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Day trip to St Petersburg - advice needed please

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Day trip to St Petersburg - advice needed please

Hello friends

Firstly this time in 2 weeks we will be boarding a plane from Australia to go to Moscow. - very excited !!

Secondly i would love some advice please :)

Due to our schedule we only have 1 day that we can possibly go to St Petersburg, we really want to go and previously someone said on here to us don't bother if its only a day or overnight, however we are determined to go!

So there is a flight at 0615 from SVO TO LED, on Monday 2 June and then we were hoping to get the 1930 flight back same day LED-SVO, there is also flights around similar time from/to DME.

We are staying in Moscow near metro station sportivnaya, however i think it is 3 trains to get to the airport, so if we book private airport transfers to take us and pick us up for the airport, is that quicker? Will we miss traffic if we are leaving the hotel at 4am? Also which airport would be better to travel in/out of for this trip? (i have no idea how long it takes to drive to and from these airports)

I have read a few forums that says train is better, is that the case in this situation as well? We can get the first morning train 0630 that arrives by 11, then get the late one back to moscow.

We are thinking of getting a private guide in St Petersburg, due to the short in time - would that be recommended someone to pick us up from airport/train and take us around for the day ? We want to see the winter palace but not sure what else, any suggestions on what we can see in this short time?

Thank you very much for any help you can provide

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11. Re: Day trip to St Petersburg - advice needed please

>> is moscow and especially st Petersburg as bad as they say for pick pockets?

Not as bad as in, say, Barselona or Rome but of course pickpockets are there. And the usual rule still holds - you don't have to outsmart the thief, just the fellow tourist ).

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12. Re: Day trip to St Petersburg - advice needed please

Hi Karen

Have you considered taking the Sapsan at 7:45pm on 1 June and returning 7:45pm 2 June?

You say you want to visit "The Winter Palace". You could spend all day at The Hermitage and only scratch the surface. There is also The Summer Palace which you could get to via hydrofoil.

Do your homework and make sure the attractions you want to visit are open. I think The Hermitage is closed on Monday. Wear flat walking shoes because at The Hermitage high heels are not allowed and at The Summer Palace you get covers to put on your shoes.

Edited: 17 May 2014, 15:41
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13. Re: Day trip to St Petersburg - advice needed please

Hi we have booked the 0645 sapsan and return the same night at 1945. We thought it may be easier to get a private guide for the day since we don't have much time. We found out the hermitage is closed and the palace on peterhof which is a real shame but we will still see the outside and the grounds of these buildings.

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