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
- 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.
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.