Outing, Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is made for walkers. Even in Winter you can find plenty to see.
But if you get tired, the Metro subway systems is fun and only about 17 Rubles. The long escalators into these tunnels, which can double as bomb shelters, is quite an experince. Even if you don't take the Metro a trip down and back up the escalator is worth the 17 Rubles.
Buses run about 17 Rubles, you can flag a car anywhere for a few bucks, and get a taxi for about twice that.
But walk, that is the real fun. There is art and architecture in every block.
The budget way to go to Peterhof – an Imperial summer residence and “capital of fountains” is from Avtovo Metro Station. Take a mini-bus to Peterhof (right across the road, start every 5-10 min. - takes 40 min.) Metro token is 20 rubles, bus 50 rbl – about 1.50 EUR the whole trip.
More convenient and fast way (30 min.) is by a hydrofoil from the Hermitage Museum - about EUR11 - 12.
Often you can see people on horseback in the city, even near Palace Square and Sennaya Square, offering horse back rides.
It is actually illegal for horses in the city and they often come at night when the policemen are not around.
But it will be more pleasant if you want to take a little ride to find these freelance rides in a park such as Kretovsky Ostrov. One person asked 150 rubles for 5 minites or 300 rubles to make a loop around the park.
You may also see ponies for small children.
Metro Krestovsky Ostrov puts you in a beautiful CPKO Central Park of Culture and Rest area where you can find many paths to walk and horses for hire.
On every bridge you find people with signs saying "River Cruise" (we could decipher...). Just hop on one of those boats. They'll cruise you around the canals of St. Petersburg for one hour. It costs just a few bucks. And it's stunning seeing all the beautiful sights of St. Petersburg from a different perspective. On our tour, they gave all the explanations in Russians. But we didn't care. We just enjoyed the view. And since none of the "River Cruise"-Signs on the bridges is written in English you probably have to enjoy one hour of Russin explanations about St. Petersburg.
No matter where you go in St. Petersburg, you will find yourself walking, walking and more walking. This may get tiring, but it allows you to see the sights and absorb everything better than you would if you were to use other forms of transportation. Watch where you walk, though, because drivers on the street won't slow down while you cross, and sometimes the roads and walkways can be pretty rough.
It might seem to be obvious but SPB is VERY hard on people walking in respect to cars do NOT give right of way or even slow down...ever.NOt even a tap on the brakes.
I crossed here by the Bronze Horseman and it was not a fun event. Have patience and plan to cross at crosswalks if you can.
To get around city center it is really easy to walk as there are lots of thinf´gs to see. The history of the sity is colorfull and interestig so to get the feeling of that walking is the best way. But i must say that nobody seems to know any highway code so be careful.
Cycling is the least recommended transportation mode in St.Petersburg as car drivers have little or mostly none respect for those trying to cycle in this traffic. Do like my son & cycle at home if you need to! I am however sometimes cycling (always pushing my luck?) and in the morning and evening traffic jams it is often far faster than by driving which is my only other transport mode I use. Do not ask me about puclic transportation modes in StP. I admit that I used metro two times and even trolley bus in 1995..
Like many big cities in the world, also here you can take the traditional sightseeing with the horse around.
If you want some romantic travel, then why not hire a horse-drawn carriage. I have no idea about the prices. They can be found in front of the Winter Palace (Hermitage).
Use your feet. We found so many wonderful little museums, restaurants and buildings just by walking.