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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Palace of Catherine in Tsarskoe Selo

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Pushkin
Sadovaya str., 5
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In Russian -
Пушкин
Садовая улица, 5

In Latin letters - Rules of pronunciation

PUSHKIN
SADOVAYA ULITSA PYAT`

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When and why
The architecture of the Catherine Palace is so good that you will not get bad shots. Be sure to try to take panoramic pictures
E.g. here's a good idea to make an unforgettable photo.

The view of the palace from the opposite side (from the side of the French garden) is no less good. Excellent images are obtained by taking a picture at an acute angle to the building.
Your camera will be grateful to you at any time of the year - for beautiful summer alleys and for palaces in the snow.

Welcome!
Unlike the museums of Peterhof, the Catherine Palace is the case when you need to go inside at any time of the year. The Catherine Palace is a small Hermitage - fantastic architecture, works of art, the Golden Gallery and the famous Amber Room! Therefore, to come here only for walks in the park is the wrong decision.

Good tip! The museum is very popular - all year-round there are a lot of individual tourists and groups. Therefore, we strongly recommend to buy tickets online in advance. If, for any reason, the Russian provider did not accept your card, you can buy a entry ticket here too.
Also read attentively FAQ-s for visitors. Eg, remember that the e-voucher must be exchanged (need to provide ID) for the usual ticket in a special cashbox: Oct to Apr - ticket office №4, May to Sep - ticket booth near the Church Gate

The duration of the tour usually is about 1 hour. Audio guides (if need) are available in English, French, German, Chinese.

Please note! The entrance to the Catherine Palace is chargeable all time (except for people under age of 16). Open: November - April from 10:00 (except Dec 29 - Jan 8 from 12:00), May - October from 12:00. On Tuesdays (year-round), on the last Monday of the month (October - April), also Dec 31 and Jan 01 there is no access to the palace.

The entrance to the park is open year-round from 9 am to 19 pm, with the exception of some dates (for example official events). Before visiting, it is recommended to check the current schedule. During the period from April 27 to October 21, the entrance to the park is paid (people under 16 - for free anytime).

Important information! Inside all museums, including inside the Catherine Palace and the Amber Room, using tripod, monopod and flash-light is prohibited!

More info about palaces in Pushkin

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We collected the best places in Tsarskoe Selo for your photo album.
Open the map and detailed manual to see which iconic pictures you can get.
You can follow our list or choose what you like and plan own route!

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How to get to Pushkin town

metro + train
by taxi
The most popular and economical way to get to the palaces and parks of Tsarskoe Selo. As well the fastest. Among the advantages of this method is a small subway tour. The subway of St Petersburg is considered one of the most beautiful in the world!

Another bonus. You will see Vitebskiy train station (formerly known as St Petersburg-Tsarskoselsky station). It`s opened in 1837 and is the oldest (first) railway station in Russia! To get full info how to get from the railway station in Tsarskoe Selo to the Catherine Palace (incl timetable and instructions for buying tickets), click button below.

Taxi is also a good way to get to Pushkin town with comfort. In order to economize, as well as avoid traffic jams, we recommend use subway and first to reach the station 'Kupchino' (line M2) and take a taxi from there. For more information, click on the tab 'taxi'.

We do not recommend to go from St. Petersburg by bus because it is long and uncomfortable. There is a big risk of getting into traffic jam.
Pushkinskaya
Пушкинская
Line M1. Next from railway station Vitebskiy Vokzal by suburban train to the station Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

For a detailed instruction click button below
Zvenigorodskaya
Звенигородская
Line M5. Next from railway station Vitebskiy Vokzal by suburban train to the station Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

For a detailed instruction click button below
Kupchino
Купчино
Line M2. Next from railway station Kupchino by suburban train to the station Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

For a detailed instruction click button below
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Departure from:
'Vitebskiy vokzal' train station -
metro 'Pushkinskaya' (line M1) and 'Zvenigorodskaya' (M5)
or 'Kupchino' train station - metro 'Kupchino' (line M2)

Trains to (directions):
Any from St Petersburg

Directions in Russian:
Any from St Petersburg

Station of destination:
'Tsarskoye Selo' / ЦАРСКОЕ СЕЛО

Reverse direction:
St Petersburg / САНКТ ПЕТЕРБУРГ

Duration of one-way travel:
from/to 'Vitebskiy v.' - about 35 min
from/to 'Kupchino' - about 15 min

How to find out schedule:
See here

How & where to buy a ticket:
information available here

Please note!

