Visa rules check for entry into Russia
Please note!

Here we do not consider special cases, for example, the possibility of visa-free entry for cruise passengers (we will discuss this later). At this stage, we give an answer (yes or no) whether you can come to St. Petersburg without a visa, without fulfilling any additional conditions.

TRAVELDOC - is a special database in which visa restrictions are checked by almost all airlines at check-in. For check indicate the country of the start of the trip (origin) and destination (Russia), the date of entry and exit (departure/return), transit countries (multisegment), your citizenship and the validity of your travel passport.

Just in case, you can check the information on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry*
Please, pay attention to the types of passports (general, diplomatic, others) that are subject to certain rules and restrictions.

* - Link above this is a translated page. Here is the original page in Russian
List of countries whose citizens
can visit St. Petersburg by E-Visa

  1. Austria
  2. Andorra
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. China (including Taiwan) TEMPORARILY NOT POSSIBLE
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. The Czech Republic
  10. Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  11. Denmark
  12. Estonia
  13. Finland
  14. France
  15. Germany
  16. Greece
  17. Hungary
  18. Iceland
  19. India
  20. Indonesia
  21. Iran TEMPORARILY NOT POSSIBLE
  22. Ireland
  23. Italy TEMPORARILY NOT POSSIBLE
  24. Japan
  25. Kuwait
  26. Latvia
  27. Lithuania
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Malaysia
  31. Malta
  32. Mexico
  33. Monaco
  34. The Netherlands
  35. North Macedonia
  36. Norway
  37. Oman
  38. Philippines
  39. Poland
  40. Portugal
  41. Qatar
  42. Romania
  43. San Marino
  44. Saudi Arabia
  45. Serbia
  46. Singapore
  47. Slovakia
  48. Slovenia
  49. Spain
  50. Turkey
  51. Sweden
  52. Switzerland
  53. Vatican
Health insurance and ambulance in Russia
Dear travelers!

At the time of entry to Russia, you must have a medical insurance policy valid for the entire stay in Russia!

Highly likely, the border guard will check only three documents - passport, visa and migration card, but you must have and present an insurance policy upon request. If you cannot provide a valid insurance, you will be denied entry to Russia.

You should know that EMERGENCY medical aid in Russia is absolutely free, regardless of your citizenship, available ID or insurance. But, if for medical reasons it is necessary to continue treatment in-hospital, then you need a valid health insurance policy or ... a lot of money.

How to call an ambulance in Russia without knowledge of Russian. Very important information

You can buy an insurance policy in your company or choose a Russian heath insurance policy. In this case, you can be absolutely sure that Russian hospitals will accept it.

To not forgot about it in your holiday bustle before the trip, it is best buy a policy online now, only in 2 min from a reliable Russian company for only a couple of euros.
Please note!
The best pictures in your albums are our main mission. Therefore, we specify just coordinates 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
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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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What could be easier than buying something on the Internet? However, take a look at what a long article we have written for you. This is because we love you and want your trip to Russia to be the best!

Believe, we tried hard and hoping that the information will be useful to you and will help to avoid many problems. If with our help you saved your money, please, raise a glass with your friends for us. Well, at least click button 'LIKE' or 'SHARE'. Thanks!

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PAY ATTENTION! Although this manual is mainly intended for visa-free passengers (in other words, you need a visa to enter Russia, but you want to cancel this rule for yourself), the information provided will be useful to all categories of travelers.

If you are an holder of an e-visa or regular visa, as well as if your citizenship allows you to enter Russia without a visa by any means of transport, just read the special notes! Many restrictions apply only to visa-free passengers using the 72-hour rule.
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Sea cruise is a great way to spend a vacation and visit hospitable Russia and wonderful St Petersburg! This option is especially good for travelers without a Russian visa*, whose purpose is to visit many cities and countries and not waste their time, money and nerves to paperwork.

