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First of all, if you are not fluent in Russian, you'll need (this is mandatory) an official translator to a language you speak fluently (in my case it was English, even though I'm a German). The smartest way to get one is to call a translation agency - several of these can be found in the city. After that, this is what you'll have to do (the translator ...


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The main concern you must be aware of for such tours is that you have to get details before booking it. The laws regarding such weapon are very strict here in Russia, and such shooting is allowed to take place only in shooting clubs and polygons. Quite popular tour you've linked is all about shooting in specific place (shooting club), with no outdoor ...


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It's called SAPSAN, there are 7 trains in both directions Saint-Petersburg > Moscow and Moscow > Saint-Petersburg. Here is link to schedules (Google Translate) Prices are here (translation). There are business and economy class tickets available. The average journey is no longer than 4 hours in one direction. All trains serve every day except train 154 (...


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No, there are no such districts in either Moscow or St. Petersburg as of 2016. Prostitution is illegal in Russia and locations which become too well-known to the public are frequently raided and shut-down. Obviously prostitution still exists, but it's not centered in any particular street or district. There are many websites online dedicated to reviews of ...


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I have been to night clubs in Moscow, although last time a few years ago, so this relates to my own experience. Note that Russian is one of my native languages, therefore I didn't have to deal with the language problem (although I am not native Russian). It's often very difficult to get into very "high class" clubs, although not impossible. If you don't ...


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The authoritative answer is at Way to Russia, but I'll summarize for posterity. Whoever you're staying with, be it hotel or apartment, is supposed to take care of registering you. They can take care of the registration at any police station or post office, you do not need to be present. When it's done, they'll get a piece of paper for you that confirms ...


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The St Peter Line appears to be the only ferry operator serving those routes. They run two sailings per week to Helsinki (15 hours) and one sailing per week to Tallinn (18 hours). They also operate a service from Helsinki to Tallinn and serve Stockholm (Full schedule could be found here). The rest of your question is really a matter of opinion. Google ...


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Here's my understanding (based on lots of Russian travel): You can legally explore anywhere in Russia, except keep the following in mind: 1) Don't forget about registration requirements. If you're moving around a lot, this is likely a non-issue, but keep all your bus/train tickets, etc. If you're using a central hub city for radial day-trips, register in ...


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Your best choice seems to be Trans-Exim that operates two times a week. The ferry line Ust Luga (Saint Petersburg) - Sassnitz (Germany) - Baltiysk (Kaliningrad) has come instead the previous one (valid from 2001 till 2007) “Saint Petersburg – Kaliningrad – German ports”. The Ust Luga port is located in 150 km from Saint Petersburg. The port Baltiisk is ...


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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, ...


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Visa applications for Australia can be done completely online! (For Australia) So firstly, to confirm, yes Polish citizens do need a visa for Australia. Then, apply for it online. There are sites explaining the whole process. Travelers are not required to visit the Australian embassy nor send in their passports. Once online visa applications are ...


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Average temperatures during the year. Freezing cold in winter, with temperatures dropping down to −25°C and below at times. Below is a chart showing average daily maximum temperatures for the city. Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Highs °C −5.1 −4.1 1.1 8.1 15.6 20.1 21.9 20.0 ...


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I know you want to travel by train, but if price is a concern, you really should know that minibuses are much cheaper: €15-25 vs €65+ for the train. Details for schedules, boarding points etc on Wikivoyage. And if you're willing to compromise, you could try taking a bus to Vyborg (Viipuri) just across the border, and then a cheap domestic Russian ...


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Yes, it does exists :) As I can say, night life in Moscow is much more glamourous, rather than in Saint-Petersburg there are a lot of small clubs, each with a small dance hall (there are big ones also, but not in such number as in Moscow). Many of them are located across Nevsky prospekt, so pick and go there :) One should note that the right company will ...


