take a hydrofoil
This is another great and quick means of transportation: The Hydrofoil.
In the times of CCCP I once took this one from the Hermitage to Petrodworez.
And in 2014 these hydrofoil-ships are still operated and a perfect way to reach Petrodworets / Peterhof. It takes about 30 minutes to get there, much faster than buses will do !
cars in St.-Petersburg
Traffic in St-Petersburg is quite crazy. I prefer to move in there by metro, bus or marshrutka.
Marshrutka is a share taxi in Russia. The role of the modern Marshrutka is basically similar to the minibus in other countries except some implementations of Marshrutka do allow standing capacity.
The cars, what moving on the streets of the city, are usually very expensive (Hummer limousines) or in bad condition russian cars (Lada).
Often the traffic rules not matter for drivers. So we saw, when one driver stop the car right on the pedestrian crossing and started to read the newspaper.
I put in here one photo about militsia (russian police) car too.
Saint Petersburg Metro is formerly known as Leningrad Metro, the system exhibits many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world.
Due to the city's unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is the deepest subway system in the world (~80m). Serving nearly three million passengers daily, it is also the 16th busiest subway system in the world.
The Leningrad Metro, which was designed before the war in the 1930s, was finally completed and opened in 1955.
The metro works between 5:45 and 24:00 and trains run every 95 seconds during rush hour and every 4 minutes the rest of the day.
Single ticket (zheton - token) - 17 roubles
Smart Cards: 10 rides in 7 days - 140 r.; 20 rides in 15 days - 268 r.; etc.
Lada, Russia's people's car.
If Chevrolet is the iconic American brand, then Lada is surely the car that symbolises Russia and (especially) the latter years of the USSR. I feel this page will be incomplete without paying tribute to this modern classic.
Lada is the brand name which the cars made by Autovaz (ABTOBA3) are known by in the west.
Lada first came to Britain at the 1973 London motorshow & debuted in 1980 in Canada. They were never sold in the USA.
After a slow start in Britain, Ladas became very popular during the late 1970s & 1980s. When you looked at their prices & saw what alternatives were available for Lada money you can see why:
In 1979 in Britain (source: "What Car?" March, 1979), a 4-door Lada 1200 saloon cost £2,056.
The Lada 1200's rivals on price included the 3-wheel, 2-door Reliant Robin (£2042) & the basic Mini 850, £2157.
The Lada 1200 was based on the 1966-'74 Fiat 124. The price rival in the 1979 Fiat range was a 127 900L at £2272.
Cars that were physically comparable to the £2056 Lada 1200 in its 1979 UK heyday included Vauxhall's Chevette 1256E 4-door at £2566. Ford Popular Plus 1300 4-door £2671. Morris Marina 1300 4-door, £2967. Fiat 131 1300L 4-door, £3016 and Triumph Dolomite 1300, £3265.
The classic Fiat 124-shape Lada is still sold today as the 1.5-litre 2105 3 and the more upmarket 2107 which has a posher grille, high-back seats & a 1.6-litre option: these cars used to be sold in Britain as the Lada Riva.
The collapse of the USSR spooked the market & new Lada sales ceased in Britain in the 1990s.
Taxidrivers in CCCP times
Taxidrivers in CCCP-times were easily to be found at the port - It was a special type of driver, not afraid of police-controls - or rather with good connections to the police.To get crew-members from the ship to town, was a good chance to get foreign currencies - worth a fortune in Russia.
Taxidrivers in the city would normally not understand foreign languages,and be afraid to be cought with Dollars.. - and tourists were easily to be detected in the streets - these taxis would not have stopped for a tourist.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
The ship "Meteor" to St.Petersburg from Petergof
After exursions and walking in Petergof you can go to St.Peterburg bu speed ship "Meteor". Ships cruise regulary and the price is 400 RUB (11,60EUR). After 40 min and you are in St. Petersburg near the Copper Horseman.
Maxi taxi bus to Pushkin town
Ekateina's II residence, Pushkin town. You have to go by metro till station "Moskovskaya" and find maxi taxi buses. Ticket costs 25 RUB (0.72EUR). The town's name Pushkin because there is the school where Alexandr Pushkin was learning. Befor that time the town name was "Tsarskoye selo" ("Kings residention). In the Ekaterina's II palace is famous Amber room. It isn't original amber room, but the great renovated variant.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Maxi taxi bus to Petergof
Petergof or Petrodvorec was Russian kings summerresidence. Petergof is 28 km far from St.Petersburg. You can go there by metro till station "Avtovo".Then take one of maxi-taxi buses (price 25 RUB - 0,72EUR). Usually there are many long rows of people who waiting for maxi taxi. You will find the stop
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
As a mentioned in my first St.Petersburg travel page there are many canals and rivers. You will have an interesting exursion by ship an time you like: morning, day or night. Night trips by ship are expensive than day exursions. For example, for the day trip you will pay 200 RUB (5,8EUR) for the night trip - 400RUB (11.60EUR).
In the photo is Moyka - the most famous river in St.Petersburg.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Take a cruise-ship
To take a cruise-ship is certainly the most elegant way to visit this beautiful place.
And while our passengers were forced to book for guided tours in order to go ashore and had to strictly stay with the group...
...Crewmembers could go ashore WITHOUT any visa and go where-ever they wanted !Related to:
- Work Abroad
- Luxury Travel
If Lada are cars for the masses, then Volgas are the iconic big car in Russia & the former USSR.
Wikipedia seems to be the best website, detailing past & present models.
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