We are going to be in Helsinki in June and have heard you can go to st Petersburg for 72 hrs without a visa. Anyone know the best way?
Helsinki to St Petersburg
There are a number of cruise lines (and some railway companies) which offer trips to St Petersburg. Russian regulations state you can visit port cities, including St Petersburg for 72 hours visa-free as long as you are part of an official tour group.
Many of the tourism operators will sell you a package which includes their "preferred" hotel and tours of the city. The accommodation and tour components are not compulsory for Russian visa requirements, HOWEVER the tour company may refuse to take you unless you sign-up for their packages - so choose carefully, negotiate hard and watch out for rip-offs.
Given the complexity of obtaining a Russian visa this still might prove to be the easiest way to get to St Petersburg.
Phil from the Safety Hub about 8 years ago