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Public Transportation in St. Petersburg

Public Transportation in St. Petersburg

Get around the city cheaply and quickly

Although for locals car ownership is a highly desirable sign of success and social status, St. Petersburg's public transport network is actually extensive and efficient, if often overcrowded. The metro is undoubtedly the best bet for visitors, and covers nearly all of the city, with new stations opening almost every year. It also has some spectacular station architecture.

Overground transport is bewilderingly varied, but not difficult to use with the help of a few pointers (see individual pages below), and St. Petersburg's latest transport project means that you can even use the city's waterways to get around. The only real disadvantage of the public transport system is the lack of nighttime services, so if you plan to stay out after midnight, you will have to rely on taxis or your own two feet to get home.

Fares for all forms of public transport are comparatively low (around $1 or less for any single journey), but if you are staying in the city for longer than a week, it is probably worth investing in a travel card (see below for details).

Metro in St. Petersburg Metro
Although not as extensive or extravagant as Moscow's Metro, the St. Petersburg Metro leaves most other underground rail systems in the dust, and is efficient as well as beautiful. ›››

Trams in St. Petersburg Tram
St. Petersburg has a relatively extensive system of trams, although most of them run outside the city centre, and services can easily be disrupted by roadworks. ›››

Buses in St. Petersburg Bus
The bus network in St. Petersburg is cheap and very extensive, but not particularly easy for foreigners to use, especially if you cannot decipher Cyrillic. ›››

Trolleybuses in St. Petersburg Trolleybus
Almost indistinguishable from buses (although much more environmentally friendly), trolleybuses are in operation throughout St. Petersburg. ›››

Marshrutka in St. Petersburg Marshrutka
Private minibuses running a fixed route, marshrutki are an essential aspect of St. Petersburg's transport system, and particularly useful for getting to the suburbs. ›››

Taxis in St. Petersburg Taxi
There is an abundance of taxis in the Northern Capital, especially along the major thoroughfares. You can flag a taxi, which is usually distinguished by a checkered bar on the rooftop, but you'll likely have to negotiate a fare. You can order a taxi cheaply (less than a $1) if you speak some Russian by phoning 089. ›››

Aquabus in St. Petersburg Aquabus
A new public transport initiative, these inexpensive water taxis now run on three routes through the city and one out to the island of Kronshtadt. ›››

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