This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in St. Petersburg, including self-guided tours and small group tours.
WHAT ARE FREE WALKING TOURS?
These companies run their walking tours on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means there is no upfront cost to attend a tour of the city you’re in. You are simply asked to pay what you think the experience was worth at the end.
This means these tours are very affordable and attract large crowds. While free tours are often led by entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides, the tour group is almost always quite large.
So, for travelers who want to take tours with smaller groups of people, we recommend paid small group tours.
TIP: An easy and popular way to get around St. Petersburg, instead of walking, is to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour through the city. You’ll also get an audio guide as you go past attractions!
WALKING TOURS IN ST. PETERSBURG
Here is a list of companies that provide pay-what-you-like walking tours in the city.
Petersburg Free Tour
The free, 3-hour introduction of St. Petersburg will take you around the most impressive and popular sights of the city center.
You’ll see the Winter Palace, Alexander Column, Admiralty, and St. Isaak’s Cathedral, among other impressive pieces of architecture and art.
Strawberry Tours Saint Petersburg
Strawberry Tours will take you through the city center of Sait Petersburg with a focus on imperial architecture, local culture – including opera and ballet, and modern local past times and insights into the city.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Self-guided walking tours are perfect for when you cannot fit a formal, guided tour into your schedule. Or, maybe you prefer going at your own pace.
Either way, here are some written guides to St. Petersburg that will allow you to be your own guide.
This organization’s goal is to educate visitors and locals alike about the city of St. Petersburg and everything you can find there. They have a list of several free, self-guided walking tours you can look at and use for yourself! The tours include museum walks, architectural tours, and historically-focused walks.
Frommer’s St. Petersburg Tour
Frommer’s has a written guide to St. Petersburg that should take approximately 2 hours to complete if you don’t make too many stops along the way. You’ll start at Palace Square and end at Gostiny Dvor. They recommend you do this on a Sunday for fewer crowds, but the beauty of a self-guided tour is going out whenever you feel like it!
My Itchy Travel Feet
This blog has a thoroughly-written guide to discovering St. Petersburg and goes into detail about various castles, museum exhibits, and other cultural points of interest. It even includes areas where you can find entertaining street performances.
FREE WALKING TOURS IN OTHER CITIES
Enjoy free walking tours in other cities around the world with Free Tours by Foot and our recommended companies.
- New York City
- Washington, DC
- New Orleans
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco