Saint Petersburg is generally a relatively affordable city to travel too, and there's plenty of ways you can save money while you're there too. Booking hotels in advance often gives significant discounts and offers; the public transport network is economical - plus, the metro is a museum in itself; free walking tours are a fantastic way to see the city on a budget, and it is possible to find deals at restaurants to suit all budgets.
Tipping in Russia is not as widely expected as in other countries of the world. Tip tour guides around 10% of their daily rate, but in taxis, hotels and restaurants only if the service warrants it.
Check out the currency conversions from the Russian Rouble here.
A few examples
Food and drink
- Coffee: 65 - ₽ 150 (US$ 2.10).
- Beer: ₽ 300 (US$ 4.20).
- Small bottle of water: ₽ 100 (US$ 1.40).
- Two course meal in a restaurant: ₽ 1.20 (US$ 0).
- Fixed-price lunch menu deal: 400 - ₽ 600 (US$ 8.40).
- Single bed in a shared dorm room: from ₽ 500 (US$ 7).
- Double room in a budget hotel: from ₽ 1.50 (US$ 0).
- Well-rated, central hotels: from ₽ 3 (US$ 0).
- Luxury hotels: from ₽ 10 (US$ 0.10).