St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport
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Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg is the fourth busiest airport in Russia after Moscow’s airports.

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Founded on June 24th in 1932, the Pulkovo Airport is one of the busiest and fastest-growing international air hubs in Russia after Moscow's Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, and Vnukovo airports.

In 2012 it had a capacity of 11 million passengers and, according to the last traffic forecasts, it is likely to process more than 17.3 million passengers by 2025 and has the potential to reach 40 million passengers by 2039.

In response to this estimated increase in visitors and to improve the image of Russian transport infrastructure, the government decided to build a new, modern terminal to offer a pleasant experience to everyone traveling to and from Russia.

In fact, St Petersburg airport is no longer small, disorganized, and out-dated as, unfortunately, it was in the past; now it has everything you need to kill time while waiting for your flight. Everything you might expect from a modern airport, Pulkovo airport now has it!



Located 23 Km from the city center, and open for business in December 2013, the New Terminal of Pulkovo Airport (the third one) is the place where you will touch down or take off by plane, when and if you choose to travel to St Petersburg in Russia.

Please forget about the old Pulkovo 1 and Pulkovo 2, they are both shut down. Now there is only one big terminal serving both international and domestic flights and that is Pulkovo's new terminal

For your information, Pulkovo airport boasts 110 passport control desks to speed up immigration processing and has 88 check-in desks to avoid long queues. Inside you can find several shops and cafes, restaurants, ATM machines, a children's playground, a bank, an information desk, a car rental desk, including facilities to relax and stuff your belly, or refresh your mouth before your departure or after your arrival.

Honestly, compared to the two old terminals, everyone landing at Pulkovo's new terminal will be impressed by the efficiency of the building, which consists of four levels connected by escalators, staircases, and elevators.

The first level, which is the ground floor, houses the arrivals and baggage claim area. The second-floor houses the passport control area, a tourist center, and several recreational areas. The third floor is home to the departures and customs area as well as additional recreational areas. The fourth floor has a playground for kids and a business lounge.

We bet, nobody will be disappointed with this new terminal! Rather, everyone will be amazed not only by the comfort it offers but also by its glass skylights and geometric panels and the unusual gold, domed ceiling that surely will remind you of the stunning domes on the city’s Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.


Designed by the architect A.V. Zhuk and built in 1973, the Pulkovo airport terminal I served domestic flights and flights to the former Soviet republics until December 2013.

Although it is now closed, there are rumors that once the current renovation has been completed all domestic flights may once again depart from here, or it may be used as passenger waiting area for the new terminal. We'll keep you posted on that!


Built in the early 1950s and completely renovated and redesigned back in 2003, the Pulkovo Airport terminal II served international flights until December 2013. Today it has been shut down and replaced with the new, modern terminal Pulkovo.


To get to town from the airport, you can take a taxi, the bus №39 and №39Ex, or minibus K39. If you take the public transportation they will all bring you to the nearest Moskovskaya Metro station in no more than 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

The city bus stop is located at the exit of the arrival hall on the ground floor of the terminal and runs daily every 15-20 minutes from 5.30 am until 01.30 am. Alternatively, the minibus runs every 5 minutes from 7.00 am until 23.30 pm, every day of the week.

Currently, the ticket price is 40Rubles (€0.50/$0.60) for the city bus, 45Rubles (€0.65/$0.70) for the minibus, and should be no more than 1300rubles (17€/20$) for a taxi ride, while the cost of the baggage is 40Rubles per piece if a suitcase is extremely large. 

You can pay for your taxi by credit card/cash at the Taxi Pulkovo counter or by cash to the driver at the end of a ride. While, when you take the city bus or the minibus you can buy your ticket on board but in cash only.


Our Tips and Recommendations

If you want to avoid getting overcharged by hotels or illegal taxi drivers and don't want to struggle with your luggage but travel stress-free then your best option is to book a private transfer before your arrival.

On the contrary, if you want to book a taxi upon your arrival then look only for the official Pulkovo Airport Taxi at the counter located at the Arrivals Hall on the first floor of the Terminal.

  • Make sure you avoid taking a taxi offered by one of those helpful guys hanging out at the airport arrivals, or you will be cheated on the price.
  • If you are on a tight budget, or you just want to save money, the cheapest option is to take a bus to the nearest Moskovskaya subway station. From there you should be able to continue your journey easily to your final destination.
  • Beware of the money exchange office, which offers poorer rates than downtown. A better deal would be to use the airport ATMs, or much better, go to a local bank, which gives Rubles at the official Central Bank Exchange rate.
  • Make sure you have in your pocket some Euros or US dollars to change before taking the taxi, just in case the ATMs are not working.
  • For your information, Russian drivers only accept Rubles as a payment option. No credit cards! Tipping is your prerogative, like anywhere else, 5-10% for cab fare is normal.
  • 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 at the new terminal.
  • For your information, Pulkovo airport provides several parking options. Long-term parking lot P4 is connected with the terminal by a complimentary shuttle operating every 15 minutes.
  • Please note that usually during St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which runs from 3 to 9 June of each year, the bus stop for municipal buses number 39, 39E, and minibus number K39 are temporarily moved from the main terminal building to the P10 buses parking zone. The platform is located 300 meters to the right from the arrivals area exit.
  • For those who want to do some last minute shopping in Pulkovo Airport, the passenger hub provides a number of stores selling both local crafts, souvenirs and food. A duty-free area selling beauty products, liquor, and sweets is also available. The airport also includes a variety of cafés and food concession stands, perfect to have a quick bite before flying.
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