✶ - Citizens of any country arriving in St Petersburg from abroad by water transport are eligible for a 72-hour visa-free stay. But we want to note that there are several important things and limitations that you must remember and make no mistakes. Just in case, check the visa rules, maybe you are entitled to an electronic visa. This will allow you to be much more flexible in choosing a stay program. Or, maybe, a visa you do not need at all (?)
⚠ Attention! A e-visa is valid only at the 'Marine Facade' cruise harbor!

We do not advertise any particular cruise operator or any particular tour. If you have own preferences, then we completely agree with you. Our goal and main mission is to get much more, while on coast in St Petersburg, than your agent offers. And for much less money, and maybe even completely free!

We will show you something that no carrier and no coastal travel agency never will tell you. Using restrictions for visa-free passengers, they often (in fact - always) inflate the prices of their services and coastal tours.

Here, in one place we have collected everything you need to know about your trip. You get the information that many hours would have looked for on various websites. And only we know something more. Well, now you too!

So, your journey begins right here and now!
Let's do it together!

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NOTE! These are general rules that mainly visa-free cruise travelers should follow. Please read carefully. If you want to get around many restrictions without breaking the law, get much more than a standard cruise program and save a lot of money, we highly recommend the chapter 'CHECKLIST'
✱ Dear travelers! Even a 72 hour visa-free visit is too little for such a fantastic city like St. Petersburg. In fact, the cruise ship stop in St Petersburg is even shorter - usually two nights and one full day. Therefore, we recommend increasing your stay if possible.

How to do it? Just start or end your cruise travel in port of Saint Petersburg! A great option for this is an electronic visa. Or, maybe you do not need a visa to visit Russia at all? Check this!
✱ This is a paradox, but the territory of stay for visa-free travelers is not limited within St. Petersburg only! Subject to certain conditions, all Russia is available. Those who have already been to St Petersburg usually choose Moscow

An electronic visa allows absolutely free movement in period up to 8 days, but within only the Leningrad Region incl Saint Petersburg.
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In practice, e-visa holders can go beyond the specified restrictions, but this is entirely your risk.
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✱ Dear visa-free passengers! You must leave St. Petersburg in the same way (in this case - on the same ship!) as you arrived.

Unlike visa holders (incl e-visa), the duration of stay for visa-free passengers is limited to 72 hours, which is calculated exactly according to the time of entry/exit passport control. Therefore, do not be late for boarding. Otherwise, you will have big problems.

E-visa holders are also required to comply with specific stay rules - be sure to check it
✱ All visa-free passengers are required to purchase a special shore tour from a licensed operator. It is necessary to present confirmation when passing passport control.

Note! You are not required to buy only those tours that the carrier (cruise organizer) offers you. Most often, they are unreasonably expensive. Learn our checklist
✱ While on the coast, formally, visa-free traveler should only be part of a tourist group and accompanied by an authorized staff. But this is only formal.

Read our checklist
✱ The one of main requirement for cruise visa-free passengers is the need to spend the night on board the ship. But! The border authorities are not strict for the time of returning to the ship. Want to know more?

Here is the super-secret life-hack
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CONGRATULATIONS! You made the right choice! Your best cruise travel to Russia and St Petersburg is almost in your pocket! However, something else remained. Maybe you have not thought about it yet, but it is very important! Let's perform a preflight checklist together!
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We were not mistaken in saying that you need to choose a port. Indeed, in St. Petersburg, not one cruise pier, but three and the difference is huge! And most likely, choosing a port means choosing a cruise company and vessel, stay program and pictures that you will have after visiting St Petersburg.

About 80 percent of cruise ships are moor at the main cruise harbor 'Marine Facade'. It is far enough from the city center. But some are allowed to come directly to the city center and moor on the embankments of the Neva, the main river of the city.
Here and Here

In addition to a great connection to all attractions, here you will have fantastic views and iconic photos, which others do not have. For example, you can watch a raising of drawbridges show straight from the ship.

But, this option has a slight drawback. E-Visa holders can`t go ashore through these two small piers (ordinary visas and visa-free regime are allowed). Please consider this information when planning your trip.

