Transliteration & pronunciation
Please note!

The following transliteration and pronunciation is given for the classical Latin alphabet and does not match with the rules of orthography and pronunciation of English.

Therefore do not pronounce Russian words how to you like represent sounds in English.

For example:
The Latin letter U should not be pronounced as the English word you.
U = YOU = OO

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EXACT ADDRESSES OF ICONIC PICTURES
what's this
Palace Bridge
Main iconic / postcard picture of St Petersburg
view from Admiralty Embankment

Exact address: Admiralty Embankment, 12
in Russian: АДМИРАЛТЕЙСКАЯ НАБЕРЕЖНАЯ, 12
RUS in Latin: ADMIRALTEYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA, DVENATSAT`
Correct pronunciation from native speaker

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59.93835, 30.30536 / 59°56'18.1"N 30°18'19.3"E
EXACT ADDRESSES OF ICONIC PICTURES
what's this
Palace Bridge
VIEW TO KUNSTKAMERA TOWER
from Palace Embankment (Hermitage)

Exact address: Palace Embankment, 34
in Russian: ДВОРЦОВАЯ НАБЕРЕЖНАЯ, 34
RUS in Latin: DVARTSOVAYA NABEREZHNAYA, TRITSAT-CHETYRE

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59.941120, 30.311970 / 59°56'28.0"N 30°18'43.1"E
EXACT ADDRESSES OF ICONIC PICTURES
what's this
Palace Bridge
VIEW TO HERMITAGE from 'Kunstkamera' side
(from coast of Vasiliyevsky Island)


Exact address: University Embankment, 3
in Russian: УНИВЕРСИТЕТСКАЯ НАБЕРЕЖНАЯ, 3
RUS in Latin: UNIVERSITETSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA, TRI

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59.94113, 30.30454 / 59°56'28.1"N 30°18'16.3"E
EXACT ADDRESSES OF ICONIC PICTURES
what's this
Palace Bridge
VIEW FROM ROSTRAL COLUMNS side
(from 'Spit' of the Basil's / Vasiliyevsky Island)


Exact address: Stock Exchange Square, 4
in Russian: БИРЖЕВАЯ ПЛОЩАДЬ, 4
RUS in Latin: BIRZHEVAYA PLOSHCHAD`, CHETYRE

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59.94367, 30.30745 / 59°56'37.2"N 30°18'26.8"E
EXACT ADDRESSES OF ICONIC PICTURES
what's this
Palace Bridge
VIEW FROM PETER & PAUL FORTRESS side
from coast / beach of Zayachy (Hare) Island
to get high quality pictures, it is required to have a camera with a long focal lens and a tripod


Exact address: Peter-Paul Fortress, 'Koryushka' restaurant
in Russian: ПЕТРОПАВЛОВСКАЯ КРЕПОСТЬ, РЕСТОРАН 'КОРЮШКА'
RUS in Latin: PETRA-PAVLAVSKAYA KREPAST`, RESTARAN 'KORYUSHKA'

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59.94789, 30.31058 / 59°56'52.4"N 30°18'38.1"E
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METRO STATION on M5 LINE
in St PETERSBURG
Admitalteyskaya
АДМИРАЛТЕЙСКАЯ
OPENING HOURS for entry:
from 05:38 till 00:24 (+1)

FIRST TRAINS:
to Shuhary / ШУШАРЫ - 05:48
to Komendantskiy Prospekt / КОМЕНДАНТСКИЙ ПРОСПЕКТ - 05:53

LAST TRAINS:
to Shuhary / ШУШАРЫ - 00:24
to Komendantskiy Prospekt / КОМЕНДАНТСКИЙ ПРОСПЕКТ - 00:32

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METRO STATION on M2 LINE
in St PETERSBURG
Nevskiy Prospekt
НЕВСКИЙ ПРОСПЕКТ
OPENING HOURS for entry:
Entrance (exit) no.1 from / to Mikhaylovskaya Str
from 07:00 till 23:00

Entrance (exit) no.2 from / to Griboyedov Canal
from 05:38 till 00:24 (+1)

TRANSFER HUB
It`s possible change line - to M3 (station Gostiny Dvor)
ATTENTION! The transition from one line to another (from one station of the transfer hub to another) ends at 00:15

FIRST TRAINS:
to Parnas / ПАРНАС - 05:58
to Kupchino / КУПЧИНО - 05:47

LAST TRAINS:
to Parnas / ПАРНАС - 00:28
to Kupchino / КУПЧИНО - 00:29

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METRO STATION on M3 LINE
in St PETERSBURG
Gostiny Dvor
ГОСТИНЫЙ ДВОР
OPENING HOURS: for entry
(all entrances)
a) to-from Nevsky Ave/Sadovaya Str
b) to-from Griboyedov Canal

from 05:38 till 00:28 (+1)

TRANSFER HUB
It`s possible change line - to M2 (station Nevskiy Prospekt)
ATTENTION! The transition from one line to another (from one station of the transfer hub to another) ends at 00:15

FIRST TRAINS:
to Begovaya / БЕГОВАЯ - 05:57
to Rybatskoye / РЫБАЦКОЕ - 05:47

LAST TRAINS:
to Begovaya / БЕГОВАЯ - 00:35
to Rybatskoye / РЫБАЦКОЕ - 00:25

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Hello! Names in Russian are unusual for a foreigner and are quite difficult not only in pronunciation, but also in writing. We want to help you fill out the order form correctly. After all, a mistake when writing even one letter can send you on a journey in a completely different direction.

