Dnipropetrovsk Metro

The Dnipropetrovsk Metro system is located in the city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. It has been in operation for over two decades and is comprised of six stations: Pokrovska (formerly known as Komunarivska), Prospekt Svobody (also known as the “Liberty Avenue” station), Zavodska, Metalurhiv, Metrobudivnykiv, and Vokzalna. The metro was opened on December 29th, 1995 and spans a distance of 7.8 kilometers.
There are currently a total of 45 passenger cars running on the Dnipropetrovsk Metro. Each train carries 3 cars at once. At the height of the metro’s popularity, each train car generally carried five cars. The number has decreased with the flow of traffic over the years.
The average trip time is about 14 minutes.

The idea for the metro was conceived in 1979, as a response to the city’s population boom and its need to reduce traffic problems in Dnipropetrovsk. In 1981, the Russian government designated the Dnipropetrovsk Metro system as one of the city’s most important building projects. Construction began in March of 1982 and took 13 years to complete. The process was delayed for two reasons: building complications and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Dnipropetrovsk Metro Lines and Stations

Dnipropetrovsk Metro runs from east to west, starting with Vokzalna station and ending with Pokrovska station. The line currently only has stations located in the industrial part of the city.

    The locations of the six active stations in the system are as follows:

  • Pokrovska Station – Yuria Kondratuka/Velyka Diivska Street intersection
  • Prospekt Svobody “Liberty Avenue” Station – Dzerzhynskoho Square
  • Zavodska Station – Mayakovskoho Street
  • Metalurhiv Station – Kalinin Avenue
  • Metrobudivnykiv Station – Kalinin/Petrovsky Avenue intersection
  • Vokzalna Station – Petrovsky Square

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Future Expansions

Today, the city of Dnipropetrovsk is the third most populous city in the Ukraine. Over 6 million passengers rode the Dnipropetrovsk Metro in 2015, and plans are in place to expand the system by three stations no later than 2017. The new stations Teatralna, Tsentralna, and Muzeina will extend the line by 3 kilometers, and bring part of the metro into the center of the city. Upon completion of the expansion, the metro will cover a total distance of 11.8 kilometers.
There are talks of a future expansion that could extend the system to span a much greater distance of 80 kilometers, but as of this writing no plans have been funded or confirmed.

Fares and tickets

The cost of a single transport on the Dnipropetrovsk Metro is 2 hryvnia (UAH).

Tokens are required for entrance. These tokens can be purchased in the lobby of each station and redeemed in the station turnstiles. Commuters will also be given a badge for travel in the metro.

As of May 2015, commuters can now purchase monthly passes for the Dnipropetrovsk Metro system. The price of a civilian ticket is 235 UAH, while students can purchase a ticket for only 118 UAH. Unlike single travel tokens, monthly passes cannot be purchased at every station. They are currently only available for purchase at the Prospekt Svobody station, the Vokzalna station, and the Pokrovska station.

Additionally, passes can be purchased at 125 Karl Marx Boulevard and at 1 Petrovsky Square.

Hours of Operation

Dnipropetrovsk Metro opens its doors at 5:30am and runs until 11:00pm.
A train schedule can be found hanging in each of the six Dnipropetrovsk stations. Schedules are also posted online and updated daily.

Curious facts

The Dnipropetrovsk Metro system has its own museum, dedicated to its history and construction. The museum is located at 8 Kurchatov Street and hosts numerous photographs, films, and artifacts collected from the original construction.

Though Dnipropetrovsk itself is a largely industrial city, it is home to many untouched historical buildings. There are also a number of art and history museums, the breathtaking Transfiguration Cathedral, and a number of popular shopping destinations along the Karl Marx Prospekt at the heart of the city.

Construction of the Dnipropetrovsk Metro took place during the height of Cold War tensions, resulting in five of the six Dnipropetrovsk stations being built more than 70 meters underground. Having a deep, subterranean system of transport doubled as a civil defense in the event of a nuclear missile strike. Even today, these five stations are only accessible by escalator. Pokrovska is the only station that is accessible by stairs.

Charleroi Metro

Charleroi is a french-speaking city in Belgium located 70 kilometers south of Brussels. Its population is greater than half a million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. The Charleroi Metro was previously known as Premetro Charleroi. Now is the Charleroi light rail (in French Métro léger de Charleroi). It really is a network of premetro: trams that run underground in the city center and at surface level in dedicated areas where possible and where not, by viaducts. So trains/trams streamline their travel to not get caught in traffic jams or congestions.

As of 2013, the network of Charleroi Metro consists of 48 stations, of which 24 are premetro stations and the other 24 are tram stations. They are also served by the underground. Currently Charleroi Metro is a loop line around the center of the city and two branches to the districts of Gilly and Anderlues. A third branch that goes to Chatelet is partially built but never came into service.

In the 70’s a much more extensive and ambitious network project was planned to be completed by the middle of the 90s.
The original design consisted of a central loop which connected to the 8 branches that would serve the entire city of Charleroi. Due to the high cost of implementation of the project and the estimated low volume of passengers, the construction was suspended leaving the network in a semi completed state. The city center loop was completed in 2013 by adding a section of tram to Gosselies.

The completion and opening in 2013 of the loop led to a restructuring of the system. The 5 premetro/tram lines already in operation (54, 55, 84, 88 and 89) were replaced by 4 metro lines: M1, M2, M3 and later M4. The system extension grew from 25kms to 35kms and a total number of 48 stations of which 10 are underground.

The current system started its works in 1976. The ‘métro léger’ is operated by TEC.
The maximum speed in the system is 65 km/h.

Charleroi metro: lines and stations

Charleroi Loop

The central loop of Charleroi metro is the real “metro” part the system in the sense that circulates at a different level, underground or in a dedicated via and meets the common standards of most subway systems. It has 8 stations that are common to the 4 metro lines: Sud, Villette, Ouest, Beaux-Arts, Waterloo, Janson, Parc and Tirou.

Lines M1 and M2: Andelues Line

It stretches from Anderlues to Charleroi. They’re 6 premetro stations and 6 tram stations circulating at different levels. This line is 14 km long. The difference between these two lines is direction. M1 travels counter clockwise. Stations: Piges, Dampremy, Providence, De Cartier, Moulin, Morgnies, Leernes, Paradis, Fontaine, Pétria, Coron du berger, Surchiste, Route de Thuin, Jonction, Route de la Station and Monument.

