How to get to St. Petersburg or to get out of it

(The information for this section is taken from the website www.ispb.info and given in a brief note. If you want to get more information, you can check Wikitravel and Wikipedia.)

Ways to get to St. Petersburg:

  1. By plane
  2. By train
  3. By car
  4. By bus
  5. By water transport

Air transport

Passenger air transport in St. Petersburg is carried out through the new Pulkovo airport, located on the southern outskirts of the city. All services are specified here http://www.pulkovoairport.ru/passengers/services/.

How to reach the airport or how to get out from the airport by the subway:

In the subway platform (M2«Moskovskaya») you will see the arrow pointer “By bus to the airport”= “К автобусу в аэропорт” (if you go from station “Park Pobedy” to “Moskovskaya”, after coming out of the car to turn to the right. If you go from “Zvezdnaya”, you need to turn to the left). Go up the escalator, pass through the lobby, go through the underpass to the end and climb to the right, there comes the bus No. 39, which goes to the airport. All means of transport going to Pulkovo stop on the both sides of the Flower shop which stands in front of McDonald’s. So if you are going on the other side of Moskovsky Avenue and want to go to the airport, McDonald’s will be a good landmark for you, on the both sides from which you can see either the necessary transport, or queues.  Check it below:

how-to-get-to-the-airport

If there is no bus for a while, you can use the commercial shuttle bus No. 39, which stays on the left of the exit from the lobby. This type of transport is called “маршрутка”= «marshrytka» (the small bus). The price of the ticket is higher, than in public transport. The baggage is paid separately. For a fare for a one-way trip, it is permitted to stand in the bus during the trip, although it may be quite inconvenient. The passenger should pay the driver directly (the drivers are taking money during the stops as well as during the bus ride). Two people sitting behind the driver usually transfer the money.

Attention – I do not recommend that you take ground public transport to the metro station “Moscovskaya” – you can be stuck in a traffic jam.  It is preferable to use the subway (don’t forget to buy the special ticket for the subway, you can find the information  here). Take into account that you will probably wait for the transport for about 10 minutes.

Time and money
  • The public buses are working on the route from 5:30 am until 1:30 am. The interval  between buses is about 12-20 minutes. It costs 25 rubles per person and the same fee for the baggage. It takes about 30-35 minutes to get to the airport.
  • The minibus costs more – 36 rubles and the same fee for the baggage. It goes from 7:30 am until 11:30 am with the interval of 15-20 minutes between buses. It takes 15-20 minutes to get to the airport.

Both means of transport stop in front of the entrance to the arrival hall. The departure hall is nearby. If you want to get to the city with the same means of transport, you should sit in the bus at the same stop.

The information about the schedule of the busses was taken from the official website of the airport.

Advice -If you are going to get out the airport by taxi, you can order the transfer in advance through the website of any of the listed companies (they are mentioned here) or you can go to the “taxi” stand = “ТАКСИ” and order the car there. Moreover, at the stand you can pay for the car by travel card and even get the receipt if you have a business trip and need to prove the expenses.

The information is taken from the website http://www.pulkovoairport.ru/transport/taxi/There You can see the standardized prices for the districts of the city. It is accurate for the year 2014. You can also find the stand of the car rental companies in the airport.To the top

By train

There are 5 working train stations in the city:

  • Moskovskii Station* (Московский вокзал).  Metro:
  1. M1Ploshchad Vosstaniya”=”Площадь восстания”  (it is closer to the train station). If you go from the station M1Vladimirskaya to M1Ploshad Vosstania, you need to turn to the left on the station Ploshad Vosstania, If  you are going from M1Chernishevskaya to M1Ploshad Vosstania, you will need to turn to the right to see the stairs (see below).

going-to-the-moskovskiy-trainstation

Pass the stairs, turn to the left, pass more stairs – you will see the escalator ahead, escalatormove to the top and then go through  the doors on the right (you will see a yard going along the train station and the trains, which will be ahead).

2. M3Mayakovskaya” = “Маяковская (you can go to the M1“Ploschad Vosstania” station underground, with the help of escalators (see below)

Look at the sign on the right "Ligovskiy prospect"
Look at the sign on the right “Ligovskiy prospect”

 and turn to the left on the station, cover several steps and then turn to the right. The subsequence of actions repeats the one for going from Ploshad Vosstania).

  • Vitebskii Station (Витебский вокзал). Metro: M1“Pushkinskaya” = “Пушкинская” (the exit of the metro is temporary made from the transfer station   “Zvenigorodskaya”).
  • Baltiskii Station (Балтийский вокзал). Metro: M1“Baltiiskaya” = “Балтийская”.
  • Ladozhskii Station (Ладожский вокзал). Metro: M4“Ladozhskaya” = “Ладожская”.
  • Finliandskii Station (Финляндский вокзал). Metro: M1“Ploschad Lenina” = “Площадь Ленина”.

You can buy the train tickets on the stations,  via tourist companies, online.

* If you are going to the train station “Moskovskiy vokzal” on foot, you should know that there are only two entrances instead of 3: you can’t go to the station through the doors that you can see on the square with a shopping mall –there is an entrance only to the subway station (Ploshad Vosstaniya). See below:

the-right-entrance-to-the-train-station

Attention: for the security reasons in order to enter the railway station you will need to go through the metal detectors. Also you may be asked by the police to show the passport and migration registration if you stay in the city for more than 3 days.

Petersburg is connected by the highways with all large cities of Russia and many cities of Europe.

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 By car

       St. Petersburg is located at the intersection of routes connecting the Scandinavian Peninsula and continental Europe, central Russia and the Baltic countries. Automobile highways connect Petersburg with Moscow and the Finnish border (route M10 “Scandinavia”), with Estonian border (route M11 “Narva”), with Petrozavodsk and Murmansk (route M18 “Coca”), with Pskov and the Belarusian border (route M20), etc. The routes M10 and M20 are the parts of the European transport corridor No. 9.

       To reduce the workload of urban highways with transit traffic, the construction project of the Petersburg ring highway (has speed limit of 110 km/h) was realized.

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By bus

1)        It is possible to reach most Russian cities from a Bus station (metro station The 5th line of subway in St. Petersburg “Obvodniy kanal” (“Обводный канал”). The buses  also go to the Baltic countries.

2) From Pulkovskaya hotel (M2 “Moscovskaya” = “Московская”): you can have the route St. Petersburg — Vyborg — Helsinki

3)  The buses go to the closest neighborhood of the city from

M5“Staraya Derevnya” = “Старая деревня” (Kronstadt, Sestroretsk),

M2“Parnas” = “Парнас” (Vyborg),

 M1“Avtovo” = “Автово” : Peterhof

M2 “Moscovskaya” = “Московская”: Pushkin, Pavlovsk

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Water transport

       St-Petersburg  is unique in that it possesses a large number of piers and ports. The water area of St. Petersburg allows year-round navigation. Within the city there are several seaports and a river passenger station. The passenger sea traffic is carried by ferry and cruise ships.

       The shipping season for a small shipping fleet in St. Petersburg lasts approximately from late April to November.

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