Useful information

Weather in St. Petersburg

The city’s northern location, its proximity to the sea and its large water area do much to determine the specific St. Petersburg’s climate, with its short winter days, white nights in summer (from late May till mid-July), and frequent and dramatic weather changes. The climate is humid, almost maritime, with moderately warm summers and quite long winters. The average temperature in September is +12°С (+53,6°F).

Given the probable rapid weather changes in St. Petersburg, we recommend participants in the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum to prepare in advance for sudden changes in the temperature and the weather in general. 

Time zone

St. Petersburg is located in the GMT+3 time zone. 

Power supply (socket voltage)

The power supply voltage in Russia is 220V (50–60Hz). Type C and F sockets are common. If you plan to bring electrical appliances that require a higher voltage or if you might need another socket type, we suggest you bring an adapter with you. 

Useful telephone numbers in St. Petersburg

Below are the direct telephone numbers of city emergency services:

Rescue service (for mobile network subscribers): 112.

City emergency services:

Rescue service: 101 (from a mobile phone), 01.

Police: 102 (from a mobile phone), 02.

Emergency medical service: 103 (from a mobile phone), 03.

Free enquiry service (around the clock): 064.

Lost Documents Centre: +7 (812) 336 5109 (Mon – Sun, 10:00–20:00).

Around-the-clock enquiry service for tourists (Tourist Help Line): +7 (812) 303 0555 (Mon – Sat, 10:00–19:00). 

Medical insurance

Participants are advised to buy a voluntary medical insurance policy for foreigners, available by pre-order or for purchase upon arrival.

Insurance of foreign citizens visiting Russia is a popular service offered by many insurance companies throughout the country.

Policies for foreign citizens may cover the following risks:

•  medical expenses;

•  luggage;

•  accidents;

•  other risks upon request. 

Official currency and exchange rate

The rouble is the official currency of the Russian Federation. For the latest exchange rates, please see the Central Bank of Russia website:

Payment cards

All the main types of plastic card are accepted in Russia, including Visa, MasterCard, Mir, UnionPay, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover.

Although payment cards are accepted in most restaurants and many stores in St. Petersburg, we advise you to have some cash at hand. 

Mobile network

St. Petersburg operators offer a variety of mobile telecommunications services in the GSM, UMTS and LTE standards. Guests to the city may acquire SIM cards of local mobile operators. All mobile operators provide mobile Internet services.

The biggest mobile operators in St. Petersburg are:






In accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation, a participant must be physically present and show a passport (passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation or a passport of a foreign citizen) in order to purchase a SIM card and sign a contract for the provision of mobile communication services.

Please note: before using the services of a foreign operator on the territory of Russia, we recommend you find out more about the tariffs for roaming services.

Calls to and from St. Petersburg

Telephone code of Russia is +7 (or 8 for long-distance calls within Russia).

Telephone code of St. Petersburg: 812.

How to call to St. Petersburg

1) In Russia from a landline:

2) In Russia from a mobile phone:

3) In other countries from a landline:

4) In other countries from a mobile phone:

How to call from St. Petersburg

1) To another country from a mobile phone:

2) To another country from a landline:

St. Petersburg sights

St. Petersburg is a city with 300 years of history. A few centuries is not a great age for a city. Yet, within just three centuries of rapid growth and development, seeing sudden transformations and seeking its own path, St. Petersburg has evolved into an “eternal city”, of unparalleled beauty and inner harmony. Elusive and mysterious, St. Petersburg occupies a unique place in Russian history. For over two hundred years, it was the glorious capital of the great Russian Empire and it still preserves the status of the country’s cultural and spiritual centre.

You can find useful information about the sights of St. Petersburg as well as opportunities and interesting events for the city’s guests on the official tourism portal of St. Petersburg:

Interesting facts:

· St. Petersburg is the youngest of the great European cities. There is no other place in the world with so many neoclassical, eclectic, modernist and retrospective style buildings. St. Petersburg’s historical centre and its series of suburban palaces and gardens are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

· St. Petersburg is the northernmost of the world’s largest cities: the 60th parallel north on which it is located runs through Greenland, Alaska (Anchorage), Magadan and Norway’s capital Oslo. Thanks to its northern location, St. Petersburg is famous for its white nights, a key tourist sight of the city.

· St. Petersburg is the largest city in Europe that is not a capital. Since the early 19th century, it has had the fourth biggest population in Europe, at times exceeding Berlin, Vienna, Naples and Moscow, but always behind Paris and London.

· The territory under St. Petersburg’s jurisdiction totals 1,439 square kilometres. It is located next to the eastern tip of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.

· Standing at the intersection of various sea, river and land routes, St. Petersburg is Russia’s gateway to Europe and the country’s strategic centre, the point closest to the countries of the European Union. It is home to representative offices of international organizations, consulates of various nations and the offices of federal ministries and agencies.

· St. Petersburg is the administrative centre of the North-Western Federal District, which includes the Republic of Karelia, Komi Republic, Arkhangelsk Region, Vologda Region, Kaliningrad Region, Leningrad Region, Murmansk Region, Novgorod Region, Pskov Region and the Nenets Autonomous Area.