Practical Information

Mail: 

Sending regular mail to/from Russia is not as complicated as it once used to be. The national mail system is gradually becoming more reliable and delivery times shorter. On average, a letter to/from USA takes about 3 weeks to be delivered, to/from UK - 10 to 14 days. If you need faster communications you will have to rely on express-mail, speedy mail arrangements or electronic communications (fax or e-mail).

Telephone:

The international access code for Russia is +7. When calling Russia from the US, dial 8-10-7 + city/area code (495 for Moscow and 812 for St. Petersburg).

Public phones are good for local and international calls; phonecards can be bought at newspaper kiosks and post offices. Phone booths in airports and major hotels usually take credit cards but are generally much more expensive than street phones.

Mobile phones work in most large towns and cities. Please note that the majority of mobile phones in Russia operate on a GSM 900 band network. If you intend to use your existing phone and SIM card first check that your provider has an international roaming agreement with one of the local providers, and ensure you have international roaming enabled. For longer term it may be more cost effective to purchase a phone and SIM card package.

Guides:

St. Petersburg Guide
http://www.petersburg-russia.com/

Online City Map
http://petersburgcity.com/map/index.phtml/z/bbdbcnohmbkh

Plans of City Districts, Parks, Airport, and Theaters
http://www.infoservices.com/stpete/map/

The US Consulate in St. Petersburg
http://stpetersburg.usconsulate.gov/

Internet Cafes
http://goeasteurope.about.com/od/russia/qt/netcafestpete.htm

Eating Out In St.Petersburg

Cafes and bars
http://www.waytorussia.net/SaintPetersburg/Eat.html

Restaurants
http://petersburgcity.com/dine-and-wine/restaurants/

Metro

St. Petersburg's metro is the most reliable city transport (particularly convenient for long-distance journeys). Normally trains run every 2-3 minutes. Usually, the stations open at about 5:45 am and close between midnight and 0:30 am.
The first metro line (from Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania) was opened on November 15, 1955. Today there are four lines and 55 stations. It is the deepest subway in the world.

Along with metro, the city also has an extensive system of trams, buses, and trolleybuses. There are several taxi companies, too. The easiest way to get a cab is to call 089.