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

If you doubt the correct pronunciation, click on the live audio link in Russian
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The best pictures in your albums are our main mission. Therefore, we show you only top spots for photograph. This does not always match with the exact location of the sights!
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Palace Square and Hermitage



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For high-quality images (panoramic or by night), it is better to use a tripod and good lens. Please note! We specify the coordinates for photography! This does not always match with the location of the attraction! Learn more

In addition to 'iconic photo', we recommend that you look at the square and the Building of Hermitage from opposite sides - views to the General Staff Building and from the Palace Bridge

You should make a shot of fantastic panoramic picture from Spit of vasilievsky island too. We especially recommend the so-called "White Nights Time" - approximately from the end of May to the middle of July. The best time for romantic walks and photos during this period is early morning, about 4 - 4:30AM. In the pre-dawn, the city looks particularly magical.
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Plan your dream cruise (select as Destination / Port of interest - Baltic Sea - Russia - St Petersburg) or just take a ferry to St Petersburg from Helsinki, Tallinn or Stockholm!
Several reasons not to buy entry tickets to the Hermitage
The Hermitage museum is one of 'must-do' Russian attractions. It's true. But, who told you that you must go inside? Think, if you can`t distinguish impressionism from postmodernism and unless going in with a very clear game plan to see very specific works of art, you may leave feeling like you've wasted a lot of time and money. So, the reasons not to go inside:

  • Long lines and crowds
  • Half day is off
  • Fatigue and hunger
  • You've missed out many other 'must-do' sights

Our recommendation is to make a small tour around district. Open this map and see which other iconic photos you can get very close to this place! Walk along the embankments of small rivers and canals, have a cup of coffee in one of the local cafe!
Choose what you like and plan your own route!

Well, if you still want to visit the Hermitage, then must to click here for opening hours and ticket prices. To avoid lines, we strongly recommend buying tickets online in advance*.

Good advice - use the Russian version of the site. Here, the price of the ticket is in rubles and therefore cheaper (English version - price in USD). If you don`t understand the interface in Russian, use any online translator. Here is a link to an already translated page using Google Translator
If, for any reason, the Russian provider did not accept your card, here you can buy a entry ticket in USD too.
* - Free entrance for preschool children, school children, students and members of the International Council of Museums ICOM (any citizenships) - need to provide ID in cashbox
Free admission for all visitors - the third Thursday of every month (from 01.01.2019), May 18 and December 7

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Palace Square and Hermitage
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Palace Square
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In Russian -
Дворцовая площадь
(Эрмитаж)

In Latin letters - Rules of pronunciation

DVARTSOVAYA PLOSHCHAD`
(ERMITAZH)

Live sound in Russian

How to get to the Hermitage

on the metro
by bus
by taxi
If you are walking in the afternoon / morning / evening (not at night), then this is the best way!

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, Kazan Cathedral, Palace Bridge, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Isaac`s Cathedral, Equestrian statue of Peter the Great Bronze Horseman and much more!

Well, a taxi is almost the only way to get around the city at night. Don`t worry - it's easy and inexpensive. Click on the tab `taxi` to learn more.
Admiralteyskaya
Адмиралтейская
Line M5 + 450m ~ 6 min walk
view the route on the map

Gostiny dvor
Гостиный двор
Line M3. Use way out to Griboyedov channel quay
+ 700m ~ 10 min walk
view the route on the map
Nevskiy prospekt
Невский проспект
Line M2. Use way out to Griboyedov channel quay
+ 700m ~ 10 min walk
view the route on the map
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
Official website of Subway is here
To get more information about public transport of St Petersburg click here
You need a stop "Palace Square".
In Russian - 'Дворцовая площадь' Russian pronunciation - DVARTSOVAYA PLOSHCHAD`
Live sound is here

Ground transportation is suitable in the afternoon / morning / evening (not at night) 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.

Well, a taxi is almost the only way to get around the city at night. Don't worry - it's easy and inexpensive. Click on the tab 'taxi' to learn more.
Bus
Lines 7, 10, 24, 191
+ 0.5 km ~ 7 min walk
view the route on the map

Trolleybus
Lines 1, 7, 10, 11
+ 0.5 km ~ 7 min walk
view the route on the map
Please note! Public land (ground) transport in St Petersburg 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.

To get more information about public transport in St Petersburg 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
You need the address Palace Square (without number)
In Russian - Дворцовая площадь
Russian pronunciation - DVARTSOVAYA PLOSHCHAD`
Live sound is here

Detailed instruction how to make the order correctly look here

It should be remembered that traffic in St Petersburg can be very dense, so if possible, we recommend that you use the metro for travel through city.
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.
we recommend
choose your own
we recommend
choose your own
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.

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 in St Petersburg. By default, Central District of Saint Petersburg (here are the Palace Square and the Hermitage) 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
Call a taxi via Website - detailed manual
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)
Palace Square - DVARTSOVAYA PLOSHCHAD`
(live sound)

Taxi FROM - MNE NUZHNA TAXI AT ADRESA+ your adress
(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) Enter in the field of departure or arrival point - ('Adress or feature' - manually or copy and paste) -
pl. Dvortsovaya
Enter in the field 'building' number 2

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) Enter in the field of departure or arrival point - ('Adress or feature' - manually or copy and paste) -
pl. Dvortsovaya
Enter in the field 'building' number 2

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!

Say to driver:
Note - Russian pronunciation



Taxi TO - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA ADRESA + your adress
(live sound)
Palace Square - DVARTSOVAYA PLOSHCHAD`
(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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