Line M3 or Gosselies line

It stretches from Gosselies to Dampremy circulates. It has 18 tram stations plus 1 premetro station, Piges, also served by the line M1 and M2 and not included in the following list. This line became operational in 2013. The route runs clockwise. It’s a 7.5 kilometer route. Station: Sacré Madame, La Planche, Deschassis, Marie Curie, Saint Antoine, Puissant, Chuassée de Gilly, Rue Berteau, Madeleine, Carosse, Bruyerre, Calvaire, Rue Léopold, Chuassée de Fleurus, City Nord, Emailleries, Rue du Chemin de Fer and Faubourg de Bruxelles.

Line M4 or Gilly line

It stretches from Gilly to Charleroi. Line 4 has premetro 6 stations of wich 4 circulate underground and 2 ground level. It runs counter clockwise. The route is 4 kms long.
Stations: Samaritaine, Gazomètre, Gilly, Marabout, Sart-Culpart and Soleilmont.

Frequency of service

Standard frequency is 30 minutes in M1 and M2 lines. 15 minutes in Charleroi to Petria section. Weekends and holidays frequency is 60 minutes. M4 lines frequency is 10 minutes from monday to saturdays and 15 minutes sundays and holidays, so as M3 line.

Charlorei light metro fares and rates

Prices in the metro are the same as in the bus network. You can use the same tickets on both systems interchangeably provided that the areas for which were bought match. Zones can be found in the map below http://www.infotec.be/Portals/0/TEC%20Charleroi/PDF/Shema_Zonal_2013.pdf

In the Charleroi Metroyou can travel Charleroi using simple tickets, multipath titles and credits or passes. Next tickets are valid for zones 1 and 2. Horizon and Horizon + (these include express services) are valid for the entire network. The price also varies depending on your age and other factors such as large families, refugees, …

Next tickets let you travel zones 1 and 2 as many times as you want during 1 hour for 2.10€. A whole day for 5 euros. These rates apply when buying the ticket on the train. If you buy it in advance the prices are a little cheaper. 1.9 and 4 euros respectively. There also exist a 3-day pass for 8 euros.

With the Horizon and Horizon + fares (including express lines) you can use the entire network for 90 minutes at 3.20 and 5.30 euros respectively. There are also discounts for buying the tickets in advance.
More info http://www.infotec.be/fr-be/acheteruntitre/titresettarifs/titresunitaires.aspx.

There are Multi-trip 4,6,8 and 12 titles. Prices range between 8.8 and 12.3 euros normal rate and between 6.40 and 9.60 euros with reduced rates .

Mobib Cards

They are registered cards. They cost 5 euros and you can charge in tickets and passes.

Basic Mobib cards

They are not registered cash card. They cost 5 euros and you can charge in tickets and passes. These cards can be purchased and recharged at ESPACES TEC and l’E-SHOP.

There are free annual passes for children between 6 and 11 years. For people between 12 and 24 there are Next, Horizon and Horizon + monthly passes for 15,20,21 and 35 respectively and annually for 126, 165 and 270 euros. From 25 to 64 years Next, Horizon and Horizon + monthly passes for 37, 46.5 and 70 euros and annual passes for 312, 390 and 560. For over 65 years people there are annual Horizon + passes (for the entire network including express services) for 36 euros.

Wikipedia Charleroi Metro Map

Karte vom Parametronetzwerk Charleroi

Curious facts

All trains hav an indicator LED with the line number and the destination station.

There are no barriers or staff to control passengers entering to the subway. Some stations have automatic ticket machines to sell the tickets. Others are inside trains. Until 2012 inspector charged directly.

The trains are equipped with a safety system that in case of overspeed warns the driver and if there is no response would stop the train automatically.

Media

Métro léger de Charleroi - Linie M3 - Traversée de Gosselies 01

Airport Service

There is no direct service to the airport.

Brescia Metro

Brescia Metro, officially known as Metropolitana di Brescia, is the rapid transit system operating in the Brescia city in Lombardy region of Italy. Brescia is the smallest city Europe to own a metro system. With the opening of the metro, the Brescia city got a timely, convenient and affordable mode of public transport.

Currently, the system has a single line and it connects 17 stations. The track is 13.7 km long. It is operated by a fully automated driverless train control technology. Trains can run at a maximum speed of 80 km/hour, though normally the speed is 30 km/hour. Brescia Mobilità S.p.A. monitors the operation of the system. Every day, around 44,100 people travel by Brescia Metro.

Historical Background

Brescia was in serious need of a rapid transit network. Being the fourth largest city in the northwest Italy and the home to a large number of inhabitants, the city was heavily under road traffic congestion problems.

The first initiative was taken in the 1980s when fully automated metro systems started operating in various European cities. A number of feasibility studies were undertaken all of which reported in favor of an automated light rail metro system. However, the project was terminated in 1996.

In later years, funding came from central and local governments. In 2000, an international tender for the construction of the first phase of a metro system was announced. It was won by a group of companies consisted of AnsaldoBreda, Ansaldo STS, Acciona and Astaldi. In April 2003 a contract worth € 575 million was signed. Construction work started in 2004 and the system began operation on 2nd March 2013. The system was built in a very cost-effective way.

Hours of Operation

Since 2nd March 2014, the system stays open from 5 AM to midnight, weekdays or weekends. On peak hours, a train comes every 4 minutes; on off-peak hours every 8-10 minutes. The frequency changes with the onset of winter and with the beginning of the academic year.

Metro brescia

You’ll get the details of train frequency here.

Lines and Stations

Brescia Metro line is spread from Prealpino in the northern part of the city to Sant´Eufemia-Buffalora in the southeastern part. A depot is located at near the Sant´Eufemia-Buffalora station. It takes about 30 minutes to complete a full journey on the line. However, this duration changes subject to variations in train frequency. Each station is built very near to the previous station as the city authority aims to reduce the use of automobiles.

The system has a deep level tube tunnel running under the city center. 8 of system’s stations (Marconi,Ospedale, Vittoria, San Faustino, Bresciadue, Stazione FS, Volta and Lamarmora) are located inside the tunnel whereas five others (Casazza, Prealpino, Europa,Mompiano and San Polo) are just below the surface level. Two stations (Sant’Eufemia – Buffalora and Sanpolino) are elevated. The remaining two (San Polo Parco and Poliambulanza) are built at the ground level.

Being close to the main shopping street and important squares in the city center area, Vittoria is the busiest station in the whole system. The Sant’Eufemia-Buffalora terminal is within city’s industrial and commercial belt. San Faustino is located in the historic parts of the city.

