Hotel Grifon

35 Naberezhnaya Kannala Griboyedova,, St. Petersburg, 191186, Russia
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Pribalitskaya Hotel Transportation

by Dobbitt

I'll be staying in Pribalitskaya hotel between 19th-23rd Dec. I know that the hotel is a bit away from the center but what's the best way to reach the center? Is it a walking distance to the subway station for a good walker? Is it possible to take a tram or bus? If yes, are there night buses as well?

Also it'll be problem to get there from the center i guess. How much should the fare be aprx.? (I've heard that it's necessary to negotiate with the drivers.)

Re: Pribalitskaya Hotel Transportation

by Muscovite


It's a long time since I visited StPb last. Quite unlikely that the hotel had moved, though, and in those times it seemed closer to Finland, really. You will see.
I never tried a bus or a tram. I think there was a metro station within a walking distance, will try to find the name.
I would avoid taxies unless loaded with luggage.

Re: Pribalitskaya Hotel Transportation

by Muscovite

The nearest metro station is Primorskaya

the map:

Re: Pribalitskaya Hotel Transportation

by sennaya

There are some microbuses that go near to Pribaltiskaya, about 10 minutes to metro. I am sure the concierge can direct you. There is a waterpark there , otherwise you need to get to the center to see the main tourist sites.
Fare is about 15 rubles, plus 14 for metro to get to center. you might catrch a car for 200 rubles to the center ... or 100 for a ride to metro.

Re: Pribalitskaya Hotel Transportation

by Dobbitt

Great info! Cheers! The fare for taxi cabs seems to be quite reasonable. What's your opinion about the taxi cabs then in terms of safety? Is it safe to wave to anyone in any street or do you have any suggestions?

Re: Pribalitskaya Hotel Transportation

by sennaya

Catching a car is pretty safe.
Put your arm out and whe some one stops crack the door, tell them where you want to go and how much you want to pay- in Russian, or you can say Hermitage and hold out 200 rubles and they will understand.
A short hop can be as low as 50 rubles, but in traffic tiems and across bridges it can be slow and drivers ask for more.
Fares are always negotiated in advance. Taxi fares have come down and for some long trips like to the airport the taxi may be cheaper.
Be wary inside airports of guys who offer you taxis for a good price, they are middle men and never give a good price. talk to the driver himself.

Re: Pribalitskaya Hotel Transportation

by sennaya

About safety, trust your intuition. Never get into a car with more than one person, it is probably a con of some kind. Chastniki, informal drivers are guys with a car who pick up extra money giving some rides when they have time or someone is going their way. Usually it is an older Lada, Russian car. Strictly considered, they are not legal like taxi drivers. The car should be clean and the guy normal looking. Negotiate the price at the door and don't get in unless, driver and price seem okay.
The taxi drivers at the hotels have a reputation for overcharging foreigners. If you get the run around, catch a bus, tram or trolley and Metro inderground, all around 50 cents. Most signs are in Russian, ability to read street Russian signs and a map are very helpful skills in Russia.

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

Take a boat-trip along the...

by Andrew_Vodo

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Peter the Great Statue (The Bronze Horseman)

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Commissioned by Catherine the Great and sculpted by the Frenchman Etienne Falconet, this striking, dynamic statue has long been one of the most symbolic monuments in St. Petersburg. Catherine intended it to glorify the philosophy of enlightened absolutism that she shared with her predecessor, and for good and bad Falconnet seems to have succeeded. From different angles the rearing equestrian statue seems by turns to be benevolent and malevolent, inspiring and terrifying. In 1833 Pushkin immortalized it in his masterful poem The Bronze Horseman, in which the statue comes to life to pursue the poor clerk Yevgeny through the flooded streets of the city. For most of its history, the Bronze Horseman has been regarded as a symbol of tyranny and destruction. However, as Russia's Tsarist past has become more distant and somewhat less politically charged, the statue has come to be appreciated as much for its dramatic beauty as for its imperial associations.

REAL CAVIARE.......and that...

by eden_teuling

REAL CAVIARE.......and that really is a MUST......It IS very expensive but don't forget you are on a holiday.......

Mostly it is served with toast, butter and a slice of lemon.

The black caviare is from the sturgeon, the red from the salmon!!

Dmitri Solunski

by hartti

Church of Dmitri Solunski (Dmitrij Solunskij, Dmitry Solunsky, Dmitrij = Demetrius, Dimetrius, Demitrius) is an old church on Vasily Island, on Tuchkov Street. During Soviet time it was a nuclear? research lab, but nowadays under reparation. You may climb up to the tower to watch a "Zenit" football game in former Lenin Stadion, nowadays Petrovski Stadion. Being one of the highest tower on the island, from the tower you may see a wonderful view to Neva and above the whole city center.


by pacus3rd

Volodarsky Bridge.........
Bridges in St Petersburg are lifted,,,,,this is very important to know.
You can get trapped on the wrong side of the bridge at night and it doesn't open untill early morning.


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