St. Petersburg Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit St. Petersburg

The best time to visit St. Petersburg is from mid-June to September. Although it's expensive, St. Petersburg's near 24 hours of sunshine and White Nights celebrations during the summer months are not to be missed. Summers are generally cool but pleasant, with low temperatures dropping to the 50s and highs hovering around 70 degrees, so be sure to pack accordingly. Traveling to St. Petersburg in the winter is rare; days are short, and temperatures will dip well below freezing into the teens.

Weather in St. Petersburg

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Average Temperature (°F)
22.8
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68.2
52.5
71.4
57
68
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58.1
46.6
46.8
38.1
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28.6
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Average Precipitation (in)
1.5
1.22
1.38
1.3
1.5
2.28
3.15
3.19
2.72
2.64
2.2
2.01
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

Mid June-September

Warm temperatures – an average of 60 degrees Fahrenheit – and the popular White Nights celebration lures droves of tourists into the city from late May to early July. The annual White Nights festival celebrates the city's nearly 24 hours of sun with a variety of events, including an international ballet and opera festival. What's more, restaurants, bars and attractions are known to extend their hours to accommodate patrons celebrating the longer days. You can find a room if you book three months ahead, but booking a year in advance can get you a break on the peak-season prices. 

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October-Mid April

Winter weather comes on fast in St. Petersburg, easily dipping below freezing as early as October. With the chill dropping as low as the teens come December, hotels offer great discounts for the rare tourist that braves the cold and snow. And with the winter festival and holiday celebrations, it might be worth it, just don't forget your parka.

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Late April-Mid June

This shoulder season has slightly warmer temperatures – averaging in the 40s – and slightly cheaper hotel rates. Though crowds and prices increase as the start of White Nights in early May draws near and the snow begins to melt.

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Popular Times to Visit St. Petersburg

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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