At present, 18 AnsaldoBreda Driverless Metro trains are put in operation. 14 of them are used regularly; 4 are kept in reserve. These vehicles are similar to those used in Copenhagen Metro. The trains are each 39 meters long, 2.65 meters wide having 3 cars. Each train has a capacity of 314 riders. With these vehicles and the set headway, currently, the metro system can carry maximum 8500 riders per hour in either direction. If needed, the authority has plans to increase the number of vehicles up to 40.

Expansion

It is only the beginning of a massive project that aims to connect the entire city and also nearby suburbs by a single subway network. The authority plans to build a 3.5 km long line between Fiera Exhibition Ground and Lamarmora Station. The line is going to cover a highly populated locality of the city. Another line is proposed between Inzino and Prealpino through the Trompia Valley region.

Fare and Ticket

The entire area of operation is divided into two zones and the fare is decided depending on the zones traveled. Brescia Municipality area constitutes zone 1. Nearby municipalities are covered under zone 2. A ticket for zone 1 costs € 1.40, for zone 1+2 is € 1.90. Aside from this ticket, passengers can also buy season tickets and passes. Tickets can be bought from the physical ticket sales points as well as using the Brescia Mobilità official app. A single ticket or pass can be used for both, metro as well as bus within Brescia Mobilità network.

Get more insight on the ticket and fare systems from here.

Facilities and Services

While using Brescia Metro, expect following services and facilities:

  • All the stations have platform screen doors. The platform floors are decorated with Pyramidal glass skylights.
  • Each train car reserves two seats for disabled persons.
  • The metro authority offers paid Park and Ride facility.
  • For passengers with strollers and wheelchairs, there are elevators in the stations. Some stations also have escalators.
  • Each train has the provision of manual operation to handle any emergency.
  • Ticket machines display instructions in 5 languages including English, German and Spanish.
  • The vehicles are more spacious than standard metro trains in order to ensure comfortable riding.

Rules

Going to ride Berscia Metro? Know the rules beforehand.

  • Passengers are not allowed to leave baggage unattended in the stations and also on the trains.
  • New passengers should get in the train only after all the current passengers get off.
  • Bikes are allowed on the trains only during the off-peak hours, weekends and holidays. Bikes should be placed at the carriages marked with bike sign.

Tips

Here are some tips to better use the Brescia Metro system.

  • Tickets have specific validity periods. Zone 1 tickets remain valid for 90 minutes and zone 1+2 tickets 100 minutes.
  • Only buying a ticket is not enough. You must validate it before every journey.

Essen Standtbahn

Essen Standtbahn es la red de tren ligero que funciona en Essen, Gelsenkirchen y Mülheim an der Ruhr ciudades del estado federado de Renania del Norte-Westfalia en Alemania. El sistema está integrado en la red Stadtbahn del Rhin-Ruhr y es conocido localmente como U-Bahn.

At present, Essen Stadtbahn is operated through 3 lines, namely, U11, U17 and U18. Together they cover 45 stations. The track length is nearly 20 km. Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG), a public undertaking under Essen city authority, operates the lines in collaboration with transport companies of the other two cities.

Historical Background

After the World War II, planning started to construct an underground tramway as a solution to the road traffic congestion. It was later supposed to be upgraded to a U-Bahn system. The construction started in the early 1960s and the first section, an 8 km long track between the Essen inner city and Mülheim-Heißen was opened for revenue service on 28 May 1977. Further stations and lines were added subsequently and the system achieved its current length in September 2011.

Construction of the Essen Standtbahn was vital to facilitate connectivity within the Rhein-Ruhr region. As the system started operation,

  • Northern suburbs of Essen got easily connected to Gelsenkirchen.
  • Altenessen was directly connected to Mülheim and the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum.
  • Students got a convenient connection between Essen Hauptbahnhof and the University of Essen.

Hours of Operation

On weekdays, U-Bahn runs from 4:30 AM till 11 PM. On Saturdays, the system operates from 7 in the morning and on Sundays and holidays, from 8 in the morning. On weekdays, the headway is 10 minutes and on weekends and holidays 15 minutes.

Get the timetables for each line here.

Lines and Stations

The system is partly underground, partly elevated. 9.8 km of the total track lies at the underground level. This section runs under the city center area. The section between Berliner Platz and Essen Hauptbahnhof is covered by all three lines. Between Karl Platz and Berliner Platz, only U11 and U17 are operational. The areas between Bismarkplatz and Essen Hauptbahnhof are served by both U17 and U18. The rest of the sections have only one line.

U18 runs completely segregated from other lines and offers no transfer possibilities to any other mode of public transport. For the other two lines, only the elevated tram lines allow interchange. Passengers can transfer to other U-Bahn, tram, bus and railway lines.

The lines are numbered such a way that they indicate the type of transport (U-Bahn), the number of the area served (1 for Essen and Mülheim) and the number of the tram line (1, 7 and 8 respectively).

U11

This line serves as an important mode of transport between Gurga Park, Messe and Altenessen. There are total 23 stations along this line including: Messe, Rüttenscheid , Essen Hauptbahnhof , Altenessen, E-Karnap, GE-Buerer Strasse.

U17

The line connects Margarethenhoehe in the south of Essen to Karlsplatz in Altenessen. It is a relatively shorter line and connects only 17 stations. Main stations along the line are: Margarethenhöh, Holsterhausen, Essen Hauptbahnho, Berliner Platz, Karlsplatz

U18

It runs from Essen to Mulheim an der Ruhr. It is more of a rapid transit line with mostly above ground sections. Mülheim Hauptbahnhof is the most important station on this line offering transfer to Duisburg tram lines. Giving easy access to many of popular shopping areas of the region, the line got its nickname Shopping Line. It also runs through 17 stations including: Mülheim Hauptbahnhof, Ruhr-Zentrum , MH-Rhein, Essen Hauptbahnhof, Berliner Platz

Expansion

There are plans to expand the system further.

  • U17 may be extended after Margarethenhoehe another three new stations.
  • U11 may also be extended in the southern direction.
  • In place of high-floor trams, low-floor trams will be introduced.
  • Essen Stadtbahn, in near future, is going to connect to Düsseldorf International Airport.

Fare and Ticket

The fare of the system is calculated similarly to any other Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr transport system. There are fare slabs that vary with the distance traveled. For traveling up to 3 stations, passengers can use short distance tickets for 1.60 Euro each. For the entire city, there is the class A ticket, which costs 2.60 Euro. With class D ticket, a passenger can travel to any area within the VRR region. Children aged between 6 to 14 years pay the same fare, irrespective of the distance traveled.

