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geoffnewblue
17-02-2011, 23:32
Hi all I am hoping to drive to Saint Petersburg in June next year for a touring holiday. Myself along with my then wife and two friends in there car are hopping to make it all the way to the Nord Kapp in our Reliants.
The questions I have at the moment are whats the best Places to stay that won't kill the bank in Saint Petersburg, ( I was thinking of the Saint Petersburg Hotel) and second what sort of problems could I face with wanting to drive in as I heard it's not that easy even with a visa.
thanks
Geoff

tvadim133
18-02-2011, 00:04
Hi!

There are plenty of hotels in S.Petersburg, but I guess you need smth not very in the centre, with a good parking space next to the hotel.

The Hotel S.Petesburg (ex-Leningrad) is a bit far away from the main attractions (though very close to "Avrora" (it is not an advantage).

It is too huge to my mind and too "sovietic" (it was one of the best hotel in Leningrad, when USSR existed).

If I went there by car, I would think about Azimut:

http://www.azimuthotels.ru/ru/hotels/saint-petersburg/

As for driving:

I do not know, what problems can be, but the quality of roads (not so nice as in Europe), GAI (police) unwelcomed behaviour (it can be treated).

May be the problem with signs (they are mainly in Russian still).

geoffnewblue
18-02-2011, 00:25
I remember the roads well lol when I went up the E06 in 2008 nothing more than a building site for about 20 miles.
Thanks for the Hotel info I will look into it
As you said road signs could be a problem as I don't think my say nav will work in Russia am entering (well hope to) the boarder from Ape, Latvia and then will go out north in to Finland so will hopefully then with the help of my new friends on here be able to read the words I need to know to get me in and out lol

sashadidi
18-02-2011, 04:12
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/northern-asia/
try here for info

Kraven Morehead
18-02-2011, 05:14
Hi all I am hoping to drive to Saint Petersburg in June next year for a touring holiday. Myself along with my then wife and two friends in there car are hopping to make it all the way to the Nord Kapp in our Reliants.
The questions I have at the moment are whats the best Places to stay that won't kill the bank in Saint Petersburg, ( I was thinking of the Saint Petersburg Hotel) and second what sort of problems could I face with wanting to drive in as I heard it's not that easy even with a visa.
thanks
Geoff

Why not look at renting an apartment for the short term?

geoffnewblue
18-02-2011, 10:29
We will only be there for two nights so may work out more I will look into it thank you :)

geoffnewblue
18-02-2011, 10:33
An odd thought (yes I know thinking is bad for you lol) but can my bank card be used in cash machines there or do I need to exchange money

FatAndy
18-02-2011, 10:36
If you have usual card (Visa or EC/MC), very probably you'll have no problems.
I had not a bad experience with these hotels:
http://www.hon.ru/
http://www.helvetiahotel.ru/
http://www.5ugol.ru/
http://repin-hotel.ru/ - this is budgetary one.

tvadim133
18-02-2011, 17:36
An odd thought (yes I know thinking is bad for you lol) but can my bank card be used in cash machines there or do I need to exchange money

No proble at all, even in smaller cities in comaprison with S.Petersburg.

There can be problems with Amex (it is not very popular here), but VISA, Mastercard are OK.

geoffnewblue
12-03-2011, 02:11
That's cool thank you just been looking into my car insurance for the trip and which boarder crossing is best it seems it's going to be quicker to enter via Estonia which will be good as we are going to St Petersburg any way

Matt24
12-03-2011, 11:18
Hi all I am hoping to drive to Saint Petersburg in June next year for a touring holiday. Myself along with my then wife and two friends in there car are hopping to make it all the way to the Nord Kapp in our Reliants.
The questions I have at the moment are whats the best Places to stay that won't kill the bank in Saint Petersburg, ( I was thinking of the Saint Petersburg Hotel) and second what sort of problems could I face with wanting to drive in as I heard it's not that easy even with a visa.
thanks
Geoff

I'm not sure that Russian legislation allows for 3 wheeler passenger cars - we certainly have three wheel motorcycle combinations and perhaps commercial vehicles, you might be well advised to investigate exactly what kind of driving licence you need - my guess is that you might need a licence that allows you to drive a larger displacement motorcycle and have that internationalised in order to validate your insurance whilst in country.

I'm sure you'll bring spare parts, but would advise you might also want to bring some major tools especially if your reliant is as imperial as I'm sort of guessing.

As to Hotels would advise you find one with guarded parking - they don't all have it, and it can prove expensive - street parking a 'novelty' vehicle in St.Pete's might prove way too interesting.

Good luck though eh

Matt

geoffnewblue
12-03-2011, 15:38
That's a fair point with the driving licence I have both so either way won't be a problem but not sure about my friend I will do some digging and check that :o)

I will also look to see if I can find a hotel with guarded parking as the last thing we want is for someone to trash our cars half way though the trip.

I will be carrying a host of spares and tools to fix any problems that might come up so should be ok on that one.

geoffnewblue
16-03-2011, 23:16
What is the Russian equivalent to the British DLVA please

waynemx5
18-08-2011, 16:39
Is your friend Steve L from Notts? I have a friend doing the same trip in a Reliant. If so, I will make the trip up to St Pete's from Moscow.

Keep me posted.