So, how to get a little more than others? The fact is that very large cruise liners cannot stop at the Neva River embankments. They are too big for that. But there are smaller ships. The main criterion for choosing is the number of passengers. Choose those where the capacity does not exceed 600-700 pax.

Advice. Pay attention to these cruise operators. The ships of these carriers are usually moored directly in the center of the city. This is not a 100 percent guarantee, but the chances are very very high. Check with your operator - where the ship will be moored in St. Petersburg.

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Shore tours - lifehacks!
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All visa-free passengers are required to purchase a shore tour from a licensed operator for the entire duration of their stay in the port or separately for each day. It is necessary to present confirmation when passing passport control.

You are not required to buy only those tours that the carrier (cruise organizer) offers you. Most often, they are unreasonably expensive.

If cruise staff insist on buying a tour from the cruise operator, say that you will file a complaint about their illegal actions.

You can buy the tour yourself online before arriving at the port, for example from Viator or from GetYourGuide or from another authorized operator. If you buy the tour not from carrier, we strongly recommend doing this in advance, no later than 4 days before arrival at the port of St Petersburg. The tour organizer must have time to provide information about you to the border authorities of Russia.

When buying a tour, pay attention to all services and tickets (not) included in the price and, most importantly, whether the operator provides the necessary papers (confirmations) for the border authorities.

If you are told that you must buy a tour for the whole day to leave the ship, do not believe it. To go ashore for anytime, you can buy the shortest and cheapest tour.

If you want to walk around the city at night, but you are shown a rule indicating that you must return to your cruise ship before midnight (or at other times) to spend the night on board, then... you can do that.
How to spend the night on the coast and not get a fine

If you have a visa, incl an e-visa or you do not need a visa to visit Russia, then you are not required to buy any tours and you do not owe anything to anyone (except for this case)
Just get back on time for boarding.

Our tips. Of course, St Petersburg is a city of world famous museums, such as, for example, the Hermitage. It's true. But, who told you that you must always 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. If you have ever been to the Louvre in Paris, then you will understand what it is about.

We, as local residents, advise you not to run from one museum to another (especially if your stay is very short), but to choose one or two attractions per day and what is really interesting for you, not 'must do'. Just walk, go to cafes and restaurants. Believe, this is the best solution! In a word, enjoy life!

Dear Friends! We know everything about our town and are ready to share our little and big secrets! 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 from GetYourGuide and Viator
Please READ OUR WARNING before any booking! Welcome!
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MANDATORY SHORE TOURS
HOW TO GET MORE AND PAY LESS


First buy a cheap shore visa-free (!) excursion from GetYouGuide or Viator (a member of TripAdvisor). Why exactly from them? The fact is that these websites offer guided tours of all the famous coastal agencies at the same prices as the agencies themselves. It is very convenient for you and looks like searching for cheap tickets through e.g. Skyscanner, where you immediately see the prices and conditions of all airlines.

Take a look and make sure! Here is an excursion from TJ Travel agency, on the example of which we showed that returning to the ship late at night is possible (subject to the purchase of an additional service) and does not disagree the rules. And here is the same tour on Viator. As you can see, there are no differences either in the program or in the price.

Of course, you can find a coastal agency on your own, but, in any case, please, do not forget to comply with the requirements of the authorities for mandatory shore excursions! Namely, the agency must be licensed for visa-free tours and provide a special visa-replacement voucher. Tour purchase must be completed no later than 4 days before the ship arrives at the port.

Before trip or after going ashore, tell the guide about your wishes and what you want to get. Maybe you want to exclude for yourself some part of the tour in order to get free time or/and add an additional service to the purchased tour in order to use it for free movement. Necessarily approve when and how (independently or the guide will arrange a transfer to harbor for you) you will return to the ship!

