MOVING FOR ST. PETERSBURG
Although less widespread than that Moscovita, the St. Petersburg underground is one of the most efficient in the world.
The best surface transportation to get around the city are buses, trolley buses (electric buses) and trams. To these, there are also small boats that, moving from one point to another, allow you to move around the city along its canals. A truly unique and fascinating way.
Talony (tickets), they are inexpensive, and can be purchased at main stops and often by drivers, in 10 blocks.
If you have a map of the city and are able to orientate you around the 200 urban routes, you can use the marshrutkas; it is a minibus-taxi, one of the favorite means of transport for the inhabitants of St. Petersburg.
The St. Petersburg underground, thanks to a network of capillary connections, arrives almost everywhere. The stations are 63, some of which are elegant and well maintained; the lines are 5, divided by colors. The service is active from 5: 45 in the morning until midnight, in line with the major European cities.
A particularity of some stations of St. Petersburg is the depth, with the escalators that seem almost interminable; it is even said that some of these had been designed as anti-atomic shelters!
The 5 subway lines
1 Red Line - Prospekt Veteranov-Devyatkino
2 Blue Line - Kupchino-Parnas
3 Green Line - Primorskaya-Rybatskoe
4 Yellow Line - Spasskaja-Ulitsa Dybenko
5 Purple Line - Komendantskiy Prospekt-Volkovskaja
The name of the stations is written in Cyrillic and in English (only for some) and also in Latin characters.
Our advice is to always pay attention to the interchanges, following the exact names on the metro maps.
Tickets (Talony) Metro
The advice is to always buy tickets in advance; you can opt for single-ride ones with a token. Alternatively, in case of frequent use, there is a magnetic card from 10 or more runs; ideal, above all, to avoid the tail, which is often created in the morning or early evening.
Undoubtedly, the card is worth more in terms of time and money; keep in mind that there are counters to buy it and that the cost includes a deposit of about 30 rubles for the card that will be reimbursed at the counter when you decide to return it.
Very important: these cards are valid for one person; it is not allowed to use the same, in an arc of 10 minutes. Measure necessary to face evasion.
Be careful, if you take the metro with luggage. We need to buy one travel baggage, equivalent to two normal tokens.
Station in the photo below is that of Avtovo, among the most chic in St. Petersburg.
For any clarification and info, we recommend the official website of the St. Petersburg metro: www.spb.ru
The buses in St. Petersburg are divided into:
R-bus (Regular buses, with standard access and ticket purchased by the driver or by subscription)
T-bus (Taxi bus, accept only cash and not season tickets)
E-bus (Express buses, generally faster than the previous ones and therefore more expensive).
Bus stops are marked with the letter A.
The marshrutka (mini buses used by taxi / Bus) run through the city and in many cases also connect peripheral areas; they are widely used by the inhabitants of St. Petersburg.
Compared to the classic buses, passengers are free to request a stop at any point along the route. In addition, they are very useful for moving around in some areas of the center (especially in neighborhoods Mariinsky e Smolny in which there are few metro stops).
Kanoa advises, in case you want to take a marshrutka, to lean along the sidewalk, raising your arm.
Point out to the driver your destination, which may not be available; in this case, you will not be allowed to go up. Inside, there are some tariffs for destinations; you can pay directly to the driver. If you want the driver to stop at a specific location, just say "Stop Please" in English. There is no doubt that it will be a good experience to get on board a marshrutka!
Talones (tickets) are inexpensive and can be purchased at the main stops and often by drivers in 10 blocks.
There are those who decide to move to St. Petersburg with unofficial pseudo-taxis; they are everywhere, always around to get customers. These, unfortunately, are the effects of a certain underground economy that still exists in these parts; they generally do not have the tax, so you'll have to negotiate the fare with the driver before getting on board.
Even the official taxis are almost all without metering, so, even in this case, you'll have to negotiate. The only difference is the price: they are more expensive.
For a city built on water, four steamboat lines entered service only from the summer of the 2004; departures are only one hour. The prices are higher than the metro and even the marshrutka, but, for sure, the view of the city from the water will be very fascinating.
Driving to St. Petersburg, in our opinion, may be inadvisable due to the bad road network; even the regulation is quite confusing.
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