Peterhof is an inner-city municipality of Saint Petersburg, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
Every year Peterhof attracts the attention of numerous tourists, and, first of all, due to the fact that for 200 years it was the grand summer residence of the emperors, glorifying the greatness of Russia.
Today in Peterhof there are: the ensemble of the Great Peterhof Palace (Palace and Park Ensemble "Peterhof"), which includes Grand Palace with halls and museums, Lower Park with fountains and small palaces, where museums and museums are located Upper Garden; Alexandria Park with museums; Holguin Pond with museums in the Oligin and Tsaritsyn pavilions; Museum Yard with museums; Peterhof Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, as well as historical buildings and other parks.
Near Peterhof are Strelna and Lomonosov, which also have famous historical attractions. In Strelna - the Palace of Congresses (Konstantinovsky Palace) with an adjacent park and the Palace of Peter the Great with an Orchard and vegetable gardens. In Lomonosov - the Big Menshikov Palace with halls and museums, as well as the adjacent Oranienbaum Park with reservoirs and pavilions-museums.
You can visit Peterhof (as well as Strelna and Lomonosov) on a day trip or stay in Peterhof to see everything (or several to choose from) the above-mentioned attractions of localities.
How to get to Peterhof, Strelna and Lomonosov from Saint Petersburg (airport and city center)
You can get to Peterhof from St. Petersburg by taxi, car, bus, train or pleasure boat, as well as visit the former imperial residence with an excursion from St. Petersburg.
All methods (except for the ship) are suitable for getting to Strelna and Lomonosov.
From St. Petersburg Airport to Peterhof (Strelna and Lomonosov)
The nearest airport to Peterhof is located in Saint Petersburg-Pulkovo International Airport (airport code - LED), which serves domestic and international flights. Flights to Saint Petersburg →
The airport is located 33 kilometers from the center of Peterhof.
You can get from Pulkovo Airport to Peterhof, Strelna and Lomonosov by public transport with transfers through the center of St. Petersburg (there is no direct transport). All the ways to get from the airport to the center of St. Petersburg can be found here →
Taxi and car
You can get directly from the airport to Peterhof, Strelna and Lomonosov by taxi or car.
The fastest and most convenient way to get from the airport to Peterhof or any other point of the city and the surrounding area is by taxi.
You can order a taxi/transfer in advance, even from home. At any time of the day, at the airport, a driver will be waiting for you with a sign where your first and last name will be written. To order a taxi, just provide your flight details.
If you plan to travel around St. Petersburg and the surrounding area by car, then the ideal option is to rent a car at the airport.
You can choose and order a car in advance, at the appointed time your car will be waiting for you near the airport.
You can also choose and order a taxi in the center of St. Petersburg, which is convenient if you decide to walk around the city center for a few days and you do not need a car for this time, and then devote a few days to traveling around the surrounding area.
From the center of St. Petersburg to Peterhof (Strelna and Lomonosov)
The distance from the center of St. Petersburg to the center of Peterhof is about 31 kilometers.
You can visit Peterhof with one of the excursions from the center of St. Petersburg:
A quick and convenient way to get from the center of St. Petersburg to Peterhof, Strelna or Lomonosov is by taxi.
You can book a taxi/transfer in advance. At any time of the day, a car will be waiting for you at the designated place in the city.
Buses and minibuses
There are quite a lot of options to get there by public buses and minibuses. Buses leave from different points of the city.
* Shuttle bus number K-404 runs from the Baltic Railway Station. The minibus runs daily from 06:30 to 23:22. The interval of movement is 9 minutes. The stop is located at the main entrance/exit of the Baltic Railway Station.
• From the metro station "Avtovo": buses - №№ 200, 201, 210; minibuses - №№ K-300, K-404, K-424, K-424A.
• From the metro station "Prospekt Veteranov": minibus number K-343.
• From the Leninsky Prospekt metro station: minibuses - №№ K-103 and K-420.
Travel time on public buses is on average from 50 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes. Travel time can increase significantly if you get into a traffic jam.
If you need to get to Peterhof (the Grand Palace with parks), then it is better to get off at the Pravlenskaya and Razvodnaya stops (Fountains).
If you need to get to Strelna (the Palaces of Congresses and Peter I), then it is better to get off at the stops: Konstantinovsky Palace, Postal Lane. or Orlovsky Pond (stop on demand).
If you get to Lomonosov (Bolshoy Menshikov Palace, Oranienbaum Park) - at the stops in Lomonosov, and then on foot. Attention! Buses 201 and 210, as well as minibuses K-424, K-103 and K-420 do not run to Lomonosov (the final ones are in Peterhof).
Attention! Taxi and bus numbers are subject to change. We recommend that you check all buses, as well as routes with stops and fares, before visiting the public transport portal of St. Petersburg on the website of the city's public ground transport: orgp.spb.
!!! There are unified transport cards and travel cards for ground transport and the metro in St. Petersburg, according to which the cost of travel in buses and the metro in St. Petersburg (except for commercial buses: with numbers K-...) it will be lower than when paying for one-time passes.
Peterhof, Strelna and Lomonosov can be reached by train from the Baltic Railway Station in St. Petersburg.