Tourist attractions (Palaces and parks) in Pushkin are located at a distance of more than 2 km from train station 'Tsarskoye Selo'. You can walk this distance or use public transport (buses and shared taxis approx every 15 min)

As a trip planner we recommend using Google services. Here's your route - choose one of the tabs: Driving, Transit, Walking etc.
If you have any questions, get Google Maps Help or ...

Take a taxi!
It's a good idea! If you follow the safety rules and our recommendations, it will be easy and inexpensive.

In Pushkin, there are no large local carriers, with the exception of aggregators YandexTaxi and Gett
However, to order from them, first you will have to install app on your gadget.

So you will need instructions for ordering a taxi by phone from small local companies or directly on the street. So it will be better and faster!

Use our useful dictionary, as well as the following phrases:
Taxi to palaces - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA DVARTSA YEKATERINY
Taxi to train station - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA STANTSI PUSHKIN

The rules of Russian pronunciation

Near train station there are always several taxi cars.
On the way back, if you do not see the car directly in front of you, call one of the taxi services of Pushkin:

Taxi Elegia +7812 451 8080
Taxi MIG +7812 715 3033
Taxi Park +7812 677 3939

Say to the operator
MNE NUZHNA TAXI AT ADRESA PUSHKIN LEONT`YEVSKAYA DEVYAT` - NA ASTANOFKE
(I need a taxi from adress Leont`yevskaya str. 9, at the bus stop) Link to live sound
and please, wait a taxi here !!!

Agree on a price in advance! The price of the trip from/to the train station of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) should not exceed 200 ₽.
Local taxi drivers more often do not accept bank cards for payment - please, prepare cash in advance.

See also How to buy a Russian SIM card
and not overpay for calls and internet connection
Please note!
Entrance 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
Change of lines is possible only until 00:15

Ground transport works about from 6 AM till midnight. To find out the schedule and direction, we recommend using the route planner on Google maps - click the bus stop icon.

Official website of Subway is here
Full info about local trains
To get more about public transport click here
What you need to know about taxis in Russia and how to call a taxi without knowing Russian
READ BEFORE USING !

See also: How to make an order correctly
Do you need a private transfer? Click here
Note! Directly near to the Catherine Palace there is no automobile traffic. Therefore, we recommend that you specify as the destination address
Pushkin, Leont`evskaya str. 2
and as the address of departure from Tsarskoe Selo
Pushkin, Leont`evskaya str. 9

Note! Very important! When ordering a taxi in any way, make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!
Detailed instruction how to make the order a taxi correctly look here


It should be remembered that traffic in St Petersburg can be very dense, so in order to economize, as well as avoid traffic jams, we recommend use subway and first to reach the station Kupchino (Line M2) and take a taxi from there.

For clarification of departure point from St Petersburg (Kupchino), specify the address pr. Vitebskiy 101 k2, at the bus stop and wait a taxi here !!!
in Russian - Витебский пр. 101к2 - in Latin - VITEBSKIY PRASPEKT STO ADIN KORPUS DVA
Link to sound
The cost of one-way travel from / to metro is 500 - 800 rubles, depending on the class of the car.

When ordering a taxi in the opposite direction, also specify the address Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya 9, at the bus stop and wait for a taxi here !!!
in Russian - Пушкин, Леонтьевская 9 - in Latin - PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DEVYET`
Link to sound

