St Petersburg Bus Tours
Visit Russia's Northern Capital AND
ITS Top Attractions the Easy Way


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St Petersburg Bus Tours: A wide range of options awaits you. Read on...

To explore the outstanding cultural treasures of St Petersburg you can choose from the following options: take the well-known Hop on Hop off Bus Tour, jump on board a Guided City Bus Tour, or Rent a Modern vehicle (bus, van or car) and enjoy an all included city tour ride individually.

The first option (Hop On/Off Bus) lets you get off and on at any of the eleven stops dotted around the most popular sites of the city, but you can only listen to an audio recorded commentary. The second option (Guided Bus Tour) lets you see all the most important attractions of the city along with a professional guide on board, but with no chance to get off as you please. The third option (Renting a car or van privately) lets you SEE the city and its surrounding areas at your own pace of life with or without an expert local guide.

All of the the options mentioned on this page  are less tiring and more convenient to explore the city as  you can move from one place of the city to another in a short time and reach more distant places.

However, among all of the St Petersburg Bus Tours we recommend that you rent a vehicle with a driver just for yourself. This way you're touring the city in comfort, privately, and with more flexibility as you decide where to stop and what to see.

ST PETERSBURG BUS TOURS


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HOP ON, HOP OFF, RED BUS TOUR


Enjoy the sights of Russia’s Northern Capital from the top deck of an open Double-Decker Bus.

Take our Russian version of the Red Bus Tour that you see all over Europe and discover the best St Petersburg attractions in one day and at your own pace. The tour will take you through the heart of the city from the comfort of a modern Double-Decker Bus and offer you a free headset, city map and audio guide in eleven languages. You will be able to interrupt the tour at any scheduled bus stop, and explore local places of your interest and then wait for the next available bus to carry on your city sightseeing.

Itinerary: General city tour of the city.

Sights covered on the tour: The main St Petersburg attractions in the city center.

Ideal for: Low budget travelers and people who enjoy a traditional hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Pro: High flexibility; cheap.

Con: No live commentary; mixed tour; service not always on time (for example, the next bus you're waiting for may delay half-an hour or sometimes even more); not so popular like in Europe.

TOUR DETAILS

Departure Point: Ostrovskiy Square 1 (Nevsky Prospect)

Returning Point: Back to the original point of departure

Departure Time:  Every 30mins from 9 am till 7 pm.

Duration: 2 hours (ticket length max 24 hours)

When: Usually through all the year, but also depending on the season and weather condition.

Available Languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, Finnish and Russian (audio pre-recorded).

Bus Route: Ostrovskiy Square, Vosstaniya Square, Mikhailovskaya Street, Palace Square, the Savior on the Spilled Blood Church, Aurora Cruiser, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Spit of Vasilevskiy Island, the Bronze Horseman, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Gostiny Dvor (Route itinerary approximate).

Bus Stops: At your choice but according to the bus route.

Price: Adults 600 Rubles, Students: 500 Rubles, Children under 12 years old 300 Rubles (Price is approximate).

Reservation Request: No need! You can buy the tickets on the bus.

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GUIDED CITY BUS TOUR


Enjoy a comprehensive and informative City Tour with a live commentary by a professional guide and have the chance to get oriented very quickly.

The Guided City Bus Tour gives you the opportunity to cover all the main St Petersburg attractions and get a full introduction to the city with a knowledgeable and experienced English speaking guide in a very short time. From the comfort and safety of a large private modern bus you’ll be traveling around Saint Petersburg in a relaxing way and listen to an informative and entertaining live commentary on board. The bus tour will go through scheduled routes and stop at three of the most popular landmarks for taking photos.

Itinerary: General city tour of the city.

Sights covered on the tour: The main St Petersburg attractions in the city center.

Ideal for: Low budget travelers; people who have limited time, love comfort and want to get the essential background of the city with an expert local guide at an affordable price.

Pro: Live commentary in English on board included in the price; cheap; convenient.

Con: This tour is not customizable; mixed tour, open tour.

TOUR DETAILS

Departure Point: Gostiny Dvor (Nevsky Prospect, 33)

Returning Point: Back to the original point of departure

Departure Time: Each day of the week, starting at 12:00 (noon)

Duration: 1.5 hours

When: All year around, once a day

Available Languages: English and Russian (live guide aboard)

Seats available: Up to 45 passengers

Bus Route: Gostiny Dvor; Sadovaya Street; Gorohovaya Street; Malaya Morskaya Street; St. Isaac's Cathedral; Monument to Nicolas I; the Horse Guards Riding-Hall; the Bronze Horseman; State Admiralty; the Winter Palace; Koniushennaya Square; the Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood; Mars Field; St Michael Castle; Summer Garden; Monument to Commander A.V. Suvorov; Trinity Bridge; the Log Cabin of Peter I; Aurora Cruiser (on repair in Kronstadt at the moment); the House of Matilda Kshesinskaya; Museum of the Political History of Russia; Trinity Square (Route itinerary approximate).

