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Church of the Redeemer, Saint Petersburg
 

Practical info St Petersburg, Russia

Getting around the city

Locals in St Petersburg make good use of their public transport, which is extensive if not efficient and reliable. There are multiple tramlines, close to 200 bus routes and numerous trolley buses, but no night service is available after midnight. All these are overcrowded, irregular and often break down. Bus, tram and trolley bus tickets can be bought from kiosks or the drivers and validated on boarding. Tram and trolley stops are marked with a 'T' sign hanging from the overhead wires. A popular form of local transport, more efficient than the buses, are passenger vans called marshrutka which follow the same routes as buses and trams, and stop on request. St Petersburg's metro has five lines and 67 stations and is extremely efficient and easy to use, even though signs are not in English. Tokens and multi-journey cards can be obtained at booths on the stations and are valid for as long as you are inside the system. Taxis are clearly marked and can be hailed in the street or by telephone. Passengers should check that the meter is working or negotiate before departing. Most private car drivers in the city will act as a taxi and offer you a ride, but be sure to settle the price before accepting. Self-driving is difficult due to the thick traffic and bad road surfaces and the fact that road signs are in Cyrillic. Far easier is hiring a car with a driver, the preferred option offered by the main car rental companies.

Time

Local time is GMT +3.

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The official currency is the Rouble (RUB), which is divided into 100 kopeks. Most major international credit cards are accepted in larger establishements. Currency can be changed at banks, currency exchange booths and hotels. ATMs are widely available in major cities. It is hard to get roubles outside Russia and travellers are advised to take good condition US Dollars or Euro notes to change once there.

Communication

The international access code for Russia is +7. Public phones are good for local and international calls; they take phonecards, which can be bought at newspaper kiosks and post offices. Phone booths in airports and major hotels usually take Amex or Visa cards but are generally much more expensive than street phones. Mobile phone coverage is extensive in towns and cities, but can be limited in some remote areas. Internet access is available at internet cafes in major towns and cities.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Pulkovo International Airport

www.pulkovoairport.ru

Getting to the city

Buses leave for Moskovskaya Metro Station from outside the terminal, from where metros go to the city centre. Passengers who are staying in a major hotel can usually arrange to be picked up.

Car rental

Hertz, Avis and Europcar, among other companies, are represented in the terminal.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside the terminal. Be sure to agree on a price before leaving the airport as tourists are often overcharged.

Facilities

Facilities include a few duty-free shops, a bureau de change, snack bars, restaurants, a business centre, a tourism centre, baby care room, internet access and an ATM.

Parking

Free parking is offered in unguarded lots fairly close to the terminals. Otherwise, airport parking nearer the terminals costs RUB 150 to RUB 200 per hour or RUB 450 to RUB 1,200 per day.

Internet

Free wifi is available in the terminal.