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Arriving by plane
St. Petersburg is easy to reach via many daily convenient flight connections from main European and American cities.
Arriving by train
There are 3 main international railway stations in St. Petersburg: Moscovsky railway station, Ladozhsky, Vitebsky. All the stations, besides Ladozhsky, are located in the center of the city. The Moscovsky Station receives trains from Moscow, the south of Russia and the Baltic States. Trains from the Baltic States, Kiev and Odessa arrive at the Vitebsky Station, while trains from Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Vologda, Vorkuta, Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk arrive at the Ladozhsky station, as well as through trains from Moscow.
Arriving by Sea
Cruise ships arrive in the St. Petersburg Sea Harbour located in the Gavan at the west-end of Vasilievsky Island. The Silja Line runs two regular ferry services connecting the city with Europe: Petersburg-Helsinki and Petersburg-Tallin-Rostok. The services are seasonal, with the ferries operating from the end of April to the end of September. The Sea Port receives other cruise ships though they are not operating within regular services.
As a rule, tourists arriving at the Sea Station are met by buses provided by the receiving company, though the station is also well served by public transport and it is not difficult to reach the center of the city from there –trolleybus, bus or route taxi can take you to the "Vasileostrovskaya", "Primorskaya" or "Nevsky Prospect" metro stations.
Arriving by Bus
Regular and tourist buses arrive in St. Petersburg every day from European and Russian cities. Many of the buses coming from Germany, Finland and Sweden stop by the Oktyabrskaya Hotel located on Ploshad Vosstania. From the square in front of Baltiisky railway station (the Baltiiskaya metro station), the Eurolines buses head for the Baltic States, Scandinavia, France, Germany and other European countries.
Public transportation in St. Petersburg
The main part of interurban and local passenger carriage is fulfilled by public transport which is:
Overland transport operates from 6.00 till 24.00.
St.Petersburg is situated in the Moscow standard time zone (MST), which differs from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). MST = GMT + 4 hrs.
The national Russian currency is ruble. All payments for goods and services throughout Russia must be done in rubles, or by major credit cards.
220 V plugs are standard continental European type. British and North-American appliances need an adapter.
01 — fire
Can be dialed direct from payphones, with no codes. If you are calling from a mobile phone, add the code +7 812 or 8 812.
Monomax company helps us in organising the Conference. You will find the information on hotel accomodation and transfer at the Conference web site http://onlinereg.ru/psi2014.
PSI participants staying at the university hostel (Building 13) can see the map of the campus here.
The conference will be held in Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets), a suburb of St. Petersburg located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. The town is one of St. Petersburg's most famous and popular visitor attractions thanks to its palaces, fountains and parks. Founded as a summer residence of Peter the Great, the area is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as "the Russian Versaille". For more information see http://www.saint-petersburg.com/peterhof.
Peterhof has been chosen for holding the conference because it hosts one of the two campuses of Saint Petersburg State University. The Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, reputed for its strong team of programmers, is based here.
Weather and "White Nights"
By Köppen climate classification Saint Petersburg is classified as Dfb, a humid continental climate. Distinct moderating influence of the Baltic Sea cyclones result in warm, humid and short summers and long, cold wet winters.
The average daily temperature in July is +22 °C (72 °F); a maximum temperature of +37 °C (99 °F) occurred during the 2010 Northern Hemisphere summer heat wave. A winter minimum of −35.9 °C (−32.6 °F) was recorded in 1883. The average annual temperature is +5.4 °C (41.72 °F). The Neva River within the city limits usually freezes up in November–December and break-up occurs in April. From December to March there are 123 days average with snow cover, which reaches the average of 24 centimeters (9.4 in) by February. The frost-free period in the city lasts on average for about 135 days. The city has a climate slightly warmer than its suburbs. Weather conditions are quite variable all year round.
Average annual precipitation varies across the city, averaging 600 millimeters (24 in) per year and reaching maximum in late summer. Soil moisture is almost always high because of lower evapotranspiration due to the cool climate. Air humidity is 78% on average, while overcast is 165 days a year on average.
You can find the current temperature here: http://www.gismeteo.com/city/daily/4079/
In June, the weather is normally warm and humid, but not excessively so and evenings can be cooler even when the sun is still shining, so it's worth bringing at least one warm sweater.
St. Petersburg is the world's only metropolis where such a phenomenon as "White Nights" takes place every summer (from the end of May to mid-July). This seemingly endless twilight effects the very fabric of life in the city, and the whole town seems to be taking part in a two-month round-the-clock celebration. The streets are alive with people right through till morning, a motley flotilla of boats cruises the rivers and canals non-stop, and the city's nightlife is at its most active and exuberant, with a number of festivals and events, the most well-known of which is the White Nights Festival of classical ballet, opera and music.
Map of Petergof
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An attractive social program is organized for the Conference participants and accompanying persons to experience the attractions of the city on June, 26.
Booking and schedule of social programme will be available later via the online registration system. Please follow the news.
Bus City Tour
The State Hermitage
The Italian collection of the Hermitage includes masterpieces by Giorgione, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. A vast collection of French art includes pieces by such artists as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse. The Hermitage Arsenal collection represents many precious items of Russian, Western European and Oriental arms and armour from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. The Oriental Art collection includes over 180,000 paintings, sculptures and items of applied art, covering the territories of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, Byzantium.
Excursion to Cathedrals of St.Petersburg
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