We have tried to simplify this task for you as much as possible and present almost all the most popular destinations wherever you would like to go. Just click the link↓ By default, all addresses below are listed as starting points, and Palace Bridge (Admiralty District Saint Petersburg) as the destination. Change the data or direction if necessary.

IMPORTANT! Don`t forget to enter your exact address of departure / arrival in the second step of booking. In this case - Admiralteyskaya Naberezhnaya, 12 / АДМИРАЛТЕЙСКАЯ НАБЕРЕЖНАЯ, 12

Or type data the form yourself. If, after specifying your location or hotel name, the system could not find your exact address, then first type in the form the name of the District of St Petersburg as origin or destination. Next, don`t forget to enter your exact address of departure / arrival in the second step of booking.

If you are not sure or don't know, then this is not a problem! Just find this point on the map, copy the coordinates (in this option, that is, latitude and longitude, for example - 59.938378, 30.305892) and paste into the booking form. The system itself will understand which area you are looking for. Or do it like this

In this case enter your exact address of departure / arrival in the second step of booking!

Pulkovo Airport LED - map

Passenger Port Marine Facade
main sea cruise harbour - map

exact - Kruzenshterna, 18 + No of terminal

Peterhof - map
(Fountains, Parks, Palaces)

Pushkin - map
Catherine Palace / Tsarskoe Selo

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HOW TO GET THE BEST
Tripster hasn`t an English version, but, you can easily book a excursion on the Russian-lang website!
Why do you need it and how can you do this without knowing a word in Russian?

In fact, many Tripster guides speak English. Ask a question before booking if your provider will approve the presence of foreigners. Yes, this is not always possible for safety reasons, but in many cases it won't be a problem.

Tripster offers the most unusual excursions, that foreigners don't even know exist. And don`t always need knowledge of Russian. For example, if you want to fly a plane, sail on a kayak or SUP board in the historical center, or book a professional rooftop photo session in the old town!
HOW TO BUY A TOUR
on a Russian-language page
1) It is better to use a PC or at least a large screen tablet

2) Open the original Tripster page in Russian and also translated page in English
You can translate any pages using Google yourself. Just copy and paste the link into RUSSIAN window and you will get a link to the translated page

3) To search for a tour use the translated page (don't forget that machine translation is not always absolutely correct)

4) Ask a question before booking (when tour is in Russian only) if your provider will approve the presence of foreigners.

5) Read the Rules of payment, cancellation and other FAQs (translated page, original in Russian is here)

6) Important! To correctly complete the booking, do it only on the original Russian-lang page!
HOW TO GET THE BEST
Read the instructions carefully
Sputnik has an English version, but, just in case, be sure to check the description of the tour for the presence of an English-speaking guide!

Why should also use the Russian-lang page? The number of offers here is much larger. We recommend this option for the purchase of various skip-the-line tickets (prices are often lower), as well as tours that do not require an accompaniment in English or any other language.
For example, it could be a sightseeing bus or boat tour, where you can use a pre-downloaded audio guide or even not use it.

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HOW TO BUY A TOUR
on a Russian-lang page
1) It is better to use a PC or at least a large screen tablet

2) Read the Rules for booking, payment, cancellation and other FAQs on the English page (absolutely similar to the Russian version)

3) Open the original Sputnik page in Russian and also translated page in English (with an Google)

4) To search for a tour or ticket use the translated page (don't forget that machine translation is not always absolutely correct)

5) Ask a question before booking (when tour is in Russian only) if your provider will approve the presence of foreigners.

6) However, to correctly complete the booking, do it only on the original page
HOW TO BUY A BOAT TOUR
on a Russian-language page
1) It is better to use a PC or at least a large screen tablet

2) Open translated (click link) into English page and also original webpage in Russian (click button)
You can translate any pages using Google yourself. Just copy and paste any link into RUSSIAN window and you will get a link to the translated page

3) Use the translated page to understand the content in Russian (remember that machine translation is not always absolutely correct)

4) However, to correctly complete the booking, do it only on the original webpage.
Be sure to read the booking, cancellation policies and other FAQs before booking. Ask the tour organizer if necessary.

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Dear travelers!
Of the sanctions imposed against Russia, most well-known reservation services, including Booking and Airbnb, temporarily do not provide accommodation options in Russia. Therefore, we have replaced them with the best similar Russian services.

In fact, it is even better and safer for you, because you can be absolutely sure that your reservation will not be canceled for any political reasons. And your money, if prepayment is required under the terms of the booking, will be returned to you in case of cancellation of the reservation (excluding cancellation fees due to the fault of the traveler, if indicated in the booking conditions).

But let's be honest, of course, in terms of the quality of service, Russian booking services are not yet as cool as Booking. For example, the description and rating of hotels, as well as current reviews, are less informative. For you, we can advise a small life hack.