Please remember that formally you have no right to move around the city yourself. Therefore, it should be understood that your guide takes risks by allowing you to 'swim freely'. It would be wise to offer a gratuity for services (incl for silence), if you don't use part of the tour, but return to the ship together with a group. And of course, you should pay for the service and for secrecy if you plan to return to the ship later than the common group.

There is no exact percentage of tip - each time it is the result of conversations. In any case, it will be much cheaper than a full-day tour or special night tour. Since all these actions are not entirely legal, avoid the 'ears of strangers'. Send letters only to the direct e-mail address of the agency (in no case do this through intermediaries, such as Viator). If you negotiate after going ashore, then let no one be near. Just in case.

How to notify your guide of returning to the ship?
Here, for example, is one of the possible scripts, if you come back yourself:

After the excursion, you go to a restaurant, walk, etc and then return by taxi to the pier. While boarding, after immigration procedure (attention, it is forbidden to photograph the passport control zone!!!), take a selfie photo by smartphone and send it via WhatsApp to your guide no later than a certain time. If you do not, your supervisor informs the police about the violation of the visa-free regime.

How everything will actually, be up to you, but one way or another, the coastal staff must be sure that you have returned and left St. Petersburg on time!
However, if you are not a backpacker, if you are such an honest person that you do not have a single penalty for incorrect parking, love comfort on schedule, but you want to take a walk, then your option is here

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MANDATORY SHORE TOURS
HOW TO GET MORE AND PAY LESS


Many travelers often make the same mistake. They try during a short time to be in absolutely everywhere and even somewhere else. An even worse mistake is to buy such a tour, which they then write about on TripAdvisor or LonelyPlanet forums "we were driven like a herd of cows".

Alas, almost all cruise passengers are like that. But, you're not like that? Right? That is why, we advise YOU not to run from one museum to another, but to choose one or two really interesting attractions per day. And it's better to spend free time for local cuisine restaurants and just for a walk.

All this is very easy to do when you have a Russian visa, including a simplified E-Visa or you are a citizen of a country for which no visa is needed. But what if you need a visa and you need to buy a special tour to go ashore? Indeed, in this case, the rules prohibit moving around the city without a live guide!

There is a saying in Russia - 'The severity of the law is offset by the non-very strictly enforcement.' It`s this opportunity that cruise visa-free passengers use. But only smart passengers! How to get a lot of adventures for relatively little money, we told here

But you are a solid person, why do you need these experiments? Fortunately, Russia is not a very expensive country and you can increase the level of service to the first class or even VIP is much cheaper than in many other country.

So. Almost all coastal agencies sell so-called 'custom tours'. What it is? Everything is very simple. Write a free-form letter to any company and tell what exactly you want to get. Be sure to indicate that you would like to have free time for walking without a guide and are ready to pay for this service by disguising it as one of the points o the shore tourist program. That's all!

Based on your wishes, a travel company will organize an individual coastal tour program for you. Thus, you can visit really interesting attractions along with a guide at a relaxing pace, get free time and pay much less than for full-day private tour. We know cases where on paper the tour was eventful and expensive, but in fact the traveler paid only for a transfer from the harbor and back and, of course, for the silence and secrecy of the contract.

Which company you entrust your vacation is up to you. We show you only a list of agencies that you can really trust.

LIST OF BEST COASTAL AGENCIES

You can verify the reliability and hospitality of coastal travel companies by reading the reviews and

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LIST OF THE TOP RATED LICENSED
Coastal Travel Agencies of St Petersburg

AVENTURA TRAVEL

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MAXI BALT TOUR

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TJ TRAVEL
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ANASTASIA TRAVEL
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ULKO TOURS
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LUDMILA TOURS
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MARINA WILSON PRIVATE TOURS
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MARIA ROSE TOURS
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About the rule of permanent supervision by authorized guide and come back on board.

Formally, you must follow the rules of the territory, duration (the beginning and end of the tour), permanent being part of organized excursion group/with personal guide and return to the ship for sleeping. However, in practice, these restrictions are not very strict and you can get much more.

