St Petersburg Bike Tours
Explore the City of St Petersburg on Wheels


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St Petersburg bike tours provide you with a unique way to see the city and get some exercise.

Exploring St Petersburg on a bike is not only fun, it's a great way to get up close and personal with the City of the Tzars and its attractions! Cycling around the city is easy as the city is as flat as a pancake, but you should know when, how and where to go, otherwise it can be dangerous.

If you decide to discover St Petersburg by bike, early morning, evenings and weekends are the best times. You should know that during work days very few people ride bikes because the traffic is hectic and there are lots of pedestrians - plus there are no bicycle lanes, so it can be pretty tricky.

The best way to enjoy Russia's Northern Capital on a bike tour is during Summer and with an experienced local guide. A local will not only take you safely around the central and historical part of the city, but will also show you things you'd miss cycling on your own.

There is no doubt that a bike tour in St Petersburg, if well planned, can be an exciting and relaxing experience that take you through the city center, down side streets, around old squares, across bridges and to the most famous landmarks.

Our favorite time and place for going on a bike ride is during the White Nights at the Sosnovka Park between May and June, but if you can't visit us then, don't worry, the weather in St Petersburg is generally good from May to September, although nowadays it can be very changeable.

Interested to ride a bike? If so read on...

ST PETERSBURG BIKE TOURS


If you're thinking of touring Saint Petersburg on wheels, then before you come take a look at our list of St Petersburg Bike Tours below and give your feet a break. To get started just click on the links below.

GUIDED ST PETERSBURG BIKE TOURS


"Experience St Petersburg's exceptional architecture and famous land marks by the seat of your bike on this guided bike tour".

If you're visiting St Petersburg and want to combine sightseeing with a bike tour, a guided tour led by a professional can be the best and safest way to see many of St Peterburg's major sights along with charming local neighborhood streets. Explore the imperial city with our professional bike tour guide who knows it inside and out. Learn about the history of St Petersburg, relax and feel like you are part of the city, while getting around faster than walking.

Itinerary: After renting a bike at the shop, you'll start a tour of the city by cycling along Nevsky Prospekt and its side streets and the main rivers and canals, including several residential areas. During the tour you'll see nearly all of the main key sights and get a glimpse of local Russian life.

Sights covered on the tour: Palace Square; Winter Palace; Church on the Spilled Blood; Nevsky Prospekt; Field of Mars; Trinity Bridge; Log Cabin of Peter the Great; Liteiny Bridge; Smolny Cathedral; Historical residential areas of Petrograd Side or Vasilyevsky Island; and much more.

Options: You can choose between the following three guided bike tours: Weekly Bike tour, Weekend Bike tour or White Night Bike Tour.

Ideal for: Solo travelers, couples, friends, small groups and anyone who want to combine sightseeing with a bike tour.

TOUR DETAILS

Meeting Point: Rental Bike Shop (Details given during the booking)

Returning Point: Back to the Rental Bike Shop

Departure Time: To be agreed

Duration: 3 hours

Group Size: (1-4 People); (1-8 People); Min 2 people, Max 8 people.

Language Available: English, Russian

When: From beginning of May till November

Inclusions:

  • Professional Guide (Local cyclist expert)

Exclusions: Rental bike, Tips to the guide, Helmets and any extras.

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 14 to 90 days in advance

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INFORMAL BIKE TOUR WITH US


Want to ride a bike with locals? If so, do it with us, the founders of St Petersburg Essential Guide!

Touring the city with us is fun, safe and different when compared to all other St Petersburg bike tours you find in the city. With us you will get the chance to experience the city the way locals do and discover places that are off the tourist radar. You'll enjoy an informal atmosphere and feel like you are cycling with friends, while doing something very different.

Itinerary: When taking this tour you'll be cycling with two locals (Myself and/or Anastasia) in the outskirts of St Petersburg in Vyborg side. You'll spend a few hours cycling in one of our favorite parks, seeing beautiful nature, squirrels running in green grass and flowers, small lakes and ponds, war monuments and elderly Russian people dancing and singing old Soviet songs.