If you want to get detailed information about the hotel and read traveler`s reviews on the Booking.com website (click), indicate the exact name of object in the form ( copy and paste from Ostrovok.ru )

Very important! In this case, do not indicate the dates of check-in and check-out! If you have already done this (maybe a little earlier), clear the cache on your PC or mobile device. Or open the Booking.com website 24 hours after the last session (the lifetime of cookies on the Booking website is one day)
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When and why

Raising of drawbridges schedule

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Dear Friends! The best pictures in your albums and enjoyment of memories are our main mission! Don`t spend time searching for a place to take iconic photos. We show you only top spots and specify absolutely exact coordinates!
This is very usefully for you, because point for a good shot does not always coincide with the exact location of the attractions themselves! What this mean

We present you an unusual concept for travel. Various palaces and exhibitions maybe are very good, but believe, for you this is not the main thing. Our essential advice for tourists - don`t try to be everywhere at the same time and please, don`t run from one museum to another! In most cases, it is best to refuse to visit them altogether. Surprise? Start doing so and soon your motto will be 'Don't go inside, stay outside!'
The Palace Bridge is truly the main, world-famous postcard view of St. Petersburg. You will find an image of a raised bridge with the profile of the Peter-Paul Fortress in the middle at every step. These are both fridge magnets (and other typical souvenirs - don't forget to buy!) and the logos of many shops, hotels, restaurants, other companies and even emergency services!
The Palace Bridge is one of the most famous 'bascule type of moveable bridges'. It is in the raised position twice a night:
1) 01:10 - 02:50
2) 03:10 - 04:55

(the final morning lowering of bridges is often done ahead of schedule - after the last ship)
To see the movement of the bridge, you must be at the site no later than 5 min before the time indicated in the schedule.

Raising of bridges is an excellent, fantastic show. In the high season (traditionally - from late May to early September), the opening of the Palace Bridge is accompanied by symphonic music. Therefore, to visit St. Petersburg and not see the Palace Bridge is almost the same if you visit Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower!
The most beautiful and solemn part of the show, of course the first one, which starts an hour after midnight. Therefore, it is especially crowded here at this time. To get the best seats, many come here at least an hour in advance. If you arrive 5 minutes before the start of the show in high season, then you will only see the backs of the heads of several rows of spectators.

HOW TO DO RIGHT THING & LIFE HACKS

Come early, preferably at least one hour before the start of the first part of the show. Take your friends with you to avoid getting bored (optionally - a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, etc). Just in case, an umbrella and warm clothes. Be sure to check the weather forecast

To avoid the crowd and be closest to the show object,
buy a boat tour

If you want to see how the process of raising the bridge and lowering it (or rather, vice versa) in less than half an hour with fewer spectators, then come here at 02:40

Do you need iconic high quality photos and a place for a tripod? Choose the second part of the show and come half an hour before the start

Want to see a show, but classic iconic photos are not important to you?
Choose a different angle
Especially we recommend visit St Petersburg during the so-called White Nights Time - approx from June to the end of July. Don't rush home immediately after opening or closing of the bridge. The best time for romantic walks in summer is early morning, about 4 - 4:30 AM. In the pre-dawn mist, the city looks particularly magical!

Take a look at real photos you will get for memory. Click to zoom.
Well, if you like to sleep at night, you will get many good photos of St Petersburg in the daytime too.
✱ However, pay attention! If you want to see the movement of drawbridges, remember that usually the official navigation season in Saint Petersburg lasts from April 10 to November 29. Sometimes, due to weather and ice on the river, these dates can be changed by about a week. But guaranteed, from December to almost mid-April, bridges will not be raised!

Of course, this does not mean that there is nothing to do here in winter. Petersburg is great at any time of the year, but exactly here we are talking about the seasonal show.

Access to the Palace Bridge and and the area around is absolutely free at any time. But. With the exception of three days a year: May 9 (Victory Day in World War II), the last Sunday of July (Russian NAVY Day) - these days, grandiose military parades take place here.
And also in one of days between June 20th and 30th, the 'Scarlet Sails' celebration is held annually in St. Petersburg, which has been recognized many times as the best street show in Europe. More

On these dates, visitor access directly to the Palace Bridge and adjacent embankments may be limited or completely prohibited. Also, on the indicated dates, it is impossible to book some river tours, the route of which begins or passes on the Neva River, incl some 'Drawbridges' night boat tours. Check schedule before purchasing.

Nevertheless, it is on these days, you have the rarest chance to see the raised bridges at daytime! Sure, there will be crowds here, but the show is worth it. There is also a more elegant way to see the best there is in St. Petersburg - to book an accommodation with a view of the river and bridges

More info about bridges in St Petersburg
How to see the drawbridges show
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Of the sanctions imposed against Russia, most well-known reservation services, including Booking and Airbnb, temporarily do not provide accommodation options in Russia. Therefore, we have replaced them with the best similar Russian services. Read more
The nightlife in St. Petersburg is wonderful, but still a little tiring. It's great when a cozy bed awaits you 5 minutes from the attraction. Moreover, it is not always expensive. You can stay, for example, in a hostel for $10 per night/person.

