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Guided Tours in St. Petersburg - Where to buy

Tourists usually buy guided tours during his travels. Tours with a professional guide give an opportunity to get a lot of interesting information and see many interesting places. If you are planning a trip to St. Petersburg, you will probably also want to travel around the city and the suburbs. Where tourists can buy guided tours in St. Petersburg?

Where to buy

Do not worry about it. A wide variety of guided tours will be offered to you during your stay in the city. Excursions are offered in hotels, train stations, at the exit of the metro (in the city center) and in all popular with tourists places.

Short recommendations from a local:

  • Go to Gostiny Dvor / Nevsky Prospect Metro Station. There, near the Gostiny Dvor department store, you will find an excursion sales bureau.
  • The tour can be pre-selected online. There is much more choice on the Internet (useful links).

You will meet many sellers of tours, while strolling along Nevsky Prospekt (the main street of St. Petersburg). You can also buy a bus tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin town), Petergof, Vyborg and other cities of the Leningrad region.

tours seller

In the photo: tours seller on Nevsky Prospekt.

Boat tours along rivers and canals can be bought on Nevsky Prospect, on bridges across the Fontanka arm and the Griboyedov Canal (for example, near the Nevsky Prospekt metro station), as well as on the Neva embankment near the Winter Palace (near the Palace Bridge).

Fontanka river
Photo: Fontanka River. You can see the berths from which the pleasure boats leave. The photo was taken from the Anichkov bridge.

River tours are held only in the warm season, from May to October in St. Petersburg.

  • You can buy a city tour at a kiosk next to Gostiny Dvor department store.
  • Tour sellers will find you on Nevsky Prospekt (there are many places in the central part of the avenue).
  • You can choose and order an excursion on the Internet.

You can buy a tour here
In the photo: a kiosk selling excursions near Gostiny Dvor.

You can order a personal guide as well. A personal tour is usually conducted for a small group (often no more than 5 - 10 people). It is very convenient for a family with children or for a small group of friends. The cost of such an excursion is usually indicated for the whole group (and not for one person), so it may not be much more expensive than a group tour.

How much does tour cost

In the photo you can see the cost of guided tours offered to tourists (on Nevsky Prospekt). The photo was taken in early May 2019. Prices may increase slightly during the peak of the tourist season (during the White Nights). You can also get acquainted with prices before you travel online (on the Internet). Perhaps you want to go on bit unusual, special tours: the night Petersburg, under the bridges, on motorcycles around the city, roofs of Petersburg.

Prices

Prices for some tours (2019):

  • City tour by bus - 700 rubles.
  • Fountains of Peterhof - 1500 rubles.
  • Vyborg City - 1600 rubles.
  • Boat tour along the rivers and canals on the ship - 700 rubles.

Travel on tourist buses operating on the "hop on - hop off" system is also a kind of sightseeing tours. Buses run on a circular route in the city center, stopping at the most popular tourist destinations. You get on the bus, drive to the place you want, get off, go sightseeing and (when you want) go back to the bus and reach the following attractions. The bus has an audio guide that will tell you about the places you pass by. A daily ticket in St. Petersburg cost about 1,000 rubles in the spring of 2021.

Red tourist buses next to St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg

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