in St. Petersburg is Russian.Time
St. Petersburg is known to be the biggest northern megalopolis in the world. Being so close to the Gulf of Finland it experiences a humid marine climate with a warm summer and moderate winter. The coldest month here is February, with an average temperature of about -7°C. The warmest is July with an average temperature of 18,0°C.
Spring usually comes slowly but as soon as it arrives, it changes the city features by all means. Neva starts flowing again, the trees turn pistachio green and the sun shows up again. But frankly, the winter spirit disappears only at the end of March or April.
By mid-March spring fills the air, but warm sunny days can unpredictably alternate with returns of winter frost. The air is dry and humidity is at its lowest in the year, number of days without sun – less than 10. The average temperature is -2.1°C, ranging from 6 ° C to -10 ° C.
The spring months are the most favorable for city walks. Its already warm, but not yet hot. The air feels fresh, but not very humid. In April is the lowest amount of precipitation, the temperature rises to 20°C, and the average temperature is 3.9°C. The length of daylight increases to 15.9 hours.The voltage
is 220 volts, the frequency is 50 hertz. The types of sockets C and F are used.Tap water
is not drinkable unless it is boiled.Money.
The official currency is the Russian ruble. The official exchange rate of foreign currencies to the ruble of the Russian Federation can be viewed on the website
. It's useful to have some cash (rubles) when you arrive to Russia. Smaller shops, some cafes and taxies might not accept credit cards. However, ATM machines can be easily found all over the city: in hotels, supermarkets, metro stations, next to banks etc. Credit cards are accepted at many restaurants and bigger shops.Tips.
The service charge in restaurants is not included in the bill. It is generally accepted to leave a tip of 10% of the bill. People do not tip taxi drivers in St. Petersburg. Porters or bellboys who help you with your luggage in a hotel can be left between 20 and 100 roubles, depending on your generosity and what small change you have. If you would like to thank the maid, leave 50 roubles in a visible place when you leave your room in the morning. However, this ritual is not obligatory and once again depends on your state of mind.Safety.
You just need to be aware and don't look for troubles yourself. In the city center you will be quite safe. If you are sticking to touristy areas, you will not likely have any troubles unless you are looking for them. Avoid walking around non-central neighborhoods late at night. If you stay far from downtown and have to get home late at night, use taxi. As in any big city, be aware of pickpockets, especially in transport and crowded places. Always keep an eye on your money and documents.Emergency.
Be sure to have emergency numbers at hand.
112 – Rescue service emergency telephone number that can be dialed from a mobile phone (the 24-hour operator speaks Russian and English).
8 800 30 30 555 – Tourist call center (hotline).