fortraveladvicelovers.com

How to get around in St. Petersburg: info, costs and advice

Who I am
Joel Fulleda
@joelfulleda
EXTERNAL REFERENCES:

SOURCES CONSULTED:

wikipedia.org, lonelyplanet.com

Article rating:

Content warning


Russian port city overlooking the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg was an imperial capital for two centuries founded in 1703 by Peter the Great.
Splendid and contradictory, it is a place that leaves visitors who come from all over the world breathless.
If you are planning to spend a long weekend or your future holidays, here is one guide on how to get around St. Petersburg: info, costs and advice.

Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of St. Petersburg
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Although large, this city is smaller than Moscow; the historic center, thanks to its small size, can be easily visited on foot. For a first approach, the advice is to take a guided walking tour in Italian, to retrace the history of the city and identify the landmarks and main attractions.
Alternatively, you can opt for the evergreen hop-on hop-off tourist bus to get an overview and start orienting yourself around the city.

The metro is efficient and fast, as well as trams, buses and trolley buses. However the service is active only during the day except for weekends when there are also night vehicles.
Public transport can be paid for in cash or with Podorozhnik card, a single electronic ticket for all means that can be purchased on the subway and can be used as an e-wellet until sold out. The cost is 60 rubles (€ 0,77) where you can load the amount you want. The purchase of the Saint Petersburg Guest Card which in addition to public transport includes admission to museums and excursions (1 day185 rubles / € 2,38).
Characteristic and definitely not to be missed is the boat tour, sailing along the most popular river route that follows 5 different channels.
Marshrutka is always typical of the area, mini-bus alternative to taxis that are shared with a maximum of 14-20 passengers. They make stops on request, both to go up and to go down and they are recognized as the means are usually white or yellow with a number preceded by the letter K.
The only difficulty is that drivers often only speak Russian, so understanding each other can be tricky.

It is highly inadvisable to drive around by car because the signs are only in Cyrillic and road problems are always around the corner. Bikes are also not recommended as there are no cycle paths and traffic is quite heavy.





  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, tram, metro, marshrutka, hop-on hop-off tourist bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars, motorcycles and bicycles
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Podorozhnik, rechargeable card 60 rubles (€ 0,77); Guest Card Saint Petersburg 185 rubles (€ 2,38); from 2 days 265 rubles (€ 3,41); from 7 days 705 rubles (€ 9,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of St. Petersburg

The airport serving the city of St. Petersburg is Pulkovo, about 15 km south of the center. To and from the airport there are various means, the most affordable is marshrutka, the collective taxi, which takes about 20 minutes to reach the city and the route costs 44 rubles (€ 0,57), alternatively you can opt for the comfortable private transfer.

Pulkovo Airport

  • Distance from the center: about 20 km / travel time from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on the means of transport
  • In marshrutka: half K3 / travel time about 20 minutes. Cost: 44 rubles (€ 0,57)
  • By taxi: cost about 900-1000 rubles (about € 14,00) / travel time: about 35 minutes
  • By bus + metro: buses n 39, 39 EX and K39 from 35,00 rubles (€ 0,45) + line 2 metro from 38,00 rubles (€ 0,50) / total travel time: about 53 minutes
  • Private transfer: private transfer from the airport

How to get around on foot

The center of St. Petersburg is characteristic and almost small in size, which allows you to explore it on foot in complete safety and tranquility, also because most of the most interesting attractions of the Russian town are located in the city center.
For a first approach, the advice is to take a guided walking tour in Italian, to retrace the history of the city, identify the landmarks and main attractions, and become familiar with the city.

One of the main streets of the center, often crossed not only to reach the main monuments or sites of cultural interest but also to indulge in healthy shopping sessions is the Nevsky prospect, famous for its granite sidewalks and its grandeur.

If you choose to walk the fabulous historic center, special attention should be paid to the opening and closing times of the drawbridges: for a wow effect do not miss the evening cruise between the raised drawbridges!



Con i mezzi pubblici

The public transport network of St. Petersburg consists of the underground (the fastest and most used means), trams, trolley buses and buses which, however, are rarely used by tourists as the writings are only in Cyrillic and the drivers speak only Russian. However, they are also the only vehicles that have a night schedule.

