In most cases, the underground (Metro) is the most convenient type of public transportation in St. Petersburg.
Move around the city by subway is faster, more convenient, cheaper and safer, than by car or other forms of public transport.
See also: interactive map of St. Petersburg metro. The map shows location of stations and subway lines on the city map.
The first project of underground constructions in St. Petersburg was proposed at the beginning of the XIX century. In 1820 engineer Torgovanov proposal was sent to Emperor Alexander I with the civil-engineering design of a tunnel under Neva river. Emperor has written the resolution on the offer: "To give out to Torgovanov 200 rubles and to oblige it not to do more projects. The first practical steps to construction of the Leningrad underground have been made in 1939. But during the Second World War construction have stopped. Construction of the underground have renewed in 1945. On 7th October 1955 there was a first test train, and then regular passenger transportations have begun on November 15th. The underground has been opened. Construction of the underground proceeded all the next years.
An important event was opening in late 2011 the metro station "Admiralty". This station is located near the main sights of St. Petersburg (St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Winter Palace, the Bronze Horseman, Astoria Hotel).
The next major event for the tourists will be opening the metro station "Theatre" next to the Mariinsky Theatre.
Total operating length of lines:
Line 1 - 29650 m.
Line 2 - 30100 m.
Line 3 - 22,600 m.
Line 4 - 11,210 m.
Line 5 - 16,780 m.
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