How cheaper, how convenient: everything about public transport in St. Petersburg
A wide network of public transport covers not only the central part, but also the suburbs, as well as neighboring cities. St. Petersburg.ru made a complete list of all types of public transport in the Northern capital and figured out how it works.
The metro has long been the main way of transportation in the city for local residents. For tourists, the descent into the ground seems more like an outlandish experience and an interesting attraction. Indeed, the St. Petersburg metro stations have a beautiful design and lie very deep underground.
To travel by metro, you will need a token or contactless card “Podorozhnik” (valid for all city public transport). The fare can also be paid directly through the phone, but this is a more complex option and it works on only one entrance turnstile at each station. Tokens are purchased at the box office, or at vending machines at stations. The cost is 45 rubles apiece, there are no discounts.
Contactless card “Podorozhnik” is purchased at the box office of the metro station, it is replenished at the box office, machine, online & nbsp; on the metro website, or through a bot in Telegram. Attention: after replenishment online, you need to activate the payment at the box office or machine at the metro station. The cost of the card is 60 rubles (can be returned if unnecessary), the cost of one trip is 36 rubles. You can buy a ticket for the day at the metro ticket offices, for which you will also need a Podorozhnik card. The cost for 1 day is 180 rubles, 2 days - 255 rubles, 3 days - 340 rubles, a maximum of 7 days for 680 rubles. Attention: on contactless cards there is a ban on re-passage for 10-20 minutes, so each passenger needs a separate card, do not try to buy one for two.
For navigation in the subway and route planning it is best to use the Yandex.Metro application (Android, iOS), it is also convenient to lay routes in the 2GIS application (Android, iOS). Both applications work offline and do not require an Internet connection, although recently a free Wi-Fi network MT_FREE has appeared in the metro. There are maps and signs for navigation at all stations and subway cars, but we recommend that you plan your route in advance so as not to create additional traffic jams.
On holidays, the metro in St. Petersburg works without a break, the current list of holidays can be found on the official website of the city administration. In the summer (from April 15 to November 15), the ferry to Vasilievsky Island between the Admiralteyskaya and Sportivnaya stations operates, the work schedule is also listed on the official website.
A lot of trams run in St. Petersburg, among them there are high-tech modern cars and quite rare models. The tram network & nbsp; diverges into the farthest areas of the city and passes through the entire historical center. The speed of the trams is mostly mediocre and convenient for leisurely romantic trips or for access to the remote ends of the city.
Tram fare is paid in cash to the conductor - 40 rubles per trip, or using the Podorozhnik contactless card - 31 rubles per trip, which is applied to the validator on the handrails (you will definitely see small orange validators at the entrance to the transport, they are lit in blue, and after successful payment in green). After that, the conductor will come up to you and check the fact of payment, do not remove the card far. The Wi-Fi network MT_FREE also operates in this type of transport so that it is not so boring to drive.
Trams do not run very often, some routes have a delay of up to 20 minutes, so we recommend that you track the position of the tram online through the public transport portal, either in the Spb Transport Online mobile application (Android, iOS), or through Yandex.Transport (Android, iOS ) The information in the applications is approximate and relevant within a few minutes.
The trolleybus network in St. Petersburg is very similar to the tram network, only wider due to the lack of rail. This is an unhurried way of moving around the city, the trolleybus park in the city is quite new and convenient. The fare is paid in cash to the conductor - 40 rubles per trip, or by the contact card “Podorozhnik” - 31 rubles per trip, which is applied to the validator on the handrails. The fact of payment is verified by the conductor, the Wi-Fi network "MT_FREE" works well.
The network of buses and fixed-route taxis in St. Petersburg allows you to quickly and comfortably reach almost anywhere in the city, of course, if traffic jams are not taken into account. You can plan your route and drive to the nearest suburbs and remote areas. You can go to Pushkin, Peterhof, Sestroretsk, Kronshtadt, Sosnovy Bor and other places of the Leningrad region.
Now there are many convenient services and maps for planning the path. Among the most convenient: 2GIS (Android, iOS), Google maps (Android, iOS) and Yandex (Android, iOS), Moovit (Android, iOS) and Yandex.Transport (Android, iOS) applications. On the entire transport network inside the city, a contactless card “Podorozhnik” or cash payment is valid. Outside the Ring Road, fare will have to be paid in cash only.
In the summer (from April 15 to November 15) night buses operate in St. Petersburg. They duplicate all metro lines and are indicated by the number of the corresponding metro line with the letter "M". On holidays, when the metro operates around the clock, buses work to transport passengers to the stations. All information with a route map is on the official website of the city administration. It’s worth considering the bridging schedule (the current schedule is here) in order not to meet the dawn under the drawbridges, although in the summer it is beautiful and romantic.
With the development of mobile technology, getting in a taxi has become much easier and more convenient, and for several people it is also more profitable. In St. Petersburg, there are Yandex.Taxi (Android, iOS), Uber (Android, iOS) and others. Prices depend on the time of day and traffic congestion. You can pay for the trip in cash, or attach a bank card in the carrier’s application. Services provide a wide range of car options, for example, child seats, phone chargers and much more.
Suburban trains in St. Petersburg have their own romance and atmosphere. Here they sell various "very necessary" things, sing songs and communicate. Depending on the direction, trains depart from several stations. From the Finland Station on the red metro line you can get to Vyborg, Sestroretsk and Zelenogorsk, or to Priozersk and Sortavala. Several times a day in the direction of Vyborg go "Swallows", which are twice as fast as conventional trains.
From the Baltic Station on the “red” metro line you can easily get to Gatchina, Peterhof and Oranienbaum. From the Vitebsk station on the "purple" metro line trains run towards Pushkin, Pavlovsk, up to Veliky Novgorod. Tickets are bought at the suburban ticket offices of train stations, or at vending machines. To enter the platform, you need to attach the ticket barcode to the turnstile. Note: save the ticket until the end of the trip, you will need a barcode to exit the station through the turnstile.
If you have a driver's license with an experience of more than two years, and you are older than 21 years, then you can use the new service of per-minute car rental. Now in St. Petersburg the Yandex.Drive (Android, iOS), Delimobil (Android, iOS) and YouDrive (Android, iOS) services are running. Companies provide per-minute car rental and many various additional services. This is an interesting and convenient way to comfortably travel around St. Petersburg and travel around the region. To use, you need to install the appropriate application and register.
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