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Museums with a free entrance

Have you heard anything about a free entrance to the museums of St. Petersburg? For the foreigners the list consists of 4 museums, you can check them out below.

Read more about this clocks in the proper section or check my review on Tripadvisor (Yulia_S_gtmy)
Hermitage. Read more about this clocks in the proper section or check my review on Tripadvisor (Yulia_S_gtmy)
  1. Hermitage – the 1st Thursday of each month (by the way, if you check couchserfing.org, you can find information about monthly meetings of enthusiasts who want to explore the museum together). If you do not want to come to the opening of museum, to avoid lines you can take the free ticket in advance – on Wednesday’s evening.
  2. The State Museum of the History of Religion is free for all visitors for the first Monday of each month (except this November. The free entrance will be on the 10th of Novermber due to the pupil’s holidays). Here you can make a virtual tour for free.
  3. Zoological Museum -every last Thursday of each month (except the days of pupil’s holidays. this year the days are: autumn – 27.10- 05.11, winter – 29.12-12.01, spring – 23.03-01.04.) http://www.zin.ru/museum/info.html (Russian language only)
  4. Acad. F.N. Chernyshev Central Scientific Geological and Prospecting Museum – the entrance is free, if you are going without the tour guide. The museum works Monday-Friday from 10am to 5pm (they are not working the last friday of the month)  http://www.russianmuseums.info/M151 (choose the English version)

*The museums are listed according to the subjective author’s rating

St. Petersburg. FAQ-2

There you will find the answers for the second half of questions mentioned on the FAQ page.

  1. Money
  2. Patriotism of citizens
  3. Rules of politeness
  4. Side of the road to pass
  5. Smoking and drinking restrictions
  6. Toilets in the city
  7. Tourist offices and helplines
  8. Wheel-chaired travelers



Russian currency is the ruble. Currency exchanges are made in exchange offices of banks. The exchange points are located throughout and work, as a rule, from 10.00 to 20.00 hours. The most popular exchange office is situated in the city center, close to the big shopping mall Gallery – Центр обмена СКВ Лиговский . There are usually long lines, but they move very quickly.   Warning – It is unsafe to  exchange money through strangers in the streets or to count money on the street. Also, do not withdraw money from the ATMs standing on the streets, as that may be unsafe.

Advice – if you are going to exchange your money here in St-Petersburg (dollars or euro, it may be problematic to exchange other currency), do not forget that the banknotes from your currency should be clean.  They should not be torn, should not be glued, should not have any marks on them , otherwise they will  not be exchanged.

Average price: bottle of water in the shop -30 rubles, the ride on the public transport -25-28 rubles, on commercial transport– 36 rubles more.  A business lunch with a set of 2-3 courses costs about 300-350 rubles per person. The  entrance fee for the museums is about 300-400 rubles.

A  visit to St. Petersburg  can be economical. A safe trip will be guaranteed if you read the information here.To the top

Patriotism of citizens

Entering the city (if you go from the airport to the place of your destination), you will see some history which will never be forgotten by the Petersburgers.

In order to understand the historical context for the city  you should know some important information. For Russians,  the war of 1941 – 1945 was the Great Patriotic War. The country was attacked by fascist Germany, but did not concede.  Russia won the liberating war in the country and continued fighting in the general World War until the end. This war was liberating for the citizens, although a huge number of people were  killed in battles and in the rear. As for St-Petersburg, lots of defenders died because of the famine in the blockade city, which was besieged for more than for 900 days. People still remember this feat of the city which earned St Petersburg hero status.

Petersburgers respectfully honor the memory of the past days. You will see monuments devoted to war everywhere in the city, pay attention to them, as they have great meaning to the city’s residents. For instance, at  the entrance to the city there is a monument commemorating the breaking of the blockade.  There  is a special Stella on the main central street of the city – Nevsky Prospect. On the walls of the buildings there are the signs warning of the shelling.To the top

Rules of politeness

In cafes and shops the sellers and the customers greet each other with the phrase «Здравствуйте» (“Hello”) or доброе утро \ день \ вечер (good morning \ day \ evening), the word «спасибо» means “thank you.” (You can check the pronunciation at the russian-speaking section here).

In the restaurants, cafes, bars  (in any places where you get service) a customary tip is 10-15% of the bill, or more if desired. Do not be too shy to thank the waiter for attention. In that way, if you had a great time, your tip is a well-deserved reward for good service.To the top

Side of the road to pass

Due to the rules of the pedestrian moving people should be moving in public places on the right side. If the person is on the escalator, he should stand on the right side and other passengers will pass him by from the left side. The same goes for going up on the escalator.