Let's remember again that you are not required to buy only those tours that the carrier (cruise organizer) offers you. Most often, they are unreasonably expensive. Also, if you are told that you must buy a full-day tour to leave the ship, do not believe it. To go ashore, you can buy the shortest and cheapest tour.

But what to do if the tour program indicates the end time of the tour (return to the ship) much earlier than you would like? And is it possible to get free time for a walk on your own, without a supervisor, return to the ship after midnight, or even spend the night on the coast (for example, in a club or restaurant), if the rules clearly indicate that it`s necessary to return?

And now we reveal the main secret! Border authorities are not strict regarding the time of returning to the ship while staying at the port. The main thing is just to return to departure from St Petersburg.
Coastal agencies absolutely legally offer night excursions and tours and this confirms that you are not obliged to return before midnight or another death-line time.

Moreover, if you is the crazy traveler, we inform you that you can go anywhere, even to Moscow (not available for e-visa holders). Formally, the trip must be accompanied by a licensed guide, but in practice nobody check it. Just get back on time!

Officially, coastal travel agencies offer only one-day tours to Moscow, but we have reliable information that many travelers buy tours with included night trains/flights returning to St Petersburg to save time. This is also proof that spending the night on the coast does not entail any penalties.

So, why travel agencies do not report such possibilities? Firstly, this is bad business. Your time is their money. It is much more profitable to sell you several tours or one big tour. But, the main reason is that your shore guide must be sure that you are back on board before the departure of your cruise vessel and leave St Petersburg. If the ship leaves without you, the travel company will have huge problems, even canceling the license. That's why shore agencies are so strict.

ⓘ What can and should be done? We do not insist on any particular option and do not advertise any particular agency. We show you two possible scenarios. What to choose and how to 'make a casting'? That`s for you to decide!

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Good luck and have a nice trip!
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How and where to buy a local Russian prepaid SIM card or cheap smartphone
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You may be reading this article at home on a PC or smartphone. But, how you would upload photos to Facebook, videos to Instagram and count likes, while in Russia? Did you think about this? And if you need to find something in Google, urgently order a taxi, call your guide (!) or even open our world`s best ☺ online travel guide?

At first, bad news. Roaming in Russia is very expensive. Having made a couple of calls or opening a website, you will spend your usual monthly budget on phone. Therefore, even if you are making a short trip to Russia, we recommend to buy a local SIM card. Hunting Wi-Fi passwords in a cafe is a tedious task, and did you come to Russia for this?

Now about good. We believe that if you plan to travel to Russia, then you will have an extra 10 dollars. This is the maximum price (usually cheaper) you will pay for a prepaid local SIM card with unlimited traffic and hundreds of calls. Agree, this is very small cost to always be in touch.

Unfortunately, there is no SIM card store very close to any cruise pier, but this is not a problem! How and where to buy a Russian SIM card and even an inexpensive smartphone without knowing a word in Russian? Do you see this button below? Click it! Good Luck!
EXACT ADRESSES FOR ORDERING A TAXI ONLINE, BY PHONE OR FOR PICK-UP ON THE STREET
'Marine Facade'- main cruise port

Морской Фасад - круизный порт
(не морской вокзал!)
В.О. Берег Невской Губы, 1
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Please, pay attention! The data for filling out the forms is presented for the Taxovichkof and YandexTaxi services.

Our advice - if you order a taxi through website, choose Taxovichkof. If you intend to use a mobile application (this service is preferable if you need super fast start of trip), then YandexTaxi will be the best choice.

And one more tip. In Russia there is a saying - miserly man pays twice. Being greedy does not mean being smart. And roaming in Russia is very expensive. Therefore do not be stingy, buy a local SIM card. It is very cheap, about 5-7 dollars. And you are always in touch!

