Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
No, as you can get a driver very easily and inexpensively. Plus, the public transit system is very efficient. The metro is quite busy during rush hour.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
Your current license will be valid here, assuming you get it translated into Russian. Ask Crown St. Petersburg for further information on where to get that done. Officially, it is not possible for foreigners to obtain a Russian driver's license unless they have Russian citizenship.
What side of the road do people drive on?
In St. Petersburg, we drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
The Metro (train) and trolleybuses are easy to navigate and efficient.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
Trains or buses are the best option to get away. Trains are efficient and inexpensive, but also tend to be very full.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Buses can sometimes break down; the Metro is safe and efficient, even at night.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
If you're riding the Metro or the bus, you can purchase your tickets on the vehicle. If you're traveling by train, you can obtain your tickets in the station. Also, for buses, trolleys or trams, you can purchase tickets in small booths at some of the bus stops.
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