Advice -some of the traffic lights have a very long waiting time and show a very short time for crossing the road. Don’t panic while crossing the road – you are allowed to finish your walk.To the top

Smoking and drinking restrictions

Smoking restrictions

 Due to the last federal law, smoking is not permitted in public places (outdoors, indoors), including the restaurants, in public transport, at the distance of 15 meters to the entrance of any kind of transport stations (train stations, airports, subway halls). Now cigarettes can be  bought in the shops only; sometimes you need to ask for them.

 The drinking restrictions

 It is not allowed to carry an opened bottle of alcohol outdoors. You may carry that in a  bag, if you want and drink from the bag or pour the liquid into a  glass. The shops sell  alcohol to people older than 18 who can prove their age with an  id. The time for buying the alcohol is restricted: from 11am to 10pm.To the top

Toilets in the city

In the city you can find the commercial public toilets (they can be of 2 types: the small houses and toilet cabins) and the free public toilets (one of them is located in the big yellow shopping mall “Gostiniy dvor” which stands in the middle of Nevskiy Prospect; another one is in a big shopping mall Galeria).

The food courts in all the shopping malls have free toilets.The fast food places such as McDonalds , KFC, Carl’s Junior are also attracting peoples’ attention for that purpose. The toilets are pronounced practically in the same way as in English; they have the following signs: Туалет, WC, ▲▼.

Tourist offices and tourist helpline

You can always use the tourist 24 hour English speaking helpline. The number is the following: +7(812) 300-33-33 or 8(812) 300-33-33.

The main functions of the help service:

  • Providing information about various institutions (consulates, banks, exchange offices);
  • Providing information about possible leisure (such as museums, showrooms, galleries, Internet cafes, restaurants, bars, coffee places, clubs, shops, shopping centers, sanatoria, pools, beauty shops etc);
  • Transport (taxi call, car rent, any information on city transport);
  • The organization of personal services may include escort of a  translator, a call for a personal assistant for shopping, being a personal guide, planning sightseeing tours, personal round-the-clock protection, the order and delivery of a bunch of flowers, a call for a  personal driver.
  • Booking for hotel accommodations, plane tickets, train tickets  etc.,  restaurant reservations,  tickets for theatre, opera, cinema, philharmonic, etc.
  • The help in emergency situations such as a  call for a medical care, a police assistance , consultation in emergency situations, communication with departments: FSB, Federal Border Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Customs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) (information is taken with www.ispb.info)

In order to get the map of the city or some extra printed information, you can go to one of the tourist offices at the following addresses:

  • площадь Растрелли (8.30-16.00, Mon-Fr);
  • Дворцовая площадь (10.00-19.00, daily);
  • Аэропорт Пулково (10.00-19.00, daily);
  • Кронверская набережная, напротив Петропавловской крепости (10.00-19.00, daily);
  • Исаакиевская площадь (10.00-19.00, daily);
  • Площадь Восстания (10.00-19.00, daily);
  • Пассажирский порт «Морской Фасад» (9.00-18.00, daily from May to September).

Also, you can take the maps in Russian or English in 2 huge shopping malls in the center: Stockmann and Galeria. They have information desks on the 1st level.To the top

Wheel-chaired travelers

From the list of city museums only the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Mikhailovsky Castle, Marble Palace, Erarta, Anna Akhmatova Museum in Fountain House have elevators and lifting devices for wheelchairs. Some stations of subways have the special accommodations (the list is there)To the top

I will be glad if you find this information useful for your trip or the trips of your friends. It will be easy to find the information if you share the article. Enjoy your trip!

St. Petersburg. FAQ-1

There you will find the answers for the half of questions mentioned on the FAQ page.

  1. Beggars
  2. Communication in St. Petersburg (phone, mail)
  3. Customs rules in Russia
  4. Drawbridges
  5. Electricity
  6. Health care (pharmacies)
  7. Holidays and days off
  8. Insects in the city


In the streets and in the subway you may face the professional beggars telling enthusiastically a dozen different stories per day for sensitive and responsive city visitors. That is also a kind of work which they chose on their own,  if they do begging in public places where it is not allowed (subways, for instance), a realist can understand that such a work pays off. During their days off these actors are well-dressed, have the newest gadgets and do have the dream vacations (it is a well-known fact written in the newspapers, I do know these stories from the real life). Some of these people can bring bad luck (as it seems to me), so try not to talk to them or unswer their questions. Also, be aware of people, who seat near calm sad lying dogs and ask for money to feed those unhappy creatures are the only ones who worsen the lives of their (or may be not their) pets. You do not feed the pets, you feed these people.

If you really want to share the extra money with others – encourage the street artists or buy something from the quite old ladies who are selling the home-grown production (fruits, vegetables, flowers) or the hand-made things. To the top

Communication in St. Petersburg (phone, mail)

1 . Phone

International code of St. Petersburg is +7 or 8; the code of the city is 812.

