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Saint Petersburg. Petersburg Card, City Tour Pass

Petersburg Card

– a card specially created for an easy exploration of St. Petersburg.  With it’s help active tourists all over the world can have their stay full of exciting activities and positive memories. Also this card offers the discounts for the guided tours, souvenirs, restaurants and hotels. Here is the link to official website.

If you or your co- travelers do not have discounts for visiting the museums, you do not stay in the city during the days of free entrance to museums, this card will be your first and best choice.

Advice: check the schedule of the museums in advance (the booklet of Petersburg Card can help you with that, the link is above). Some of the museum complexes offer quick access for the card holders (Peter&Paul Fortress, Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian museum), which helps with visiting museums during weekends and holidays. Make your route in advance so that you will visit as much as planned. Please, remember that free visit to Hermitage is not included into the price.

One great extra feature of the card is being an e-purse. You just need to put some money on the card and it will be your safe electronic wallet for public transport.

Also Petersburg Card offers free all-day ride on HOP-ON HOP-OFF  City Tour bus. I would not recommend buying the bus tickets separately from any multi-purpose tourist card as it’s price is unreasonably high. For the same amount of money you can have a guided tour visiting more places of interest and having more information from a guide. in comparison with other European cities (Rome, Barcelona, Sintra, London, etc) all the main sightseeing places are located within 5 km, you can easily cover that walking on foot or using cheaper public transportation.


It is reasonable to use the bus during a bad weather/ combining with river cruises or in case you do not want to hear your tour in English, Russian or French (regular guided tours have the options of these languages, the request for another language should be made in advance).

City Tour Pass

City Tour bus is included into another tourist combo card, City Tour Pass, which offers the coupons for visiting Hermitage, Peterhof, other amazing places of St. Petersburg.

To my mind the options provided by Petersburg Card include bigger variety of places of interest and activities, also it seems cheaper.

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