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
(Link to sound )
Please note!
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!
For example, the best images of the Eiffel Tower in Paris are made not at the location of the tower itself
Exact point to take photo of
the Hermitage
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When and why. Timetable

Dear Friends!
Our main mission is the best pictures in your albums. We show you absolutely exact coordinates for iconic photos and fantastic selfies. Of course, museums, namely what is inside, are also of interest to many, and we help travelers to see what they want and not overpay for this. Often our tips and life-hacks are unique, because no one knows about this except us. Well, now you too ☺

So, paintings and sculptures maybe are very good, but for us this is not the main thing. And our main advice - do not run from one museum to another and do not try to be everywhere at the same time. Let take a look at this together and think!

But to get good photos, come here .. anytime. Maybe even a few times. For example, day and evening. However, for high-quality images (panoramic or by night), it is better to use a tripod and good lens.

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.

Excursions. Tours. Tickets

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* or from the ticket machine.

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, for example Google Translator

If, for any reason, the Russian provider did not accept your card on Hermitage website, here you can buy a entry ticket in USD too. Well, if you want to buy a good and inexpensive guided excursion, then we advise you to pay attention to this one.
* - If you bought a ticket online or at ticket machines, do not use the general entrance (long line) to enter the museum!!! Separate entrance for visitors with e-vouchers / tickets is on Millionnaya Street, right here

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

Dear friends!

We do everything to you get the most pleasure from travel to St Petersburg and not overpay! We know everything about our town and are ready to share our little and big secrets! More about us
We collected the best places in St Petersburg 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!

However, if you want to get exclusive impressions from a trip to St Petersburg, then we are pleased to present you the best personal excursions. Please read our warning before any booking! Welcome!
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How to book tickets correctly
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS VIA KASSIR.RU AGENCY

Why this company? Kassir.ru is the largest, well-known and reliable Russian company selling tickets for various events.
Unfortunately, tickets booking form is available only in Russian. But, this is not a problem - we will help you!

First, read the event description. Translate the page into English or another language directly in the browser or using Google Translator - copy and paste the link into field 'RUSSIAN'.

If everything suits you, return to the original page and proceed with purchasing tickets.
Pay attention! You will not be able to complete the booking via translated page! For correct reservation use only the original site in Russian.

Use our detailed instructions for
desktop screens and for mobile devices
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Best spot to view and photograph of
Palace Square and Hermitage
Where was This Picture taken?

Exact Location GPS
59°56'18.6"N 30°18'59.4"E or
59.938502, 30.316512
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Exact city address

Palace Square
(Hermitage)
Full tourist guide map
How to use this map - manual

In Russian

Дворцовая площадь
(Эрмитаж)

In Latin letters - Rules of pronunciation

DVARTSOVAYA PLOSHCHAD`
(ERMITAZH)

Live sound in Russian
All Landmarks
The best pictures in your albums are our main mission!
Do not spend time searching for a place to take iconic photos. We show you only top spots and specify absolutely exact coordinates! This is all the more useful for you, because this does not always match with the exact location of the sights itself!

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.
You are in the very heart of St Petersburg! Just a few steps from you is the main street of St. Petersburg - Nevsky Prospekt, as well as such iconic sights as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Isaac`s Cathedral, Bronze Horseman and many others. In addition, it is from the Hermitage that many tourists begin their visit to Peterhof

Also, great idea to buy a boat tour! But, interesting things await you not only on the main streets and squares. We advise you just leisurely walk along the embankments of small rivers and take a look at the sights that are not in the classic guidebooks. We will help you!

HERE IS A MAP and MANUAL FOR USE

Please note again! We specify the coordinates for photography! This does not always match with the location of the attraction! Learn more
Have a nice walk!
how to get to Hermitage Museum and Palace Square in St Petersburg metro bus transfer taxi. Boat tours

How to get to the Hermitage

Choose the most suitable method for you. Can be combined!
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

1) You can learn Russian
2) You can learn this manual
3) Or just book an inexpensive private transfer
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 largest aggregator of licensed taxi companies in Russia
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH -
website - yes | app - yes | 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 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 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.

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.

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. By the way, the KiwiTaxi service is available in almost any country in the world from the United States to Australia. Remember about it on your next trip!
Have questions? FAQ

Fill out the form. By default, Central District of Saint Petersburg (here is the Hermitage Museum and Palace Square) is listed as the point of destination. Replace the data in the form, if necessary. Specify address of your location / your hotel name. If the booking system cannot find your exact address, then first specify in the form the name of the District of St Petersburg as the point of departure or arrival (how to find out the name of the district) and next enter the exact address of departure / arrival in the next step of booking.

Click here to see prices for all most popular transfer routes in St Petersburg.
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PROMPT! SPECIFY RIGHT DIRECTION! (copy/paste)

Airport of St Petersburg (LED) - Pulkovo Airport Saint Petersburg
Trains to/from Moscow, Tallinn - Moskovsky Train Station
Trains to/from Helsinki, Vyborg - Finlyandsky Train Station
Trains to/from Riga - Vitebsky Train Station
Trains to/from Peterhof, Pskov - Baltiysky Train Station
Trains to/from Russian North - Ladozhsky Train Station
Main Cruise Harbour - Passenger Port Marine Facade
Ferry Harbour (Moby - SPL) - Sea Terminal Saint Petersburg
'Salt Pier' (river cruises) - Solyanoy Pier Saint Petersburg
'Utkina Zavod' (river cruises)
- Utkina Zavod Pier
Main Bus Station - Saint Petersburg Bus Station
Fountains of Peterhof - Peterhof
Catherine Palace - Pushkin
Our choice
1. Yandex Taxi
Yandex Taxi - call a cheap cab in St Petersburg
Yandex Taxi Note - this is not a carrier, but the largest aggregator of licensed taxi companies in Russia. The service is available in all major cities. Yandex Taxi owns Uber Russia subdivision. Cars can reach you very quickly.

To order a taxi in St Petersburg, call (+7812) 366 6666 or fill out the online form on the website (The Hermitage address is listed as destination) and also on mobile apps Google Play or iOS
The total cost of the trip is fixed and will be calculated immediately, based on the data you provide.

To correctly fill out the forms or order by phone / on the street, use our instructions, both general (above) and for 'Taxovichkof' company (below) - they are similar.
2. Taxovichkof
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
How to make an order correctly
BEWARE OF SCAMS
NEVER DO IT!
Never use illegal taxis! It can be too expensive and even unsafe!


Distinguish not licensed taxis is quite simply. They obsessively offer their services at airports, near train stations and subway, close to popular places. They can masquerade as legal cabmen, for example wearing badges of famous companies see here
If you take a taxi just on the street - it should be a branded car only!
via app
1) Download the application from Google Play or App Store
ⓘ We recommend purchasing a local Russian SIM card!

2) Customize the app. For example, select a payment method

3) Specify your destination point (manually or copy and paste) -
Palace Square
and, if need, departure point (by default, the current location is indicated as the point of departure). Select a vehicle class and specify additional requirements.

4) Continue the order process & call a taxi!
via website
1) Open Taxovichkof website
ⓘ We recommend purchasing a local Russian SIM card!

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) Continue the order process
by phone
ⓘ We recommend purchasing a local Russian SIM card!

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)
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)

E-Visa for St. Petersburg

From October 1, 2019 entry to Russia and stay up to 8 days in St Petersburg and suburbs can be made on the basis of free electronic visas via the checkpoints located in the region of St Petersburg and Leningrad region.
To find out the complete rules and apply online, click on the button
Questions? Answers are here!

UPDATED ON: 17 MARCH 2020 | SEE ALSO:

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