In order to call from other countries to St. Petersburg, you should dial the following numbers: 00 – 7 – (a city code) – a person’s phone  number (usually, it has from 5 to 7 digits). Example: 00 – 7 – (812) – 1234567

In order to call from Russia to other country: From the city phone: 8 – beep (or if you do not hear the sound you can keep dialing) – 10 – ___ (a telephone code of the country) – (a city code) – a person’s phone number. From the mobile: + __ (a telephone code of the country) – a person’s phone number

How to make a call to another city: Country code – a city Code – a person’s phone number. Example: 8-495 – 1234567.

Mobile telecommunication. The phones of foreign guests catch a network here, however the calls and messages can be very expensive. If  you stay in Petersburg for a long time and you are going to use a  mobile phone for communication, you can get a SIM card of one of the

Petersburg operators: MTS, Megafon, Tele2, Beeline. The card can be bought in the cellar shops (the shops are named by the brands.  Also there are the special cellar shops Связной, Евросеть , where you can refill the amount of money on the SIM card in any of the mentioned shops by the special device or with the cashier).

Advice – I would recommend you to use the Internet apps for communication, for instance, Skype, Google Voice, MagicJack, Viber, Tango, Whats up, Facebook messanger.

If you do not have a computer, you can go to an Internet cafe (you can check the information in the section “Easy Petersburg“). There you can use the headphones for comfortable communication. If you have a laptop or any other portable device, look for  places with Wi-Fi (hotels, the business centers, the cafes and restaurants of the city, some stations of the subway, some parks).

You can buy USB-modem with a pre-paid SIM card of any mobile operator.

 2 . Mail

Post offices are located everywhere in the city. At the central post office (Pochtamtskaya Street, 9. Metro Nevskiy Prospect, subway Адмиралтейская. The schedule is the following: 9.00-19.30, Sundays 10.00-17.30 The phone: +7 (812) 315-80-22) it is possible to send and receive a letter, a parcel. There you can buy envelopes, cards, stamps. As for additional services,  the mail offers phone connection, money transfer services, Internet access, photocopying services, etc.

Postal indexes of Petersburg have an appearance 19XXXX.To the top

Customs rules in Russia

Some of the information is taken from the official website about St. Petersburg.

Crossing the Russian border, you will have to fill in the customs declaration. The customs declaration has to be filled by all who are 16 years or older. Currently, it is permitted to import $3000 without customs declaration.

In Russia, you can import items which are not intended for trading purposes without declaring them. Expensive jewelry or other valuables should be mentioned in the declaration.   The person who carries  the declaration  will need to pass through the red channel for customs clearance. Other  tourists pass through the green channel.

A foreign citizen may bring into Russia no more than $ 10 thousand dollars in cash and may  leave the country with  no larger sum. If you declare this sum you need to provide the Customs with the documents confirming withdrawals from your bank account. The amount which less than $ 1.5 thousand is not declared. If you are travelling with a credit/ debit  card, no one will check the sum on it.

For the export purchased original works of art, not in the list of cultural significance for Russia, it is necessary to have a document  certified by the Ministry of Culture Antiques signed and sealed. Icons export is prohibited. Limited exportation is permitted for medicine – no more than one pack of each denomination; fish and shellfish – not more than 5 kg and black caviar – 280 g per person; no more than five pieces of  gold and platinum with a total weight of up to 130 g or 120 g of silver,etc. When crossing the border by car, you can export only 20 liters of gasoline canister. If you buy the unique expensive items in the shops, always try to ask if there are any export restrictions for them.

 Upon entry to   Russia,  tourists must fill in the migration card (2 copies) which is issued in the airplane, train or ferry. When a foreign citizen crosses the Russian border, he will receive the seals (stamps) in his passport, visa and migration card according to official requirements. The date specified on the stamp, is considered to be the first day of tourist’s stay in the Russian Federation. Migration cards should be kept in a safe place, as well as the passports, during the whole period of stay in Russia.

Customs rules forbid import or export of  weapons, ammunition, drugs. It is forbidden to export antiques and objects of art, except the ones that tourist imported into the country and declared on border. Souvenirs, including products of national trade, do not need to be declared for export from Russia. Nevertheless, saving of receipts, labels and checks can be useful. To the top


It is a wonderful view when the bridges are up, but can also create big problems for those who was left on the wrong side of the city.  The Central part of the city with Nevskiy Prospect is separated from the Vasilievskiy Island, Petrogradskaya Side.  Transport is available only during the weekends and some of the holidays (you can read the information here).

The bridges are open at a night time only during the period of navigation – from the middle of April to the middle of November (more than for half of the year!).

