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Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

Is there a sightseeing bus in St. P where you buy a 24-hrs pass and go on and off as you like? Same system as e.g. http://www.theoriginaltour.com/ in London or http://www.city-sightseeing.com/?

I found something at the web, but it seems that it doesn,t exist anymore.

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1. Re: Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

There are monthly unlimited or fixed number of rides cards available for regular public transportation but not oriented towards tourism. Most of what you want to see in the center is within walking distance but if you need to go further public transportation is cheap and easy to find. Bus fare is from 18-20 Rubles, the great metro system is 18, and mini-van route taxis are 18-28 Rubles. An entire day of transportation for sight seeing would probably cost $3.

Transportation, universities and medical services are about the only bargains in Russia now.

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2. Re: Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

Metro is 20 rubles now.

You can find the double-decker red bus driving around the city. Tour is available in several popular languages. Full tour takes 2 hours. Bus stops on St.Isaak’s square, Arts square, Nevsky prospect and somewhere else. Tickets are 350 rubles per person. It is reasonable to take such a tour on the weekend only. Weekdays are badly known for terrible traffic.

If you have plenty of time you can easily walk to see most of famous attractions in the city. Peter-and-Paul Fortress is a bit far so take a bus or metro (to Sportivnaya station).

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Thank you both. Hop-on hop-off buses are excellent to get an overview, but if we are stuck in traffic-jam, it's no point. We'll see how the traffic is.

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4. Re: Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

The red double decker is called City Tour and is a sightseeing tour, not a hop-on-hop-off style as in other Baltic cities. There was a proposal for the city to create one but nothing has come to pass yet.

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5. Re: Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

I have a pamphlet of the red "City tour Saint-Petersburg" bus and a map with its route (10 stops). I did not take the tour but spoke to the busdriver and took a pamphlet, here's what it says:

"Discover the main sites of Saint-Petersburg in an original and relaxed way. The round tour lasts approximately 1h30, with frequent daily departures. See timetable overleaf. You may break your tour at any of our "City tour" stops and continue later. Your ticket remains valid for 1 day and can be bought on the bus. A multi-lingual system is available on all our buses allowing you to hear commentaries in one of 8 languages."

There's no website address, just a contact phone number:

+7(812)718 66 10

The first stop is at "Gostiny Dvor" Nevsky pr. 35 close to Dumskaya ulitsa.

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In practice, it is quite different than a traditional hop-on-hop-off that the OP is probably used to or referring to. Since there are very few buses, the wait for another round can be up to 1 1/2 hours on slow days(like the day I talked to them) when one bus is used and 45 minutes on weekends. There is one in Moscow that is 700 Rubles and has 30 minute intervals which is more practical but almost twice as expensive.

Walking or taking a public bus that stops every 5 minutes is more practical and cheaper by far since there are about 1,000 city buses costing 18-20 rubles plus many more van-route taxis, trams, trolley buses and of course the metro with arrivals at 2-3 minute intervals during most of the day.

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7. Re: Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

But how to find out the bus routes, - where they go and where are the bus stops?

It seems that bus 22 is quite useful for crossing the historic center North-South or S-N. Is it possible to take it both ways to and from let us say Mariinsky Theatre - Peter-Paul fortress?

But what about these mini-buses?

Bus rotes in a city like St. P. must be quite complex and not easy to get an oversight over.

Maybe it is neccessary to use a local guide, but as we like to be a little impulsive and don't like to follow others than ourselves we would like to have the oversight tourwithout guide.

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8. Re: Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

The h/o h/o bus provides a commentary and a wonderful view which you will not get in a mini-van or on a crowded trolley bus.

The previous poster is correct in that the St-Pites h/o h/o doesn't pass often. Here's the "Tour Timetable" from their pamphlet:

Date First dep. Frequency Last dep.

1/06-31/06 9am 1 hr 9:30pm

1/07-31/09 9am 30min 9:30pm

1/10-31/12 10am 1 hr 6pm

In general, the h/o h/o buses are hardly ever a quick way to get about, public transportation (esp. metro) is better for that.

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10. Re: Hop-on-hop-off open top buses

Of course using the public transportation in the city where you can’t read the street and signs can be rather complicated.

First thing to know is where you stay. Another question is where you want to go.

Getting to the Fortress the easiest way is to take a metro down to Sportivnaya station and then walk for 5-10 minutes.

Getting to Mariinsky theatre from Nevsky - take buses # 3, 27 or 22.