Bus Stops: St. Isaac's Cathedral; the Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood; the Cruiser Aurora (on repair in Kronstadt at the moment); Nevsky Prospekt.

Price: Adults 1200 Rubles, Students 900 Rubles, Children 700 Rubles, Free of charge for Kids under 3 years old (Price is approximate).

Reservation Request: No need! Tickets can be bought on the bus or at the Kiosk near the Metro of Gostiny Dvor/Nevsy Prospekt.

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NIGHT CITY BUS TOUR


Feel the romance and mystery of St Petersburg at night on a hour tour bus ride and fall in love with the city.

Experience St Petersburg by night on a bus tour and admire the beauty of city’s embankments, downtown streets and top attractions illuminated. Watch the spectacular show of the drawbridges that rise up at midnight and enjoy the magical atmosphere of the phenomenon known as the White Nights. The night city bus tour will cover the main interesting places of the city with a live commentary aboard. The bus will stop for 15 minutes at one of the most famous bridges and travel around St Petersburg downtown.

Itinerary: General city tour of the city.

Sights covered on the tour: Some of the main St Petersburg attractions in the city center and the most famous rivers and canals. No inside visit, but just passing around!

Ideal for: Anyone interested in enjoying the imperial city at night from the comfort of the bus and when it is splendidly light up.

Pro: Live commentary in English on board included in the price; cheap; convenient.

Con: This tour is not customizable; mixed tour.

Tip: You can rent a private Bus or Van for a night city tour with a professional and friendly English speaking guide. Just ask!

TOUR DETAILS

Departure Point: Gostiny Dvor (Nevsky Prospect, 33)

Returning Point: Ploshad' Vosstaniya Metro Station

Departure Time: 11:15 PM

Duration: 5 hours

When: From May till November

Available Languages: Russian. English or other languages are available if you are more than 10 people.

Seats available: Up to 45 passengers

Bus Route: Gostiny Dvor; Sadovaya Street; Gorohovaya Street; Malaya Morskaya Street; St. Isaac's Cathedral; Monument to Nicolas I; the Horse Guards Riding-Hall; the Bronze Horseman; State Admiralty; the Winter Palace; Koniushennaya Square; the Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood; Mars Field; St Michael Castle; Summer Garden; Monument to Commander A.V. Suvorov; Trinity Bridge; the Log Cabin of Peter I; Aurora Cruiser (on repair in Kronstadt at the moment); the House of Matilda Kshesinskaya; Museum of the Political History of Russia; Trinity Square.

Bus Stops: Embankment of the Neva River, St. Isaac's Cathedral; the Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood; the Cruiser Aurora (on repair in Kronstadt at the moment); Nevsky Prospekt (Route itinerary approximate).

Price: Adults 1200 Rubles, Students 1000 Rubles, Children 800 Rubles, Free of charge for Kids under 3 years old (Price is approximate).

Reservation Request: No need! Tickets can be bought on the bus or at the Kiosk near the Metro of Gostiny Dvor/Nevsy Prospekt.

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PRIVATE BUS TOURS FROM ST PETERSBURG


Jump aboard a modern large bus for one day and discover the magnificent vast countryside of Russia and its hidden UNESCO cultural treasures.

Go beyond St Petersburg's attractions and allow us to introduce you to the fascinating countryside of Russia. Take an enchanting open day bus tour from St Petersburg and enjoy Russia’s natural beauty, splendid scenery and incredible history. The tour will take you to old Russian villages located in the North Western part of Russia and let you walk through medieval fortresses and historical ruins, some of which are part of UNESCO World Heritage. A local guide included on the tour will accompany you during the whole trip.

Itinerary: One day trip from St Peterburg to different old Russian towns situated far away from the city.

Sights covered on the tour: Vyborg, Novgorod the Great; Staraya Ladoga; Priozersk; Izvara; Fortresses of Northwestern lands of Russia at Koporie, Ivangorod and Yamgorod.

Ideal for: A large group of people who travel together and wishes to get away from the city and see the Russian countryside in a convenient, safe and relaxing way.

Pro: Live commentary on board; convenient, interesting.

Con: None.

TOUR DETAILS

Departure Point: Your place of stay (Hotel, flat, ship).

Returning Point: Your place of stay (Hotel, flat, ship).

Departure Time: To be agreed

Duration: 8 hours

When: All the year around

Available Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Bulgarian, Russian (Russian live guide aboard, another guide translates excursion in your language).

Destinations: Vyborg, Novgorod the Great; Staraya Ladoga; Priozersk; Izvara; Fortresses of Northwestern lands of Russia at Koporie, Ivangorod and Yamgorod.

