This blog post has 10 tips to make your visit to Russia and St. Petersburg more enjoyable. St. Petersburg is a fascinating city in Russia, but it’s a little more difficult to enjoy than Western European cities.
The most helpful tip may be the last one — learn the Cyrillic alphabet. Others include requesting the 3-year visa rather than the short-term one, at no extra cost…you, like many others, may fall in love with St. Petersburg and want to return again next year.
Many people assume that no ID = no fly, but that isn’t the case. Unless you have intentionally arrived at the airport without a photo identification (perhaps as a protest), you can still get a boarding pass, go through TSA security and board your aircraft and fly even if you do not have your drivers license or passport.
Fifty cents is the base fare on Delta (25 cents outbound, 25 cents return), but you also have to add in $206 YR surcharge and miscellaneous taxes and fees. The total airfare is $293.10 round-trip, which is still an excellent deal.