VRR offers varied ticketing options including single journey tickets, day tickets, semester tickets, 7-day tickets etc. Tickets can be purchased either online or from ticket vending machines located at the stations. Remember, Stadtbahn drivers sell no tickets.

UBahnhof-Heissen-Kirche-2012

View details of Essen Stadtbahn’s fare calculation and ticket options here.

Facilities and Services

EVAG makes available some facilities and services in order to ensure better riding experience for the passengers.

  • The system is fully accessible. Even the high platforms are disabled-friendly.
  • Announcements are in German and English.
  • Ticket vending machines have instructions in English also.
  • All the stations and the trains have large displays of the system map.
  • For strollers, wheelchairs and bikes, the Standtbahn cars have reserved places.

Rules

To let the system function smoothly, the authority has set certain rules. These rules also apply to other EVAG transport systems.

  • A day ticket is valid from the time of purchase till 3 AM on the next day.
  • To buy tickets using your mobile, you have to register yourself in the EVAG database.
  • Smoking is generally prohibited on platforms and on the U-Bahn. To smoke while in the platform, you must go to the designated areas.

Tips

Here are few tips for an enjoyable journey through Essen Stadtbahn.

  • Rather buying single journey tickets multiple times, buy booklets of 4 single-journey tickets or 10 single journey tickets. You’ll be able to save on the fare price.
  • Before commencing your journey, it is better to check once the EVAG website for updates on any route change or cancellation.
  • If you are a tourist, interested to explore city’s attractions, buy an Essen Welcome card. You would be able to ride U-Bahn for free.

Connection to the airport

The nearest airport to Essen is Düsseldorf International Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights from Dusseldorf,Germany and is 34 km from the center of Essen.
Another airport is Dortmund Airport which has international and domestic flights from Dortmund and is 50 km from Essen.

Rotterdam Metro

The Rotterdam metro was the first rapid transit system operated in the Netherlands. It started operating in 1968. This system serves to Rotterdam nearby cities like The Hague and Zoetermeer. The metropolitan area of Rotterdam has more than 1.1 million inhabitants. Rotterdam is one of the few dutch cities, along with Amsterdam, that have subway. Rotterdam metro is the Rotterdamse metro in dutch.

Originally there were two lines, the Noord – Zuidlijn (north to south line) later renamed to Erasmus Line and Oost – Westlijn (east to west), also renamed to Caland line (Calandlijn in Dutch), both in honor of illustrious Dutch citizens.

After December 2009 the Calandlijn line branched into what is now known as the A, B and C lines. This line went underground and parallel to the Nieuwe Maas river to the city center until Beurs where you could transfer to line E.

The system is operated by RET (Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram) that also manages other transport systems in the south of the Randstad: trams, buses and the Fast Ferry. Altogether 600,000 people travel by this transport network, where nearly half do so on the subway.

*Tip! If you come to sightsee, below we tell you how to save up to 250 euros on your stay and nearly free travel by underground, bus and tram!

Rotterdam: lines and stations

Rotterdam metro has a total of 5 lines, designated by a letter and a color that really helps you navigate its network.
The A, B and C lines, old Calandlijn line, serve Rotterdam from east to west.

  • Green Line or Line A. It circulate from Schiedam Centrum in the west to Binnenhof in the north, through Beurs. It has an extension of 17.2 kilometers and serves 20 stations.
  • Yellow line or line B. Route Schiedam Centrum – Nesselande, from west to east through Beurs stopping at 23 stations. The length of this line is 20,1kms.
  • Red line or C line. Links Southwest to east from the station De Terp to De Akkers, also through Beurs and stopping at 26 stations in its 30 kms of line.
  • Light blue line or line D. It’s the former Erasmus Line . It ranges from De Akkers to Rotterdam Central Station through Beurs. It’s 21 km long and server 17 stations.
  • Dark Blue line or line E. It runs from the station Central Railway in the Hague to Slinge in Rotterdam. It’s 27 kms long and serve 23 stations.
  • E Line or Blue Line operates between Rotterdam Centraal and Den Haag Centraal. It is an intercity line.

These lines serve the tourist areas of the city, so for sightseeing in Rotterdam is very interesting to use the subway.

Hours and frequency of service

In general we can say that the Rotterdam Metro operates from 05.30 until midnight.

A, B, and C lines trains have a frequency of 10 minutes, so the common trunk section can have a frequency of 3-4 minutes. In line D there is a train every 5 minutes between Centraal Station and Slinge and every 10 minutes to De Akkers. At peak hours the frequency of service is a bit higher.

Fares and tickets

Rotterdam city is part of the all-Netherlands zone system. Typically, all transport can be used using the same card, the OV-Chipkaart.
In line E the old Strippenkaart can be used, but will soon be permanently replaced by the OV-Chipkaart.

Tickets

Tickets that can be bought on buses and trams, from the driver:

  • RET 1 uur reizen – This ticket allows you to travel one hour by bus, tram and subway for 3 euros.

You can buy the following tickets at vending machines in metro stations and sales and information RET points:

  • 1 Day travel card – for bus, tram and metro for € 7.50. Children (4-11 years) and over 65 pay half price.
  • 2 Day travel card – for bus, tram and metro for € 12.50. Children (4-11 years) and over 65 pay half price.
  • 3 Day travel card – for bus, tram and metro for € 16.50. Children (4-11 years) and over 65 pay half price.
  • RET 2 uur reizen – for 2 hours unlimited travelling by bus, tram or metro
  • RET 2x 1 uur reizen – is the same as buying two RET 1 in a single ticket. You do not save anything as the price is 6 euros.
  • Anonymous e-purse OV-chipcard – You can travel by bus, tram and metro € 7.50 excluding credit e-purse

Ov-Chipkaart

There are several types of Ov-Chipkaart:

  • Personalized OV-chipcard: It is basically a card with your name and photo. It is not transferable and with it you can get some benefits when refilling and paying (ie, discounts). You can also cancel the card and recover the credit in case of loss or theft. It costs 6.50 euros online and 7.50€ at a point of sale.
  • Anonymous OV-chipcard: It’s not associated to any person so you can share with other passengers. It has none of the above benefits.
  • Disposable OV-chipcard. More suitable for the tourist as passes and tickets RET can be loaded. It’s always more interesting to buy your Rotterdam Welcome Card.

Auto reload. If you live in the Netherlands and use public transportation several days a week you can buy your OV-chipcard with auto recharge.

