St Petersburg Ferries
St Petersburg has historically been Russia's window on the West. Today, ferries from St Petersburg go to Helsinki in Finland and Stockholm in Sweden. Below, you can see departure information and a selection of our best prices.
Ferries to and from St Petersburg
The Princess Maria, flagship of St Peter Line, is a modern, comfortable ship that boasts a full range of on board services, including a casino, reception area, range of on-board restaurants and bars and a sauna. There is also a large duty free shop. There are frequent special events on board the ship to provide added excitement to the crossing. Cabins come in a range of styles and sizes.
About St Petersburg
In short, it's a city with a beating heart, a vibrant history and an integral future in modern Russia. Very different in character from Moscow, the city is known for being modern, progressive and cool, featuring great shopping and nightlife to complement the wide range of historic sites. Today, it makes a great entry port into exploring Russia further, with St Peter Line offering sailings to St Peter Line from Helsinki in Finland.
Owing to Peter the Great's passion for boats and sailing, the city is perfectly served for ferry services, and recent visa regulation relaxations have made it even more attractive for tourists. One site definitely worth seeing is the Winter Palace - legend has it that Russian citizens walking past the front of the Winter Palace during the reign of the Peter the Great were in constant danger of being pulled from the street in order to be subjects for the enthusiastic though somewhat over confident Tsar's amateur dentistry experiments. Visitors to the capital will be relieved to discover that this is no longer a danger they face.
Visitors from the EU should note that Russian visa regulations are very strict and can be complicated. A recent change in the law has allowed visitors to stay in Russia for up to 72 hours without a Visa, providing they arrive and leave by ferry and use the St Peter Line approved Tour Bus. For those wishing to stay longer, a Visa will be required. Russian visas require an invitation from a resident of Russia before they can be processed - most hotels will be happy to supply this information.
Please note that if you are entering Russia on a visa, you will also need to provide proof of insurance - most travel insurance companies are able to supply the relevant paperwork. If at all in doubt, please check with before booking with the Foreign Office - mistakes can be very costly and may result in imprisonment.
Please note that your passport and insurance details must be carried on your person at all times whilst in Russia and may be inspected at any time by a member of the State Security Police.
The best way to get around St Petersburg and to the port is by public transport. The Metro is especially good value for money, with trains to anywhere on the system being no more than a few roubles. Taxis are also a common way of getting around the city; though make sure to stick to marked official taxis to avoid any danger of getting scammed.
St Petersburg Map
St Peter Line
Vasilyevsky ostrov, Marina station, Sq. Morskoi Slavy, Russia