Visiting St.Petersburg: A guide for all supporters coming to our city

If you're planning a visit to watch Zenit in Russia's most beautiful city, there are a few things you should know when planning you're trip.
Visiting St.Petersburg: A guide for all supporters coming to our city

Visa Requirements

You may require a visa to enter Russia and that depends on which passport you hold, so please check with your local Russian embassy or tourist office. Getting a visa is different for each country, a visitor from the UK can find information here: UK Visa info, a visitor from the US can find information here: USA Visa info.

Getting to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is serviced by Pulkovo airport, a modern facility only a short drive from the south of the city. Many international airlines fly directly to St.Petersburg, but if you are unable to find a direct flight, coming via Moscow or Helsinki are good alternatives. There is no rail link direct to or from the airport, but a taxi from Pulkov to the city centre should cost between 1500-2000 Roubles ($25-40), a bus or Marshutka (private mini-bus) to Moskovskiya Metro station takes around 15 minutes and is a cheap alternative. Buses can be caught right outside departures at the airport.

Zenit's airline of choice is Rossiya Airlines, part of the Aeroflot group and based in St.Petersburg. Rossiya Airlines handle all Zenit's travel across Russia and Europe, and are a great provider of flights to the Northern capital.

St.Petersburg also has four major/international train stations Moskovsky Vokzal, Vitebsk Vokzal, Finlandsky Vokzal and Ladozhsky Vokzal, all of which are next to metro stations are a good way of arriving in the city. Russian Railways have an online booking system and the new high-speed Sapsan train can get you to Moscow in less than 4 hours.

A number of coach and bus companies operate lines to the city, with most terminating at the central bus station at Obvodny Canal, which has it's own Metro station and is only a few stops from the city centre.

Travelling around the city

St.Petersburg has excellent public transport and moving around the city is cheap and easy. The most popular way for tourists and locals to get about is to use the Metro. The underground train system is clean, efficient and safe, it costs only 45 Roubles (about 75c) for a single journey to anywhere in the network. The Gazprom Arena has two Metro stations, Novokrestovskaya and Krestovskiy Ostov and both are a 10-20 minute walk from the stadium. Our former home and Zenit-2's current, The Petrvosky stadium, is serviced by Sportivniya metro station. The metro has signs and announcements in both Russian and English and is simple and safe to use.

An extensive bus and tram network also operates across the city with each journey costing 40 Roubles, however, signs and announcements are often only in Russian.

Where to stay

Zenit's recommended hotel is The Corinthia at 57 Nevsky Prospekt in the heart of the city. Offering every conceivable modern luxury for the discerning international traveller, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg creates an unforgettable guest experience. Accomodation in St. Petersburg is not difficult to find.

What to do

The historic centre of St. Petersburg is a UNESCO World heritage site and with a population of around 5 million, it is one of Europes largest and most active cities. If you're looking for things to do on the days before or after the match, there are dozens of museums, historical sites and tourist attractions in and around the city. Take a look on the official St.Petersburg city guide for more information on what to do in the city.

If you're looking for entertainment before or after kick-off, you have Nevsky prospect, the Northern capital's main street a few miles away from the stadium. If you're looking for something closer to the Gazprom Arena, try Vasillovski Ostrov (island), just over the bridge from both our current and former stadiums. It has numerous bars and restaurants where you can try traditional Russian cuisine and drinks as well as other international dishes.

The area around the Gazprom Arena is surrounded by a large park and has many attractions located among the greenery. There are many places to eat, drink and relax and the nearby Divo Ostrov amusement park is ideal for children. 

The nearby district of Petrogradka has many interesting original buildings, museums and restaurants. Take a walk around Bolshoi Prospect and its surronding small streets and you're sure to find what you're looking for.

Buying Zenit tickets and merchandise 

You can buy tickets for Zenit home matches online, from the stadium on matchdays or from the automatic machines in the club shops which are located across St.Petersburg. There are 5 official Zenit club stores which sell a range of Zenit items. One within the Petrovsky stadium, 3 across the centre of the city at 57 Liteiny Prospect, 20 Nevsky Prospect, Moskovsky Vokzal train station and one in the south of St.Petersburg at Mega-Dybenko Shopping Mall. Season tickets and matchday tickets can also be bought at the club's client office at 16 Dobrolyubov Prospect, a short walk from the Petrovsky.