The schedule of the raising of the drawbridges:

Bridge Drawn (AM)
first second
The bridges over Neva are raised as follows:
Volodarsky Bridge 02:00—03:45 04:15—05:45
Finland Railway Bridge 02:20—05:30
Alexander Nevsky Bridge 02:20—05:10
Piter the Great Bridge (former Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge) 02:00—05:00
Liteyny Bridge 01:40—04:45
Trinity Bridge (former Kirov bridge) 01:35—04:50
The bridges over Bolshaya Nevka are raised as follows:
Sampsonievsky Bridge 02:10—02:45 03:20—04:25
Grenader Bridge 02:45—03:45 03:20—04:50
Kantemirovsky Bridge 02:45—03:45 04:20—04:50
The bridges over Malaya Neva are raised as follows:
Exchange Bridge 02:00—04:55
Tuchkov Bridge 02:00—02:55 03:35—04:55
The bridges over Bolshaya Neva are raised as follows:
Palace Bridge 01:25—02:50 03:10—04:55
Blagoveshchensky Bridge (former Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge) 01:25—02:45 03:10—05:00

There is only one bridge which is not raised – Vantoviy, but it is far away from the city centre so it takes a lot of time to get to the needed destination through it. Additionally, it is too expensive!To the top


Electrical network in the city: alternating current, voltage 220V, frequency 50Hz. To the top

Health care (pharmacies)

Official information about health services in the city can be obtained by calling the city administration of Health Committee 571-09-06 or on their website www.zdrav.spb.ru .

The pharmacies in St. Petersburg

The pharmacies in St-Petersburg are open at least from 9am to 9pm and some of the pharmacies work 24 hours. You can find the list of  pharmacies here: http://apteki-peterburg.ru (the information will be in Russian, choose English translation on the top of this page and click than or use Google translation).  Also you can check the information through Google search.To the top

Holidays and days off

The citizens are fond of their city’s celebrations as well as Russian and universal celebrations. They  participate in parades and special events, go to concerts, watch the fireworks.

During all-Russian holidays the days are considered to be days off, so some of the government places (the consulates, some banks, the post, museums) are closed, people are not working, everyone who is outdoors is competing for having a great time. Due to the parades, some streets of the city are not available for transportation, including the main central street – Nevskiy Prospect.

The major holidays in St-Petersburg and their types:

  • The 1st of January, the New Year — it is considered to be a big family feast! International and All-Russian (the days off are the 1st – the 8th of January )
  • The 7th of January – Christmas – All-Russian (the days off are the 1st – the 8th of January)
  • The 18th of January, the day of breakthrough of the Siege – a historical event for the city and the country –Local
  • The 27th of January- the total finish of the Siege – Local
  • The 14th of February – International
  • The 23rd of February – the day of Defender – International and All-Russian (in 2014 the days off were the 22nd – the 23rd of February)
  • The 8th of March – the Universal and Russian (in 2014 the days off were the 8th – the 10th of May)
  • The 1st of May – the Holiday of Spring and Labor — All-Russian (in 2014 the days off were the 1st – the 4th of May)
  • The 9th of May — the Victory Day — International and All-Russian holiday devoted to the end of the Great Patriotic War. It is celebrated by a  military Parade– International and All-Russian (in 2014 the days off were the 9th – the 10th of May)
  • The 27th of May ­ – the Birthday of the city – Local . It is usually celebrated with the parades, fests, fireworks. The celebrations usually last during 3 days, which are close to the weekends.
  • The 12th of June – The day of Russia –All-Russian (in 2014 the days off  were the 12th – the 15th of June)
  • The 3rd Saturday (or Friday) of June –Scarlet Sails (celebration of school graduation for the recent scholars) – Local. There is a concert for the graduates (the entrance is limited by the invitations), there is the firework and the beautiful ship with the scarlet sails is passing the embankments– a symbol of hopes, dreams and amazingly bright future.

  • The last Sunday of July is the day of the Russian navy. There is the parade of ships in the city – All-Russian
  • The 4th of November – the day of National Unity – All-Russian (in 2014 the days off  will be the 1st – the 4th of November)

 Advice – in order to avoid the lines in front of museums, you should know that during the days of school vacation you can see a lot of families with children, who want to explore the cultural life of the city. Excluding summer vacations there are 3 more school vacations:

  • in autumn – the last week of October and a half of the next week,
  • in winter – the last week of December,
  • in spring – the last week of March and a half following.

