Dear Congress Participants,
We will be glad to welcome you all in St. Petersburg in a few days. To facilitate your arrival, please read and pay attention to my following notes.
The Congress Organizers will provide shuttles between Pulkovo-2 airport and congress hotels on July 6 only, from 7.30 am through 23.30 every 30 min. Also, there will be shuttle service available for those arriving by night and morning trains at the St. Petersburg main railway station from 7.50 am through 11 am.
If your schedule does not allow you to use our shuttle service, we would advise you to take taxi at the official taxi booth at the airport. The ride to city center would cost you RUB 700, to Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya RUB 980.
To learn more about our shuttle service on July 6 and other dates, click hear.
Credit cards are generally accepted in Russia. We strongly advise that you call your bank in advance and inform them that you are going to Russia. If charges from Russia are declined by your bank, your chances to fix the problem are not high.
You can pay with credit cards (typically visa, MC, and their debit versions) in hotels, most of restaurants, and large stores. However, taxis, buses and subway would not accept them, as well as small eateries. ATMs are available for cash withdrawal but sometimes it may result in high fees.
Currency. Thus we would advise that you carry with you roughly EU300 cash and exchange at least EU100 for Rubles as soon as you can. Foreign currency is NOT accepted in Russia. Never exchange money with individuals unless your friends or relatives! Typically, exchange offices are clearly marked (you can see rates of exchange shown on large posters outside), most of banks would also exchange currency but at a lower rate. As of today, one dollar costs about 32-33 Rubles, one euro is roughly 42-43 Rubles but the rates are volatile. You should be able to exchange back unused Russian Rubles although with a small (less than 10%) loss.
Mobile. You MUST have an active cell phone while traveling in Russia. You must set up your phone for international roaming with your home service provider before leaving your country. Roaming in Europe may not cover Russia. Please make sure that you phone is compatible with the European set of frequencies which is different from the US one. You may also request to unlock your phone for different from your original provider networks. That would enable you to buy and use cheaply a Russian SIM card.
Our phones in St Petersburg is
+7-921-855-8666 – Inquiries on accommodation and shuttle bus service
+7-921-359-1877 – General issues
+7-921-855-8639 – Info on FEBS Congress tours
+7-921-889-6330 Program Committee for invited speaker from July 5
The general emergency phones (we do hope you’ll not need it, just in case)
To call fire fighters, dial – 01, if you are calling from mob phone, dial – 112
To call police, dial - 02, if you are calling from mob phone, dial – 112
To call an ambulance, dial – 03, if you are calling from mob phone, dial – 112
If you are staying in a hotel, you should call the reception first and they will call the necessary emergency services.
Accreditation of pre-registered Congress participants will open on July 6th, 2013 from 10.00 through 14.30 in the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya Hotel (Address: 14, Korablestroiteley Street, St Petersburg) and from 14.30 through 19.00 in the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall (Address: 6, Ligovsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg). For a city map click here.
The Opening Ceremony and Get-Together Party will take place in the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall on July 6th, from 16.00 through 22.00. Russian Ballet will feature in the 38th FEBS Congress Opening Ceremony.
Scientific sessions on July 7th – 11th are hosted by LENEXPO – one of the largest Congress and Exhibition centers in Russia. It is situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland – one of the most fascinating places in St Petersburg (Address: 103, Bolshoy Avenue of Vasilievsky Island, St Petersburg).
We are looking forward to greeting you soon in St Petersburg!