And in some hotels, you can see drawbridge show directly from your apartment window! For example in an 18th century palace for $ 300 per Premier-Suite with extra-large doublebed and terrace, which is also not expensive for a true palace!

Dear travelers! In fact, there are hundreds of accommodation options. Use the form below to search. But! Pay attention! This is a top-rated area, where placements run out quickly. So why not start planning your trip now? Book your stay with free cancellation option if your travel plans change.

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If you prefer to stay in private apartments (houses, cottages), we recommend you also to see options on SUTOCHNO.RU
This is the largest Russian service of daily rate apartments, an analogue of the well-known Airbnb.
Although this service also has an English version, it is primarily intended for Russians. And this is a great chance for you to get more and better for less money.

Many owners place their offers exactly here, because BOOKING COM and AIRBNB charges too much taxes. Therefore, on SUTOCHNO.RU there are always more options for living in apartments, and the cost is often lower than on world famous booking platforms.

However, please note that booking and cancellation policies are different. You must make a prepayment in any case. And cancellation fees will be charged between 50 and 100 percent of the cost, depending on the date of cancellation.
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Where is it on the map?
Palace Bridge - St Petersburg

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The Palace Bridge, like the entire center of St. Petersburg, is beautiful and you will get an unforgettable experience admiring the magnificent views from anywhere. Use our map - almost every point is an iconic photo and precise, with an accuracy of 1 m/ft, coordinates for the shot.

A little tip - insert a high capacity memory card into your gadget or take a spare one with you. It's also a good idea to have a power bank in your bag. You will have so many reasons to press the button of your smartphone or camera, which is why very often the battery or free space on the stick ends faster than your walk.

But still, where get the main postcard view of St Petersburg, exactly the same as in this picture?
St Petersburg things to do. Book boat tour. Order tickets in advance
Such a picture can be obtained only at one location. But it is not enough just to go there. There are a few more conditions that need to be met. We have already shown you all the basic advices and secret life hacks, but just in case, let's repeat the two main ones again.

1) In high season, come early - no later than an hour before the first rise, and no less than half an hour before the second.
2) If you want to take not just a selfie on your smartphone, but a high-quality photo with a good camera and / or use a tripod, then choose the second part of the show or come there no earlier than half an hour after the bridge was raised for the first time. This will avoid crowds that are too large.

So, this is exactly the place you were looking for!
How to get the best with this map - USER`S MANUAL
Exact GPS coordinates if you are not use Google Maps
59.93835, 30.30536 or 59°56'18.1"N 30°18'19.3"E
Latitude and longitude (copy/paste)

Exact address: Admiralty Embankment, 12
in Russian: АДМИРАЛТЕЙСКАЯ НАБЕРЕЖНАЯ, 12
in Latin: ADMIRALTEYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA, DVENATSAT`
Correct pronunciation from native speaker
How to find Palace Bridge. St Petersburg visitor`s map
other landmarks
Although usually we recommend to visit not only on the central streets and squares, but just now you are in the very heart of St Petersburg! Just a few steps from you is the main tourist area of St. Petersburg - Neva River Embankments. Namely, the conditional rectangle between Palace, Exchange and Trinity bridges (in Russian - Dvortsovy, Birzhevoy and Troitsky bridges). It`s here the warehouse of more than half of all the iconic pictures of St. Petersburg!

Just make a foot tour around district. Believe us, no museums and monasteries will give you as many impressions and positive emotions as a simple and completely free walk along the embankments of our city! Take a look at our map and find out what other super photos you can take very close to this location!
In addition to main postcard view, also we strongly recommend to look at the Palace Bridge

a) from the Hermitage side (view to Kunstkamera tower)
b) from Kunstkamera side (view to Hermitage from Vasilievsky Island)
c) from Rostral Columns side
d) from the side of Peter-Paul Fortress (need a camera with good lens)


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Here, we have shown you just a few points for great photos, but in fact there are hundreds and thousands of them! We have marked almost all interesting places and walking areas on our map, so that you can choose what you like and create your own route.
On this webpage, we talk mainly about the nightlife, but you should definitely come back here during the day (or vice versa). Even if your stay in St Petersburg is limited, we still advise you to become a local for a day or two. A true 'Piterets' (as the residents of St Petersburg call themselves) is never in a hurry. Do the same!

Well, if time is very short, then a great way to see St. Petersburg, even in one day, is a walk along the embankments between the Palace and Troitsky (Trinity) bridges, as well as along small channels, for example Moyka and Griboyedov. With the obligatory pit stop for lunch, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee in cafe & restaurants!

Remember our your essential rule - don't go inside museums, stay outside! Of course, there are exceptions and places to required visit, but we will definitely tell you where to look!
Dear friend!
We try to do everything so that you get the most out of your trip to St. Petersburg, but do not overpay! Therefore, we always advise our guests to discover our beautiful city on their own and, if possible, avoid too template places and stereotyped solutions.

We want you to become not just a tourist, but almost a local, even if only for a couple of days. And for this we`re ready to share everything we know, including our little and big secrets!

To not to waste your precious time, we have collected the best that is in St. Petersburg. Not only what is in the standard guidebooks, but also what not all residents know about.