 There are also the international forums in the city (the international economic forum) during which there are some limits for to the  availability of transportation. Vasileostrovsky island and the Central part with Nevsky Prospect can be closed for the public transport (the same comes to the arrival of Father Frost to the city in winter!). Due to the many visitors who attend the forums, forums, the rental unit prices can be doubled or tripled, so it is a good idea to book apartments in advance.To the top

Insects in the city

In late spring, summer and early autumn there are a lot of midges and mosquitoes in the city, which can bite. It it is possible to buy repellant sprays for protection  from mosquitoes. There are repellant devices for electrical sockets in shops and hypermarkets. Be careful while going to the woods during the end of May and the whole June, as there are the ticks there which can be dangerous.To the top

I will be glad if you find this information useful for your trip or the trips of your friends. It will be easy to find the information if you share the article. Enjoy your trip!

Photos of St. Petersburg

Here you can get the hint for finding the best photos and videos of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg. Intagram

Instagram is a good resourse for finding photos of good quality. If you use the #spbgtmy, You will see my photos and the photos of those who know about the existence of such a hashtag =)

Also you can use #Питер #Спб #spbgtmy #petersburg #peterburg #StPetersburg  #СанктПетербург #spbgram #saintpetersburg #питерялюблютебя #sanpietroburgo #petersbourg

And some general hshtags: #россия #russia #instagramrussia  #ig_russia #instarussia #photorussia #russiaphoto #img_russia #фотодляРоссии #rusphoto


St. Petersburg. My photos

Here are some colorful photos from my Instagram and albums.

St. Petersburg. My videos

The car rent

The roads are not very smooth, the traffic police are very attentive to the cars which don’t follow the traffic rules. Traffic jams are very frequent in the city and  there is not a sufficient number of  places to park in the center (the car can be evacuated). Nevertheless, having the car gives you the freedom of moving around the city. You can find the list of the English-speaking companies below:


  •  If you can drive the car with an automatic transmission only, you would ask about the cars for rent in advance.
  • Pay attention to the road signs – there are many one-way streets and streets which have the special lines for the public transport.
  • Try to avoid the traffic jams in the city (they usually happen from 8.30 to 9.30 am, from 5.30 to 7 pm).

Taxi in St. Petersburg

If you are going to order the taxi by phone, the sequence is the following: you call the telephone number, you tell a point of departure and arrival, you ask about the price or the operator says that, if you agree, the order is made.  Some taxi services accept credit/debit cards for peyment, ask the operator about that option if you need it. The cost of a trip is fixed, you can leave a tip as a change from the .

The taxi will arrive by the arranged time, when it comes to the place the taxi service will send the message to your specified phone number or the driver will call you to name the car number and the color of it. Not all the taxis have an identification mark of a taxi. Nevertheless, if all the information on a car number and a name of the driver coincides with the information specified to you, that is your car, you can go.

Unfortunately, not all the companies have English-speaking operators and the English website; I have made a small list an English-speaking companies where you can order a taxi online:
Angel Taxi, (+7) 812 777 20 10,
Taxi 068,  (+7) 812 068, (+7) 812 324 77 77,
New Yellow Taxi,  (+7) 812 600 88 88,
Taxi 6000000
TAXI 777

Advice – do not use the services of the private cars – at a minimum you can overpay for the ride, at maximum it may be dangerous.

The ways to pay for the subway ride

            It is possible to ride the subway in two ways: using the tokens or putting a contactless smart card to a turnstile. The tokens are good for infrequent travel in the subway, and also for night travel (according to the schedule of the subway).
It is possible to buy a token at the subway ticket window, but the most convenient option is to use the special machine gun which issues the required number of tokens and the change for the banknote of 100 rubles. The ticket for a multi ride is coded on a smart card “Podorozhnik” (“Подорожник”). A smart card is of blue or violet color which can be purchased in the ticket booth or in the multifunctional device.
If you plan to use a smart card, be aware that in addition to the cost of the ticket itself you will need to pay a deposit (55 rubles) for the card, which can be returned to the cashier (you will be refunded the deposit there). In St. Petersburg, the metro ticket offices do not issue a receipt or document confirming the payment of travel; if you need to confirm travel expenses, ask the cashier to write a check. If the tourist plans to use the subway frequently, I would recommend the cards with a limit on them of  10, 20, 25, 40 or 50 rides.
Attention – there is a limit of the next time passage for the cards. It is specified in the table (the information is taken from the official website of the subway).

# Ticket name  Cost Number of rides Timeout existence*  Note
 1 Token subway-token  31 rub 1 no
2 Baggage payment. If you have the luggage, you need to buy a special white baggage token. With that token you can pass the special  turnstile near the cabin controllers. Simply say on cash desk ” Oplata Bagazha” (“Оплата багажа”= “payment for the luggage”). luggage-payment  31 rub - no token
3 Ticket for 10 trips and 7 days (can not be recorded on an electronic purse card).  295 rub 10 10 min
 4 Ticket for 20 trips and 15 days 560 rub 20 10 min
5 Ticket for 40 trips and 30 days 1070 rub 40 10 min
6 The electronic cards “Подорожник” and “Card of the guest” have an unlimited number of trips. The price for the rides reduces with the growing number of the rides. see below

*Timeout is the time of repeated pass under the same ticket.

