Free shuttle buses
Free shuttle buses during Forum
Start from bus stop at 197 Moskovsky Prospekt – Expoforum, pavilion F
Since 9.30 am to 19.00 pm, during every 30 min
Buses during Forum
Since 8.45 am to 19.00 pm, during every 15 min
Fixed-route taxi № К-545, № К-299, bus 187
St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. It is a major industrial, scientific and cultural centre of the country. It is rightfully considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its historic area being a UNESCO's World Heritage site.
St. Petersburg is not only a highly acclaimed tourist centre, but also a rapidly developing metropolis, being a largest transportation hub in the North-West of Russia, which stimulates the development of economic ties and growth of its industrial capacity.
Its favourable location makes St. Petersburg an important global transportation and commercial centre. Every day, international automobile, air, railroad and maritime transportation go through the city. This boosts the development of economic ties and the growth of its industrial potential: energy industry, heavy engineering, automobile industry, pharmaceutics as well as Information and Communication Technologies cluster are the most actively developing industries.
In the last years and at present, large scale investment city infrastructure development projects have been and are being carried out. A new international airport and the second building of the Mariinsky Theatre have been opened to the public recently. Currently, the motorway Western Speed Diameter and the football stadium on Krestovsky Island are being constructed.
The city's rich scientific and cultural potential create the unique atmosphere of the city. St. Petersburg is dignified of carrying an honorary title of an “open-air museum”. The city has hundreds of museums, palaces, theatres, monuments, gardens, fountains, and permanent and temporary exhibitions.
St. Petersburg is also a recognised business tourism centre. Every year, the city hosts business events of global importance including G8 Summit, G20 Summit, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia-ASEAN Business Forum and many others. The significance of the city as of Europe’s convention centre has increased since the opening of a new convention and exhibition centre EXPOFORUM, a top-level venue hosting events of diverse scale.
St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by the Emperor (Tsar) Peter the Great. Today it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It boats of its picturesque location and grand architecture. The city was the capital of the Russian empire for over 2 centuries. It has two guardian saints — Peter and Paul. Its numerous monuments of cultural heritage, museums, palaces, parks and canals made the city a destination for tourists with good taste, who seek cultural enrichment and
Among the largest cities of Europe, St. Petersburg is one of the youngest. Buildings were built of stone, and those of them that were erected before 1917 have practically been persevered intact. Their number is around 18 thousand. From Obvodny Canal to the Neva and from Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra to the port, the city looks virtually the same as it used to before 1917. No one European or American city could boast of such great number of old buildings that have remained preserved for such a long time. Besides, there are no such places in the world, where one can at one place at the same time see buildings of such diverse architectural styles as classicism, eclecticism and Art Nouveau.
Since the middle of the XVIII century and up to date, St. Petersburg remains the city with the fourth largest population in Europe. London and Paris are traditionally the cities with the largest population, whereas Naples, Vienna, Berlin and Moscow rank third together with St. Petersburg coming close after them. The population of St. Petersburg had its peak rise of in 1990s with 5.2 million inhabitants. At the present time, it traditionally ranks fourth, closely behind Moscow, London and Paris.
The Russian Orthodox Christianity is the main religion in St. Petersburg (this is the religion of 91% of people), but there are also followers of other confessions, including Muslims (5%), Catholics (1%) and Jews (1%). There are also Buddhist and Evangelist communities, representatives of Salvation Army, Pentecostals and Mormons.
Churches and cathedrals of St. Petersburg constitute an integral part of architectural and cultural image of the city. The city is a home to people of different nationalities and religions, as well as a home for the churches they go to. They give a peculiar charm to the city’s landscape — sometimes exotic, sometimes classic, featuring a silhouette of mosques, Roman Catholic churches, a synagogue — they all accentuate the multinationality of the city.