How are opening hours in tourist areas, sport clubs, malls, etc. in Moscow and St Petersburg?

Is it like Europe that in the evening (like 7 PM) there are almost no open malls or clubs?

  • This may be different between 2 cities. Moscow has shops open to 2-3 am due to traffic.
    – Karlson
    Jul 13, 2016 at 17:47
  • It's wild. I have had full on surf 'n turf in Moscow at 3 AM. GUM is open until 10 PM 7 days a week and other shops in the Kremlin area can be open 24/7. Peter is a bit more conservative where shopping hours are concerned, but the clubbing is nonstop.
    – Gayot Fow
    Jul 13, 2016 at 18:16

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In Saint Petersburg (as in many big Russian cities) malls (торгово-развлекательный центр or гипермаркет) mostly work from 10:00 till 22:00. Also (if you need some basic foodstuff) there are many 24/7 food supermarkets (супермаркет, продукты) in Russia like Перекресток, Пятерочка, Лента, Азбука вкуса, Карусель, Полушка, etc. Such supermarkets accept Visa & MasterCard by the way.

There are many sport clubs (спортивный клуб, фитнес-центр) which work from 7:00 till 23:00, but not all. It seems there are only 3 waterparks (аквапарк) in St. Petersburg, and they work about from 10:00 till 22:30.

Work schedules of banks (банк) are very variable. You need to check it yourself for accuracy. By the way there are too many 24/7 ATM points (банкомат) which may be placed in common places or be accessible even if the its bank office is closed.

Museums (музей) work generally from 10:00, but while there are may be very long turns, you should borrow your place beforehand. For example, The State Hermitage (Эрмитаж) works mainly from 10:30 till 18:00 except Mondays when it's closed. The Russian Museum (Русский музей) works mainly from 10:00 till 18:00 except Tuesdays. And so on.

St. Petersburg subway stations (метро) are opened to entrance about from 5:30 till 0:30, but there is own schedule for each station.

You may find many firms and check its work times at http://2gis.ru (in Russian only, but they have offline mobile and PC apps also).


Medium-sized food chain shops are open from 10:00 till 22:00. Smaller shops are often 24H. Malls close as early as 20:00 (and might open later).

Note that in Russia, you can't buy booze after 21:00 ~ 23:00 (varies per region) even if shop is open. Sometimes you can buy something unofficially (don't count on this, especially in Moscow).

In Theatres, performance usually starts at 19:00.

If we're talking music clubs, live performance usually start at 20:00, often delayed, and ends before midnight. If we're talking about nightclubs, as their name implies, they work even later.

Many restaurants open at noon and close around midnight or an hour earlier; in order to staff & visitors get home via subway without problems. Some are open 24H.

Museums often close at 19:00 and stop accepting new visitors at 18:00. No idea about sport clubs, I guess some might run all night.

Note that in Russia, banks behave like most commercial shops: Many close at 20:00, work on saturdays and some even open on sundays (usually with shortened work hours).

Don't expect to find many cafes open before ten in the morning.

In smaller cities or on outskirts this may vary, usually towards shorter work times.

  • Malls close not on 20:00, 22:00 is more likely.
    – VMAtm
    Jul 13, 2016 at 23:06
  • What about sport clubs? eg waterparks, bungee clubs, etc.
    – ReZa
    Jul 14, 2016 at 6:32
  • @ReZa My sports club is open untill 23:00, far from Moscow and no traffic issues. It's just a normal thing here. Aquaparks are open till 22:00. Half of grocery stores are open 24/7. Small shops open untill 21:00, shoes repair till 19:00. Swimming pool next to me allows you enter till 20:30, works till 21:45. Bungee clubs? If you mean sports centers with alpinism, they work till ~21. If you mean outdoor, those usually close earlier.
    – user4497
    Jul 29, 2016 at 22:09

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