St. Petersburg Metro Map
St. Petersburg Metro: It is easy to use it, although there are no signs in English. As you can see on the metro scheme there are just 4 lines. Metro entrances are marked with a blue letter "M" on top. The metro is opened from 5.45 a.m. to 0.15 a.m. Usually the last train in the line starts its way at 0.00 and the passes between the stations are closed at 0.15 am. When there're rush hours 8.00-9.00, 17.00-19.00 the metro is overcrowded so it's better to avoid it.
Orientation. There are metro schemes only in russian in every car, sometimes there are schemes at the stations. It might be useful to print out our metro scheme or to buy it somewhere. When you're on the station and want to find out the direction you need just look up there're signs hanging on the ceiling - signs are in russian too - a list of stations in every direction. If you need to find a way out of the metro also look up to see where the exit to the city is ("Exit to the city) and to which street (ulitsa). If you need to find a pass to another station, also look up for ("PassageÖ") signs.
Tickets. The metro has no special zones - all metro is one zone, and there's no time limit for using your ticket. So you can buy a ticket or a coin ("zheton") for 12 roubles for one trip (0.43$) and spend as much time inside as you like. A good way to save money is to buy a card for many rides - the price of one ride will be cheaper then.
Buses, Trolleys, Trams. Bus - av`tobus. Trolleybus- tro`leibus. Tram - tram`vai .
Most of them don't go on the schedule, and the average waiting time can be from 5-10 minutes to 40 minutes in the evenings. The hours of work are from 6:00 until 24:00. The bus stops are yellow plates marked with "A" signs, trolleys' - white plates with "T" and trams' with "Tp". The city transport stops working after 24:00 and starts working after 6:00. There are no night buses or trolleys or trams. If you're late, you can take a taxi.
A ticket for one trip costs 12 roubles. You can buy the tickets from the driver, in the metro and also in some buses there are conductors selling the tickets. I don't buy the tickets because choppers are rare.
Marshrutka. Is a minibus. They usually have the same numbers as the buses or trolleys and go the same route. This kind of public transport is very popular and have even replaced some bus routes. If you see an approaching shuttle just wave it down like a taxi. You must pay for a trip from 15 to 25 roubles to the driver when you come out. When you are near your stop just say aloud to the driver where to stop. He will understand if you just say "Stop!" or more polite "Ostano`vite po`zhaluista" (stop please).
Taxi or Cars. You can use any car as a taxi, most of the private drivers will make you a lift but only for money. It's better to negotiate the price before starting a trip (even cabmen don't like to use counters). When the driver recognizes you as a foreigner, he will try to make you pay the highest price - so bargain. It is a good way to find out a typical price (ask natives) before. Most of the drivers will accept us dollars if you don't have roubles. Prices are low enough, so it is a good way of transporting - usually it costs around 300 roubles (11$) to get from the outskirts of city to the centrum and it's around 150 roubles (6$) to move around the centrum.
To rent a car you need to have your driving license, at least one year experience, and to be minimum 21 years old. All the companies prefer booking, but in most of the cases you can easily rent a car right in the office.
St. Petersburg Bridges Schedule. There are many bridges in St.Petersburg and the largest ones across Neva river are lifted at the following times (a.m.)
Volodarskiy 2.00 - 3.45 and 4.15 - 5.45
Alexandra Nevskogo 1.30 - 5.05
Liteiny 1.50 - 4.40
Troitskiy 1.50 - 4.50
Dvortsovy 1.35-2.55 and 3.15 - 4.50
Leytenanta Shmidta 1.40 - 4.55
Birzhevoy 2.10 - 4.50
Tuchkov 2.10 - 3.05 and 3.35 - 4.45
Sampsoniyevskiy 2.10 - 2.45 and 3.20 - 4.25
Grenaderskiy 2.45 - 3.45 and 4.20 - 4.50
Kantemirovskiy 2.45 - 3.45 and 4.20 - 4.50