In Nizhny Novgorod, there are the following types of transport: bus, shuttle bus (usually called "marshrutka"), trolleybus, tram, metro, and taxi.
The metro is 21.6 km long and includes two metro lines and 15 stations. All stations, except "Gorkovskaya", are located in the downtown. Metro entrances are marked with a large red letter 'M'.
- On escalators: stand on the right side, ensure that the left side is open for people who may be in a rush; pass on the left side holding the handrail.
- Never sit or place objects on the stairs of escalators, run along them or walk on an idle escalator.
- On platforms: stand away from the platform edge until the train stops completely, and after it stops completely, clear the space at the car doors to let passengers depart. Never descend onto the metro tracks or put items on them.
- In cars: do not lean against car doors, or open them while moving, allow passengers to enter and exit the train. Do not use the 'passenger – metro driver' intercom system unless necessary. Never place luggage on seats.
Nizhny Novgorod is one of the first cities in Russia to have an electric tram. The city now has 14 tram lines.
There are more than 60 bus lines in the city. There are two types of buses: municipal bus and shuttle bus (“marshrutka” bus). Month tickets and student bus cards don’t work in marshrutka buses. Marshrutka buses stop only by passenger's request (sound call (one call for a front door, two calls for a back door) from inside and waving down from outside (when you’re on a bus stop)).
Ticket prices on public transport
The cost of a one-way ticket on buses, trams, trolleybuses, and the metro is from 26 to 35 RUB (depending on the payment method (card or cash).
You can check out the transport schedule on the website and in the BusTime app.
We also recommend you to download apps with a map of Nizhny Novgorod, which describe in detail how to get around the city on public transport. We recommend the following apps: Yandex Map \ 2GIS \ Google Maps.
- When traveling by bus, trolleybus, or tram, you can pay for your fare in cash or by card.
- A conductor comes to you and accepts the fare when you enter a public transport. If the transport does not have a conductor, you will need to pay your fare to the driver (in cash) or in validator (by card) yourself.
- In public transport, that is common to give up seats to pregnant women, the aged and the disabled.
- While on the bus, you should be prepared for someone to pass you money. They aren't being generous, they want you to continue passing their money up until it reaches the driver or the conductor. Sometimes they will just tap your shoulder, other times they will say "peredaite" or pass this forward. Just take the money and do the same thing to someone in front of you. If this happens to you remember who gave you the money as you have to pass them back the ticket. If you can't reach the conductor or driver, feel free to do this, it's very normal and the easiest way to pay on a crowded bus.
- Fine is stipulated in case of ticketless passage (controllers work at the lines).
- Boarding and getting out is allowed to/from any door.
- Municipal buses as well as trams and trolleybuses stop at all the stops.
- Marshrutkas stop only by passenger's request.
- To hail a marshrutka bus, raise your hand to show that you'd like the bus driver to stop. Make sure you are standing in a visible location so the driver can clearly see you.
- To get off a bus, press the stop button well before your stop, at least 100 metres, to allow the driver to stop smoothly and safely.
- Keep a close eye on your belongings, do not leave them unattended, and make sure that you do not forget them on public transport before leaving.
- Keep a close eye on your bags or backpack in transport, do not leave them open. Keep your bags in front of you.
- Try not to carry large sums of cash with you and do not keep your bank card and PIN.
- There are few night routes.
- The number 2 tram, 2 bus, or 2 marshrutka go to different places.
If you’re going to move by taxi, we recommend you to download the following apps for booking a taxi on your phone: Yandex taxi, Uber Russia.
- It is not a good idea to hail a taxi on the street, as there is a good chance of getting a taxi driver who does not have a license. Such people may include actual criminals – you risk not just losing your money.
- Book a taxi using one of recommended apps.
- You can specify the type of fare payment in the app: cash or card.
- Always pay only the price specified in the app at the end of the ride.
- Always fasten your seat belt when you get into the car in the front passenger seat.
- Don't forget your belongings in the taxi!
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