Saint-Petersburg Metro is an effective underground public transportation system, which operates in the urban area and some nearby destinations. The metro is the most convenient mode of public transport in St.Petersburg.
It is more faster, convenient, cheaper and safer to move around the city by subway, than by car or other forms of public transport. Some stations design can be interesting for tourists as an example of Soviet architecture.
This page contains useful information for travelers about the St. Petersburg metro and St. Petersburg metro map.
There are different ways to get to St. Petersburg: plane, train, cruise ship. If you arrive in St. Petersburg by plane, the nearest metro station to the airport is “Moscovskaya”. You can reach metro station by bus or taxi.
Metro stations are located close to all railway stations in St. Petersburg.
The nearest metro stations to the seaport of St. Petersburg are “Primorskaya” and “Vasileoostrovskaya”. You can use bus to get to the metro station.
Passenger must to buy a metro token (zheton) in ticket office to use the Metro. St. Petersburg metro ticket price is (2016) 35 rubles, or about 50 cents. It is possible to buy card or a single ticket - "Zeton" (Жетон). Ticket offices are located in the hall right after the entrance to the metro station. If the passenger has the big bag, he must buy another token for it. If you plan to travel by public transport a lot, it may be more convenient to buy a card (Podorozhnik card). Money must be loaded to the card to use it. Options are available to pay only on the subway or a different mode of transport (metro, bus, trolley bus, tram). After entering the metro you can leave the underground carriage and go into it, change the lines without limitation.
There are many alternatives, how to use the "Podorozhnik" card (Подорожник). Using format should be selected when loading money to the card from ticket sales.
The most suitable option for travelers might include:
There are the gates through which passenger go to the escalators in the halls. The gates have smart card reading devices and gaps for tokens. Drop the token into the slot on the right side of the aisle. When the machine detects the the payment and the light turns green you can go through gate to escalators. Outside port is wider and larger for exporting goods.
Total operating length of lines:
St. Petersburg metro network is dense. It gives access to almost all parts of the city. Normally, the St. Petersburg metro stations are open 06.00 - 24.30. Metro stations are beautified and decorated.
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The first project of underground transport in St. Petersburg was proposed at the beginning of the XIX century. In 1820, a proposal engineer Torgovanov about construction of a tunnel under the Neva river was sent to the Emperor Alexander I. Emperor wrote his resolution on the proposal: "Give to Torgovanovu 200 rubles and require not continue to do any projects."
The first practical steps for the construction of the subway in Leningrad were made in 1939. During World War II, construction was halted. Work on the construction of the subway restarted again in 1945. October 7, 1955 launch the first tasting train. The grand opening of the first metro (subway) line in St. Petersburg was held November 15, 1955. Underground construction continued throughout the following years. In 2011 was opened metro station "Admiralteiskaya", which is located near the Palace Square and other main sights of the city. It is very useful for tourists.
Metro station "Teatralnaya" planned to open in 2015. It will be located near “Mariinsky” theater. It is planned to build metro station “Novokrestovskaya” near football stadium “Zenit-Arena”. (One of the stadium, which will host the World Cup in 2018.)
|Winter Palace and Palace Square, Isaac's Cathedral , Bronze Horseman , Astoria hotel.||Admiralteyskaya|
|"Finlandski Voksal" railway station.||Lenin Square|
|Saviour on the Blood , Kazan cathedral, Russian museum, Mikhailovsky theater, "Gosteny Dvor" department store||Nevsky Prospekt, Gostini Dvor|
|"Moscowski Vorsal" railway station station, shopping centers, Gallery and Nevsky Center , Octyabrskaya hotel.||Mayakovskaya, Ploschad Vosstaniya|
|Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Moscow hotel.||Alexander Nevsky Square|
|Peter&Paul Fortress , a zoo, a museum of artillery, cruiser Aurora||Gorkovskaya|
|Ice Palace.||Prospect Bolshevikov|
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