St Petersburg Airport
The Northern Russian Capital Gateway.

The St Petersburg airport, one of the busiest and most important airports in Russia after Moscow, will be the place where you will touch down when you arrive by plane in the North-Western part of Russia.

Known worldwide as Pulkovo Airport and shortened to LED (airport code), the gateway to northern Russia once consisted of two main terminals located side by side in the south part of St Petersburg: Pulkovo I and Pulkovo II.

Today, both of the old terminals have been closed and replaced by a new, modern terminal that is able to compete with the leading European airports and offer a warm welcome to new passengers, like you.

With the construction of Pulkovo's new terminal, referred to by the media as New Pulkovo Terminal, the long queues at the entrance or at passport control, as well as the lack of seating and trolleys, are things of the past.

Now the city of St Petersburg has a new fully equipped airport built from scratch that offers a capacity of 17 million passengers per year along with an efficient and modern infrastructure, which every Russian is proud of.

As a result of that, St Petersburg airport recently won the 'Best Improvement for Europe' nomination - a prestigious 2014 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards by Airports Council International (ACI). The Awards are granted annually based on the results of a global benchmarking program measuring passengers’ satisfaction while they are at the airport.

So, if you're about to travel to St Petersburg soon, no worries! Now the airport is better than before and we have no doubt you will like it!

Apart from that we are also sure you would like to know how to get from the airport to the city safely and without hitting your wallet. That's why you are on this page! Isn't it? 

If so, just keep reading below.

GETTING FROM THE ST PETERSBURG AIRPORT

Have you already landed in St Petersburg Russia? Looking for a way to go downtown? If so, read on...

Pulkovo Airport is within 23 km of the center of St Petersburg. From here to town you can easily take an official taxi upon your arrival at the airport, simply get a public city bus outside the terminal, or much better, arrange a private transfer before your arrival and be greeted at the airport.

For your information, going by Russian public transport can be a little challenging for newcomers to Russia and, personally speaking, stressful too, especially if you have a lot of luggage. But it's doable and of course cheaper than taxis or private transfers. Sadly, St Petersburg airport is not yet served by metro or shuttle trains.

Now, let's have a look in more details at these travel options we mentioned early.

CITY BUSES


If you are on a low budget travel, definitely taking a city bus would be the best option for you. With less than one dollar or one euro, you can get to the city, but not to the city center (Nevsky Prospekt), where surely you have booked your hotel.

All city buses leaves from St Petersburg airport (outside the terminal) and stop at Moskovskaya Metro Station on the blue metro line, seven stops south of Nevsky Prospekt in the very centre of St Petersburg. From there you will need to change the metro, so take the red line if your final destination is Nevsky.

What city buses are running into town?

You can take the bus number 39, 39A or the Minibus number K39, also known as Marshrutka. They all run between the nearest Moskovskaya metro station and the airport every 20-30 minutes.

Between the three we recommend that you take the Express City Bus number 39A because it is more comfortable than the other two (it has larger seats, better luggage space and air-conditioning).

Roughly the service operates from 5.30 am to midnight and tickets can be bought in the arrivals lounges or on board.

PULKOVO OFFICIAL TAXI


If you are not on a low budget, then you can take the official airport taxi upon your arrival.

It will cost you less than $30/€28. You can find them in the arrivals lounge at the terminal. Just look for the marked Taxi Pulkovo! The only downside on taking the official taxi might be the waiting time for the next driver available. This may take from a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the season you travel. 

As an alternative to the official airport taxi you could also book a city taxi over the phone when you arrive. This would be the cheapest option, although you will have to wait for the taxi to arrive and/or pay an extra fee if you leave the driver waiting for you. 

The average fare for a city taxi to the city center is around $20/€18.

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PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER


The easiest, quickest and most comfortable way to travel from St Petersburg airport to the city is to order a private airport transfer with a professional driver that will greet you at the airport and wait for you in case of a flight delay or anything else you need to do, for example exchange money.

If you are interested in this travel option why not book with us.This way
you will get a good deal and a reliable and professional service - plus on doing this you will help us to run this website.

Our prices range from 1200 to 1700 Rubles (current exchange rate  $20 - $28/18€ - 27€). You can book online in advance without pre-payment, you just pay in cash to the driver at the end of your run. In addition if you book a round trip you get a 5% discount.

TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


  • We strongly recommend that you don't try to negotiate with the drivers touting for fares around the baggage reclaim area, in the arrivals hall and/or on the street. If you go with them you will end up paying something like 3000/4000 rubles (€40/€50-$50/$60), if not more.
  • Usually these random taxi drivers wear a sort of official Pulkovo taxi badge around their neck, of course it is a fake one! How do I know? Simply because once by mistake I took one of them and I was robbed!.

  • If you rent a car the St Petersburg airport offers several parking options.
  • Gratuities are not a common practice in Russia like it is in US, but if you would like to give a tip to a driver, then give a 5% of the cost of the taxi.

PULKOVO LIVE FLIGHTS INFORMATION


Below you can check all the arrivals and departures, on real time, from and to LED Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Written by Davide C.

Flight information is provided by FlightStats, and is subject to the FlightStats Terms of Use.

Official Note From the St Petersburg Airport:

As of March, 28 2014 the Pulkovo-2 international airport does not operate any flights and is closed. All flights - local and international - depart/arrive to the new terminal - This means that now there is only one airport (Pulkovo) with one terminal with both domestic and international flights arriving and/or departing.

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