St Petersburg Hotels
Travelling to St Petersburg
You can get to St Petersburg by rail from any major Western European city via
Berlin. A roundtrip train ticket from Paris or Frankfurt to St Petersburg will
cost the same or marginally more than a discounted airfare.
From Finland, there are two daily trains leaving Helsinki's central train station
for St Petersburg. The morning one is the Finnish Sibelius, and the midday one
is the Russian Repin. Travel time is between 4 hours, 30 minutes and 5 hours,
30 minutes, depending on the length of time spent at the border crossing. Delays
can be long because post-Soviet borders are numerous and chaotic. There are
also reports of train robberies in Poland and rail travel is generally not recommended.
St Petersburg has two airports: Pulkovo (Poulkovo, Pulkowo) and Rzhevka. Scheduled
flights from Western Europe normally arrive at Pulkovo 2 or Pulkovo International.
Domestic flights, air service to Moscow, charter flights from destinations in
Southern Europe, Black Sea (Turkey) and Mediterranean use Pulkovo 1. Rather
infrequent flights from Asia (Seoul and Beijing and recently Tokyo and Osaka)
also arrive at Pulkovo 1.
St Petersburg's second airport is Rzhevka. This airport is the municipal airport
which was used by commuter services and scheduled regional flights in Soviet
times but is now almost dormant.
The network of public transportation in St Petersburg is quite extensive; however,
resources of public transportation are quite over-stretched and most public
transport is not particularly user-friendly. Nonetheless, the metro is reliable
and cost-effective for medium- and long-distance transportation. For the shorter
trips you can try trams, buses and trolleybuses, or taxis.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel St Petersburg
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full list of hotels and online booking