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This page explains how to travel by train from St Petersburg.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.  Train information current for 2020.

I want to go from St Petersburg to...

     

Moscow

 

Tallinn

 

Riga

 

Vilnius

 

Helsinki

 

Stockholm

 

Copenhagen

 

Oslo

 

Warsaw

 

Ekaterinberg, Ulan Bator, Beijing, Vladivostok

 

Berlin, Paris, London, anywhere in central or western Europe


St Petersburg to other destinations in Russia...
St Petersburg to Moscow...

St Petersburg to Tallinn...

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St Petersburg to Riga...

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St Petersburg to Vilnius...

There used to be an overnight sleeper train from St Petersburg to Vilnius which did not go through Belarus.  Unfortunately, this train was discontinued in 2015.  You now need to go via Riga, as follows:

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St Petersburg to Helsinki...

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St Petersburg to Stockholm...

Option 1, by direct cruise ferry from St Petersburg to Stockholm...

Option 2, by train from St Petersburg to Helsinki then ferry to Stockholm.

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St Petersburg to Copenhagen, Gothenburg or Oslo...

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St Petersburg to Warsaw...

There are now few if any direct trains from St Petersburg to Warsaw, almost all international trains to Warsaw & beyond now start from Moscow.

Option 1, via Moscow - simplest & fastest option, although as the Moscow-Warsaw trains pass through Belarus you'll need a Belarus transit visa.

  1. Step 1, travel from St Petersburg to Moscow as shown here.  It takes as little as 3h50 by high-speed Sapsan train.

  2. Step 2, take an international sleeper train from Moscow to Warsaw as shown here.

Option 2, via Riga & Vilnius - this takes longer, with overnight stops required, but it's an interesting route & avoids Belarus...

Option 3, via Kiev - a much longer way round but easy, comfy & also avoids Belarus.

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St Petersburg to Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, central & western Europe...

There are now few if any direct trains from St Petersburg to Warsaw & beyond.  It takes as little as 3h50 to reach Moscow, and almost all international trains to central & western Europe now start in Moscow.

Option 1, via Moscow - There are direct trains from Moscow to Berlin, Prague, Paris making this the easiest and fastest option, but as these trains pass through Belarus don't forget that you'll need a Belarus transit visa.

Option 2, via Moscow & Kiev.  This is a longer way round but it's easy, comfy & avoids Belarus so no need to get a Belarus transit visa.  Incidentally, although there are direct trains from St Petersburg to Kiev, they pass through Belarus so you need to go via Moscow.

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St Petersburg to Mongolia, China, Vladivostok, Japan, Korea...

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Hotels in St Petersburg

    

Favourite hotel search & price comparison: hotelscombined.com

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It's been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I recommend it to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel for less.

Favourite hotel booking site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least 1m or preferably 5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a free Curve card to save on exchange rates & foreign transaction fees...

 

Curve card

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee on top.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, 500 per month at time of writing.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself and it's great - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I only recommend such things when I've read up on reviews and tried it myself.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card. Use code MAN61 to get 5 cashback after signing up and using your Curve card the first time.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing when you travel.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explained NordVPN & ExpressVPN are the two best buys and I use ExpressVPN myself.

 


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