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Public transportation system in main Russian cities is quite extensive. Public transport is pretty cheap, and you can get around by metro (subway), bus, tram and taxi. Getting around Russian cities buying a good dual-language map is essential, since the street names and metro signs are posted in Cyrillic only.

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Friday, 18 March 2011 15:50

Taxi

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Taxi fares are negotiated before you begin traveling to your destination. Also note that driving from (or to) airport is quite expensive even for American standards. It is safer and cheaper to order airport and train station transfers in the travel agency where you book your staying.Some of the taxis are unmetered, so always name your destination and negotiate a price before getting in. Please also be aware that some Taxi drivers might use the meter, but the meter shows very unreasonable price. Don't take the taxi just parking near the scenic spots. If you need a taxi, please call the taxi company and the price will be more reasonable

Friday, 18 March 2011 15:49

Trams & Buses

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Other methods of transport include trams and buses.  You can normally buy tickets for these in advance, at metro stations and kiosks.  Some metro stations do not sell them however and it is best to try kiosks adjacent to bus stops and ask for 'avtoboos beelyet'  and they can be bought from the driver for a couple of rubles more

Friday, 18 March 2011 15:49

Metro

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The most popular and convenient method of travel is metro. Tickets are very cheap and are purchased at the metro stations, at the window labeled with the word "KACCA".  You can buy tickets for various numbers of journeys - from 1 to 60 journeys.  Once you have purchased your ticket you go through the turnstiles and then down to the platform.  The metro trains arrive around every 2 minutes during peak times and the time gap between trains extends to about 10-15 minutes later at night.  While being a convenient method of travel, the metro does get very crowded, especially at rush hour, and you'll often find yourself packed in like sardines!  That said, the metro is very efficient and many of the stations are works of art in themselves.  Not all metro stations are identified along the tracks NY/London style, so check the map on the station and count the number of stations to your destination before boarding.  This trick never fails. For those who don't speak or read Russian, the Metro can be very intimidating at first, but like many things, once you get past the initial intimidation, it proves to be quite simple.  The first step in mastering the Metro system is to familiarize yourself with the basic layout of the stations, and where they are located.  The following links (Moscow Metro Map - Russian & English andSt. Petersburg Metro Map) have a printable version of a Metro map, with the station names in both English and Russian.  A good idea would be to print this page out (be sure to print it in color) and keep it with you while using the Metro.

For people with disabilities, the stairs can be a formidable barrier to moving within the Metro system.  With some exceptions, there are generally no escalators (but plenty of stairs) available to move between platforms on different levels and there are generally at least one or two flights of stairs just to get from the street level to the Metro entrance.  There are no lifts anywhere in the system, and many stations still do not have wheelchair/stroller ramps on the stairways.