Summer is not the only period to visit St Petersburg by boat. Ferries to Scandinavian ports run all the year round. Traveling by ferry in winter has its own peculiarities, so this is what you should be aware of:
- The biggest concern is the weather. If there is a storm and the water level is too high, the ferry may not make it to St Petersburg at all
- You cannot stay on the ferry overnight, you need to book a hotel in St Petersburg.
- To get off the ferry, you need to pay 25 Euro “for a tour shuttle”. In reality, no one goes with it.
However, coming by ferry in winter has huge advantages, and here they are:
- You are entitled to visa-free visit, and you are allowed to be in St Petersburg for 72 hours – three full days.
- The process of disembarking is very easy – 25 Euro get you off the ferry.
- You do not have to be accompanied by your guide all the time – you can walk around independently
- This is your unique chance to see St Petersburg in winter and visit museums in a relaxed way, without huge crowds of people.
All in all, the option of visiting St Petersburg with a ferry is well worth considering. Our city is magnificent in every season, and we are always happy to see you!