1) YANDEX TAXI

a) Download the application from Google Play or App Store
b) Customize the app. For example, select a payment method
c) Specify your destination point (manually or copy and paste) -
Morskoy fasad Bereg Nevskoy Guby, 1
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.
d) Continue the order process

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2) TAXOVICHKOF

Enter in fields by hand or copy and paste
Street / Улица
Eng → bereg Nevskoy Guby V.O.
Rus → берег Невской Губы В.О.
Building / Дом
1
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3) BY PHONE / ON THE STREET

a) YandexTaxi +7 812 366 6666
b) Taxovichkof (+7 812) 330 0002 or 333 0000

Say to the operator or driver
MARSKOY FASAD
Russian pronunciation

or (and) show address in Russian (above)
EXACT ADRESSES FOR ORDERING A TAXI ONLINE, BY PHONE OR FOR PICK-UP ON THE STREET
Cruise Pier at English Embankment

Круизная пристань
у Благовещенского моста
Английская набережная, 56
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Please, pay attention! The data for filling out the forms is presented for the Taxovichkof and YandexTaxi services.

Our advice - if you order a taxi through website, choose Taxovichkof. If you intend to use a mobile application (this service is preferable if you need super fast start of trip), then YandexTaxi will be the best choice.

And one more tip. In Russia there is a saying - miserly man pays twice. Being greedy does not mean being smart. And roaming in Russia is very expensive. Therefore do not be stingy, buy a local SIM card. It is very cheap, about 5-7 dollars. And you are always in touch!

1) YANDEX TAXI

a) Download the application from Google Play or App Store
b) Customize the app. For example, select a payment method
c) Specify your destination point (manually or copy and paste) -
Angliyskaya Embankment, 56
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.
d) Continue the order process

_________________________________

2) TAXOVICHKOF

Enter in fields by hand or copy and paste
Street / Улица
Eng → nab. Angliyskaya
Rus → наб. Английская
Building / Дом
56
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3) BY PHONE / ON THE STREET

a) YandexTaxi +7 812 366 6666
b) Taxovichkof (+7 812) 330 0002 or 333 0000

Say to the operator or driver
ANGLIYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA PYATDESYAT SHEST
Russian pronunciation

or (and) show address in Russian (above)
EXACT ADRESSES FOR ORDERING A TAXI ONLINE, BY PHONE OR FOR PICK-UP ON THE STREET
Cruise Pier at Lieutenant Shmidt Emb

Круизная пристань
у Горного Университета
В.О. Наб. лейтенанта Шмидта, 39
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Please, pay attention! The data for filling out the forms is presented for the Taxovichkof and YandexTaxi services.

Our advice - if you order a taxi through website, choose Taxovichkof. If you intend to use a mobile application (this service is preferable if you need super fast start of trip), then YandexTaxi will be the best choice.

And one more tip. In Russia there is a saying - miserly man pays twice. Being greedy does not mean being smart. And roaming in Russia is very expensive. Therefore do not be stingy, buy a local SIM card. It is very cheap, about 5-7 dollars. And you are always in touch!

1) YANDEX TAXI

a) Download the application from Google Play or App Store
b) Customize the app. For example, select a payment method
c) Specify your destination point (manually or copy and paste) -
Leytenanta Shmidta Embankment, 39
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.
d) Continue the order process

_________________________________

2) TAXOVICHKOF

Enter in fields by hand or copy and paste
Street / Улица
Eng → nab. Leytenanta Shmidta
Rus → наб. Лейтенанта Шмидта
Building / Дом
39
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3) BY PHONE / ON THE STREET

a) YandexTaxi +7 812 366 6666
b) Taxovichkof (+7 812) 330 0002 or 333 0000

Say to the operator or driver
LEYTENANTA SHMIDTA TRITSAT DEVYAT
Russian pronunciation

or (and) show address in Russian (above)
МОРСКОЙ ФАСАД (Круизный Порт)

В.О., Берег Невской Губы, 1
(уточните номер терминала)
НЕ НА ПАРОМ !

