Saint petersburg (Russia)

St. Petersburg is the second largest city of Russia, located at estuary of Neva River and the Gulf of Finland in the west. The city's climate is humid continental, the average temperatures are 20 C in summer and close to -12 C in winter. Rainfall is fairly uniform throughout the year, although from October to April the rain falls mainly as snow. The city is famous for its beautiful architecture, numerous canals, and the baroque bridges over them. However, the main attraction is the Winter Palace, a huge museum-palace building, which is considered to be one of the best in the world. The city is also considered to be one of the most dangerous places, although the general rule is, that the closer to the center you are, the safer it is.

Population: 4,879,566
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official language: Russian
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: For a good restaurant experience you are expected to always tip 10%.
Time in destination: Jan 26, 2021, 8:12:56 PM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January - 26.6 15.8 6
February - 26.6 14.0 5
March - 35.6 21.2 7
April - 50.0 33.8 10
May - 62.6 42.8 12
June - 68.0 51.8 14
July - 75.2 57.2 12
August - 71.6 53.6 13
September - 60.8 46.4 13
October - 48.2 37.4 14
November - 37.4 28.4 12
December - 30.2 21.2 8

More information: Saint petersburg forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Saint petersburg is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $40.86, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $124.47, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $34.37
  • Hotel (3 stars): $47.88
  • Hotel (4 stars): $73.90
  • Hotel (5 stars): $147.72
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $2.30
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $3.27
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.32
  • Meal, McDonalds: $3.32
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $6.63

More information: Saint petersburg price level


Saint petersburg has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 60.6 (better than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 81.4 (better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 52.3 (better than United states average 41.7)

More information: Saint petersburg safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

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