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The booking of tickets is rather strange. If you book from Helsinki you will need to do this via Finnish Railways, if you're doing this from Russia you will need to do this via RZD. And depending on date, time and class tickets fluctuate between 65 Euro to 165 Euro. Allegro Train (SPb Finlyandskiy) would be the fastest option. Lev Tolstoi (SPb Ladozhskiy)...


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Cheapest travel Michael Borgwardt is right about the cheapest alternative: a combination of early-booked trains, buses, rental cars would be the cheapest. If you want to see the northern lights, you need to go the far north, best is north of the Arctic Circle. The Aurora Sky Station in Abisko is very good for aurora watching, as it's right in the auroral ...


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I want to note that the St. Petersburg is located in Neva's river delta, and only small part of it is near the Finnish Gulf. So there are two types for the beaches here: city beachs: most famous one is near the Petro-Pavloskaya fortress, people are getting the sun baths from February. other ones are located accross the city parks and recreation zones, such ...


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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 &...


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@Airsick is completely right - St. Peter Line is the only operating ferry company for now in Saint-Petersburg. The reason that the route to Tallinn is 18 hours long is very simple - they do not go right to it, they have a stop in Helsinki. So you still need to go to Helsinki to use a ferry (and St Peter Line has not the best of them, personally I prefer the ...


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Just adding an interesting option to Michael's excellent answer. If you want to see both fjords and northern light I suggest getting on the Hurtigruten from Oslo (or Bergen) up to Narvik. It is not very cheap but probably cheaper than driving a rental up there. From Narvik there is a night train to Stockholm. It passes by Abisko so you can get off to look at ...


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It's possible but unlikely that there is a cruise or tour that is affordable, covers what you want to see and runs in your desired timeframe. I'd ask a travel agent to get some offers. The best (and reasonably cheap) alternative would be a self-booked combination of flights, rental car and ferries: Fly from the UK to Copenhagen, or take the ferry from ...


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My understanding is that St. Peter is the only currently operating scheduled operator, although there are irregular visits by the usual suspects (P&O, Princess etc). Russian immigration rules are notoriously opaque, but my understanding is as follows: The 72-hour visa-free entry is only available if booked as part of a package, stays over 24 hours ...


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To answer your follow-up question, your friend is definitely wrong if he meant that the ship is not subject to the local laws and somehow allowed to go everywhere and disembark passengers without visa in each and every country of the world, just because they are not staying for the night. As far as I know, the only situation in which international law would ...


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I really don't recommend trip suggested by @Geeo. Cabin really exists, but they are not designed for tourism - much more for expeditors and workers on ship. And you have nothing to do on ship right until the end of your trip. Other thing is that you have to firstly go to the Baltiysk on bus or train, and even if you come to Ust`-Luga(small town near the ...


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Yes, it's a completely legal, if you aren't going to visit the restricted areas such as closed cities near the border and so on. And if you're asking, then you'll definitely see the warning signs near them, so you shouldn't be afraid of breaking some local law. However, you should check the questions I've linked in comments as there are a couple of advises ...


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I've lived in Saint-Petersburg (and often used railroads), so this answer is based on my experience. I would recommend you not to sleep on a bench at a train station. There are waiting areas with chairs where you can spend time while waiting for your train. There might be more comfortable waiting areas at major train stations but you will have to pay money ...


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Here's the actual legal basis for visa-free travel: http://base.garant.ru/195505 . It says you can stay for 72 hours, have to leave by the same port where you entered, and most importantly (point #6) it says you may only be located on the territory declared in the "official tourist program" filed by your cruise line with the Russian government. There may be ...


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First of all, want to note that @jpatokal is right and St. Peter line is really the only operator who serves the ships directly to St.Petersburg - please, review my old answer here: Are there currently any international ferries that travel to Saint Petersburg, Russia? Main principle for this kind of journey is that local authorities must know where are you ...


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First of all, I want to note that my city (Saint-Petersburg) can be a great place at any time, if you have a good company for it :) Also, see the official site for tourists (in English). Climate Weather in Saint-Petersburg is in somewhat similar to Kaliningrad's one, but with some differences. Here the air humidity always over 80%, and this is quite ...


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