Ice skating is one of the most loved Russian entertainments - may be this is one of the reasons why Russians are so good in figure skating? There are over 30 rinks working this winter all over the city. We have selected for you the best central spots and encourage you to test this traditional Russian winter activity - lots of fun guaranteed!
1. Icerink on Ostrovsky Square (площадь Островского / Ploshchad Ostrovskogo).
The most popular and central rink in the city. Could be fun in early hours, when it is not overcrowded. Enjoy Christmas market, mulled wine and fun on ice! You can combine this activity with the visit to the recently reopened famous Merchant Yeliseev shop.
Nearest metro: Gostiny Dvor (green line), Nevsky Prospect (blue line)
Work hours: 12.00-22.00
Entrance fee: RUB 200/hr
Skate hire: RUB 150/hr
Deposit: RUB 2000
Coach service: free by volunteers from local sports institutions
Works till 14th January 2013 (as the Christmas market itself).
2. Indoor rink in the Taurida Garden (Таврический сад / Tavricheskiy Sad).
Warm and well-arranged rink with 1-hour session and limited capacity of up to 90 people per session. No deposit required for skate hire! You can have a ride on your way to the Water Museum, located just across the street.
Nearest metro: Chernyshevskaya (red line)
Work hours: 10.00-22.00, additional night sessions 22.00-5.00 on Fridays and Saturdays (in 2012 - 29 and 30 Dec). Check the schedule on the official web-site.
Entrance fee: RUB 350-400/hr for adults, RUB 250-400/hr for kids
Skate hire: RUB 150/hr
Deposit: not required
Coach service: special request only
3. Indoor rink at Yubileyny, Dobrolyubova emb. 18 (набережная Добролюбова/ naberezhnaya Dobrolyubova, 18).
The rink is very popular for its night rides with dance music and cafe. We suggest you to visit it as a warming up before the night clubs or to combine with the Peter and Paul fortress tour during the day.
Nearest metro: Sportivnaya (violet line)
daytime - depend on the training sessions, can be confirmed by tel. 498-60-43
nights - Fri, Sat, Sun 23.00-05.00
daytime - RUB 250-350/session (1hr15min) on workdays-weekends
nights - RUB 400/night
daytime - RUB 200/session
nights - RUB 150/hr
daytime - RUB 1500 or driving license
nights - RUB 2000 or driving license
Coach service: n/a