LOCAL COMMUTER TRAIN SERVICES IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Gatchina, Lomonosov (Oraniyenbaum
station), Pavlovsk, Peterhof (Stary Petergof
station), Pushkin (Detskoye Selo
station), Sestroretsk, Zelenogorsk, Vyborg?
some station names are different from the town
Local commuter trains are an option
for your suburban travel only if you have some
command of Russian language or if you travel with
a Russian. The neatness of trains varies greatly
and all trains feature hard seats and, sorry,
have no toilets. (You can live with it since most
tourist destinations are only 30-40 minutes
All major Railway Stations in the city are located
conveniently for metro and other public
transportation. You can also catch a train at
smaller stations within the city limits.
Schedules. Every station has
schedules on display. If a station serves several
lines, it will have separate schedules for every
line, and in most cases a suburban lines map.
Some stations have separate schedules for each
direction: from St. Petersburg and to St
information is normally displayed in the
following sequence (good knowledge of Russian is
a huge advantage):
- Time in
chronological order of arriving/departing
- A one or
two-letter index, if it's a Friday or a
weekend train (weekend trains are marked
information (in small print). Sometimes
trains do not stop at smaller stations;
this is always marked accordingly on all
In summer some
trains can get crowded, so it is wise to take a
train at the first station of the line. Repair
works may affect schedules at short notice,
especially in summer. Look carefully for (often
handwritten) "Changes" - "Izmeneniya".
Tickets. Every station has a
booking office "kassa" which can sell you
either one-way or return ticket to your chosen
destination. The clerks DO NOT speak English.
commuter trains - "Prigorodniye
- Can I have a
one way ticket to Stary Petergof, please -
[Pozhaluysta], Stary Petergof - tudah.
- Can I have a
return ticket to Vyborg, please - [Pozhaluysta],
Vyborg - tudah i obratnoh.
- Make sure
that you keep your wallet and valuables
in your inside pockets.
- Be aware of
the small gap between the platform and
- Don't stand
at the edge of the platform when a train
is arriving. It is particularly dangerous
if you have very long hair, wear a long
raincoat or have an open umbrella in your
hands. Take great care when traveling
with small children.
- Do not try to
enter or exit the train after the
announcement "Ostorozhno, dveri
zakryvayutsa" - "Caution, the doors
are now closing". The doors are
pneumatically-fired and you have to be
Houdini to escape being trapped between
- Make sure
that you know which station you need and
get prepared for exiting the train in
- Try to make
sure you don't leave anything on a
train - it will be hard, if not
impossible, to find it.
- At smaller
stations do not try to cross the railway
track in front of an approaching train.
Have a nice trip!
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