Rotterdam Welcome Card

It’s the best option by far if you are sightseeing in Rotterdam. Virtually it has the same price than the transport pass you should buy, but with the Rotterdam Welcome Card you get a OV-chipkaart for unlimited travel in metro, trams and buses and besides you can also save up to 250 € when accessing attractions, museums, restaurants, theaters, clubs … and many other activities of interest for tourists. It’s sold online so you can save yourself having to decide on the fly in Rotterdam and can check in advance in its web all the benefits, discounts and all the places where it can be used. All the information here.

Another Rotterdam Metro Map

U-Bahn Lijnenkaart RET

Accessibility

Rotterdam Metro trains are adapted for wheelchair users.

Links

Online trip planner http://www.ret.nl/en/travel-with-ret/travel-planner.html

Poznan Fast Tram

Poznań tram and light PST train system

Poznan is the capital of Wielkopolska, a region of Poland that sits between Berlin and Warsaw.
It is one of the country’s oldest cities and the largest metropolitan arean in western Poland
(the 4th largest in the country).

Public transportation in Poznan comprises urban and suburban buses and trams, managed by Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo
Komunikacyjne w Krakowie, and the Poznan Fast Tram.

  • Known as: Pestka / PST
  • Lines: 1 PST Line and 20 tram lines (+ a night line and a tourist line)
  • Stations: 6 PST stations / ?? tramway stations
  • Length: 6,1 kms PST line/ 66 kms of tramway lines.
  • Capacity: 5000 person/hour
  • Opening: PST in 1997/ Tramways in 1880

PST and tram lines and stations

Poznański Szybki Tramwaj is the Poznań Fast Tram(PST) also known as Pestka.
It’s a light rail and tram line of about 6 kms length. Every stop in this line has a colour scheme that makes them easily
recognizable.
Poznań Fast Tram started its operation in 1997 and crosses the city from Winogrady and Piątkowo in the north
to the city centre.

Stations: Sobieskiego, Szymanowskiego, Kurpińskiego, Lechicka/Poznań Plaza, Al. Solidarności, Słowiańska, Most Teatralny

Sieć tramwajowa w Poznaniu

The Tram Lines

Twenty two lines of tram converge in the PST Line. The whole network covers a 66 kms area.
The system run during day time, and just one line, N21, during the night.
Poznan’s tramway system opened for business in 1880 and was electrified in 1896.

Bimby lines (trams are called bimby in polish):

  • Line 1: runs from Junikowo to Franowo, thirty stations.
  • Line 2: runs from Dębiec to Ogrody, eighteen stations.
  • Line 3: runs from Zawady to Starołęka, seventeen stations.
  • Line 4: runs from Zawady to Górczyn, eighteen stations.
  • Line 5: runs from Stomil to Gwarna, seventeen stations.
  • Line 6: runs from Miłostowo to Junikowo, thirty three stations.
  • Line 7: runs from Zawady to Ogrody, twenty two stations.
  • Line 8: runs from Miłostowo to Gwarna, sixteen stations.
  • Line 9: runs from Dębiec to Gwarna, fifteen stations.
  • Line 10: runs from Ębiec to Os. Sobieskiego, nineteen stations.
  • Line 12: runs from Os. Sobieskiego to Starołęka, twenty three stations.
  • Line 13: runs from Starołęka to Gwarna and comprises seventeen stations.
  • Line 14: runs from Górczyn to Os. Sobieskiego, fourteen stations.
  • Line 15: runs from Os. Sobieskiego to Junikowo, twenty five stations.
  • Line 16: runs from Gwarna to Franowo, fifteen stations.
  • Line 17: runs from Ogrody to Starołęka, twenty eight stations.
  • Line 18: runs from Górczyn to Franowo, twenty three stations.
  • Line 20: runs from Ogrody to Gajowa, six stations.
  • Line 23: runs from Budziszyńska to Gwarna, twenty stations.
  • Line 28: runs from Rondo Śródka to Święty Marcin, seven stations.
  • Line N21: runs from Os. Lecha to Marcinkowskiego, eighteen stations.

Schedule and frecuency

Lines 1 to 28 operate between 6 am and 10 pm. Line N21 operates from 10 pm to 1 am.
Trams run every 2.5 minutes during busy hours, then every 5 minutes

Fares and Tickets

  • Single ticket: 2.80 zl
  • Single ticket reduced fare: 1.40zl*

Timed tickets

  • 24-hours which costs 13,6 zł
  • 48-hours which costs 21 zł
  • 72-hours which costs 27 zł

* Reduced fare applies to children aged between 5 years old to almost any student under the age of 26.
PST is free for seniors avobe the age of 70 years old. There also exist discounts available for long-term tickets.

Timed ticket’s cheapest option is 3zł for only 10mins (not so cheap). In that amount of time you can reach 3 or 4 stops.
A 40-min ticket for 4.60zł is the best option unless you are going to stay in the city for a few days. Then 24hr or 48hr ticket
would be the right choice. Another option for several days visit is the Poznan City Card
for free unlimited use of the public transport system.

Tickets can be bought at the ZTM Customer Service Points, from ATMs found on most buses and trams and almost everywhere
(more than 1000 sale points: kiosks, shops, supermarkets distribute ZTM time and single-ride tickets),
and in almost every stops. Other thing to remember is that you can pay by card. If you take a big suitcase you have to buy
a ticket for that also.

Our last recommendation is to remember to validate your ticket in the kasowniks
otherwise you’ll be fined 140zł plus the cost of the ticket you didn’t validate (not purchase is not an option, really)

Poznan Public tranportation zones

Poznań is divided into 3 tariff zones:

  • Zone A: area of Poznań,
  • Zone B: Babki, Biedrusko, Bogucin, Borówiec, Bytkowo, Cerekwica, Czapury, Daszewice, Janikowo, Jaryszki, Jelonek, Kamionki, Kicin, Kiekrz, Komorniki, Koninko, Koziegłowy, Krzyszkowo, Luboń, Mrowino, Napachanie, Plewiska, Przybroda, Rokietnica, Rostworowo, Skórzewo, Sobota, Suchy Las, Swarzędz, Szczytniki, Wiórek, Wiry, Zalasewo, Złotkowo, Złotniki, Żerniki, Żydowo
  • Zone C: Chludowo, Chomęcice, Dąbrowa, Dąbrówka, Dopiewiec, Dopiewo, Dymaczewo Nowe, Dymaczewo Stare, Głuchowo, Golęczewo, Gołuski, Konarzewo, Krosinko, Ludwikowo, Łęczyca, Mosina, Palędzie, Przecław, Puszczykowo, Rosnowo, Rosnówko, Szreniawa, Walerianowo, Zakrzewo, Zielątkowo.

