Planning for a trip to one of Russia’s most important cities? Then here are some facts that may help you enjoy St. Petersburg more:
Often called the City of Tsars, St. Petersburg is also among the country’s most inhabited cities with 4.6 million people. It is located on the northernmost part of Russia. Many tourists and locals alike brand the city as the most “western” city in the country being the cultural hub of the modern day Russia.
Most business establishments in the city open at 9am then closes at 6pm. There are several stores though that take their break from 1pm through 2pm. Take note that there are a number of stores in the city that close on Sundays, so it would be wise to do your shopping or visits on weekdays or Saturdays. Most restaurants and museums are open even on Sundays making them your best bet for weekend itinerary.
The time zone in St. Petersburg is the same as in Moscow which is 3 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time from the months of October to March, however, during daylight saving time, it is 4 hours ahead. St. Petersburg time is therefore ahead by 3 hours in London, 8 hours in New York, and 11 hours in San Francisco. Compared to North America and Europe, Russia switches its daylight saving time a week earlier; it also reverts to the standard time a week ahead as well.
For emergencies, the numbers to dial are 01 for fire, 02 for police, 03 for ambulance, and 065 for legal advice.
These tid bits of information, little they may be, can already come handy when already in St. Petersburg. It will prove to be very helpful while you make your plans in the city, or even on emergencies.