      6 Answers Oct 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM
    • Hermitage on Saturday or Sunday?

      Saint Petersburg Oct 9, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      Should I attempt to arrange the ticket ahead of time? This would have to be online. Or could I buy a ticket in person friday afternoon for Saturday entry? The remaining day (Sunday?) will be used to visit churches and nearby sites. Which order is best?

      4 Answers Oct 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM
    • St. Petes winter boots

      Saint Petersburg Sep 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      I'm going in from January-June, will leather boots and warm socks keep me warm?

      5 Answers Sep 21, 2013 at 4:22 AM
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      Ferry delays

      Saint Petersburg Sep 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      We have booked the return ferry with St Peters line from Helsinki to st Petersburg ......our plan is to take a ferry to Tallinn as soon as we return to St Petersburg. I just wonder should we be concerned with delays...on the St Petersline .how much time should we allow from our arrival time before we depart for Tallinn.

      5 Answers Sep 6, 2013 at 4:10 AM
    • Fort & Lighthouse Questions

      Kronshtadt Sep 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      I passed an old fort not far after leaving SPB on a cruise ship. There seemed to be an entrance to a tunnel on one side of the ship and the fort with 2 or 2 lighthouses on either the same side or the other side. I have been trying to identify that fort and lighthouses. I have some pictures posted in an album on and will send a link if anyone on here thinks he/she can determine where I was. Can anyone help? If so, thanks in advance!

      1 Answer Sep 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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      Saint Petersburg mini VT meet

      Saint Petersburg Aug 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Hullo everyone..I have been reading your tips and enjoying some of the rather interesting discussions. Some of your tips I have rated. Anyway, although I haven't yet booked a hotel or finalised dates I have booked our flights!! The next few weeks are going to be frenetic as I finalise the details!##!!! Anyway, I was wondering whether there are going to be other VT members in Saint Petersburg around the 15th-22nd October and the possibility of meeting for a drink or casual meal. We are not young people so we are not talking about an all night rage* just a friendly get together. Let us know!!

      2 Answers Aug 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM
    • Transportation to Zelenogorsk

      Zelenogorsk Aug 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      Does a marshutka go to Zelenogorsk from St Petersburg, and if so where does it leave from and how often?

      2 Answers Aug 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM
    • Tourist Visa for Russia

      Saint Petersburg Aug 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      How long does it take to get a tourist visa for Russia (U.S. Citizen)?
      We want to get there by train from Warsaw, Poland and stay at an apartment in St. Petersburg for about a week. Do we have to have reservations ahead of time in order to get a visa? We are not exactly sure when we will go next spring...probably April. Any advice on free lance traveling would be welcome. We are a senior retired couple but have traveled a lot so we are not afraid of winging it. Thanks for any help.

      10 Answers Sep 4, 2013 at 3:35 AM
    • Peterhof fountains open season

      Peterhof Jun 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      We are planning a trip to Russia September to October 2013, what's the closs day of the fountains? Lonely Planet said it will work until middle of Oct, but some other websites said it stoped Sep 15th, 2012.
      If I come about Sep 25th, can I see the fountains work?

      5 Answers Jun 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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      too many places!!

      Saint Petersburg Jun 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Hi, I have read a lot about things to do while in Saint Pete, but could you please tell me which tourists attractions really worth a visit besides Hermitage and Pushkin? Thanks!

      27 Answers Jul 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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      Any nice beaches in or around St. Petersburg?

      Saint Petersburg May 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      I will come to St. Petersburg the two first weeks in July. Does anybody know if there are any nice beaches in or around St. Petersburg? How is the water quality and the temperature in the water?
      Thank you in advance for your replies:-)

      15 Answers Jun 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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      Evening program

      Saint Petersburg May 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM


      I will be in St-P for work for three days next week.
      When looking at the evening events St-P offers, ballet in one of the theaters seems to be a good call. Is it possible to buy tickets last-minute? Or are they often sold out in advance?

      Also, is it possible to join an existing city tour last-minute? I can't really say in advance which day I will be having the most time to do this but I definately want to explore St-P a bit.

      Thanks lot for your kind assistance.

      5 Answers May 28, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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      Will spend around 8 hrs in St. Petersburg, suggestions on what to see during that time! :)

      Saint Petersburg May 10, 2013 at 6:03 AM

      Hi all!
      My bf nd I are thinking of taking a cruise from Helsinki to St Petersburg, where we will spend arnd 8 hours. Im a bit overwhelmed as there seems to be so much to do in the city, thats why i want to know from the people that have been there, what is a MUST see and experience in order to get the whole St Petersburg vibe? I dont want the day to be fully packed and only being in museums; it would be nice to waalk arnd and maybe do some shopping.
      Your thoughts would be highly appreciated! Thank you! 3

      9 Answers May 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM
    • Peterhof Fountains

      Peterhof Apr 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      We will be visiting Peterhof on the 15th/16th May 2013, will the fountains be open? I read that the official opening date is the 18th May

      16 Answers May 7, 2013 at 2:04 AM
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      Furnished flat

      Saint Petersburg Mar 26, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Hi, My wife and myself are planning to stay in Saint Petersburg the all month of next September. I do not want to go through the usual very expensive holiday flat and therefore I am looking for a local family wanting to rent part of their property or for a really honest local agency.
      Any suggestion is welcome. Caion Paion

      3 Answers Apr 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM
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      Visa for a cruise ship visit

      Saint Petersburg Mar 25, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Hi, Coming to St Petersburg with a cruise for one night. Can someone advice about getting a visa and costs please, also if you've had a visa with a cruise ship excursion, thanks

      11 Answers Jul 25, 2013 at 12:09 AM
    • August - good time to travel here?

      Saint Petersburg Mar 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      I am finding conflicting information - are the cultural sites of the city, Hermitage, etc closed in August?


      7 Answers May 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM
    • good eats in st pete's

      Saint Petersburg Mar 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Our first time to StP will be in late August. any recommendations for delicious/interesting mid-priced food experiences?

      5 Answers May 25, 2013 at 5:58 PM
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      Two days in June- what to see?

      Saint Petersburg Mar 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      We've visited St Petersburg before, marvelled at the Hermitage, the Peterhof and the usual sights. This time we'd like to do something different, rather less historical and that's not shopping-oriented. I'd most certainly appreciated any suggestions offered as to a doable itinerary.

      8 Answers Apr 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM