Palace Bridge. Buy plane tickets to Saint Petersburg
Palace Embankment. Buy plane tickets to Saint Petersburg
Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Buy plane tickets to Saint Petersburg
Savior on Blood Church. Buy plane tickets to Saint Petersburg
Peterhof Palace. Buy plane tickets to Saint Petersburg
Palace Bridge
Palace Embankment
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on Blood Church
Peterhof Palace

St. Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital; nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’, it draws all of the romantics. The sheer number of museums, palaces, parks and theatres is overwhelming. The abundance of apartments-turned-museums, where the country’s cultural heritage was created, could lead one to believe that all of the country’s writers, poets and musicians lived exclusively in this city. You can buy tickets to and from St. Petersburg on Aeroflot’s website or at any of our offices.

Not just part of the city, but the whole historical centre is protected by UNESCO. Among the few other cities that enjoy that privilege are Venice, Rome, and Paris.

St. Petersburg is perfect in sunny weather (and yes, despite all of the legends about its gloomy climate, the city does enjoy plenty of sunny days), but given its abundance of museums, you’ll never get bored, even if it starts to rain. Not to mention the countless cozy cafes and famous bakeries that will make your journey pleasant, no matter what time of the year you visit.

The fastest and easiest way to get to St. Petersburg is to fly. Aeroflot operates direct flights from Moscow(duration: only 1h 30m). The plane lands at Pulkovo Airport, 15 km from the centre of the city. The best way to save money is to buy round-trip plane tickets. The best fares sell out quickly, so we recommend booking in advance.

General flight information Moscow  → Saint Petersburg

Distance between cities

634 km

Time difference in winter

0 h

Time difference in summer

0 h

Average direct flight time

1 h 20 m

Saint Petersburg Stadium

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The new ultra-modern stadium was built on the site of the Kirov Stadium and is now the home of FC Zenit. The arena opened in 2017 and hosted 2017 Cup matches, including the opening and the final matches.

The tender to build the Saint Petersburg Stadium was won by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurosawa. The stadium is designed to resemble a spaceship that has landed on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. It is one of the most technically advanced stadiums in the world. It features a retractable roof and a sliding pitch, which will allow it to hold any kind of event, whatever the weather. The stadium can hold up to 67,000 spectators

 
Saint Petersburg Stadium (map)
1 Football alley, Krestovsky island, Saint Petersburg

What to see

St. Petersburg wouldn’t be complete without the Neva River and its numerous streams and canals. You can enjoy a pleasant boat ride, taking in the views and learning that Pushkin recited his poems in that building, or that Dostoyevsky studied in that castle. There are 68 rivers, creeks and canals in total, as well as 580 bridges, 20 of which are the city’s famous drawbridges.

The rivers separate the city into 3 main parts: the historical centre with its main artery, Nevsky Prospekt, the Petrogradskaya Side and Vasilievsky Island.

Nevsky Prospekt, together with all of the side streets that merge into it, is where most of the landmarks are concentrated. Tours of the city usually start on Dvortsovaya Square, home to the Alexander Column and the most important museum of the city and country alike, the Hermitage (the most visited museum in Russia). The list of gems goes on: the Admiralty, Kazan Cathedral, the gingerbread-house-like Church of the Saviour on Blood, the Alexandrinsky Theatre (the oldest drama theatre in Russia), the modest Mikhailovsky Palace with its park and Russian Museum, the Anichkov Bridge and countless unique palaces such as Vorontsovsky, Anichkov, Sheremetyevsky, and Belosselsky-Belozersky.

You can take a stroll along the embankment all the way to Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Bronze Horseman or to the Field of Mars, or even cross the Palace Bridge to get to the Spit of Vasilievsky Island with its Rostral Columns. Right next to them are all the main sights in the area: the Kunstkammer, the Stock Exchange and Menshikov Palace. Going deeper into the island, you can find the largest private contemporary art museum in Russia, Erarta, where many exciting exhibitions and concerts take place.

On the Petrogradskaya Side, you will find the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Cabin of Peter the Great, the magnificent Botanical Garden, the Zoo and the Artillery Museum. St. Petersburg’s parks and gardens merit a special mention, as well. Besides the Botanical Garden, we recommend that you pay a visit to Alexandrovsky Garden, the Summer Garden with its stunning sculptures, Krestovsky Island with its Amusement Park and the parks on Yelagin and Kamenny islands.

Once you’ve seen all the sights the city has to offer, it’s time to switch your attention to the suburbs, which are equally famous and beautiful. This, of course, includes Peterhof with its fountains and lanes, Tsarskoe Selo with the lyceum where Pushkin studied, the Kronstadt Fortress, Pavlovsk, where the royal residence is located, Lomonosov with the Greater Menshikov Palace ensemble and Strelna and Gatchina with their parks and palaces.