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.
Pushkin is located 24 kilometers (15 mi) south from the center of St. Petersburg proper, and its railway station, Detskoe Selo, is directly connected by railway to the Vitebsky Rail Terminal of the city. Population: 92,889. Pushkin was founded in 1710 as an imperial residence named Tsarskoye Selo and received status of a town in 1808. After the October, the town was renamed to Detskoye Selo (meaning Children's Village). Its name was further changed in 1937 to Pushkin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The town contains an ensemble of the 18th century "Tsarskoe Selo”. This museum complex includes the Catherine Palace, Alexander Palace and other buildings and associated parks; it is a major tourist attraction of the area and is included in the list of monuments protected by the UNESCO
Arriving by plane
St. Petersburg is easy to reach via many daily convenient flight connections from main European and American cities. There are two airports in St. Petersburg – Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2. They are located close to each other, about 9 kilometers south of St. Petersburg.
Most international flights arrive to Pulkovo-2. The flights from Moscow arrive to Pulkovo-1.
Pulkovo Airport is within 15 km from the centre of Saint-Petersburg. You can easily get to the city («Moskovskaya» metro station is the nearest), using city bus or a shuttle bus.
In Pulkovo 1 the city bus #39 stop is opposite the exit from the arrival hall #1, which is on the ground floor of the terminal. The bus runs between Pulkovo 1 terminal and «Moskovskaya» metro station every 12-20 minutes from 5.30 a.m. till 01.30 a.m. The trip takes 30-35 minutes.
Opposite the central building of Pulkovo 2 terminal there ais a bus stop for city bus #13, going to «Moskovskaya» metro station (bus stop is closer to arrivals terminal).
First bus: 5.40 a.m. on week-days; 6.00 a.m. on week-ends.
Last bus: 0.47 a.m.
The bus plies every 13-20 minutes. The trip takes 20-25 minutes. Price — 25RUB.
Shuttle bus Ê39 constantly runs between Pulkovo 1 terminal and «Moskovskaya» metro station. Price — 35 RUB. The shuttle bus stop is opposite the exit from domestic flights Arrival zone.
To get to the city from Pulkovo 2 terminal one can take shuttle buses K3, 39A, K113. Their stop is closer to arrivals hall.
Shuttle bus 39A goes along Pulkovo highway from the airport to «Moskovskaya» metro station, the price is 35 RUB.
Shuttle buses start when all the seats are occupied. Passengers buy the ticket from the driver in the shuttle-bus.
Do not accept transportation proposals from private persons in the airport!
How to get to the symposium Venue from the airport: please get from the airport terminal to the nearest metro station «Moskovskaya» by city bus or shuttle bus. Then go by metro the the metro station "Nevsky Prospect" and change the line to the metro station "Gostinyi dvor". Go from the metro station "Gostinyi dvor" to the station "Primorskaya". Please use the white mini-bus #248 to get from the metro to the hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya.
Arriving by train
There are 3 main international railway stations in St. Petersburg: Moscovsky railway station, Ladozhsky, Vitebsky. All the stations, besides Ladozhsky, are located in the center of the city. 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. The Sea Port receives other cruise ships though they are not operating within regular services.
As a rule, tourists arriving at the Sea Station are met by buses provided by the receiving company, though the station is also well served by public transport and it is not difficult to reach the center of the city from there –trolleybus, bus or route taxi can take you to the ‘‘Vasileostrovskaya”, “Primorskaya” or “Nevsky Prospect” metro stations.
Arriving by Bus
Regular and tourist buses arrive in St. Petersburg every day from European and Russian cities. Many of the buses coming from Germany, Finland and Sweden stop by the Oktyabrskaya Hotel located on Ploshad Vosstania. From the square in front of Baltiisky railway station (the Baltiiskaya metro station), the Eurolines buses head for the Baltic States, Scandinavia, France, Germany and other European countries.
However, the travel by bus takes quite much time. Even from the nearest Finland it is possible to reach St. Petersburg only in 6 - 7 hours.
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 28 roubles.
- overland electrical transport - trams and trolley buses. Fare for one trip in overland municipal transport is 25 roubles.
- 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 + 4 hrs.
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.
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.