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St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a Russian city, formerly known as Petrograd and Leningrad. It is often seen as one of Russia's most westernised cities, and much of its historic centre is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city was home to the country's first railway, and transport has continued to grow around it, making it now Russia's principal transport hub. The city's public transport system includes a tram system, metro, buses and river services. 

The city boasts international rail services to Finland, Germany and many others, as well as a direct route to Moscow.

How to get to St Petersburg from
Route 1:

A new high-speed train link between Finland and Russia has recently been opened. Linking Helsinki and St Petersburg, the service has reduced journey times on this route by 2hrs. The service is Russia's second high-speed line, following the link between Moscow and St Petersburg.

As well as speeding up the journey, the route has also been designed to make it easier for international travellers to cross the border, with border checks taking place onboard whilst the train is still moving, soon after departure.

The service offers a full restaurant car, serving both Finnish and Russian cuisine. First class passengers receive a feww snack, as well as self-service tea and coffee.

For people travelling with children, there is a playroom onboard, and there is plenty of space for prams.

Customs and border checks are conducted between Helsinki and Vainkkala and between St Petersburg and Vyborg. Passengers should make sure they have their passports and tickets with them at all times when on the train, as conductors may wish to inspect your documentation as they pass through the carriages. Before reaching the border, all passengers that are not members of the Russian Federation should complete a migration card and customs declaration.

Route 2:

Since late 2009, the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg have been linked by a high-speed Sapsan train route. This route has cut down journey times between the two cities to just four hours. Named after the Russian word for peregrine falcon, the trains reach speeds of up to 250km/hr.

The Sapsan is reportedly very reliable, with services arriving on-time or early in most cases. Information on-board the trains is provided in both English and Russian.