About St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg was the former capital of imperial Russia and the home of its czars. The city has many splendid architectural treasures, theatres and art museums and of course the world famous Hermitage. Saint Petersburg is the second largest Russian city with a population of almost five million people. It is the largest northern city on the planet. Saint Petersburg is often called the Venice of the North, because it lies on 44 islands which are divided by a web of 86 rivers and canals.
Over 100 palaces of the Russian nobility and a great many cathedrals and unique churches built by the greatest architects of the time still remain in Saint Petersburg. Most of them are open to the public now. Saint Petersburg is famous for its "white nights" - a period when there is as much light during night time as during the day time and many bridges are raised. In Autumn time Saint Petersburg is also very beautiful. During the day it is possible to admire it as a museum in the open air, and in the night city sparkles with many lights and offers a big diversity of amusements. The city has recently undergone an extensive renovation in celebration of its 300th anniversary in 2003. More than 80 museums and 40 theatres of St. Petersburg ensure that art, ballet, music, and theatre lovers will find the metropolis an endless source of cultural enjoyment.
Arriving by plane
St. Petersburg is easy to reach via many daily convenient flight connections from main European and American cities. There are two terminals of the airport Pulkovo in St. Petersburg – Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2. They are located about 9 kilometers south of St. Petersburg.
From Pulkovo-1 the K-39 minibus goes to Ladozhsky Station through the center of the city, passing the Ploshad Vosstania metro station on Nevsky Prospect.
You can take Bus No. 39 to the metro station which is closest to the airport – “Moskovskaya” Metro Station.
From Pulkovo—2, minibuses either go to Sennaya Ploshad in the center of the city (K-3, K-213) or to the closest metro stations: Moskovskaya (K-13) or Kupchino (K-113).
You will be able book a transfer service through Monomax. In this case you will be met in the aiport by a person with a sign "ICSLS - 2012" and delivered to your hotel.
Also you can take a cab at the airport upon arrival.
Do not accept transportation proposals from private persons at the airport!
Arriving by train
There are five main railway stations in St. Petersburg: Moscow, Ladozhsky, Finland, Vitebsky and Baltiisky. All of the stations, with the exception of Ladozhsky, are located in the center of the city. All of the stations are close to the metro stations. The Moscovsky Station receives trains from Moscow, the south of Russia and the Baltic States. Trains from the Baltic States, Kiev and Odessa arrive at the Vitebsky Station, while trains from Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Vologda, Vorkuta, Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk arrive at the Ladozhsky station, as well as through trains from Moscow.
Arriving by Sea
Cruise ships arrive in the St. Petersburg Sea Harbour located in the Gavan at the west-end of Vasilievsky Island. The Silja Line runs two regular ferry services connecting the city with Europe: Petersburg-Helsinki and Petersburg-Tallin-Rostok. The services are seasonal, with the ferries operating from the end of April to the end of September.
You will be able book a transfer through Monomax. In this case you will be met in the railway station by a person with a sign "ICSLS - 2012" and delivered to your hotel. if you will need a tranfer from any other point, you should contact Monomax.
Public transportation in St. Petersburg
The main part of interurban and local passenger carriage is fulfilled by public transport which is:
- metro (Saint-Petersburg metro has 4 lines with 58 stations). Metro operates from 5.45 till 24.00. Metro fare is 25 RUR.
- overland electrical transport - trams and trolley buses. Fare for one trip in overland municipal transport is 21 RUR.
- buses - public and commercial routes
- local trains.
Overland transport operates from 6.00 till 24.00
The system of minibuses is well developed.
St.Petersburg is situated in the Moscow standard time zone (MST), which differs from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
MST = GMT + 3 hrs.
St. Petersburg is characterized by an intermediate (from maritime to continental) climate. It is quite mild and humid with frequent rains. There can be dry and hot periods in summertime, when the temperature reaches up to +30 C, but they last for a week at most. The average temperature in June is + 16 C.
The national Russian currency is ruble. All payments for goods and services throughout Russia must be done in rubles, or by major credit cards.
Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks or currency exchange offices at the airport, hotels or in the city. Exchange rates are always posted.
The Universal Currency Converter Services
220 V plugs are standard continental European type. British and North-American appliances need an adapter.
01 — fire
02 — police
03 — ambulance
04 — gas accidents
Can be dialed direct from payphones, with no codes. If you are calling from a mobile phone, add the code +7 812 or 8 812.
However, it is easier to use the special emergency number for mobile-phone users — 112 — which will connect you with the emergency number of your service provider.
If your operator does not provide this service or if your roaming agreement does not include it, you will be given the correct number to dial the city emergency services.