Best Western Hotel Neptun

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Obvodny Kanal Emb 93a - St. Petersburg - 191119 - Russia +7-812-324 4610
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How to Get to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) by Train - It's Not Difficult! We planned to spend the whole day visiting Tsarskoe Selo – Catherine Palace, Alexander Palace and the parks. We chose to go by suburban train and then walk from the station to the palaces (no metro or minibuses). Having done the journey successfully in both directions, I can honestly say that I would not consider going any other way. The whole experience was a delight and had a real sense of adventure about it. HOW TO GET TO TSARSKOE SELO (AND BACK) FROM ST PETERSBURG BY TRAIN: Go to Vitebsk Station (either walk, take the metro to Pushkinskaya, or take a taxi – we took a taxi from our hotel which cost RR500 for the 10 minute ride). VITEBSK STATION is ‘the finest Style Moderne building in St Petersburg’ and has recently been restored to its full splendour. It is a terminal for both inter-city and suburban trains. Go upstairs to the first floor, across a vast hall (by-pass any ticket offices you see on the way) and through to the platforms where the inter-city trains leave from. Over in the far right-hand corner (as you face the trains) there is a small ticket office and turn stiles which take you through to the suburban trains. We couldn’t find this straightaway so I went up to a newstand and said Pushkin? in an inquiring manner and we were immediately pointed in the right direction. (Note: the train station at Tsarskoe Selo is officially called Detskoe Selo – ‘??????? ????’, but for the purpose of asking directions/buying tickets it is easiest to say ‘Pushkin’ – its other name – because you will be easily understood). Buy your return tickets to Pushkin at the little ticket office (using your phrasebook & gestures!) and go through the turnstiles on to the platform – it is just like a small town station, very quiet, with only a couple of platforms. If you are not sure which platform to use, just ask for Pushkin – you won’t have a problem. Trains run 2 or 3 times an hour (with a gap between 10:00 and 11:30). The journey takes exactly 30 minutes. Our train stopped at 6 stations along the way and the 7th one was Detskoe Selo. There were another couple of tourists on the train who were clearly relying on asking the locals when they needed to get off – no problem. The return train journey is even easier - arriving at Detskoe Selo station you go through the turnstile and take the little subway under the track to Platform 2. St Petersburg is the end of the line and trains run regularly several times an hour. Most people/guide books recommend that you get one of the minibuses which wait outside the station to take you to the palaces. However, we chose to walk (we also noticed the other ‘tourist couple’ looking at the minibuses, getting on one, then getting back off it and setting off on foot!). It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to reach the park gates – the town of Pushkin is very attractive, it was built as a modern town on a chessboard plan and it is a very pleasant walk along quiet, wide, tree-lined streets with pretty coloured buildings. It is not a difficult route – you go straight over the roundabout outside the station and basically carry straight on, bearing to the right. There is a very accurate map in the Rough Guide. When we walked back to the station it was snowing extremely heavily, but it was still a very pleasant walk.

Be prepared for anything June in St. Petersburg gives you the White Nights which the locals celebrate with fireworks at Peter& Paul Fortress. You do not need to be there and can watch them anywhere along the river. It can be cool at 11:30pm but also be prepared for it to be hot. In other words, take layers and an umbrella.

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  • Address: Obvodny Kanal Emb 93a - St. Petersburg - 191119 - Russia
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