Marshrutka is the name given to small vehicles providing transport across the city, and duplicate or overlap with the main public transport routes. The buses are smaller, lighter and as a result usually quicker – with a shorter journey time. This is usually because the drivers are in a hurry (to get to the next bus stop). Taking a ride on the marshrutka is a small taste of local life. You will get asked to move along, maybe asked to pass someone’s fare to the front, give up your seat for an old lady or child and generally cling on to your life.
There is a special place in any of these buses – and that is the front seat next to the driver. When free, you can enjoy a ride to rival any rollercoaster as the marshrutka grinds through traffic. You will be amazed as the driver counts money flawlessly while keeping one eye on the road ahead. I have not (yet) been involved in an accident, but I have seen a few, with many more near misses. However, despite this, this form of transport is quick, easy and convenient and is essential for getting around town.
It is easy to find a route to travel on anywhere in the city apart from Nevsky. My most common journey is along Liteyniy Prospekt.