Money for unused trips is not refundable, but you can return the card to the cash desk and get the collateral value.

There are the discounts for the trips in the underground in a calendar month (based on the rate per trip) – information is actual for June 2014 (the information is also taken from the official website of the subway)

The cost of one trip Number of trips per calendar month Timeout existence*
30 rub from 1 to 10 10 min
29 rub  from 11 to 20 10 min
28 rub from 21 to 30 10 min
27 rub from 31 to 40 10 min
26 rub from 41 and more 10 min

The types of the tickets (here you can find the basic information, you can read the detailed information on the official subway website http://www.metro.spb.ru/ticket.html)

The most commonly used cards are the following:

  1. The contactless card МЕТРО is intended for the multi rides. It doesn’t have the functions of the electronic ticket, it can have the exact purchased amount of rides. It can be used after the refilling of the rides and next time it can be paid for is after the end of the purchased time.  regular-pass
  2. The contactless smart card “Подорожник. It is intended to be used as an electronic purse – it can have the money on it be which you can pay for the ride. Also it is possible to buy the multi ride tickets on it.podorozhnik
  3. The contactless smart card “Card of the guest”. You can use it as an electronic purse.petersburg-card

If you ride in public transport with baggage you need to pay for it separately.

Refilling the travel card

The maximum sum to refill the card is 15000 rubles. The minimum is the fare of the ride in public transport (for the year 2014 it is 25 rubles for trams, buses and trolleybuses).

The basic information

If you have the smart card you should put it in the special card receiver of the multipurpose machine. On the screen there will be information about the balance of your account and different options, you can choose English language for the operations. The machine accepts coins (1, 2, 5 rubles) and the banknotes (the banknotes should have the rating mentioned on the screen, otherwise the banknotes will be given back by the machine).


The step-by-step instruction:

1. Insert the card into the receiving slot, labeled as “Insert the card.” The screen will display the current status of the ticket on your card.

2. Click “Pay”. Display shows a list of  tickets types you can buy. If the valid travel ticket card is already written on the card and not used till the end, it does not allow the replenishment of trips. There will be a message on the screen “The payment of this card is impossible”

3. Choose the ticket you want to purchase from the list of options by clicking on it at the left. If you choose the type of ticket with an arbitrary number of  trips and validity of 90 days, set the resource for ticket corresponding buttons on the screen. The same procedure goes for refilling the card with the money for the electronic card.

4. Click “Pay”. The screen will display the chosen value of the ticket and the maximum value of the banknotes.

5. Enter the banknotes or coins into the respective receiver in the amount of the cost of the selected ticket (note – if you are refilling the electronic card and you want to refill it with more than one banknote,  put it into receiver one after another and when you are done, click the option “”to pay). The screen will display the resource of a purchased ticket and the message on completion of record of the ticket on the card.

6. Take delivery of the bowl return and the card with a recorded ticket.

Advice – insert money into the money machine without long delays, otherwise the machine will be locked and the screen will display “The automat is  locked, wait for the arrival of the cashier.” In this case, refer to the cashier station.

Advice – Do not remove the card inserted into the machine until the completion of the ticket recording. The cancel of purchase the ticket is only possible before inserting the money and is made by pressing the “Cancel” button  on the screen machine or removing the card from the machine.

 Automatic token-selling machine

You can get the tokens in automatic machines which are situated in the lobbies of the Petersburg subway; also you can use the multi functional device for this purpose.

Advice– perhaps, the subway can be the only public transport where it is possible to exchange the banknote of a big value (only if you come not late at night and not early in morning).

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The commercial transport

Commercial transport vs public transport

The difference between the public transport and the commercial transport:

  • the appearance –  commercial buses which look in the same way as the regular ones have the “K” letter in front of the number and the minibuses are always the commercial buses;
  • the differences in stops – the public transport stops only at the stops of public transport, the commercial transport – anywhere on the route upon the request (the polite form of request is «остановите, пожалуйста» you can see it on the section «No language barrier»);
  • the speed of driving is faster,
  • the fare is more expensive (35 rubles and more if you are going to the suburbs).
  • The fare is paid directly to the driver. 2 people who sit behind the driver usually pass the money (the cash and the change) to the driver.

The advice-

  •  If you use the commercial transport, say or show the address in advance – the commercial buses can miss the stops, so you will be misleaded when to get out.
  • If you are standing not at the 1st stop of the transport you should hitch-hike it.
  • The buses with the same number but the absence or presence of the “K” letter have different routes, be attentive!