In Peterhof, trains make stops at the stations "New Peterhof" and "Old Peterhof".
The distance from the stations "New Peterhof" and "Old Peterhof" to the Grand Palace with parks is 2.5 kilometers. You can walk or take buses # 351A, 351B, 352, 356, 463, 463A and 489. You can check the route numbers and bus schedules on the public transport portal of St. Petersburg (the site is listed above in this article).
In Strelna, trains make a stop at the Strelna railway station. Peter the Great Palace is 1.5 km away.
In Lomonosov, trains stop at the railway stations "Oranienbaum I" and "Oranienbaum-2".
Trains run daily from 06: 00 to 23: 00-23: 10 hours. Driving intervals: from 15 minutes to 2.5 hours. Travel time: 28-58 minutes.
The current schedule, stops and fares can be found on the website - ppk-piter.
Pleasure boats "Meteor"
On the Meteor pleasure boats, you can get from the center of St. Petersburg only to Peterhof - to the Lower Park of the Grand Peterhof Palace. Since the entrance to the park (in the summer, when the fountains work) is paid, if you come by boat, you must separately purchase a ticket to the Lower Park. Tickets to the lower Park can be purchased on site at the ticket offices near the park pier or in advance online on the website of the State Museum-Reserve "Peterhof": peterhofmuseum.
The Meteor pleasure boats depart from the piers in the center of St. Petersburg: Dvortsovaya Pier (near the Hermitage, Dvortsovaya Embankment) and Senatskaya Pier (near the Bronze Horseman, Admiralteiskaya Embankment). There are more motor ships from the Hermitage.
Meteors run in the summer season. They leave every 30 minutes. Travel time is 30-40 minutes.
There are several companies that take guests on Meteors from St. Petersburg to Peterhof and back. The price of tickets varies and starts from 850-1000 rubles - an adult one-way ticket per person. When you buy tickets immediately round-trip-the price is usually lower than if you buy two separate tickets.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices on the berths, both in St. Petersburg and in Peterhof, or in advance online on the company's websites.
If you want, you can take a boat trip on the Meteor only in one direction, for example, to Peterhof, and get back (or vice versa there) in another convenient way for you.
Photos of the Palace Embankment, the Hermitage and the Palace Pier
Photo of the pier in the Lower Park of Peterhof
On a Meteor to Strelna + excursion
Alternatively, you can visit the Konstantinovsky Palace with a park in Strelna on the Meteor. This service also includes an excursion and is a full-fledged excursion program, and not an independent way to get to Strelna and back.
The program includes: a ride on the Meteora from the center of St. Petersburg to Konstantinovsky Park in Strelna and back, a tour of Konstantinovsky Park and the palace, which is called the Russian Versailles, as well as lunch at a restaurant.
In Peterhof and the surrounding area there is a sufficient number of attractions. If you visit many of them, while slowly walking through the parks, enjoying the beauty and power of the fountains, as well as visiting some palaces and museums, then one day only on Peterhof will not be enough, it is better to stay for a few days.
In Peterhof, Strelna and Lomonosov there are accommodation facilities (hotels, apartments).
In Peterhof, right next to the Palace and Park Ensemble of the Grand Palace, there is a nice 4-star hotel Novy Peterhof with a restaurant, a bar, parking, a tour desk, a spa center with an indoor pool, a gym, a steam bath, a cedar Finnish sauna and an aroma sauna.
The rooms are decorated in a modern style and feature a TV with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, a safe, bathrobes and slippers, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms have a seating area.
The room rate can include: breakfast, breakfast + dinner or breakfast + lunch + dinner. Link to the hotel
- EGO-LOFT apartment (Holgin Pond) they offer views of the lake and the city.
The apartmentfeatures air conditioning, a balcony, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, a bedroom, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, and a bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Link to the apartment
- Apartment Severnaya Venezia features a balcony with lake views, free Wi-Fi, a children's playground, a garden and a shared lounge.
The apartmentfeatures a bedroom, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a refrigerator, a washing machine, and a bathroom with a shower. Link to the apartment
In Strelna, near the Palace of Congresses and the adjacent park, you can stay at the 5-star Baltiyskaya Zvezda Hotel with a spa center with a modern sauna and gym, an indoor pool, billiards, 2 restaurants and classic-style rooms with scenic views.
Free WiFi is available throughout the property. There is free parking.
Guests of the hotel have the opportunity to take a walk in the palace park all year round, but you need to make an appointment in advance at the reception desk. Link to the hotel
In Lomonosov , you can stay at the 3-star coastal hotel Domik u Berth, which is a 20-minute walk from the Bolshoy Menshikov Palace and the Oranienbaum Gardens.
The hotelfeatures an international restaurant with a bar, free parking, free Wi-Fi and rooms with a flat-screen TV.
A buffet breakfast is served every morning. Russian and European cuisine is served in the restaurant with sea views.
Each room has a private bathroom with a hairdryer and shower. Link to the hotel
All accommodation facilities in St. Petersburg, including at the airport and in the city center, as well as in Peterhof, Strelna and Lomonosov, can be viewed and booked here