St. Petersburg public transport
St. Petersburg’s city center has a tight network of public routes. It will be easy for you to reach your hotel or any site downtown. Public transport and metro stations are more difficult to be found in the outlying districts, and it’s more convenient to use commercial buses (fixed-route taxis) over there.
St. Petersburg metro
St. Petersburg metro is operating since 1955. Nowadays it has 5 lines and 67 stations, the number of which is constantly growing. St. Petersburg metro is one of the deepest in the world (50-75 meters; the deepest station, “Admiralteyskaya”, is 86 meters under the surface). St. Petersburg’s metro is not only a mean of transport but also a landmark. Lot of stations, transfers and halls are decorated with marble, granite, mosaic, wrought iron decorations and paintings. The stations “Mayakovskaya”, “Avtovo”, “Dostoyevskaya” and “Admiralteyskaya” are particularly remarkable.
St. Petersburg metro map: http://www.metro.spb.ru/uploads/img/map/shema_28.12.12c.jpg
Working hours: 06:00 AM – 00:00 AM, give or take 30 minutes, depending on a station. Complete schedule: http://www.metro.spb.ru/rejimrabotystancii.html
Metro ticket is 28 Rubles. Metal tokens are used for single rides; you may purchase them in ticket offices or vending machines at the station halls.
Buses, trams, trolleybuses
Ground public transport works from 5.30-5.45 AM to 0.00-0.30 AM, though some routes stop operating earlier. Night buses (1М, 2M, 3M, 4M and 5M) work in test mode during weekends and holidays, duplicating the routes of metro lines.
Public transportation fare is 25 RUB. Some buses have the commercial routes that can cost 35-40 RUB. You may purchase your ticket right from the driver or ticket collector.
You can use a special city transport web-site in order to find a needed municipal route.
In summer aquabuses – special water buses – run in the city. They ride cross the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland, connecting the downtown and some outlying areas of St. Petersburg. Often it’s possible to reach your destination faster using aquabus than usual ground transport, avoiding traffic jams. Aqua buses circulate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with 15 minutes interval.
One standard ticket is 100 rubles, adult and 50 rubles, children.
Download route map and schedule from the transport portal of St. Petersburg
Public transport official information
Site of transport supplier: http://orgp.spb.ru/
Tel: +7 812 576-57-76, +7 812 388-96-60