St Petersburg Airport
Pulkovo Airport is one of the busiest airports in Russia and serves close to nine million passengers annually. The airport is situated 12 miles (20km) from downtown St Petersburg. It offers little in the way of restaurants and shopping opportunities, and the few retail options at the airport are overpriced.
Passengers using the airport are advised to find their gate as soon as they've passed through security as some gates are quite far and flight information is often only posted in Cyrillic script. Gates 1-6 are situated in a separate 'satellite terminal' situated in the middle of the tarmac. It can take quite a long time to get to this terminal. Also, passengers flying on Aeroflot, or at the same time as an Aeroflot flight, should expect long queues and a fair amount of chaos.
The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of St Petersburg.
Getting to the city
Bus No.13 leaves for Moskovskaya Metro Station from outside Terminal 2, from where metros go to the city centre. Taxis are also available from both terminals; prebooking a taxi is far cheaper. Passengers who are staying in a major hotel can arrange to be picked up.
Local time is GMT +3 (GMT +4 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in September).
Tel: +7 812 104 3450.
Hertz car rental is represented at both terminals.
Taxis are available outside the terminal. Be sure to agree on a price before leaving the airport as tourists are often overcharged.
Transfer between terminals
The two airport terminals are a considerable distance apart and are only connected by taxi; fares are usually exorbitant.
Pulkovo is a 'no frills' airport. There are some services available however, including a few duty-free shops, a bureau de change, snack bars, restaurants, a post office, Internet access and an ATM.
Free parking is offered in unguarded lots close to both terminals. Otherwise parking near Terminal 1 costs RUB 100 per hour or RUB 350 per day. Parking for Terminal 2 incurs the same hourly rate, but costs RUB 400 daily.
Airlines offering flights to Pulkovo Airport include Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cyprus Airways, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Korean Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Rossiya, Scandinavian Airlines, Transaero Airlines, Ural Airlines, Vueling, and Windjet.
Free wi-fi is available in both terminals.
VIP Lounges are available at the airport. There are also Internet kiosks after security. Fully equipped conference venues can be rented by the hour.
St Petersburg Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.