Can see the map here.

Airports

Poznań-Ławica Airport (EPPO) is 3.1 miles west from Poznań city centre. You can not get a tram to get to Poznan.
Instead there is a Scheduled express bus L every 30 minutes from the center to Poznań–Ławica Airport.
Another line, no. 59 also depart from Bałtyk bus station.

Interesting Facts:

Though we love metro, we must admit that one of the best ways to see the city is by bike.
You can hire one and bike around the city visiting all the museums and cathedrals
and enjoy all the gothic architecture.

Kharkov Metro

Kharkov is the second largest city in Ukraine with a population of nearly two million inhabitants. It’s not strange that such an important city has its own metro system. Kharkov metro is actually the second network built and put into operation in Ukraine, just after Kiev.

It was after the World War II that the idea of ​​building a metro system turn into necessary, specially due to the increase in population as a consequence of war. The plans were developed in 1968 with the ambitious project to build a hybrid system. However, several changes occurred in the first years of its construction, which were mainly financial. So seven years later, on 23 August 1975, the first line was inaugurated, scoring the Kharkiv Metro as one of six public transport networks of the former USSR.

Today, after more than 40 years of service, the Kharkiv Metro offers fast and accessible transportation across the city over a length of approximately 38 kilometers of tracks, divided into three lines that serve 29 stations. The system also connects to three railway stations and three major bus stations. Kharkov metro is daily used by about a million passengers and more than 200 million annually.

The metro is pretty easy to use. Just select your final destination while entering the subway. If you have any problem there is police personal to assist riders if necessary. In addition to being a quick and easy way to travel, the Kharkiv Metro is also very safe. However, as in any big city, it’s obvious that it is better to be careful and keep your property close when the service is very busy.

Kharkiv Metro lines and stations

The Kharkiv Metro has three lines designated by a color. The 3 lines form a triangle in the city center, which was a recurrent layout in the former countries of the USSR.

Kholodnohirsko Line

The first line opened was Kholodnohirsko Line, the Red Line, formerly known as Sverdlovsko-Zavodskaya. It has been operating since 1975 and has a total length of 17.3 kilometers and 13 stations. It travels between the Kholodna Gora and Proletarska stations.

Kharkiv Metro

Saltivska line

The second line started its operations in 1984, was the Saltivska line or blue line. It runs on 10.4 kms of track and serves 8 stations, Heroïv Ptratsi to Istorytchnyï Mouzeï. His name is expected to change in future years to Line-Saltovsko Schevchenkovskaya.

Oleksiïvska Line

The third line was inaugurated in 1995 under the name Oleksiïvska Line, also known as the Green Line. It runs over a distance of 11.9 kilometers, serving eight stations, Metroboudivnykiv imeni H.I. Vachtchenka to Oleksiïvska. It connects residential areas north of the city center to the industrial and residential areas of the south. It also plans to change its name to the line-Alekseyevsko Gagarinskaya.

Future developments

The Oleksiivska line is now extended to the northto Peremohy Prospekt. It is also planned to be extended to the south. According to plans, the transit system will add 50 kilometers of tracks to its current length and more than 30 stations.

Fares and tickets

Tokens and rechargeable cards

To use the system, the user must purchase a token, which looks like a piece of paper now. It is available over the desks located at the entrance of the stations. The token is valid a single journey through the underground network, regardless of the distance traveled, the journey time or line transfers. To access the boarding platforms, insert the token into the turnstile. It is important to note that it is essential to place the token and walk in the right direction, otherwise there is a risk of getting hit by metal grid.

There are also rechargeable cards available in three options: 10, 25 or 100 passages.

Hours of operation

The Kharkiv Metro operates from 5h30 to 24h.

Frequency

The frequency of services for the red and blue lines is 2 to 3 minutes during the day and 3 to 4 minutes after 22 h. For the green Line is 3 to 4 minutes.

Interesting facts

Due to the rough terrain of Kharkiv, subway stations are built at different depths. Most are relatively near the surface, about twenty meters, but six are much deeper. Those are primarily located in the city center.

Although it is said that the Kharkiv Metro is not as beautiful as that of Moscow or St. Petersburg that, the stations still are impressive.

All platforms measure 100 meters long to accommodate trains of five cars.

The average distance between stations is 1.5 km. This short distance affects the speed of traveling of the train, which is 42 km/h.

Saltivska line crosses the river Kharkiv through a covered bridge with a length of 988 meters.

Newcastle Metro

The Tyne and Wear metro is a light rail system locally known as “the metro” even tough it provides transportation services not only to Newcastle city but also to all the north east of England: Newcastle upon Tyne, north and south of Tyne, and Gateshead, an area of near one million inhabitants. It started operating in 1980 and has got a nearly 78 kilometers length network. It is considered the first modern light rail system in U.K, a sort of hybrid between metro, light train, and interurban railway  and also was the first transport system integrated in the whole country.

Newcastle Metro Lines

Presently, there are two lines with a total of sixty stations operated by Nexus with a daily traffic of 115000 passengers.

  • Green Line: going from Newcastle Airport to south Hylton trough the center of Newcastle up Tyne and Sunderland.
  • Yellow Line: going from Saint James up South Shields via North Shields, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, Gateshead and Barrow

There are also two reinforcement additional lines only working during peak hours, Red line between Pelaw and Benton, and Blue Line between St James and North Shields.

Metro Opening Hours:

Metro works from 05.00 a.m to 24.00 p.m

Frequency Step

Metro runs every 10 minutes during the day, every 7-8 minutes at peak hour and every 15 minutes at night. Betwen South Gosford and Pelaw, frequency is always doubled at any time of the day.

Tyne and Wear Metro Map 2007

Tickets and Fares

Can be purchased at vending machines located in all the stations.

Metro Single Tickets: They are valid for 90 minutes from when you buy it and you can use them for one continuous journey on the Metro and on the train between Newcastle and Sunderland.  The price depends on the number of zones you travel in:

  • 1 zone…..1,60£
  • 2 zones….2,40£
  • 3 zones….3,10£

Metro Day Ticket: Allows unlimited travel on various forms of transport including Metro, Shields Ferry and local rail services (Newcastle to Sunderland) for the whole day. Travel times and prices vary depending on the type of DaySaver. Price depend on number of zones required and time of purchase (reduced after 9.00am on weekdays, all day at weekends and public holidays)

Zones Peak Time(before 9.00 a.m.) Reduced Fare Time(after 9.00 a.m.)
1 zone 2,70£ 2,30£
2 zones 3,90£ 3,30£
All 5,00£ 4,20£

Adult Day Ticket
This ticket offers one day’s unlimited travel within Tyne and Wear when using bus and Metro, or buses runned by different operators.

