ATMs IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
There are many ATMs (Cash points) in St. Petersburg, but one should not rely on them COMPLETELY. The Russian term for an ATN is "Bankomat".
Due to a different scale of prices in Russia, ATMs usually dispense reasonably small amounts of money. An average ATM will only allow you to withdraw about US$40 in one transaction. If your bank charges you a high commission on overseas transactions or limits a number of transactions per day (or per week), this may prove to be quite inconvenient.
Most, if not all, ATMs dispense money in Russian Rubles only. ATMs operate quite well most of the time, but you can occasionally run into an ATM that is temporarily out of cash. Don't worry: simply look at our ATM list and find another ATM nearby.
ATMs are located throughout St. Petersburg (see where), but most of them are in the central part of the city. On the outskirts of the city ATMs can be found at some metro stations, bank branches and major shopping centers. When using ATMs in metro stations take special precautions. In the crowded metro system there is higher danger of running into a pickpocket. As a simple precaution, do not take the metro after you just have withdrawn a significant amount from an ATM (click here for more safety tips). Despite this warning, it is quite safe to withdraw money from ATMs in St. Petersburg.
Here are a few useful tips:
1) Make sure that the ATM accepts your type of card - look for the signs with card locos displayed at the particular ATM. Some ATMs accept only certain types of cards. For instance, American Express cards are accepted at a very limited number of ATMs in St. Petersburg.
2) When you insert your card into the slot of an ATM, at the opening screen you will be prompted to choose a language. All ATMs allow you to switch screen language to English when necessary.
3) When the ATM prompts you to choose the amount to withdraw, it will suggest amounts shown in Russian rubles! If you need more than US$20, you will most likely need the option labeled as "Other amounts". Choose this option and the ATM will show you its limit (the highest possible amounts). Repeat the process if desired.
4) Wait for the receipt to be printed. Take the receipt with you: either keep it for your records or take it to the nearest trash can. Keep Russia tidy! :-)
ATM LOCATIONS IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
ATMs are located throughout St. Petersburg, but most of them are in the central part of the city. On the outskirts of the city ATMs can be found at some metro stations. For security reasons, we do not recommend using ATMs at metro stations (especially if you plan to use metro AFTER you have withdrawn some money from the machine). Metro is a very efficient way of transportation, but it is often crowded. In a crowd you are more likely to be targeted b a pickpocket. A metro station ATM should be considered your last resort - when you are in desperate need of cash. Other ATMs are much safer.
Inner Nevsky Prospekt area (from the Admiralty to Fontanka River)
Metro: Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor
Outer Nevsky Prospekt (from Fontanka River to Moscow Railway Station)
Metro: Mayakovskaya / Ploschad Vosstania
Nevsky Prospekt (from Moscow Railway Station to Ploschad Aleksandra Nevskovo)
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