Here you can find:

General information

The subway hub consists of 5 lines. Most of the stations work from 5:45 until the midnight (you can check the schedule here). The Petersburg subway is the second-large underground transport system in Russia. The subway, especially in rush hours, is the fastest mean of transport and has the biggest passenger capacity in comparison to other means of transport . Its departures are more regular. In addition to being a good mean of transport the underground has an aesthetic effect – one of the subway lines can be called the line of underground palaces.

You can see the map of the subway below (it was taken from the map of www.citytourpass.ru).


In the 2014 the fare for the ride is 28 rubles. You can see the variety of cards here (! if you are not using the google translator for this page, you will need to click on google translation and after that to click on the link).

The waiting time for trains in the subway depends on the part of the week (workdays, weekends or holidays). On the average, the time of wait during the rush hours of work days is about 3-4 minutes, and on the days off and in the evenings are about 8-12 minutes.

The entrance to the subway is always marked by a letter “M” (the same letter is on the tokens).

In the subway there are information stands: maps of the city, electronic information points.

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The main rules of behavior in the subway are the following:

  1. You may be asked to show the documents and the baggage. If  you refuse inspection, you will have to leave the subway. You have the right to take a child under 7 years free of charge, and  to photograph without flash.
  2. On the elevator, you should stand on the right side (as people are passing by the passengers going down), hold the handrails and the baggage. On the platform you should leave space for an exit of passengers from cars. In the cars you should give way to disabled people, elderly people, pregnant women and passengers with children.
  3. It is forbidden to be barefoot at the stations (!), to drink alcoholic drinks in the subway, to eat food, to run on a platform, not to follow the traffic rules (usually there is right-hand movement, in some places there are restrictions on an entrance the underpass).

Advice – As you have already read above, you should stand on the right side of the elevator. The same rule works for going upwards on the escalators.

If you are interested in detailed information about the rules of behavior in the subway, specific schedule of work of stations, information desks, the streets which are in the route of night buses, the “commuter intercepting  parking” (these are the stations which have a paid parking lot nearby. Leaving a car here, you can avoid traffic jams of land transport in rush hours by continuing underground route), movement of handicapped groups, the list of stations with automatic machines for sale and replenishment of travel cards, check a subway site (! unfortunately, it is only in Russian, so, please, click on the google translator on the top of this page and click after that on the link).

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Attention  – before going somewhere by the subway, check the information about the stations with a changed schedule of work:

Station lobby The changes of work The days of changes
M2“Черная речка”= “Chernaya rechka”

The entrance is restricted from 16.05.2014 to  14.07.2014 from 17-00 to 19-00

M2“Невский проспект” = “Nevsky Prospect” (exit to the Griboyedova Channel*) from 7-30 to 10-00 and from 16-00 to 18-30 the entrance is closed workdays
M1“Технологический институт-1″= “Tekhnologicheskiy institute 1″ the entrance and the exit door are closed Sundays, the holidays
M1“Достоевская” = “Dostoyevskaya” the entrance and the exit door are closed the weekends, the holidays
M2“Площадь Александра Невского-2″ = “Ploshad’ Aleksandra Nevskogo-2″ the entrance and the exit door are closed the weekends, the holidays
M1“Пушкинская” = “Pushkinskaya” The upper station lobby is closed from 01.12.2013 to  30.06.2015 year. The entrance and exit should be done through the lobby «Звенигородская»
russia-petersburg-subway-1-line“Выборгская” = “Vyborgskaya” The station is closed for the capital repair from 07.02.2015 to 07.01.2016.

*The station  M2Невский проспект” = “Nevsky Prospect” has a second exit.

Attention:  some of the stations are very specific:

 M3 “Василеостровская”=”Vasileostrovskaya” – the first 2 doors of the train (counting from the 1st car) don’t open, the exit from the 1st car is possible through the 3rd and 4th door.

The subway station M1 “Технологический институт”= “Tekhnologicheskiy institute” combines 2 trains of different lines. When moving from station M1 «Пушкинская»   to M2  «Фрунзенская»  (and vica versa), you should cross the platform to the train, if you are going from M2 «Сенная»  до M1 «Балтийская»  (and vice versa),   you have the same situation. If you need other stations, you will need to climb the stairs of the underpass.

The subway stations  M1 “Технологический институт 1″ = “Tekhnologicheskiy institute 1“,  M1 “Пушкинская”= “Pushkinskaya”, M1 “Владимирская” = “Vladimirskaya” – the last door of the last car doesn’t open.

The exit from the car to the platform is usually made from the left side of the train. These are the exceptions: “Технологический институт” = “Tekhnologicheskiy institute“, M1 “Девяткино” = “Devyatkino”, M2 “Купчино”= “Kupchino”,  M2 “Парнас” = “Parnas”, M5 “Спортивная” = “Sportivnaya”. At the stop you may be surprised that you are standing backward to the opened doors. The information about exit is announced in advance but it is in Russian language only.