MAIN CRUISE PORT 'MARINE FACADE' in StP
ADDRESS FOR PICK-UP A TAXI ON THE STREET

Please show this address in Russian to the driver and say
MARSKOY FASAD (Marine Facade) + pier number (optional)

If you are in a hurry and take a taxi right on the street, remember our warnings about illegal taxi drivers. Never, NEVER use their services even if you are late! On the street, choose only branded cars! A car without a company logo and with a sign in English on window 'Taxi Vacant' is a 100 percent SCAMMER!

Even from far areas of St. Petersburg, a fair tariff is unlikely to exceed 1 000 rubles
В.О. Наб. Лейтенанта Шмидта, 39

(пристань)
НЕ на паром, НЕ морской фасад !

CRUISE PIER at L-t SHMIDT Emb. in StP
ADDRESS FOR PICK-UP A TAXI ON THE STREET

Please show this address in Russian to the driver and/or say
LEITENANTA SHMIDTA TRITSAT DEVYAT

If you are in a hurry and take a taxi right on the street, remember our warnings about illegal taxi drivers. Never, NEVER use their services even if you are late! On the street, choose only branded cars! A car without a company logo and with a sign in English on window 'Taxi Vacant' is a 100 percent SCAMMER!

Even from far areas of St. Petersburg, a fair tariff is unlikely to exceed 1 000 rubles
Английская Набережная, 56

(пристань у Благовещенского моста)
НЕ на паром, НЕ морской фасад !

CRUISE PIER at ENGLISH Emb. in StP
ADDRESS FOR PICK-UP A TAXI ON THE STREET

Please show this address in Russian to the driver and/or say
ANGLIYSKAYA NABEREZHNAYA PYAT`DESYAT SHEST

If you are in a hurry and take a taxi right on the street, remember our warnings about illegal taxi drivers. Never, NEVER use their services even if you are late! On the street, choose only branded cars! A car without a company logo and with a sign in English on window 'Taxi Vacant' is a 100 percent SCAMMER!

Even from far areas of St. Petersburg, a fair tariff is unlikely to exceed 1 000 rubles
Choose destination and book transfer

Private transfer to main cruise port
'MARINE FACADE'
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ⓘ Specify exact address at 2-nd step of booking (copy/paste)
Берег Невской Губы, 1

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Private transfer to the cruise pier
at 'ENGLISH EMBANKMENT'

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ⓘ Specify exact address at 2-nd step of booking (copy/paste)
Английская Набережная, 56


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Private transfer to the cruise pier
at 'LT SHMIDT EMBANKMENT'

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ⓘ Specify exact address at 2-nd step of booking (copy/paste)
Наб. Лейтенанта Шмидта, 39


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Choose destination and call a taxi

Ordering a taxi to main cruise port
'MARINE FACADE'
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Ordering a taxi to the cruise pier
at 'ENGLISH EMBANKMENT'

Show on the map

ORDER NOW
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Ordering a taxi to the cruise pier
at 'LT SHMIDT EMBANKMENT'

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How to get to harbour - public transport taxi and private transfers in St Petersburg Russia
How to get back to the pier
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Most cruise passengers use the transfer shuttle included in the coastal tour program. On the one hand, this eliminates the problem - you do not need to think about how you will get to the city and back. On the other hand, your visit to St. Petersburg, in this case, is not much different from a trip to North Korea, where it is not allowed not a step to the right or to the left.

But since you found our guidebook, you are different and we understand that you need a little more. Most likely, you will go to the city by coastal tour shuttle, but back... Therefore, here's a manual how to return to the pier yourself.

Please note! Almost all cruise ships (about 80%) are moored at the main cruise port 'Marine Facade'. Some relatively small vessels (see link above) park at the Neva river embankments.
Here and Here
Be sure to check with the carrier the name of the arrival/departure pier!

During your visit to St Petersburg, maybe you will use public transport, especially the subway. But for getting from harbour to the city or back, that we do not recommend this method. Why? All (!) piers in St Petersburg are located far from the metro stations. To get there, you need to use one of the types of land-based public transport. Unfortunately, it is uncomfortable, long, and you have so little time.

