REACHING THE SCHOOL VENUE
If you are on the Nevsky prospect, take a trolleybus 10 or a bus 7 or 191 in the North-West direction, exit on the first or second stop after the Neva river.
The Nevsky prospect goes from North-West to South-East, so the right direction is that of decreasing building numbers. To take the trolleybus in the right direction, you must be on the street side with even numbers.
From any other place use the metro to reach the metro station "Vasileostrovskaya". The school venue is in approximately 15 minutes walk from it. Exit the station, turn right twice and go to South in pedestrian area (Lines 6-7). When you reach the river, turn left and proceed until you reach the conference venue. This is the easiest to explain but not the shortest path. There are several alternatives.
If you stay in the University Hostel
walk to the "Primorskaya" metro station, take the metro to the "Vasileostrovskaya" station (one stop) and proceed as above.
How to Pay?
For all types of public transport (except taxi) the payment model is 'per trip'. There are no time-based tickets (like hour, day etc.). In the metro a trip starts when you enter the station and ends when you exit, no matter how many times you change lines or how many stops you ride.
For other kinds of transport a trip starts when you enter the vehicle and ends when you leave it, no matter how many stops you ride on the same vehicle.
Paying for Metro Rides
The cost of one trip is currently 25 rub. You have to buy either a token (for each trip) or a smart card which may be pre-loaded for several trips. If you are buying trips on a smart card you have to deposit 30 rub for the card in addition to the cost of trips and you can return the card to the ticket office and get your deposit back.
There are several multi-trip tickets which can be loaded on the card. The most practical are 10-ride ticket valid for 7 days, 20-ride valid for 15 days, or flexible (load number of rides between 2 and 60, valid for 90 days). The 10-ride and 20-ride tickets have discounted prices. When all trips are used you can load the card again (not necessarily the same type of the ticket). With the flexible load you can add trips at any time.
Bus, Trolleybus, Tram
For all other types of public transportation (buses, trolleybuses, and trams) you need cash. The cost of one trip is 21 rub. There is a conductor selling tickets in any vehicle.
The mini-bus service has a pre-defined rout (like a bus) but can stop anywhere (like a taxi). The cost of a trip depends on the route and ranges from 25 to 50 rub. The payment method is always cash (paid to the driver). The price is always posted on the door or inside the vehicle and is not a subject of negotiation. On long routes the price may depend on the distance. Most of the drivers do not speak English and some of them do not speak Russian either. Minibuses are convenient and widely used by locals.