 Attention: here is the list of the most crowded stations during the rush hours (from 8 to 9.30 am, from 5 to 7 pm):

M3 Василеостровская, M1 Проспект Ветеранов, M1 Ленинский проспект, M1 Автово, M1 Балтийская, Пионерская, M2 Проспект Просвещения,  M1 Чернышевская, M1 Площадь Восстания .

Attention: it may be overcrowded on Sundays after 4pm near the subway station  M5 “Спортивная” = “Sportivnaya” as the football games are held nearby. If the subway is not working people need to go to other stations or use land transport. The subway station  «Проспект Большевиков» hosts the hockey games. In comparison with «Спортивная» station, it is not closed after the game so it is overcrowded by the fans of the game.

The note – the deepest stations of St. Petersburg are the following: M5“Адмиралтейская”,M1 “Чернышевская”,M1 “Площадь Ленина”. The way from the lobby to the train can take about 3-5 minutes if there is no crowd in the subway. The average time of ride between the stations is not 1-1.5 minute as in other cities of the world but about 2,5-4 minutes. If you are planning to be somewhere at the exact time you should leave about 10 minutes to be on time.

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The night bus

The night buses work from 0:00 to 06:00 am on weekends (in the night from Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday) and holidays

(January 1 and 7, the day of Orthodox Easter holiday).

Passengers can use the stops of public transport. The buses have obligatory stops near the subway stations,. Other stops are made upon request of passengers.

The fare is 25 rubles. Existing traffic interval is 30 minutes.

The routs:

  • № «1М» – the parallel to a red lineM1 ;
  • № «2М» – the parallel to a blue line M2;
  • № «3М» – the parallel to a green lineM3 ;
  • № «4М» – the parallel to an orange line M4;
  • № «5М» – the parallel to a violet line M5.

You can find the information about the routes  here (! unfortunately, it is only in Russian, so, please, click on the google translator on the top of this page and click after that on the link). To the top

Night subway

2 subway stations work during the navigation time (from the 30th of April to the 15th of November) at nights from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday. The stations are M5«Адмиралтейская» –  M5«Спортивная», they are operating from 1am to 3am. The entrance is  token-only. The interval between trains is 20 minutes.

Station lobby M5«Адмиралтейская»= “Admiralteiskaya”

Entrance Exit
During the even days On the odd days
from 0.48 am till 2.28am from 1.13 am till 3.10am from 1.15 am till 3.12am

Station lobby M5«Спортивная»= “Sportivnaya”

Entrance Exit
During the even days  On the odd days
from 1.00am till 2.40am from 1-05 till 2-56 from 1-03 till 2-56

The subways are also working from 1am to 5 am during the holidays mentioned below.

The 7th of January – Christmas, Easter, from the 1st to the 2nd of May, from the 9th to the 10th of May, “The night of museums”,  The day of the city (the 27th of May or plus\menus day), The Scarlet Sails.

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The ways to pay for the subway ride

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Public ground transport

Buses, trolleybuses and trams work from 6:00 until 24:00.The passengers can buy the ticket for the ride (they buy it in salon from the conductor) or use the transport card with money or rides on it. The travel card can be made for a certain type of transport, or can be made for all means of transport (you can find the information about the cards and their prices here). Public transport stops only at the places designated by special signs and indexes.

Advice –during the rush hours it is better to use the subway as it is quicker and easier.

You can enter the ground transport from any door. If there is no conductor in the vehicle, you should exit from the first door, paying the driver.

If you don’t have the card and you are going to pay with cash, you should pay the conductor for the ride or if there is no conductor, pay the driver of the bus. Save the ticket for the end of the ride. If you have the card for the payment you should enclose it to the special device,  which will withdraw the needed amount of money or rides from your card. When the conductor comes to you give him the card so he can check that you have already paid for the ride.

From time to time you can see the controller (a person who is wearing the uniform of the transport company, they have the logo “Мосгортранс” on the left sleeve of the coat or jacket) in the public ground transport. This person is checking the passengers’ tickets (if you have the card – give the card so he will check it on the device, if you have the ticket – show the ticket). The fine for the conscious ride without the ticket is 1000 rubles.

Advice – Public transport is not a good place to exchange money. If possible give the exact change or give small banknotes.


The fare for a ride in the city by public buses is 25 rubles. If you are going to the suburb by the bus the price of the ride is 35 or higher according to the distance from the city.


The fare for the ride is 25 rubles. There are few routes of this transport. Unfortunately there is no route in the historical center.


The fare for the ride is 25 rubles.