My transsiberian journey ends in Moscow. I'm wondering if it's worth the extra time and money to extend the trip to Saint Petersburg. I'm really tight on my budget but don't want to miss out on St. Petersburg if you folks really think it's worthwhile! Thanks!
Kristina! I think Saint-Petersburg is one of the most (maybe the most) beautiful city in Russia. It takes you only 3-4 hours to get from Moscow to SPb by high-speed train; or if you want to buy a cheap ticket it takes you 7-8 hours.I live in Saint-Petersburg and I am sure it really worth it. over 6 years ago
It definitely is worth your time and money to include St. Petersburg in your Russian itinerary. It is a beautiful city with wide avenues, magnificent churches, great museums, and impresive royal palaces. The strong Scandinavian influences make St. Petersburg quite different from other Russian cities. For details an photos see the "Russia" section of Our Travel Journals: http://www.evcal.org. over 6 years ago
For sure, it's definitely worth the money, but only if you have time to see the sites.
It is a stunning city and you need at least a day to go around the Hermitage museum and Peterhof/Peter's Palace (you take a boat there) which is Peter the Great's version of Versailles. There is plenty more to see besides these things (churches, museums, canals) and it is quite unique.
If you are hard on budget, but not time, you can take the overnight hard sleeper to St Petersburg and stay in a youth hostel there. over 6 years ago
Lots of canals like Venice- reasearch it on the 'net & go see!!!! almost 6 years agoAnswered by Julie via WorldNomads.com
St Petersburg is an extraordinarily beautiful and historical place of course you should go there. That would be like going to China and not seeing the Great Wall. The palaces and cathedrals have been restored and maintained so in many ways you can imagine what it was like to live in there in the 19th century. It is expensive to do properly because you really should see the Peterhof palace and grounds and go to the Marinski theatre and see a ballet. The hermitage is a must-see and there is an excellent website you can go to that will give you an idea of what you can expect to see. There is so much more, the people are lovely, ideally you would spend a week there.
You can save money and time by using the Metro trains instead of taxis. You have to wait 1/2 hr for a taxi in SP and it takes forever because traffic is really bad. The metro is quite simple and based on a map which is everywhere on tourist brochures and the train station walls. The routes are colour coded and numbered. The place displayed on the platform will be the last stop on the line and there is a picture with the stops on the platform wall showing which way the train is going and where you are. You buy a token for 27 rubles from the token machine in the Metro foyer, this is basically your train ticket, you put it in the turnstyle and off you go down the escalator to find your platform. It is also very safe despite all the stupid things written on English websites saying you will get mugged. Everyone is just going to and from work. Just exercise common sense.
Don't forget to climb the 200 steps of St Isaacs Cathedral, unless you don't like heights, the view is amazing. about 4 years agoAnswered by Lisa Smith via Travellr.com
St Petersburg is the top tourist attraction in Russia.
The Collection of Hermitage is one of the biggest in the world.
And the summer is great here.
There is big variety of tours you can join as well http://www.sputnik8.com/en/st-petersburg/tours over 3 years ago
We have just returned from a visit to Russia. Admittedly we were with a tour group so we were somewhat limited with the experience. There were private ' palaces ' all across the city but they are in need of a repaint. The canals were too high so we were limited to one canal. After reading the other reports on this site ,we must have missed a lot. The width of the streets were not striking( not like in Barcelona). The traffic was an horrible experience.
The trams/buses were in an unbelieveable state of disrepair but they did function. Pickpockets are at work in the markets.
Interesting venues to visit in the city- the Hermitage, St Peter & Paul Fortress, the Summer Garden. Out of the city, a visit to Pushkin Palace and the Peterhof Palace are incredible.
In Moscow the streets were very wide- the traffic flowed. Everyone enjoyed the Moscow experience. over 3 years agoAnswered by M. Dunne via WorldNomads.com