There are now at least 5 ways to get from Minsk to St. Petersburg:
- By train (for 114 BYN);
- Bus (for 65 BYN);
- And also by plane (for $45-70).
< p>There is another way – to go through Vitebsk or Smolensk. So a small change will help you save 10-15% of the cost.
But that's in a nutshell. Further in this article, I will talk in detail about each of the travel options, write about the rules for entering the Russian Federation and where to look for housing after Booking and AIRBNB have left us. If you are reading this post, consider yourself as lucky as the lobsters in the kitchen of the Titanic. Here I collected all my experience and put everything on the shelves.
Minsk-St. Petersburg train
Every day they run from one city to another direct trains. The trains leave in the evening, travel 13-16 hours and arrive in St. Petersburg in the early morning.
Vitebsky railway station in St. Petersburg, where trains from Belarus arrive.
If you do everything right, you won't even have to get out of the car. I just moved from one place to another and drove on.
You can see the schedule and buy tickets on the site RW.BY.
Great hostel recommended
If you are traveling alone and have not yet decided where you will spend the night, start your search with this hostel. I myself stayed there and liked it very much.
Why? Here I have, like Igor Nikolaev, as many as 5 reasons. This is the view of the Kazan Cathedral from the windows. And a stylish interior with spacious sleeping pods. And free access to the roof, from which it is very pleasant to watch the sunset.
But the main advantage of this hostel is its location. To Vitebsk railway station (where trains from Belarus arrive) – 1.5 km. Nevsky Prospekt is 650 meters away. The Vorontsov Palace is 100 meters away. To the Kazan Cathedral – 600. And exactly the same to the metro station “Gostiny Dvor”. I spent the night there for 4 nights and walked almost all of Peter. I usually don't really like hostels, but I really liked this one.
How to get from Minsk to St. Petersburg by bus?
At the moment, this is the cheapest way to get to St. Petersburg. Every day 7-8 flights go from one city to another. Therefore, if you are not afraid to drive for 12 hours, crouching like a Bavarian pretzel, then visit the site infobus.by. There you will find the timetable and prices.
The usual ticket price fluctuates around 65-75 rubles. But during sales, it can drop even lower.
How to find promotional offers? Well, it all depends on whether there were shamans and soothsayers in your family. Personally, I can't always predict my breakfast. Therefore, of course, it is difficult for me to say where and when the next sale will begin. Most often they come across on the website of the private company Intercars. Here, for example… The recent sale in honor of the New Year.
They arrange something similar on the eve of almost any major holiday. Only my birthday is ignored.
Trips through Smolensk (train + bus)
Then take a look at this platform. And look how things are with transport in Smolensk. From there, you can get to St. Petersburg both by train and by bus.
The cost of flights starts from 1500 RUB. And you can build the route as you like. You can walk around Smolensk for 5-6 hours and leave for St. Petersburg late in the evening. Or you can spend the night in the city and go on the next morning.
< em>The total cost of the trip will be 92 rubles (37 BYN per train + 1500 RUB per bus). Yes, from the point of view of economy, there is no point in such a stop. But along the way, you can see another city whose fate has been linked with Belarus for many centuries.
About how I myself walked around Smolensk and what does the “Vampires of the Middle Band” have to do with — can be read here in this article.
How to get from Minsk to St. Petersburg by plane?
At the time of publication of this article, the cheapest flights can be found near the low-cost Pobeda. They cost as much as a ticket to a second-class carriage, and sometimes even cheaper.
Yes, you will have to get to St. Petersburg without large luggage. But the trip itself will become 10 times shorter.
You can see the exact prices and buy a ticket here.
Booking is all. Where to look for housing in St. Petersburg now?
I like these two Russian sites:
The first one focuses on apartments and pulls hosts who previously rented out housing on AIRBNB. The second one is trying to become Russian Booking and focuses more on hotels. If you have not yet decided where you will live in St. Petersburg, start your search with them. In my opinion, these are the best sites for booking accommodation in Russia right now.
Where to go and what to see in St. Petersburg?
I have several good articles about this city and its environs on my site. Therefore, if you love travel and are not afraid of long reads, please read them. They will help you plan your route and feel the St. Petersburg energy in advance.
From the surroundings of St. Petersburg, I liked Vyborg and Tsarskoye Selo the most. But Kronstadt, on the contrary, I did not understand at all.
If you have been there, write in the comments about your impressions. And if not, read my long review of the most interesting places in the vicinity of St. Petersburg. Suddenly you will find new ideas for your trip.
Excursions in St. Petersburg
Usually I'm not a big fan of guided walks, but in St. Petersburg the choice of excursions is simply amazing. Here and photo shoots on the roofs, and chasing ghosts, and walking around the famous communal apartments. A few similar excursions that I personally liked, I have collected in the windows below. I think any of them will leave a lot of impressions behind.
The way back from St. Petersburg to Minsk
Here again you have a choice of bus and train. The first option is cheaper. The second one is more comfortable. You can see the current options here. At the time of publication of the article…
- The train from St. Petersburg to Minsk costs 3400 RUB.
- And the bus costs 1680 RUB.
< p>I don't even know what else to add here. So I will round up. Subscribe to my Instagram. Like, watch stories and stay in touch. I have a lot of travel stories there, as well as just funny videos about how we spend time with our daughter. I think you will like it. Goodbye, friends! Have a good trip to St. Petersburg!