BY BUSES, “MARSHROOTKA” SHUTTLES, TRAMS, AND TROLLEYS
In Novosibirsk the buses can be of two types: public ones and commercial lines buses.
Marshrootkas and buses’ routes cover the whole city, even its most distant neighbourhoods. Bus lines start working in the early morning, approximately, from 6 to 7 a.m.; they cease operating at 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., depending on the line. A route also determines the fare which may vary from one line to another and, on the average, amounts to 10 roubles for a public bus ticket, from 10 to 20 roubles for a commercial lines bus, and 15-35 roubles for a ride in a marshrootka shuttle.
Trolleys work exactly the same way as buses but the fare is lower with 8 roubles for a one-way pass. Trams used to be widespread in Novosibirsk in the past but today they can be found mostly in the blue-collar parts of the city; the fare is approximately 10 roubles for a ride. Tickets are sold by a busman inside the bus.
Ferries are mostly used for entertainment. Cruises back and forth all day long in summer. Some voyages to Tomsk and trips round the Ob Sea are also available at that period. One can easily rent a small motor boat with a captain and sail around the numerous tiny isles of the sea.
BY INTERCITY BUSES
A lot of intercity buses deliver people from the bus terminal at 4, Krasniy Prospekt to different cities of the Novosibirsk region and to major cities of neighbouring regions as well. The launch of a new modern bus terminal is awaited.
Bus terminal phone numbers are 383-223-0370 and 383-223-5459.
The Metro is cheap but only runs through the city center and just past the Ob River. Novosibirsk Metro consists of 12 stations served by two lines. Last trains are to depart from terminal depots at midnight. Still, for the visitor, you can get to many major destinations from its six major stops, including the main square, Lenin Square, on Krasny Prospekt (Red Avenue).
Novosibirsk metro is the third in Russia in passenger’s throughput (250 thousand passengers a day). It is safe to say that Novosibirck metro is the cheapest and the easiest way to move to different parts of the city. Unlike stuffy and always overcrowded Moskow underground, it is quite clean and easy to breathe.
BY ON FOOT
If you know the Russian alphabet, it will be easy for you to find your way in the city centre, because there are guide signs (in Russian). Be attentive when crossing the streets, Russian drivers are not very polite and careful.
BY RENTING A CAR
A foreigner renting a car has to show several documents which include the passport, the entrance visa, and the international driving permit. A person renting the car has to be at least 20 or even 25 years old while his or her driving experience should exceed 2 or 3 years. Apart from paying for a rented car 1,300-1,500 roubles per day and extra money as guarantee of the safe return of the vehicle.
BY SUBURBAN TRAINS
Suburban electric trains cruise around all the major railway arteries of the Novosibirsk region. Some stations interlinked with metro lines are situated in the city centre. Moreover, the majority of these trains are new and clean. They are usually poorly equipped and the lines get closed pretty early around 9:00-10:00 p.m.
The suburban trains company also runs the service of comfortable express trains to such neighbouring cities as Kemerovo, Barnaul, Tomsk, Omsk, Novokuznetsk. In winter some lines to winter resorts start operating, too.
Take a taxi by phone is far cheaper and safer. Besides, it is a general practice in Novosibirsk. Unfortunately, very few taxi dispatchers speak English.
The majority of companies set the price in accordance with the fare register which counts the mileage. Some companies may detain a certain sum of money for the “car delivery”, as they call it. If you have decided to flag a taxi in the street all the same, then it would be a good idea to take a taxi with the checkers on the roof and a clearly made relation to a certain company providing the taxi service.