Sights covered on the tour: Vyborg Side; Sosnovka Park; Udelniy Park.

Options: You can choose to ride your bike in one of the following parks: Sosnovka Park or Udelniy Park.

Ideal for: Solo travelers, couples, friends, families with kids, small groups and anyone who want to combine cycling with an off the beaten path tour.

Note: If you want, we can arrange a pick up and drop off transport service from your Hotel to the meeting point. Very recommended!

TOUR DETAILS

Meeting Point: Your Hotel or Ploshad' Muzhestva Metro Station

Returning Point: Back to your Hotel or to Ploshad' Muzhestva Metro Station

Departure Time: To be agreed

Duration:  3 hours

Group Size: (1-4 People); (1-8 People); Max 8 people.

Language Available: English, French, Portuguese

When: From beginning May till middle of October

Inclusions:

  • Bike Tour

Exclusions: Rental Bike (300RUB per hour), Tips, and Food and Drinks.

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 14 to 90 days in advance

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CYCLING ST PETERSBURG ON YOUR OWN


"Touring St Petersburg by bike on your own is fun, but you need to take some precautions as Russian drivers are crazy and the streets or sidewalks are not like those you see all over Europe".

To start your individual bike tour of St Petersburg you'll need to rent a bike, unless you're bringing one with you. Then, you'll need to get a map of the city and a helmet. Wearing a helmet is not compulsory but recommended unless you tour with a professional guide or you cycle in the park. After that you are all set to go and are ready to explore our large streets, old squares, gardens and parks and of course the main attractions.

Itinerary: You'll get a close view of the city and have fun at your own pace of life as you will decide by yourself where to go, what to see and how long to take.

Where to rent a bike: Hostels and hotels located in downtown, precisely on Nevsky Pr.

When to ride a bike: From May until the middle of October.

Where to ride a bike: We suggest that you go cycling in the central part of the city, so in and around Nevsky Prospekt, along the Neva River or Fontanka River and across some of parks in downtown. When riding a bike make sure you stay in the sidewalks and avoid large roads.

Price for Renting a bike: The price depends on the bike model you rent, and for how long you use the bike. The starting price usually is around 300 rubles per hour. Each additional hour is 50 Rubles.

Options: You can rent a bike for one hour, two to three hours, or for the whole day at almost any time.

Ideal for: Solo travelers, couples, friends, adventurous people.

Note: If you want, we can help you to rent a bike for yourself and advise you what route to take.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR RENTING A BIKE


Every rental bike shop has different prices and rental policies, but all of them have in common some basic rules. So when you rent a bike you should know that...

  • A deposit and your passport is requested;
  • You're in charge of the bike, so are responsible for any damage or theft;
  • Usually you'll be given a lock;
  • If you return the bicycle in a dirty state, a further 200-300 RUB will be deducted from your deposit to cover cleaning costs.
  • In the event of an injury or death the rental bike shop bears no responsibility;

TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


When riding a bike on your own or with one of our St Petersburg bike tours please keep in mind the following tips:

  • The number one rule you need to remember for biking in St Petersburg is Be Careful;
  • There are no bike lanes in St Petersburg and the street surfaces are not very good;
  • Expect car doors to open unexpectedly just as you're passing by;
  • Don't think to find bike racks in St Petersburg, if you do, you've just been lucky;
  • If you're riding a bike and find yourself in a situation where you need to know whether a car, bike, pedestrian, or anything else has the right of way, don't bother wondering what the Russian law is, as no one else is likely to know it. Just assume that you don't have right of way, and get out of the way;
  • From a safety perspective getting a helmet is always a good idea. However, in the event you cannot find one, just go anyway but stay alert when out on the streets.
  • The best time for cycling in St Petersburg is in the Summer during the weekend;
  • Where you rent your bike depends on how long you'll want to use it. For just an hour or two, your cheapest option will be a automated bike-sharing system. In fact, if you use it for half an hour or less, you won't pay anything beyond the casual sign-up fee.
  • If you're planning to ride for more than a couple of hours, you'll probably save money by getting your bicycle at a bike rental shop.

Written by Davide C.


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