Seats available: Up to 18 passengers; Up to 45 passengers

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 14 to 90 days in advance

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PRIVATE MINIBUS, MINIVAN AND CAR CITY TOUR AND SUBURBS TOURS


Avoid large groups of people and pre-scheduled sightseeing activities. Enjoy the freedom to tour individually at your own leisurely pace.

Rent a modern air conditioned private minibus, minivan or car for a few hours, a day or even longer, and get the chance to explore St Petersburg downtown and its famous imperial suburban residences at your own pace without breaking the bank. Plan your own itinerary according to your schedule and interests, and enjoy a tour ride together with your partner, friends, family or whoever else you wish. Hire a professional local guide to help you get around and get the most out of your Russian holidays.

Itinerary: After being collected at your hotel or place of stay we'll drive to your chosen destination. There you'll be guided through the city and its key sights and hear interesting stories and historical events from a qualified local guide, if you wish to hire one.

Sights covered on the tour: Tailored to suit the destination chosen.

Options: If you prefer you can just rent a vehicle with a driver and tour without a local guide.

Ideal for: Independent minded travelers, families, couples, friends and small or large group of people or anyone looking to tour independently in comfort and safety.

Pro: Full autonomy; high comfort; personalized service; competitive price.

TOUR DETAILS

Pick Up: Your Hotel or any other location in the city

Drop Off: Your Hotel or any other location in the city

Departure Time: To be agreed 

Duration: To be agreed 

When: All the year around

Available Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Bulgarian, Russian

Seats available: Up to 4 passengers for a car; up to 6 passengers for a minivan, up to 20 passengers for minibus (extra seats available on a big bus for large groups).

Inclusions:

  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off service;
  • Private Service Transport by car, minivan or minibus;
  • Professional Russian Driver;
  • Petrol and Parking cost;
  • Professional Local Guide.

Exclusions: Entrance Tickets, Food and Drink, Tips to the guide and driver, Headphones for groups large than ten people.

Destinations: City center; City outskirts; Peterhof; Tsarskoye Selo; Pavlovsk; Oranienbaum; Kronshtadt; Gatchina; Strelna.

Price: Depends on the tour, chosen destination, means of transport and hours of renting/touring.

Reservation Request: From 14 to 90 days in advance

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PRIVATE MINIBUS, MINIVAN AND CAR TOURS FROM ST PETERSBURG


Travel a few hours from St Petersburg and experience the beautiful Russian countryside - forests, lakes and old Russian villages.

Rent a modern and air conditioned minibus, minivan or car for one day and discover some of the oldest cultural centers in Northern Europe. Escape from the bustle of the city and enjoy typical Russian towns, such as Great Novgorod, Vyborg, Pskov and Staraya Ladoga. Start a wonderful journey into the old times of Russia and enjoy the freedom to travel individually according to your time and wishes. And in addition, hire a professional local guide to help you get around and make the most of your Russian holiday.

Itinerary: After being collected at your hotel or place of stay we'll drive to your chosen destination. There you'll be guided through the city and its key sights and hear interesting stories and historical events from a local guide, if you wish to hire one.

Sights covered on the tour: Tailored to suit the destination chosen.

Options: If you prefer you can just rent a vehicle with a driver and tour without a local guide.

Ideal for: Independent minded travelers, families, couples, friends and small or large groups of people or anyone looking to tour independently in comfort and safety.

Pro: Full autonomy; high comfort; personalized service; competitive price.

TOUR DETAILS

Pick Up: Your Hotel or any other location in the city

Drop Off: Your Hotel or any other location in the city

Departure Time: To be agreed 

Duration: To be agreed 

When: All year around

Available Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Bulgarian, Russian.

Seats available: Up to 4 passengers for a car; up to 6 passengers for a minivan, up to 20 passengers for minibus (extra seats available on a big bus for large groups).

Inclusions:

  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off service;
  • Private Service Transport by car, minivan or minibus;
  • Professional Russian Driver;
  • Petrol and Parking cost;
  • Professional Local Guide.

Exclusions: Entrance Tickets, Food and Drink, Tips to the guide and driver, Headphones for groups large than ten people.

Destinations: Velikiy Novgorod; Vyborg, Pskov; Staraya Ladoga.

Price: Depends on the tour, chosen destination, means of transport and hours of renting/touring.

Reservation Request: From 14 to 90 days in advance

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TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


Our Tips and Recommendations
  • We suggest that you take a private city tour instead of joining an open group. This way you have more flexibility!
  • If you want to rent a car or a van along with a tour local guide feel free to get in touch with us, but make sure you let us know in advance.
  • We also, offers the option to rent a car or a van with driver  without hiring a guide for as much time as you need.

Written By Davide C.


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