Saint Petersburg is a Russian town of rare beauty. Former Leningrad shelters one of the most appreciated museums in the world – Hermitage. It holds the White Night Festival, during which the city never sleeps and the sun does not even set well that it rises again. St. Pete holds a network of metro stations, each considered to be true architectural masterpieces. And, if you are not yet convinced, it should be mentioned that its historic center is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage!
I have covered a lot of useful information about things to do in Saint Petersburg, must visits, tips and tricks, prices and so on in this post.
The fact that it has been chosen to hold matches during the 2018 World Football Cup should come as no surprise!
I consider Saint Petersburg to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world! You will see why when you pay a visit!
In April and May the weather begins to warm up, but frost and snowfall are not unusual. During summer the average temperature is 20-25 ° C. The peak of the tourist season is in June, especially during the white nights. They begin at the end of May and extend until mid-July, but between June 11 and July 2, the sun sets only for a few minutes and the streets remain crowded by people 24 hours a day. Just imagine the atmosphere football fans will create during the World Cup!
Read more – TOP 11 things to do in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Besides, during the last 10 days of June, the White Nights Festival takes place. During the festival concerts and parties take place at any time of the day or night, so after a football match that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you will find, without a shadow of a doubt, a place where you can enjoy a pint of beer with your friends!
We encourage you to book rooms in advance, as this city will probably be one of the most crowded during the whole event.
Let’s take a look at some accommodation options in Saint Petersburg:
(we use Booking.com in Russia, and I recommend you searching on that web site because you will see all the options there)
Luxury hotels in Saint Petersburg ($200 – $300)
Petro Palace Hotel
Located in the very heart of Saint Petersburg, the Petro Palace hotel offers high quality services for its guests. A feature of this hotel is the indoor pool and a gym, which are perfect to spend time in while you are not at the stadium, watching football games, or are not exploring the city.
Past guests have reviewed this hotel as excellent, and it has the advantage of being situated in walking distance from a metro station. This means that you will get from point A to point B in no time!
Hotel MFK Gornyiis situated 3.6 km. from the football stadium, which will be the host of football matches during the 2018 World Cup. If you fancy living the atmosphere, you can walk to the stadium with the rest of the fans.
During your walk to the stadium or if you are simply exploring the surroundings, you will find that there are numerous cafes and restaurants waiting for guests.
To be sure that you will be able to get a room in this hotel, you should book one right away, because from the comments of the previous users this hotel will be on high demand during the 2018 World Cup.
If there are absolutely no hotels left, you can try Airbnb.com, but make sure to ask your hosts in advance if they can register you.
What is registration? It is a Russian (very outdated if you ask me) law, that requires every foreigner to register in the immigration office in the first (!) day when he/she arrives. If you are staying in a hotel, they do the whole procedure for you. But in case you stay in a flat, you will probably need to take care of this by yourself.
If you are staying by Airbnb, here is my 22 EUR coupon discount for your first booking:
Middle priced hotels in Saint Petersburg ($100-$200)
Imperial Apart Fontanka
ImperialApartFontankais situated in the very heart of Saint Petersburg. Because of this, its guests are always within walking distance of a lot of tourist attractions. When you add the atmosphere of the 2018 World Cup, you will get a winning combination!
This apartment will make you feel right at home,and will offer you the chance to explore the Russian culture in its purest form, as it is situated near museums and other landmarks.
We advise that you book it as soon as possible; as it is hard to tell how much longer it will be available.
Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Vasilievsky
This superb establishment is situated 4.3km. from the Saint Petersburg Stadium, but the distance is irrelevant, because 500m. from the hotel guests will find the Vasileostrovskaia metro station. However, if you fancy walking, you will not get bored, as you will get to see tourist attractions and live the atmosphere the football fans will create.
This restaurant has excellent quality, preparing traditional Russian cuisine as well as international food.
Past guests have reviewed this hotel as being one of their top options when travelling to Saint Petersburg, so we encourage you the live the same experience by booking a room right away.
Budget hotels in Saint Petersburg ($50 – $100)
Fontanka River View Hostel
Fontanka River View Hostel is located in the very centre of Saint Petersburg, and it offers rooms which have direct view of the River.
At the guests’ disposal is a kitchen where they can cook meals for themselves. Free Wi-Fi is also provided by this establishment.
Past guests have reviewed this hostel as exceptionally roomy and with very pleasant staff. Taking all these aspects into consideration, you should probably book a room now, because if you wait, chances are you will not find one anymore!
Petrogradka has been reviewed by previous guests as a very comfortable, very clean accommodation, which provides for its guests free Wi-Fi, a fridge, microwave, and a heater.
It is situated in walking distance from the Chkalovskaya Metro station, so you will find that the distance of 4.6 km from the Saint Petersburg stadium will be covered with ease.
Book a room right away, because with the World Cup only a couple of months away, you may not find one available in the summer.
Buying a World Cup ticket
If you haven’t yet, head to the official World Cup website and buy your tickets for the tournaments you are interested in.
Check out the site carefully, you will not only be able to buy individual tickets, but ticket packages for multiple matches are also available.
You can see the match schedule here.
Trains in Russia
Oh, I know a lot about transportation in Russia, trains and Trans Siberian in particular. Writing a detailed post that would help you guys plan your journey is in my to-do list for forever.
Before I publish it, how about you ask me questions in the comments section below this post? I promise to reply!
For now I can say that this is the official site for Russian trains, but the interface is quite poor and sometimes it doesn’t accept foreign cards.
If you have troubles, there is a great friendly website that accepts foreign cards, PayPal, sends you SMS with train updates and is user friendly, the price is 5% higher on average, but I think it is worth it because you won’t need to spend hours understanding how the official one works. And one more cool things – if you need to cancel or change the ticket, you can do it online!
If you want to go for a short distance, you can also try buses. Here is a good site for buying bus tickets online.
I hope you found this article useful and you were able to find something good and fitting your budget.
Even this is not Moscow, I predict the accommodation situation will be quite taught during the World Cup and the sooner you book, the better. It will not get cheaper, trust me!
Have a great time at the matches and do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!
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