Also, 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.
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Taxis in Saint Petersburg
the most common companies
The biggest and popular taxi service in St Petersburg
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH -
website - yes | app - yes | phone - yes
CARD -
website - yes | app - yes | phone - yes
Call: phone (+7812) 33 000 02 or 333 0000
via website | via apps - Android or iOS
The second most popular taxi in St Petersburg
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH -
website - yes | app - no | phone - yes
CARD -
website - yes | app - no | phone - yes
Call: phone (+7812) 324 7777 or 068
via website | via app - Android
The largest aggregator of licensed taxi companies in Russia
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH -
website - yes | app - NO | phone - yes
CARD -
website - NO | app - yes | phone - NO
Call: phone - (+7812) 366 6666
via website | via apps - Android or iOS
The second largest aggregator of licensed taxi companies in Russia
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH - NO
CARD -
website - NO | app - yes | phone - NO
Call: phone - NO, online only
via website - NO | via apps - Android or iOS
The most popular private transfer service in Russia
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH - YES
CARD - YES
Call: phone - NO, online (website) only
Our choice
Private transfer | or by Taxi
KiwiTaxi transfer is a transportation service that is somewhat more expensive than a taxi. The advantages of a private transfer are - no problems with language, price is known in advance, driver will be waiting for you in the right place at the right time, holding a sign with your name.

You can order a transfer with any service level - e.g. transfer for the family with children, economy minivan for a tourist group or a luxury transfer. The transfer 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.
Have questions? FAQ

Fill out the form (specify the exact address of your location or your hotel name) or click here to see prices for all most popular transfer routes from St Petersburg. By default, Pushkin (here is the Catherine Palace) is listed as the point of destination. Replace the data in the form, if necessary.
Our choice
Taxovichkof - Cheap taxi in St Petersburg
Taxovichkof is the biggest and popular taxi service in St Petersburg. Taxovichkof taxis are located throughout the city. This allows timely responses which will exceed your expectations. Cars can reach you within 5 minutes across St. Petersburg

To order an inexpensive taxi in St Petersburg, call (+7812) 33 000 02 or 333 0000 or fill out the online form on the website or on mobile apps. The total cost of the trip is fixed and will be calculated immediately, based on the data you provide. Online order up to 30% cheaper

To learn more, calculate cost of the trip and order a taxi, you can download the mobile app on App Store or Google Play, or go to the website
USEFUL LINKS
Correct installing mobile app - detailed manual
Order a taxi via Mobile App - detailed manual
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How to make an order correctly
by phone
Taxovichkof has English-speaking staff. However, if you have difficulties with the translation, several phrases in Russian will help you. Therefore, this method will be useful for you to order a taxi anywhere, even just on the street!
Note - Russian pronunciation

Say to operator or driver:

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

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

From St.P (Kupchino)
Vitebskiy prospekt, 101/2, at the bus stop -
VITEBSKIY PRASPEKT STO ADIN KORPUS DVA,
NA ASTANOFKE
(live sound)

To the Catherine Palace
Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya, 2 -
PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DVA
(live sound)

From Pushkin town
Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya, 9, at the bus stop -
PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DEVYET`,
NA ASTANOFKE
(live sound)

To St.P (Kupchino)
Subway station 'Kupchino' -
METRO KUPCHINO
(live sound)

Small dictionary

Today / Now - SEVODNYA / SEYCHAS
(live sound)

How much it this? - 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)
via website
1) Open Taxovichkof website

2) Open the page with the instructions for ordering a taxi

3) TO CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point - ('Adress or feature' - manually or copy and paste) - your adress or, if the journey starts from subway 'Kupchino' -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
Vitebskiy pr, 101-2, na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 2

FROM CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 9
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
your adress or, if the purpose of the trip is 'Kupchino' subway -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)

4) Follow the next instructions
via app
1) Download the application from Google Play or App Store
For the correct installation of the application and change language, follow these instructions

2) Open the page with the instructions for ordering a taxi

3) TO CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point - ('Adress or feature' - manually or copy and paste) - your adress or, if the journey starts from subway 'Kupchino' -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
Vitebskiy pr, 101-2, na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 2

FROM CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 9
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
your adress or, if the purpose of the trip is 'Kupchino' subway -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)

4) Follow the next instructions
on the street
Do you need a taxi urgently and you see a car right in front of you on the street?
Excellent! Because the Russian language is your thing!
Click here and you will have the same Russian pronunciation similar as Mr. Putin`s
But! Let it be a branded car and agree on a price in advance. Remember our warnings!
Note - Russian pronunciation

Say to driver:

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

To the Catherine Palace
Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya, 2 -
PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DVA
(live sound)

To StP (Kupchino)
Subway station 'Kupchino' -
METRO KUPCHINO
(live sound)

Small dictionary

How much it this? - 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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