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10 Safety Tips for Tourists in St. Petersburg
October 23, 2019 10:58

If you are planning to visit  St. Petersburg as a tourist, check a number of tips that will help you not to get into an unpleasant situation and spoil your vacation in the northern capital of Russia.

1. First of all, take care of money, documents and valuables. Documents should be kept  in the hotel safe, and it is better to carry a copy of an identity document with you.

2. Exchange money only in banks and special exchange points, do not trust random "money changers", even if the transaction promises   benefits and you are offered  a "good" rate. You risk losing all the money.

3. In terms of security and convenience, the best option is to rent a house closer to the city center, for example, in one of the hotels near the Hermitage.

4. Do not try to rent a cheap apartment offered at the station upon arrival in the city. In most cases you will be disappointed with the living conditions, and at worst, you will simply be deceived by dishonest realtors left without any money or housing at all.

5. When taking a taxi at the station, be aware that the price can be  very high, and  you will overpay. It is better to use mobile apps.

6. Do not show off expensive gadgets in overcrowded places. Always keep your bag closed.

7. Do not get involved in street lotteries or promotions with gifts. 

8. Traffic in St. Petersburg   is very heavy. You should be extremely careful on the roads of the city. Cross the street only at the specially equipped pedestrian crossings, and at the green traffic light.

9. St. Petersburg is a busy tourist center. Before visiting the city, you should take care of booking a room in the hotel or apartment in advance. Upon arrival, it will be extremely difficult to find an affordable good place to stay.

10.Do not buy food in suspicious places.  Such food can be harmful to health, cooked in violation of sanitary standards and simply unsuitable for consumption.

Remember, your safety depends on your attentiveness  and foresight.

Useful phone numbers:
Rescue Service: 112
Tourist Helpline - 24 Hour Tourist Information Service
8 800 222 88 12


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: St. Petersburg travel to Russia    

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