How to get to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is one of the largest transport hubs in Russia. The city is home to Pulkovo International Airport, five rail terminals, and a seaport. St. Petersburg is also linked to Russian and European cities via numerous highways.


    Pulkovo Airport (LED) is the only airport in St. Petersburg that serves scheduled flights (173 destinations, more than 70 Russian and international airlines).

    If there is no direct flight between your point of departure and St. Petersburg, you can fly via Moscow. There are more than 40 flights each day between Moscow and St. Petersburg, departing from three Moscow airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo, and Sheremetyevo. The approximate flight time is 90 minutes.

    Pulkovo Airport is located 17 kilometres from the historic centre of St. Petersburg and 7 km from the Forum venue. The journey time from the airport to the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre is approximately 15–20 minutes (depending on the traffic).

    Pulkovo Airport
     41/ZA, Pulkovskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg
     +7 (812) 337 3822, +7 (812) 337 3444

    VIP aircraft and passenger service (domestic flights only)
     +7 (812) 324 3446, +7 (812) 324 3644, +7 (921) 765 2620, +7 (921) 909 0440

    Pulkovo 3 Business Aviation Centre
    Operational dispatch service (24 hours):
     37/5A, Pulkovskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg
     +7 (812) 240 0287
     +7 (812) 240 0288

    Passenger services (24 hours):
     +7 (812) 240 0305, +7 (911) 757 2500

    A-Group Business Aviation Centre
     17/A, Startovaya Ulitsa, St. Petersburg
     +7 (812) 677 7645
     +7 (812) 677 7642

    Pulkovo Airport lounge for officials and delegations
     +7 (812) 331 4875, +7 (921) 930 1492
     +7 (812) 704 3343

    Charter flights
    During SPIEF 2021, Pulkovo Airport will operate to a special schedule. Available parking for private planes will be limited. Participants are kindly requested to plan their flight in advance.

    The procedure for obtaining Pulkovo Airport landing/departure clearance (read more).
    The slot application form (download).

    Due to the large number of aircraft arriving at Pulkovo Airport during the Forum, it is imperative that strictly coordinated slots for arrival at and departure from Pulkovo Airport are adhered to. In the event of a violation, the airport reserves the right not to receive the aircraft and to direct it to a backup airfield to await a possible arrival slot on a first-come, first-served basis.

    As long-term parking cannot be provided for all aircraft, you are kindly requested to draw up a flight plan which factors in turnaround and parking of no more than one hour at Pulkovo Airport.

    Luggage and customs control

    Commercial airline passengers are advised to familiarize themselves with any limits on luggage size and weight to avoid extra charges and inconvenience. For safety reasons, carrying dangerous materials, objects, and liquids in hand or checked luggage is prohibited.

    For a full list of items requiring a written customs declaration and to find out how to fill in the declaration form, see the Customs section of the Pulkovo Airport website.

    Airports in Riga, Talinn, and Helsinki

    Participants arriving on chartered flights may take advantage of the business aviation centres in the Riga or Talinn airports or park their planes at Helsinki Airport’s terminals. The rest of the route to St. Petersburg can then be travelled by train or automobile.

    Helsinki Airport (Vantaa)
     PL 29, 01531, Vantaa
    General inquiries:
     +358 200 146 36
    Helsinki Airport Business Flight Terminal:
     Liikelentotie 8, 01530, Vantaa
     +358 20 708 2720

    FBO Riga Business Aviation Center
     Dzirnieku Str. 15, Riga Airport
    Operational questions (24/7):
     +371 676 686 76
    FCG Ops (24/7):
     +371 672 077 21

    Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport
     Lennujaama tee 13, 11101, Tallinn
    General inquiries:
     +372 605 8708
    Hangar parking inquiries:
     +372 526 6351


    St. Petersburg has five rail terminals: Moskovsky, Ladozhsky, Vitebsky, Finlyandsky, and Baltiysky. All St. Petersburg rail terminals offer convenient links to public transport and receive commuter, intercity, and international trains.

    Moscow–St. Petersburg

    Up to 13 high-speed Sapsan trains travel daily from Leningradsky Rail Terminal in Moscow to Moskovsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg, taking between 3.5 and 4 hours. Click here for a detailed Sapsan train timetable.

    Moskovsky Rail Terminal:
     85, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station

    Helsinki–St. Petersburg

    Up to four high-speed Allegro trains travel daily from Helsinki Central Railway Station to Finlyandsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg, taking about 3.5 hours. Click here to learn more.

    Finlyandsky Rail Terminal:
     6, Ploshchad Lenina, St. Petersburg, Ploshchad Lenina metro station

    Russian Railways call centre 

     8 (800) 775 0000


    St. Petersburg lies at the crossroads between the Scandinavian peninsula, continental Europe, central Russia, and the Baltics.

    To reach St. Petersburg from Finland, follow the E18 European route (A-181 Scandinavia highway in Russia) from Helsinki through Porvoo and Kotka. The distance between Helsinki and St. Petersburg is about 400 kilometres. Depending on traffic and weather conditions, the journey can take five to seven hours.

    To reach St. Petersburg from Estonia, follow the E20 European route (A-120 Narva highway in Russia). The distance between Tallinn and St. Petersburg is about 370 kilometres. Allow about five or six hours for the journey.

    From Belarus, take the E95 European route, which becomes Route R-23 Pskov after crossing the Belarus-Russian border. Minsk is located 840 kilometres from St. Petersburg. The approximate travel time between the cities is 11 hours.

    The M10 Rossiya federal highway links Moscow to St. Petersburg. Depending on weather and traffic, the travel time via the 720-km highway ranges from 9 to 11 hours.


    St. Petersburg has well-developed sea links with EU countries facing the Bay of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Comfortable ferries sail from St. Petersburg’s seaports to Sweden, Finland, and Estonia almost daily.

    St. Petersburg Sea Front passenger port
     1, Bereg Nevskoy Gubi V.O., St. Petersburg
     +7 (812) 303 6740

    The Seafront passenger port complex has seven berths which can accommodate oceangoing vessels, in addition to four terminals. The ship schedule can be found here.

    St. Petersburg Sea Terminal
     1, Ploshchad Morskoy Slavy, St. Petersburg
     +7 (812) 333 5115, + 7 (812) 333 5271

    The St. Petersburg Sea Terminal is the point of departure and arrival of the Princess Anastasia ferry (St. Petersburg – Helsinki – Stockholm – Tallinn – St. Petersburg). The ferry schedule can be found here.