Always remember that you have a special map and, just in case, a detailed manual on how to use it, in order to understand exactly where and what you can get.

But if you want to get a little more lembas bread, then we are glad to present you the best personal and group excursions from our partners and friends. Both simple sightseeing overviews, if you don't have much time, and exclusive ones

Tours and excursions

Boat Tours ✦ Sightseeing Tours

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Dear Traveler! You are in the very heart of the city! Just a few steps from you is the main street of St. Petersburg - Nevsky Prospekt, as well as such iconic sights as Hermitage and Palace Square, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Isaac`s Cathedral, Bronze Horseman and many others. Surely walk along the most beautiful streets of our city!

However, if there is something that needs to be done in St. Petersburg in any case, then of course it is to take a boat tour! We highly, strongly recommend watch remarkable night event raising of bridges from a new perspective.
Well, if you like to sleep so much and night walks are not your thing, OK! But if you don't take a daytime tour.. Why then did you come here at all?

St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is famous for its architecture, which were designed to create the most visual effect primarily from water. Fantastic views will take your breath away!

Besides, directly from the Palace Bridge you can start your journey to Peterhof
In addition to the unforgettable impressions of parks, palaces and fountains (those who have been to St Petersburg know that Versailles in Paris is a bad and very small copy of Peterhof), you will get a real sea trip on a high-speed hydrofoil ship.
PLEASE NOTE! Most tour organizers do not have a webpages in English. In fact, this is not a problem, because we are with you! Here we told in detail what to do if you do not know a word in Russian
There are so many piers in St. Petersburg that wherever you go, you will surely meet it. Not necessary to book the boat trip in advance and many tourists do just so. That is, you just walk along the embankments, see the pier, the promoter invites you and you think - why not? Great option!

However, in some cases, pre-booking is the best solution. It is better to have tickets in your pocket when you not have much time but want to have time to see everything that you would like to see.
And of course, we advise you order the boat tour in advance during the high season, when the demand, especially for the 'Drawbridges' night journey or hydrofoil ride to Peterhof, is very high.

Note. No matter, if you will buy tickets now or later, directly at the pier, we ask you to follow some rules. For your safety and maximum pleasure
Find out what is included in the package of a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg
The package can include both only small rivers and only drawbridges. There are also combined tours.
Besides, boat operators offer a variety service bundles from 'only seats' to 'all inclusive'
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How to choose the best excursion in St. Petersburg from a reliable operator
Don't accept random offers from private boat owners! Remember, in this case, you have neither guarantees to get a quality service, nor guarantees of your safety. We have marked all legal piers with these blue icons
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Payment methods for tours in St. Petersburg
Buy tickets only for RUR or by card at the ticket offices or online! Licensed carriers never accept cash in USD/EUR. Refusal payments by card or request for payment in foreign currency is a reason to cancel a purchase
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Boat tour in St Petersburg for foreigners in English or with audio guide in English
There are special tours for foreigners, but it is more expensive than for locals. Save money and buy a tour with audio guide in English on board or only in Russian, using our English audio guide
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But that's not all! We and our partners can offer you not only the best of the standard programs. For example, visa-free packages for cruise passengers, both inexpensive, shore entry vouchers and bundles that include any set of services of your choice.

Here you will also find something unusual and unique that other agencies do not have.

What can you say, for example, about to ascend to the rooftop of building in historic center to see the lights of the city at evening, about kayak tour on canals in old town, or flying over St Petersburg by helicopter or airplane?
Well, do you want to try ?
Amazing adventures for new experiences
Dear travelers! We want your trip to Russia to be one of the best. Expensive doesn't always mean good. Therefore, we not only select the best for you, but also try to save your money.

If possible, we provide direct links to purchase admission vouchers and transport tickets without commission. For example, seats on hydrofoils to Peterhof and for entrance tickets to Catherine Palace

Also, we present a variety of tours and excursions offered on four platforms for travelers, that are partners with our your Russia online guide.
Here, entrance and other tickets, if included in the guided tour, may cost a little more. However, in most options this will avoid queues and save time. Time is more valuable than money!

Please note that Tripster and Sputnik are travel agencies mainly for Russians. Therefore, Sputnik website have a limited English page, and Tripster only have a Russian-language version. On the one hand, this is a problem, but on the other hand, it is a chance to get something really unusual and unique.

How to choose and book a tour if you do not know a word of Russian? We will help you! Just click here to get a detailed manuals for each tour seller.

In any case, when choosing a tour or excursion, we advise you to pay attention to the rating of the organizer and the number of reviews. And please remember this warning before any booking!