Price of the Adult Day Ticket is 6,80 £, reduced  to £5.50 when buying From 1 July to 31 December 2012. Adult Day tickets can be purchased from Metro ticket machines, from all drivers of major bus operators’ services and on-board the Shields Ferry. It’s also valid on Northern Rail’s Newcastle-MetroCentre/Blaydon rail service.

Transfares When your journey includes travelling on more than one type of transport, Transfares allow you to buy just one ticket for your journey. Transfare allows you to make a journey of two legs on different types of transport whenever you start the second part of your journey within 90 minutes of buying your ticket. We will purchase the Transfare depending on how many zones we will travel trought.

  • Travelling inside 1 zone:       T1…… 2,50£
  • Travelling throught 2 zones:  T2…… 3,30£
  • Travelling throught 3 zones:  T3…… 4,00£

It can be purchase from vending machines just selecting T1, T2 or T3.

Metro Season Tickets: Available to unlimited travel for a week, a month or the whole year in the Metro, the Shields Ferry and Newcastle to Sunderland rail line. The price depends on the number of zones you require. Ticket is personal and non transferrable and to buy one you have to address to the Nexus Travel shops located at Monument, Central Station or  Haymarket with an application form and passport photo. The following renovations can be made on line.

For an Adult:

Zones 1 week 1 month 1 year
1 zone 9,40£ 34,50£
2 zones 13,80£ 48,50£
All 19,00£ 64,00£ 500,00£

 

Children. Accompanied children under the age of five travels for free in the Metro, and also in the Tyne and Wear area. For children under sixteen, there is a Pop Card, with it they can  travel on public transport in Tyne and Wear for just £1.10 a day by buying a CAT (Child All-day Ticket) or buy a single metro ticket for just 0,60£. Without this card, metro single ticket is 0,70 £. Age has to be proved, and tickets can be bought at metro vending machines.

There are many other fares, (pensioners, students…etc),  to check them all enter at: 
http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/tickets

Airport:

Green Subway Line ends in the Newcastle Airport, and from here we can easily move to city center or neighboring towns or link the commuter trains or buses. Ride to the city center takes twenty minutes.

Rennes Metro

Rennes Metro is a single line rail service that runs through the city of Rennes, in Brittany (France). The system includes 15 stations, of which 13 run underground, in a 9.4 kms long track. Metro de Rennes provides a quick transportation service for the inhabitants of this city. The train gets more than 130,000 passengers every single day.

Metrorennes

History

Rennes Metro was first commissioned in 2002, and was officially opened for public use that same year, on the 15th of March 2002. But the idea of a metro system that ran through the Southwestern and Northeastern axis was conceived by the city council already in 1986: the so called A-line. Work on the line A project began as early as 1992, with planning in place and obtaining the necessary environmental approval. The train system was developed upon the basis of German giants Siemen’s Transportation system VAL technology.

Rennes Metro Lines and stations

The A-line is a single one that runs up to 9.4 kilometers. It runs from the Northwest to the Southeast of the city, commencing at J.F Kennedy and ending at La Poterie via the Gare de Rennes (this station is served by the Gares metro station). This A-line has fifteen stations, which is inclusive of 13 underground stations.

The train system has up to 30 trains that weigh 28 tonnes & stretches up to 26 metres long individually. It can also transport as many as 170 passengers.

The A-line is maintained by STAR (which is short for the Service des Transports en Commun de l’Agglomeration Rennaise), and a company called Keolis manages it, which is a member of the SNCF. It has up to 100 staff and a control center monitors the Rennes Metro, which is located in the heart of Chantepie. The Rennes Metro is always monitored closely, and is seen by 120 cameras that constantly view the stations.

The Rennes Metro has a number of stations, which were all names after the nearest street, people and even notorious locations close to the stations. They include: The J.F Kennedy station, named after former American President, Villjean Universite, Pontchaillou, Anatole France, Sainte-Anne, Republique – city center, Charles de Gaulle, Gares, Jacques Cartier, Clemenceau, Henri Freville, Italie, Triangle, Blosne, La Poterie

Future expansions

The Rennes Metro has witnessed a number of developments since its commencement such as the creation of the Korrigo card in 2006. By 2007, the city council decided that it was time to commence plans for the line B. This was as a result of increase in population and increased need for transportation. The French municipality also decided it would adopt the same VAL technology that was employed for the A-line. The next year, the line B received its approvals for planning and environment, and in 2014 the work commenced for the creation of the B-line transit system. Line-B is targeted at transporting people from the Northeast to the Southwest. It will be commissioned in 2019.

Rennes Metro Park & Ride

The city council had three park-and-ride lots created in January 2005, which offered as many as 900 places to motorists looking to commute. It then opened two more between 2006 and 2007, which could contain another 700 vehicles.

Hours of operation

The train’s services commence at 05:20 am and end at 00:40 am every day except Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which has its own unique time schedule of 05:20 to 01:35. The Rennes Metro strictly follows its schedule and is always on time for its numerous stops. Passengers also have to wait about 80 seconds between the trains. It also takes up to 16 minutes to commute from one end of the line to another, with the train hitting its average speeds of 32km/h. Every station on the Rennes Metro has its own screen doors and lifts.

Frequency of trains is about 3-7 mins.

Fares, tickets and cards

There are a number of payment options other than regular fees including your Korrigo Card. The Korrigo Card is extremely beneficial if your daily route involves using the train and you are looking for a cheaper option.

There are several tickets suited to different types of commutes.
By the 1st of March 2006, a unique card called the Korrigo card was created to supplement the ticket system. This development arose from the difficulties that commuters experienced when making use of the regular ticket system. It was therefore an alternative to the regular systems, and was made to alleviate traffic in Rennes and enhance the network of the city bus.

Standard tickets can be purchased for 1.50 Euros, which is valid for an hour after the first validation and allows you to make unlimited travels. This ticket can be used in Star lines, bus and metro, incluiding transfers. It’s not transferrable. You can purchase a carnet of 10 tickets for 13.70 Euros. There are other options through your Korrigo card.  

Link to updated fares in the official website.

