urban transport ► Buses, Trolleybuses, Trams
Both Moscow and St. Petersburg are well covered by buses, trolleybuses and trolleys (trams). Tickets for buses, trolleybuses and trams are sold by the conductor and cost 10 roubles; you should keep them till the end of the trip. One ticket is valid for one ride. Many routes tend to be very popular and therefore very crowded. It may be better to take the metro, a taxi or gypsy cab or a "marshrutka" (mini van public taxis). As in most countries, remember, it is always polite to give your seat to an elderly person, middle aged woman or parent with children.
Bus stops are identified with the big letter "A" (for avtobus). The buses are slowly getting updat ed but you can still ride some of the old, cold, smelly ones if you are lucky. Rides usually cost 12 roubles. You can buy tickets onboard from the conductor.
Trolley bus stops are identified by the big letter "“" (trolleibus). Russians really like trolleybuses - they say that they m ore "ecologically friendly" than the regular buses, which I guess is true - it all depends on how you produce the electricity. Some of them have curtains, making for a pleasant, home-like journey (when they're not bursting at the seams and leaking). Rides usually cost 12 roubles. You can buy tickets onboard from the conductor.
Trams are a novel way to get around both Moscow and St. Petersburg. In fact, St. Petersburg has th e largest tram system in the world! It consists of over 400 miles of track and has over 2000 cars. Rail enthusiasts know all about this and frequently make pilgrimages to the city to ride and photograph the trolleys. To find the tram stops look for the "T" (tramvai). The cost of the ride is 10 roubles. You can buy the tickets onboard from the conductor.