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Events in St Petersburg
How to get to the Palace Bridge in Saint Petersburg by public transport - Subway, Underground, Metro, Bus
How to order a taxi to the Palace Bridge. Request a taxicab in Saint Petersburg. How to call a taxi in Russia

How do I get to
the Palace Bridge in Saint Petersburg

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Choose the mode of transportation that suits you best. You can combine them without any problems! But please remember, public transport does not operate at night, about from 0:30 AM till 5:30 AM
Therefore, if you decide to see the Drawbridges Night Show and your hotel is not two steps away, then a taxi is your thing! Don`t worry - it's easy and inexpensive. Click on the tab `taxi` to learn more

One moment! That's not all! Do not forget that if the bridges are already raised, then even if you just need to go to the other coast, then
a) you will have to pay not for 1 km, but for 10, 20 or 30 km long ride. Depending on how far the nearest lowered / not raised bridge is.
b) you have to wait until your bridge is lowered and open to traffic. Typical Petersburg story!

on the metro
by bus
by taxi
At any time, except at night, the subway is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the city center. Use the indicated stations as destinations or to start and continue your journey.

This is the heart of the city. Here you will see almost all the famous tourist attractions of St Petersburg: the main avenue and the main square of the city - Nevsky Prospekt and Palace Square, Hermitage, St Isaac`s Cathedral, Equestrian statue of Peter the Great - Bronze Horseman as well as many other attractions!

Click the station name or clock to get detailed information about the particular underground stop.
NOTE. We show the walking route from the subway stations NOT direct to the Palace Bridge, but to the point where you can take the main iconic photo of it. Why so?
Line M5 + 1 km ~ 12 min walk
view the route on the map

Line M2. Use way out to Griboyedov channel quay
+ 1.5 km ~ 20 min walk
view the route on the map
Line M3. Use way out to Griboyedov channel quay
+ 1.5 km ~ 20 min walk
view the route on the map
Please note! Access to the metro stations in St Petersburg is open about from 05:40 till ..
a) about 00:30 - for stations in city center
b) till midnight - for stations in other parts of the city
Click the station name to get the exact schedule

Change of lines is possible only until 00:15
Create your ride route on an interactive metro map (enter or click the name of the departure and destination stations)
More information about public transport of St Petersburg
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You need a bus stop 'PALACE SQUARE'
In Russian - ДВОРЦОВАЯ ПЛОЩАДЬ
in Latin letters - DVARTSOVAYA PLOSHCHAD`
Depending on the direction of your movement,
choose this stop or
this one

How to say in Russian correctly?
Live sound is here
Ground transportation is suitable in the morning / afternoon / evening for short distances and when there are no metro stations nearby, except for suburban and intercity buses.
Traffic in St Petersburg can be very dense, so if possible, we recommend that you use the metro for travel through city.

Please remember, public transport does not work at night, about from 0:30 AM till 5:30 AM. Therefore, if you decide to see the Drawbridges Night Show and your hotel is not two steps away, then a taxi is your thing! Don`t worry - it's easy and inexpensive. Click on the tab `taxi` to learn more

One moment! That's not all! Do not forget that if the bridges are already raised, then even if you just need to go to the other coast, then
a) you will have to pay not for 1 km, but for 10, 20 or 30 km long ride. Depending on how far the nearest lowered / not raised bridge is.
b) you have to wait until your bridge is lowered and open to traffic. Typical Petersburg attraction!

Bus
Lines 7, 10, 24, 191
+ 0.4 km ~ 5 min walk
view the route on the map

Trolleybus
Lines 1, 7, 10, 11
+ 0.4 km ~ 5 min walk
view the route on the map
NOTE. We show the walking route from bus stops NOT direct to the Palace Bridge, but to the point where you can take the main iconic photo of it. Why so?
Please note! Public land (ground) transport in St Petersburg works about from 5:30 AM till midnight. To find out the schedule and direction, we recommend using the Google Route Planner - click the bus stop icon on the map

To get more information about public transport in St Petersburg click here
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What you need to know about taxi in Russia and how to order a ride without knowing Russian

YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS:
1) Try to learn Russian language or..
2) Read this manual
3) Book an inexpensive private transfer
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You need the address
ADMIRALTY EMBANKMENT, 12
In Russian -
АДМИРАЛТЕЙСКАЯ НАБЕРЕЖНАЯ, 12
in Latin letters -
ADMIRALTEYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA, DVENATSAT`

How to say in Russian correctly?
Live sound is here
Taxi is the best way to travel at night or when public transport is not available. If you follow the safety rules and our recommendations, it will be easy and inexpensive.
But it should be remembered that by day traffic in St Petersburg can be very dense, so if possible, we recommend that you use the metro for travel through city in the daytime.

There are two ways to get a car. Request a regular taxi or order a private transfer
Compare and choose what suits you.
Do you want to know absolutely everything about taxi in Russia? We have written a large and very useful article especially for you!
get to Palace Bridge in St Petersburg with taxi
Request a taxicab
Request Uber Taxi from the Palace Bridge in St Petersburg
Hi! We are 99% sure that in your country you use a mobile app to call a taxi. In Russia, you can do this as easily and simply as at home. Already have Uber installed? Fine! Then you can already order a taxicab in Moscow and St. Petersburg without our tips.

