Transport in Saint-Petersburg

Saint-Petersburg public transportation system includes a subway, bus, trolleybus, tram and taxi. Water bus (or akvabas) also operates in the summer, but it carries a small number of passengers.

The cost of travel by public transport (2018).

Subway- 45 rubles for token.
Tram, trolley, social (municipal) bus – 40 rubles.
Commercial routes buses – from 40 rubles.
Monthly single ticket (tram, trolley, bus, subway) – 2900 rubles.
Combined ticket (tram, trolleybus and bus) for 10 trips – 310 rubles.
Commuter buses have other prices.
Ticket for 90 minutes (tram, trolley, bus, subway) – 70 rubles.
A ticket for one day (tram, trolley, bus, subway) – 180 rubles.
Ticket for two days (tram, trolley, bus, subway) – 255 rubles.

Many buses have travel payment monitoring electronic devices (readers for use with passenger contactless smart cards of all kinds, which are mounted on the vertical rails of buses). To activate the ticket card (proximity card) must touch the reader (the validator). Without activation, travel is unpaid.


The metro carries the largest number of passengers in St. Petersburg. It is the most convenient, fastest and safest form of transport. Subway in St. Petersburg operates from 15 November 1955. Petersburg has five subway lines with 65 stations. The length of all lines is more than 100 kilometers. Subway stations are located at the most important sites of the city.

Trolleybus, tram and bus

There are more than 40 trolleybus routes, on which operates more than 700 trolleybuses in St. Petersburg. Fare in trolleybus paid to conductor. For trip are also valid various kinds of contactless smart cards.

Tram network in St. Petersburg was the largest in the world in the late 20th century, for what it was included in the Guinness Book of Records. There are 42 tram routes and more than 700 vans at present (2015) in the city. Passenger need to pay to conductor to travel by tram. For travel are also valid various kinds of contactless cards.

The bus is the most common form of transportation in St. Petersburg. Bus routes are laid on almost every street of the city. There are many places you can reach only by bus or by taxi in the city.

Bus routes can be divided into two groups: the “municipal routs” and “commercial routes”.
Municipal buses move on designated routes and make a stop at the bus stops only. Large buses usually are used on the social routes. Payment is usually made to conductor (sometimes to the driver). Different types of contactless smart cards (tickets for multiple trips) are also suitable for municipal buses.

Commercial buses stop at the passengers request in place for the exit of the bus and for boarding to the bus. The routes of buses sometimes may be changed. The fare on commercial buses can be more expensive.
Route number of the commercial bus in before the numbers usually has the letter “K”. Payment is usually made to the driver in cash when boarding the bus.


During the summer navigation (May to October) in St. Petersburg passengers transports also a water bus – akvabus. Ship tracks are mostly laid along the Neva River. In 2012, in St. Petersburg, there were 4 water bus routes. The cost of a ticket on most routes was 100 rubles.


There are a large number of companies who offer taxi service in Saint-Petersburg. A taxi can take you at anywhere anytime, but it costs much more than public transport. The most popular taxi providers are Yandex (Яндекс) taxi, Taxovichkof (Таксовичкоф). We can offer you budget or VIP transfers to any destinations.