Saint Petersburg is a city that never sleeps — its nightlife is saturated and bright. So if you decide to spend your vacation in the Northern capital of Russia, getting to know basic info about transportation there is essential. You can always check the schedule and routes of public transport at night-time on the official website (in Russian).
Could be so that you decide to stay somewhere away from your hotel until late. Pay attention that all public transport in the city stops its work at about 01:00 AM, so you can only take a taxi or just walk after this time.
From April to November there is also a night shuttle between Admiralteyskaya and Sportivnaya metro stations. You can pay then only with tokens. The shuttle works from 01:00 to 03:00 AM with a 20 minute interval.
Generally, during some public holidays, such as New Year (January 1), Christmas (January 7), Easter, May holidays, Scarlet Sails, Museum Night, City Day, all metro stations of Saint Petersburg work without being closed.
During the round-the-clock work of underground, a part of surface public transport moves so the transfer residents of sleeping quarters to the metro stations. You can pay for a trip with any type of transportation ticket. The transport works from 00:00 until 06:00 with a 30 minutes interval. Along the route buses have compulsory stops close to metro stations. However, there is a chance for stops on request.
Raising Bridges & Transport
There’s also the issue of some bridges over the Neva River rising nightly between April and November. This means that if you want to cross the river late at night you need to plan your trip in advance.
Now that there is the Western High Speed Diameter highway it’s always possible to get from one side of the Neva to the other, but of course it will take a very long taxi route.
To travel with most comfort and pleasure, you can also rent a car. Or enjoy a night privately-guided tour in summertime!