There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Saint Petersburg each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national) January 7: Russian Orthodox Christmas (national)
The Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar and thus celebrates Christmas thirteen days after it is celebrated by most Christians in the rest of the world.February 23: Defender of the Fatherland Day (national)
Previously commemorated the anniversary of the creation of the Red Army in 1918. Today, it is celebrated as the Russian equivalent of Father's Day, on which women and girls give presents to their male relatives of any age, whether they have served in the Russian armed forces or not.March 8: International Women's Day (national holiday)
Celebrated worldwide, this holiday honours all women. In Russia, men and boys give flowers, chocolate and small presents to their wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends and female colleagues. Throngs of flower sellers and other vendors line the sidewalks in Saint Petersburg on this day.April 30: Labour Day (national) May 9: Victory Day (national)
For Russians, this is the day the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany ended in 1945. Celebrations include a magnificent victory parade along Nevsky Prospekt, which ends with fireworks over the Neva in the evening.May 27: City Day (local)
Celebrates the founding of Saint Petersburg by Peter the Great on this day in 1703. A large variety of events are organized, including a parade, brass bands, folk dancing, etc.June 12: Russia Day (national)
Marks the day the Russian Federation proclaimed its sovereignty in 1990. Celebrated in Saint Petersburg with parades and a fireworks display in the evening.July 25: Navy Day (local)
One of the world's great sea-faring cities, Saint Petersburg pays tribute to its sailors each year on this day. Submarines and torpedo boats, festooned with flags and bunting, gather along the Neva and engage in mock battles.December 25: Christmas (national)
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||-9/16||-4/25||40/1.6||Good period to go|
|February||-9/16||-3/27||31/1.2||Not the best period to go|
|March||-4/25||2/36||35/1.4||Not the best period to go|
|April||1/34||8/46||33/1.3||Not the best period to go|
|May||7/45||16/61||38/1.5||Good period to go|
|June||12/54||20/68||64/2.5||Good period to go|
|July||14/57||22/72||78/3.1||Good period to go|
|August||13/55||20/68||77/3.0||Good period to go|
|September||8/46||14/57||67/2.6||Good period to go|
|October||3/37||8/46||65/2.6||Not the best period to go|
|November||-2/28||2/36||56/2.2||Not the best period to go|
|December||-6/21||2/36||49/1.9||Good period to go|
The Saint Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport is located 23 kilometres (14 miles) south of Palace Square in the city centre.
There are several excellent options for getting around Saint Petersburg, including metro lines, trams, buses and trolleybuses. Saint Petersburg's public transport system also includes “river buses”, small boats taking several routes along the Neva and the city's canals, an especially delightful option in the summer months.
The Saint Petersburg Metro is the best way to get around the city quickly. And it is also an opportunity to discover the city's monumental and ornately decorated stations! Each day, nearly 3.5 million people use the Metro.
There are numerous bus stops dotted along all the city's main thoroughfares. Buses are thus very useful for getting around, in combination with the Metro. Tickets may be purchased from the driver on the bus. Minibuses follow fixed routes, but collect and drop off passengers anywhere along the way. You just need to ask the driver to stop when you are about to reach your destination. Allow about RUB 30 per ride.
A boat cruise along the Neva or the city's canals is also an ideal way to discover Saint Petersburg, sometimes known as the Venice of the North. Several companies offer cruises, with or without a guide. Allow at least RUB 1,016 per person for a 1-hour cruise.
Upon your arrival in Saint Petersburg, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Saint Petersburg Tourist Information Bureau
Offers practical information and publications for tourists on the city of Saint Petersburg and its region. Here are the main addresses:
See also the Tourist Information Bureau's official travel guide at http://www.visit-petersburg.ru
The Tourist Information Bureau also operates a number of information kiosks at various locations throughout the city, including:
The English-language website maintained by the Russian National Tourist Office, , provides a wealth of information for visitors to Saint Petersburg.
See your doctor before you travel. In order to obtain your visa to travel to Russia, you will need to take out insurance covering both medical expenses and medical evacuation or repatriation. Saint Petersburg counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Russia. The following vaccines are recommended for travel to Russia:
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
It is recommended to drink bottled water in Saint Petersburg.
Foreign nationals are required to be in possession of a visa in order to enter and stay in Russia.
For further information, visit the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.russianconsulate.info/visa_requirements.html
|To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Saint Petersburg, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.|
Here are a few basic Russian phrases that will make your stay in Saint Petersburg a little easier:
Hello / How do you do?: Zdrastvooytyeh
Good morning: Dobra-yeh ootra
Good day / Good afternoon: Dobri dyen
Good evening: Dobri vyechyer
Goodbye: Da sdveedanya
No, thank you: Nyet, spaseeba
Thank you very much: Bolsho-yeh spaseeba
I don't understand: Ya nyeh paneema-yoo.
Could you repeat that?: Paftareetyeh, pajalsta.
What time is it?: Katori chas?
Excuse me: Eezveeneetyeh (to get past, to say sorry) / Prasteetyeh! (to get attention) / Eezveeneetyeh, pajalsta (to ask someone a question).
Train station: Vokzal
I'm (…): Ya (…).
I'm looking for (…): Ya ishtoo (…).
How much is it?: Skolka eta sto-eet?
Do you have (…)?: Oo vas yest (…)?
Where can I find (…)?: Gde mozhna naytee (…)?
Where can I buy (…)?: Gde mozhna kupit (…)?
I'd like (…): Ya biy haytel(a) (…).
In Saint Petersburg, tipping is certainly not required but always appreciated. If you are satisfied with the service, you can tip about 10 percent of the bill in restaurants and bars.