Tips

If you happen to misplace any items on the train, do not worry. All belongings that are left behind on the train can be found I the STAR lost and found office. All items are kept by STAR till every Wednesday, then the belongings are handed over to the City of Rennes to keep in its custody. You can contact STAR on 09 70 821 800 from Monday – Friday between 7:00am-7:30pm. Also, you can contact the STAR office on Saturday between 9:30am-6:30pm. If you are still looking for your belongings past Wednesday, contact the Rennes lost and found office through 02 23 62 18 72.

Interesting facts

An architect called Norman Foster created the design for the La Poterie, he also designed the viaducts on the line system.

The city of Rennes has over 200,000 inhabitants, but used to be the only small city in the world that boasted of its own metro system until the Lausanne Metro was opened.

St Petersburg Metro

The first plan to build a metro in St. Petersburg was designed back in 1899, but could not be carried out because of, first, world war and later the Revolution of 1917. The first metro line Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania was inaugurated on November 15, 1955. Since then the St. Petersburg metro has evolved to its current configuration: in 2015 the St. Petersburg metro consists of 67 stations, 5 lines and 113.2 km of tracks. Transports 2.3 million users daily and employs 14,500 people.

Although the St. Petersburg metro is not as spectacular as, for example the Moscow metro can be, it’s an architectural wonder.
The Metro connects the city center to the periphery. It serves the russian cities of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. Curious facts about this system is that this subway is the deepest in the world and also is the 16 th most used subway in the world with about 800 million passengers a year.

The underground is run by Sankt-Peterburgsky Metropoliten, which is a public company. There are plans to expand the subway, new stations and more kilometers of tracks would be added.

Saint Petersburg metro lines and stations.

The St. Petersburg metro has 5 lines designated by name and color.

  • Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line (Line 1). In operation since 1955. This route covers an extension of 29.6kms from Avtovo station to Lesnaya. Travel time 47 minutes. Its 19 stations are: Devyatkino, Grazhdansky Prospekt, Akademicheskaya, Politekhnicheskaya, Ploschad Muzhestva, Lesnaya, Vyborgskaya, Ploshchad Lenina, Chernyshevskaya, Ploshchad Vosstaniya, Vladimirskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tekhnologichesky Institut, Baltiyskaya, Narvskaya, Kirovsky Zavod, Avtovo, Leninsky Prospekt, Prospekt Veteranov
  • Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya Line (Line 2). It was the second line to open in St. Petersburg in 1961. The system length is 30.1 km and serves 18 stations. It crosses the city from north to south from Tekhnologicheskiy to Parnas. Travel time is 47 minutes. Stations: Parnas, Prospekt Prosvescheniya, Ozerki, Udelnaya, Pionerskaya, Chornaya Rechka, Petrogradskaya, Gorkovskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, Sennaya Ploshchad, Tekhnologichesky Institut, Frunzenskaya, Moskovskiye Vorota, Elektrosila, Park Pobedy, Moskovskaya, Zvyozdnaya, Kupchino
  • Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line (Line 3). It was inaugurated in 1967. It has a total length of 24.3km and 10 stations. The line runs from Vasileostrovskaya to Rybatskoye. Travel time is 32 minutes. Stations: Primorskaya, Vasileostrovskaya, Gostiny Dvor, Mayakovskaya, Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo 1, Yelizarovskaya, Lomonosovskaya, Proletarskaya, Obukhovo, Rybatskoye
  • Pravoberezhnaya line (Line 4). In operation since 1985. It is the shortest line of Petersburg metro. Just 11.1kms and 8 stations. The time required for a journey from point to point is 19 minutes. Stations: Teatralnaya, Spasskaya, Dostoyevskaya, Ligovsky Prospekt, Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo 2, Novocherkasskaya, Ladozhskaya, Prospekt Bolshevikov, Ulitsa Dybenko, Kudrovo
  • Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line (Line 5). This line runs from the northwest of the city to the south. It is a relatively new line as it was open in 2008. It’s 20.1kms serving 12 stations. Travel time is 30 minutes. Stations: Komendantsky Prospekt, Staraya Derevnya, Krestovsky Ostrov, Chkalovskaya, Sportivnaya, Admiralteyskaya, Sadovaya, Zvenigorodskaya, Obvodny Kanal, Volkovskaya, Bukharestskaya, Mezhdunarodnaya

Hours and frequency

Saint Petersburg metro starts operating at 5.45am until 01:00 am. Only on special occasions like New Year the service continues until 2:00 am. The frequency of trains during the day is 2 to 3 minutes, but at some point during rush hour can be 95 seconds. In the early hours and last of service, frequency is a little lower. Rush Hour in St. Petersburg metro is 8.00-9.00 am and 5.00-7.00 pm.

Fares and tickets

The metro works with tokens known as zheton. A single ticket is independent of distance, as in St. Petersburg metro zones do not exist. To travel to anywhere in the city, you need a single ticket that costs 31 rubles. Tickets can be purchased at any station in ticket vending machines.

There also are magnetic passes and electronic cards. For frequent travelers there are monthly cards. Also there are weekly Podorozhnik cards, with which you can store credit and “pay as you go”. You can buy and preload travels in this card. Ie: 10 trips valid for one week with a price of 295 rubles cards. 20 trips for 15 days and 40 trips for a month for 560 rubles and 1070 respectively.

All the info about rates at the Official Website

Other tickets

  • 1 Month ticket, RUB 2380
  • Monthly Standard Student Pass, RUB 850
  • Monthly School student, RUB 425

Park’n Ride in St Petersburg Metro

St. Petersburg metro offers free parking for its users. There are special ticket on the subway that let you use these areas.
Parking tickets are valid for 2 trips in one day. They are issued in the parking lot along with a receipt of the parked vehicle.

Only vehicles entering Ride Park’n areas between 7-00 am and 8-01 pm have to pay a special fee.

Curious facts

Formerly known as V.I. Lenin Order of Lenin Leningrad Metropoliten

The station built deeper in the system is Admiralteyskaya, exactly 86 meters underground.

Beware if you’re going to video record inside the stations because you need a special permit. Photos without flash do not need permits. Information is available in English for the traveler.

St Petersburg metro lets childs under 7 years travel for free, acompanied by an adult

You are allowed to carry skis, snowboards, bikes for children in their holsters, … provided they do not exceed a certain dimensions.

Pets in cages not exceeding 120 cm in height, width or length are allowed.

There are metro plans subway in English and Russian in each car and in many places around the stations. The speaker only advertise in Russian.

Images and media

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