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Cruiseship transfer into city center

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Cruiseship transfer into city center

We will be on Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas stopping in St. Petersburg several times in June (back-to-back cruises). Does anyone have a recommendation about the logistics/price/language barrier of catching a taxi into the city center and returning, or using the municipal bus operating from the port and its scheduling? Thanks!

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1. Re: Cruiseship transfer into city center

1) Please note, that in order to leave the passenger port on your own, you have to have a valid Russian visa

2) It's possible to call a taxi directly from the passenger port to get to the city, it's not a problem. The problem is that due to security reasons, few companies have access and permission to operate in the port, so the prices are way too high. As far as I know it's impossible to just call for a city's local taxi to get to St. Petersburg from the passenger terminal to the city and it's impossible to take local taxi to get back to the ship. The company that provides a taxi should have a special agreement with the passenger port, that's why there are few.

3) Yes, by all means you may use municipal bus that goes directly from the 3rd terminal to Primorskaya subway station.. The bus goes once every 30 minutes. Please note, that if your ship comes to the 1st, or the 4th terminals - it will take you about 20 minutes walking to the 3rd terminal to get to the bus stop.

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Thank you for such helpful and detailed information! The bus looks like the best possibility. Does it run until 11:30 p.m.? Do you happen to know the cost of the bus as I am trying to plan how much Russian cash to bring along. And if we went out for the evening – a beer or two, possibly a canal ride (any other ideas?) – How much would an evening like that cost? Thanks!

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Yes, the bus #158 runs till midnight.

The cost is now RUR 22 per person one way (about USD 0.75).

An evening canal cruise costs RUR 500-800 (USD 18-28) per person depending on the duration of the cruise.

As I'm not a beer drinker I can't really advise on the good bars to check out or the costs of beer, sorry.

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4. Re: Cruiseship transfer into city center

Just forgot to add, the bus runs only 2-3 times per hour.

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If you get to the city center by taxi from the passenger terminal taxi dispatch kiosk, it will be about 800 Rubles each way. Make an appointment for the same car or taxi company to pick up up at a particular time and place for the return trip. Taxis will be waiting outside the terminal businesses in the morning when you disembark. You can make the outgoing appointment and return appointment at the taxi kiosk.

Beer is the national drink despite the reputation of Russia mostly drinking vodka. The city center is full of cafes, English style pubs and bars, many of them very nice and very popular with young people. It is a very social city so pubs and cafes(mostly sushi and coffee shops) are full of people sitting for hours talking to friends. A good central location to try is Bol. Konyushennaya which is a recently renovated street off Nevsky prospect with a wide raised pedestrian walk down the center. There are 8 pubs on that one street. The one that has the most English speakers is at the end, a new Spanish restaurant which until recently was called the Other Side with a more eclectic menu,live music and a general hangout for locals and expats. Just yards from Nevsky prospect is O'Hooligan's Irish pub and next door it Tower Pub which is more English style. O'Hooligans is a bit more friendly to strangers but overall, they all are fine places to meet locals who speak English. Costs? The preferred beer is imported brands, most are 250-320 Rubles for .5 ltr. That is pretty expensive but it is the norm all over the city. Local beer, which is less popular is cheaper but best to get that at little shops found on every block for 28-40 Rubles for ,33 ltr.

Walking in any direction will give you hundred of choices in decor, and cuisine.

If you take the taxi and want to be adventurous, just take it as far as the closest Metro station(subway). There are two on the island were you are docked. The ride from either to the city center is 3-4 minutes and 25 rubles and gets you to Nevsky prospect, the main street right in the middle of the points of interest. For the return trip you can take a taxi to the gate and walk to the terminal if you don't mind 1/2 km walk.

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Thankyou! Your advice is so practical and helpful! Would you have advice about how to see St Petersburg from the "inside", like a local, as we will be there 4 days on 3 back to back cruises and have planned (1)a two-day major sightseeing tour for the last two of the days with ballet on one night, (2) probably a ship "tour" of 6 hours on Nevsky Prospect shopping/sightseeing on our own and a guided evening canal boat ride, visit to a restaurant/pub, walk around town (with two other couples, a group of six) – for another day but my wife and I don't have any plan for our first day there from 7 AM to midnight. Other suggestions? Visa costs and hassles? Something less touristy? Thank you!

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