The Marshrutkas are very comfortable, which although they are led by drivers who speak only the local language make stops on request and allow you to move and admire the city.
Finally, another way we suggest to see the city from another perspective is represented by ferries.

Metro

Deep, elegant, even if not quite as extensive as that of other European cities.
It is one of the most beautiful underground networks in the world, so much so that there is even a guided tour of the subway, with the stops that look like real works of art and the low reliefs that tell the story of the Soviet Union.

The St. Petersburg metro counts 5 lines (each distinguished by a color: red, blue, green, yellow and purple) and boasts 67 stations. The token system is in force in the city metro, i.e. a coin that can be purchased at each station ticket office at the automatic ticket machines.

  • Downloadable map: metro-map
  • 05 pm (CET)
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 45 rubles (€ 0,58)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day pass 185 rubles (€ 2,38), 2-day pass 265 rubles (€ 3,41), 3 355 rubles (€ 4,57), 7-day pass 705 rubles (€ 9,00)

Tram

Mainly used to reach the outskirts of the city.
With his 42 lines, St. Petersburg trams have one of the largest networks in the world.



  • Downloadable map: tram-map
  • 06:00AM - 00:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 40 rubles (€ 0,52)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket 185 rubles (€ 2,38), the 2 day ticket 265 rubles (€ 3,41), 3 days 355 rubles (€ 4,57), 7 days 705 rubles (€ 9,00)

bus

There are different types of buses (whose stops can be recognized by the letter A), which cover extensively (although rather slowly) every corner of beautiful St. Petersburg.

  • Downloadable map: bus-map
  • 06 pm (CET)
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 40 rubles (€ 0,52)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket 185 rubles (€ 2,38), the 2 day ticket 265 rubles (€ 3,41), 3 days 355 rubles (€ 4,57), 7 days 705 rubles (€ 9,00)

Trolleybus

There are 44 lines which often, combined with the help of trams and / or buses, guarantee movement inside and outside the city center. Trolleybus stops are marked with the letter M.

  • Downloadable map: trolley-bus map
  • 06:00AM - 00:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 40 rubles (€ 0,52)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket 185 rubles (€ 2,38), 2 days ticket 265 rubles (€ 3,41), 3 days 355 rubles (€ 4,57), 7 days 705 rubles (€ 9,00)

Marshrutka

It is mini-bus alternatives to taxis that are shared with a maximum of 14-20 passengers. They carry out stops on request, both to go up and to go down and they are recognized as the means are usually white or yellow with a number preceded by the letter K.
The only difficulty is that drivers often only speak Russian, so understanding each other can be tricky. The ticket can be paid for directly on board in cash or through the Podorozhnik, the rechargeable card used as an e-wallet to pay for transport until the charged amount is exhausted.

  • 06:00AM - 23:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 40 rubles (€ 0,52) fixed cost

ferry

One of the best ways to visit the city and admire it from a different perspective especially during the summer are the ferries. The boat tour will allow you to admire the splendor of the architectural structures and lose yourself in the romantic atmosphere that the city offers.

The means most used by both residents and tourists, and also the cheapest one, is theAquabus, a Water Taxi, distinguishable by the yellow color, which stops at the main attractions and neighborhoods along the Neva River. The price of a ride usually costs around 100 rubles (€ 1,20)

  • Map: map-aquabus
  • 09:00AM - 21:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 100 rubles (€ 1,20)

By car

Using a car in St. Petersburg is strongly discouraged for various reasons: first of all the signage is only in Cyrillic and unless you are bilingual it will be difficult to understand where you are even if you have a navigator.
Furthermore, it is a very busy city with few and expensive parking spaces; therefore if you are traveling with a car, leave it inside the hotel and do not move it anymore.
If you want to travel by car because you have little time, we recommend that you take part in the comfortable tour with a driver, who, together with a local guide, will take you to discover the city.

ZTL

There are no ZTL and limited traffic areas.

Stops and parking

Most of the rest areas and car parks they have quite high costs which are around 480 rubles (€ 4,89); the same are free from 20:01 pm to 7:59 am.
They are paid at the parking meters.

Audio Video How to get around in St. Petersburg: info, costs and advice
Add a comment from How to get around in St. Petersburg: info, costs and advice
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.