Less than a year after Russia hosted the World Cup tournament, St Petersburg is set to lay the foundations of another in the form of Euro 2020. The 16th UEFA European Championship sees the tournament go across continents with a total of twelve host nations. As one of these twelve host nations St Petersburg will hold four football matches, three in Group B as well as one leg of the quarter-finals.
We have put together a guide of all you need to know about organising your Euro 2020 trip to St Petersburg including the best places to stay, what trains and transfers you need to book as well as updated information about St Petersburg visas.
Visa-free travel to Russia if you are a Euro 2020 ticket holder
If you already own a ticket for a match in St Petersburg for Euro 2020 you DO NOT need to apply for a Russian visa. From 14 days prior to the first match to 10 days after the final match in St Petersburg ticket holders can stay in St Petersburg without needing a Russian visa so long as you have a passport or some other form of valid identity document authorised by the Russian authorities.
Getting your St Petersburg visa without a Euro 2020 ticket
As of 1st October 2019, tourists from 53 countries (excluding the UK) will be able to visit St Petersburg on an e-visa when entering Russia via plane, ferry or vehicle. The e-visa will take around 4 calendar days to be issued (including weekends and bank holidays). The new e-visa system eliminates the need to apply for a Russian tourist invitation, gain confirmation or visit the Consular agency like regular Russian visa applications.
How the e-visa works:
- Fill in your e-visa application form.
- Get your e-visa emailed to you.
- Print out the notification or download this to your mobile phone.
- Show your notification to a transport company employee (your travel/ tour operator).
- Show your notification to a Border Service Officer at the border.
Important information about the e-visa programme:
- This currently excludes tourists travelling to St Petersburg by train
- The e-visa is only valid for tourists going to St Petersburg and cannot be used to travel elsewhere within Russia.
See our ‘applying for your Russian visa’ page for more information about standard Russian visa applications or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to get to St Petersburg Stadium
St Petersburg Stadium (also known as Krestovsky Stadium or Gazprom Arena) is in St Petersburg’s Petrogradsky district to the north of the city centre.
Map of St Petersburg, Russia
Getting to St Petersburg stadium from Pulkovo Airport
Pulkovo Airport is in the south of the city and is about 35-40 minutes away from the stadium by car or taxi since you will need to drive through the city centre in order to reach the stadium. A private transfer or taxi is usually the quickest way to get to the stadium (traffic allowing) although is often more expensive, we can arrange transfers for you on request.
It is also possible to take the 39 bus from Аэропорт "Пулково 1" to Демонстрационный Проезд and then get the Metro 2 from Moskovskaya station to Nevsky Prospekt and then change to Metro 3 from Gostiny Dvor to Novokrestovskaya. The stadium can be clearly seen when leaving the stadium, and the entrance is about a 5-minute walk from here.
Getting to the St Petersburg Stadium from St Petersburg Ferry Terminal
St Petersburg ferry terminal is the shortest distance away from St Petersburg Stadium and is approximately 15-20 minutes away by taxi, avoiding the busy city centre traffic. You can also walk to nearby Sredniy Avenue bus station and take the bus to Primorskaya, then take the Primorskaya metro line 3 to Novokretovskaya.
Getting to the St Petersburg Stadium from Moskovsky International Train Station
Moskovsky International Train Station will take you into the heart of St Petersburg and is around 25-30 minutes from the stadium (traffic allowing) by car or taxi. It is often easier to walk over to Mayakovskaya Metro station and take line 3 all the way to Novokrestovskaya station which is conveniently located just outside the stadium.
Important information for fans travelling by train:
Football fans travelling to St Petersburg by train from outside of Russia will need to have applied for a Russian visa invitation and have obtained their Russian visa BEFORE arriving in Russia to avoid problems gaining entrance to the country at border control.
Booking your hotels
The closest hotel to St Petersburg Stadium is the Arena Hotel which is located just outside the stadium entrance. You will also find a selection of hotels on the Makarova embankment just across the bridge to the south of the island. If you are looking to take in the sites of St Petersburg while you are there, you will find plenty of hotels in the city centre at reasonable prices.
Hotels around the Euro 2020 dates will book up extremely quickly, so we recommend booking these as far in advance as possible to secure your accommodation before booking your train, plane or ferry tickets or visas. You can view a wide selection of hotels in St Petersburg using our hotel search tool.
Skyline in St Petersburg, Russia
Kick-off your UEFA 2020 adventure and book your trip to St Petersburg online today!
Real Russia can help you with Russian visa invitations and applications as well as booking your trains and hotels. You can apply for your visas on our website or use our hotel and train selector tool to book your hotels and trains in advance.