However, we strongly recommend downloading and using the Russian equivalent of the Uber app - YandexGo. The fact is that your normal Uber has a global map with a limited address base in Russia. Therefore, using the usual app, you can call a taxi, for example, from the airport to a famous hotel or to the main streets of the city. However, other locations will be inaccessible in most cases. Download and install YandexGo just now!
DETAILED MANUALS
How to install and set up YandexGo app
How to order a ride with YandexGo app
All you need to know about Taxi in Russia
YandexGo / Uber (or YandexTaxi) is the largest and most well-known aggregator of licensed taxi carriers in Russia and in the countries of the former USSR. In 2018, Yandex and the Russian division of Uber created a joint company and combined the software on one platform.
Now, even if you make an order with the Uber app, then in 7 cases out of 10 you will get a car with the YandexGo logo. And vice versa.

In our travel guide, for any transport terminal or landmarks of each city, in addition to instructions on how to get there by public transport, we will provide a link to the YandexGo
By clicking these buttons, your device will open the application immediately (if installed), indicating the desired point as the destination or departure of your choice.

Don`t forget to allow an app or website to track your location to quickly find pick-up point. Change the origin or destination if necessary. If you want to specify a location on the map, move the map, but not the location icon.
VERY IMPORTANT. Make no mistake! If you request a taxi by clicking button FROM, your driver will be waiting for you exactly in this point
get to Palace Bridge in St Petersburg with taxi
Order a transfer
Order a private transfer to Drawbridges Night Show in Saint Petersburg
How else to order a ride from the airport, train station or to tourist attraction without knowing Russian? Simply book a private transfer!

The advantages of this type of transportation are - no stress and no problems with language, price is known in advance. And believe or check out - it's not expensive at all! The car will be waiting for you in the right place at the right time. If necessary, your personal driver will be expecting you, holding a banner with your name.

You can book a ride with any service level - incl luxury car, transfer for the family with children or economy minivan for a tourist group for full day . The cost is fixed at the time of pre-order and never rises - either when the driver is waiting for the passenger, when the stop is necessary, or because of traffic jams.

Our choice and recommendation is KIWITAXI. This is the best company in Russia providing shuttle services. By the way, reservation a ride with KiwiTaxi is available in almost any country. Remember this on your next trip!
Check prices & book a ride
This is an honest guide. Therefore, we do not recommend this service if your place of accommodation (or just pick-up point) is in the city center. In this case, it is much more better to order a regular taxi. But but if the distance is large, for example, departure point is airport or one of the suburbs, then a private transfer is really a convenient and profitable option.

The Palace Bridge is located directly on the border of the Central and Admiralty administrative districts of St Petersburg. But the main location for the photo shoot formally is located in the Admiralty District. Therefore in the search form below, by default, Admiralteysky District of Saint Petersburg (transliteration of address in Russian) is listed as the point of destination.

Why not the exact address, but the name of the district? The point is that a private transfer service is not a taxi. Therefore, the company's server contains the address base of only the largest and most popular objects among potential passengers. But this does not mean that you cannot order a transfer exactly where you want. Read how to do this right here and now!

So, enter the starting and ending points of your route. Replace the data or direction in the form below, if necessary. First, try to specify exact address of your location / your hotel name. And if the booking system cannot find your place, then specify in the form the name of the District of St Petersburg as the point of departure or arrival.

If you are not sure or don't know, then this is not a problem! Just find and click this point on the map, copy the coordinates (that is, latitude and longitude, for example - 59.938194, 30.305583) and paste into the booking form. The system itself will understand which area you are looking for. Or do it like this
Next, enter the exact address of departure / arrival on the second step of booking. In this case, one of the points is Admiralty Embankment, 12 (or in Russian - Адмиралтейская набережная, 12 - copy/paste).

NOTE. Make no mistake! If you order a transfer by entering this address, your driver will be waiting for you in this point

See how to correctly fill out the reservation form and check prices for popular transfer routes to Palace Bridge. Have questions? Answers are here
Make your order correctly
BEWARE OF SCAMS
NEVER DO IT!
Never use illegal taxis! It can be too expensive and even unsafe!


Dear travelers! In Russia, as in any other country, basic precautions must be followed and we will try to help you with this. How to distinguish normal taxi from fake cabs? Pay attention to certain details.

Most often, you can meet scammers at the airport, train stations, in popular tourist spots, as well as directly next to these places.
Usually these are individual drivers or their agents who compulsively offer 'shuttle services'. They can disguise themselves as legal cabmans, for example, wear badges of well-known companies.

THE MAIN SAFETY RULE: Never accept even very profitable offers from random taxicab drivers or agents, even if they appear to be official carriers. In 99,9 cases out of 100, they are fraudsters!
Order a taxi only via apps, websites or by phone, as well as at official carrier desks (for example, at the airport).

If you have no choice and you pick-up a taxi right on the street, take pains to choose a branded taxicab or, at least, agree on the cost of the trip in advance. If you use cash, pay only in Russian rubles! Tell the driver about it!

Please see the detailed illustrated guide
via app
In Russia, ordering a taxi via a mobile app is as easy as in your country. Already have Uber installed? Fine! Then you can already request a taxicab in Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, we recommend to install the Russian equivalent of the Uber app - YandexGo

Your normal Uber has a global map with a limited address base in Russia. Therefore, using the usual app, you can call a taxi, for example, from the airport to a famous hotel or to the main streets of the city. However, other locations will be inaccessible in most cases.
Why exactly YandexGo

Download from Google Play or App Store
How to install - instruction
Ordering a ride - detailed manual

IMPORTANT! We strongly recommend purchasing a local Russian SIM card!