What to do? You have two options.
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a) CALL A TAXI. It is very simple and inexpensive if you use our instructions.
How to order a taxi in Russia without knowing Russian
Attention! Here you will find useful information about
HOW TO PRE-ORDER A TAXI

✪ to Cruise Port 'Marine Facade'

✪ to Cruise Pier at English Embankment

✪ to Marine Pier at L-t Shmidt Emb


But, just in case, here's a way to take a taxi right on the street if you are rush for boarding. WARNING! Ferry harbor, cruise port and marine piers are located close to one another, but these are different locations, make no mistake!

✪ If you need a main cruise port 'Marine Facade', show the driver this address

✪ If you need a cruise pier at 'English Embankment', show the driver this address

✪ If your destination is pier at L-t Shmidt Embankment, show the driver this card

The cost of a trip, even from distant regions of St.P, usually does not exceed 1000 rubles (~15 EUR). Please remember our tips on the dangers of using illegal cabmans.
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b) Order a PRIVATE TRANSFER. It's a bit more expensive than a taxi, but very reliable and just as easy if you use our advices.

Nonetheless, we do not recommend choosing this option when traveling short distances. For example, for a trip from the city center to small cruise piers. It is not profitable. However, for trips to/from suburbs (Peterhof, Pushkin) and even a transfer from the city center to the port of 'Marine Facade' is a profitable and convenient option.

By default, Passenger Port Marine Facade (main cruise port), Admiralteysky District of St Petersburg (for pier at English Emb.), and Vasileostrovskiy District of St Petersburg (for pier at L-t Shmidt Emb.) are indicated as the points of destination by clicking button below.

Replace the data in the form, if necessary. Specify address of your location. 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.
Detailed info about 'KiwiTaxi' service & main destinations

NOTE. Specify exact destination at the second step of booking. Just copy and paste the address in Russian.
for 'Marine Facade' - Берег Невской Губы, 1
for 'English Emb Pier' - Английская Набережная, 56
for 'L-t Shmidt Emb Pier' - Наб. Лейтенанта Шмидта, 39
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cruise trip to st petersburg medical insurance policy for travel to Russia
Insurance. Did not you forget?
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Highly likely, the border guard will check only the first-level documents - passport, visa or papers replacing visa. But you must have and present an insurance policy upon request. No Martini Policy? No Party Entry!

At the time of entry to Russia, you must have a medical insurance policy valid for the entire stay in Russia. And as a matter of fact, traveling to any country without health insurance is a bad idea. Maybe you already have a policy, but if not, please, buy an health policy in your insurance company before trip. And if you forgot about it in your holiday bustle, you can buy a policy online right now from a reliable Russian company for only a couple of EUR/USD.

By the way, this is even a little more reliable. Emergency medical aid in Russia is absolutely free of charge, regardless of your citizenship, available ID or insurance. But if is necessary to continue treatment in-hospital...Therefore, it's easier to arrange formalities with a Russian insurance company, while in Russia.

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DEAR TRAVELERS! Trip planning is a separate experience! This is an occasion to dream and start striking out dates on the calendar! Maybe you have already chosen your cruise? Well, if not, then it's time to do it!

We want your vacation in Russia to be the best! We do not say - choose only this or take only it. We show you the maximum options. Select your thing in this adventure buffet! And even here a couple more tips on how to pay less and get more.

You may need a connect flight to the port of departure and/or back. Do not rush to buy airline tickets in one package with a cruise. First check airline ticket prices here

Cruise agencies in various countries offer the same cruise at different prices. For example, very often prices for the United States and Australia are much more expensive than for Russia
But when boarding, no one will check exactly where you bought the tour. For shipboard staff, it makes no difference how you did it.

Of course, you will need a Google Translator and a some time, but if you want to save a couple hundred bucks, check all offers.
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Thank you and see you in St Petersburg!

UPDATED ON: 17 MARCH 2020 | SEE ALSO: