All international flights into St. Petersburg land at Pulkovo-2 Airport that serves a wide variety of destinations both international and domestic. Terminal 1 serves domestic flights, while Terminal 2 is for international connections; the Airport is friendlier and more manageable than Moscow's Sheremetevo-2 Airport. Pulkovo also has the advantage of a 2003 renovation that opened up the halls and lightened up the atmosphere, making the long lines for security and passport control much more tolerable.
There are First Aid posts in both terminals and a mother and child’s room is available, some services including a few duty-free shops, a bureau de change, snack bars, restaurants, a post office, Internet access and an ATM, pharmacy and a hairdresser’s in Pulkovo-1 and convenience store are located on the first floor of the Pulkovo-2 Departures. There are information desks as well as touch-screen information stations in both terminals. Tourist information counters (Tel: 812-310-2822) are also available in both terminals, in sector B on the ground floor in Arrivals hall 2 in Pulkovo-1 and in the baggage reclaim area on the ground floor in the Arrivals hall in Pulkovo-2.
MONEY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Bureaux de change, ATMs and a post office are available in both terminals. The post offices offer photocopying and various telecommunication services. Wireless Internet access is available in both terminals.
TRANSPORT TO THE CITY
A cheaper option is to take a bus to the nearest Metro station, Moskovskaya, which will cost you only 16 roubles (Bus 39 to/from terminal-1, bus 13 to/from terminal-2). From there you can go to any station on the Saint Petersburg Metro for a 17 roubles. Private bus companies also operate full-size buses, which often have more space for large luggage, from Pushkinskaya Metro via Moskovskaya Metro to both airport terminals for about 100 roubles per person.
Airport Express (Tel: 812-388-0845) runs fast services every 20-30 minutes between the two terminals and metro stations Moskovskaya, Tekhnologichesky Institut, and Pushkinskaya in the centre of St. Petersburg.
Taxis at Terminal 2 have now joined a structured pricing scheme based on geographic zones, which is prominently posted on a billboard outside the arrivals hall at the taxi stand. Traffic is usually quite heavy in the city, so plan on about two hours minimum during the day to get to the city by car.
Those who speak Russian can order a taxi by phone for a lower price than the taxis at the airport. Companies include Peterburgskoe Taxi (Tel: 068), Evrotaksi (Tel: 812-740-1313) and Fortuna Taxi(Tel: 812-322-0000) charge about 500-550 roubles for a trip to the city center/Hermitage area. The operator will take the order, and then call you back to tell you the license plate number and colour/model of the taxi that will meet you.
There are minibus taxis “marshrutnoye taxi”, that are only marginally more expensive than local buses; these depart for St Petersburg from outside both terminals and run to Moskovskaya Metro Station. Each additional piece of luggage will usually require an additional, but nominal, fee.
Airport Code: LED
Full Airport Name: Pulkovo International Airport
Location: The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of St Petersburg.
Address: 18/4 Pilotov str., St Petersburg, 196210, Russian Federation
Tel: +7 812 104 3450.
Terminal Transfer: The two airport terminals are a considerable distance apart and are only connected by taxi; fares are usually exorbitant.
Car Rental: Hertz car rental is represented at both terminals.
Car Parking: Short- and long-term parking is available.