In our guide, for any point or landmark we will provide a link to the YandexGo. By clicking this link, your device will open the application immediately (if installed), indicating this point as the destination or departure of your choice. Order a cab:
TO Palace Bridge » FROM Palace Bridge

VERY IMPORTANT. Make no mistake! If you request a taxi FROM Palace Bridge by clicking these links, your driver will be waiting for you exactly in this point

Allow an app to track your location to quickly find pick-up point. If you know the exact address (street, house number), enter the data manually. In this case Admiralty Embankment, 12 (in Russian - Адмиралтейская набережная, 12 - copy/paste)
Change the origin or destination if necessary.

If you want to point to a location on the map, move the map, but not the location icon! (the ground is movable, the icon is fixed)

More info about taxi in Russia
Have a nice journey!
via website
This method is more suitable if you plan your trip in advance. Of course, KIWITAXI also has a mobile application, but, nevertheless, conceptually, this is a different way of moving you in space. What is a taxi? This is 'here and now'. But a transfer is a careful planning of your vacation step by step. This is best done in a comfortable chair in front of a large screen.

Ordering a transfer is not much different from ordering a taxi. But something need to remember. First, we always indicate in the booking form the starting or ending point of the trip. You only need to specify the second point of the route.

Please note that the booking system cannot always find the absolutely exact address (in our case, the Admiralteisky District of St. Petersburg is indicated as one of the route points). But this is not a problem for you. What should you do if your hotel or your apartment address is not found?

Just find your location on the map and copy and paste the coordinates into the booking form. For example, for the point of photographing the Palace Bridge, it should look like this: 59.9383611, 30.3031724

The reservation system will determine the area or town district to calculate the cost of the trip. Next, on the second stage of booking, enter the exact data (street, house number, etc.). In this case Admiralty Embankment, 12 (or in Russian - Адмиралтейская набережная, 12 - copy/paste).

VERY IMPORTANT. Make no mistake! If you request a shuttle with this data, your driver will be waiting for you exactly in this point

That's all! Do you have any questions?
All answers (almost all) are here
by phone
ⓘ We highly recommend purchasing a local Russian SIM card!

There are different situations in life. For example, you are in a small town or in other place where mobile apps don`t work or, maybe, the battery of your device has run out.
In this case, you can call a taxi by phone and using not only your device, but for example from a cafe or store.

To find out the taxicab carrier number, ask the local to help you. Or use the Russian analogue of Google. Copy and paste this search query ВЫЗВАТЬ ТАКСИ and add the name of the city (it`s possible in Latin) where you are now.

While in St. Petersburg or on the surrounding areas, call this number: +7 812 366 6666
Number for all Russia: +7 800 770 7074

If the operator don`t speak English, several phrases in Russian will help you. Therefore, this method will be useful for you to order a taxi anywhere!

USE THESE WORDS AND PHRASES
Note - Right Russian Pronunciation
If you doubt the correct pronunciation, click on 'live audio' link and get short slide-show with sound in Russian from native speaker.

Taxi TO - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA ADRESA + your address
(live sound)

Taxi FROM - MNE NUZHNA TAXI AT ADRESA+ your address
(live sound)

Admiralty Embankment, 12 it`s here
ADMIRALTEYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA, DVENATSAT`
(live sound)

SMALL DICTIONARY

Today / Now - SEVODNYA / SEYCHAS
(live sound)

How much is it? - SKOLKA ETA STOIT?
(live sound)

Do you accept credit cards? - VY PRINIMAYETE KARTACHKI ?
(live sound)

I will pay - in cash / by credit card - YA ZAPLACHU - NALICHNYMI / KARTOY
(live sound)

Yes / No - DA / NET
(live sound)

OK! / Good! - KHARASHO!
(live sound)

Thank you - SPASIBA
(live sound)
on the street
Do you need a taxi urgently and you see a car right in front of you on the street? Or maybe you have no other choice? It`s no problem! Because the Russian language is your thing!

However, take pains to choose a branded taxicab or, at least, agree on the cost of the trip in advance. Remember our warnings
If you pay in cash, use only Russian rubles! Tell the driver about it!

USE THESE WORDS AND PHRASES
Note - Right Russian Pronunciation
If you doubt the correct pronunciation, click on 'live audio' link and get short slide-show with sound in Russian from native speaker.



Taxi TO - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA ADRESA + your address
(live sound)

Admiralty Embankment, 12 it`s here
ADMIRALTEYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA, DVENATSAT`
(live sound)

SMALL DICTIONARY

How much is it? - SKOLKA ETA STOIT?
(live sound)

Do you accept credit cards? - VY PRINIMAYETE KARTOCHKI ?
(live sound)

I will pay - in cash / by credit card - YA ZAPLACHU - NALICHNYMI / KARTOY
(live sound)

Yes / No - DA / NET
(live sound)

OK! / Good! - KHARASHO!
(live sound)

Stop here! - ASTANAVITE ZDYES`
(live sound)

Thank you - SPASIBA
(live sound)
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