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St. Petersburg's metro is straightforward, efficient, and inexpensive, but its stops tend to be far apart. Stations are deep underground—the city's metro is the deepest in the world—necessitating long escalator rides. All central stations are infamous for theft and rank high in the city's list of pickpocket hot spots. Although the city police regularly trumpet successes and report arrests of more gangs, it doesn't seem to get any safer. The metro operates from 5:30 am to 12:30 am, but is best avoided during rush hours. You can pick up a metro map printed in English at most hotels.

Fares and Schedules

To use the metro, you must purchase a token or a magnetic card (available at stations). The fare (28R) is the same regardless of distance. Alternatively, you may purchase a pass valid for unlimited travel for two weeks (1020R) and good for all modes of city public transportation. Or you can buy a smart card ("Podorozhnik") for 265R for a maximum of 10 rides over 7 days or 485R for 20 rides over 15 days. Other variations are available.