Pulkovo Airport (LED)

Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg (Russian: Пулково) is the fourth busiest airport in Russia by passenger traffic (the three major airports are located in Moscow). Pulkovo Airport started operating in 1932. During the last decades the airport is constantly being modernized to meet competitive demands and increase its capacity.
Pulkovo Airport is located about 9.3 miles (15 km) south of St. Petersburg (see map).

On December 4, 2013 the Airport “Pulkovo” opened the new Terminal-1. It is planned to transfer all the flights from the existing terminals Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2 to the new terminal.
General map of the Airport Pulkovo

St. Petersburg Airport: Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2

International terminal Pulkovo-2

International terminal Pulkovo-2

Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg has two main Terminals: Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2.
Airport Terminal Pulkovo-1 serves domestic flights, flights to CIS countries and international charter flights.
Phone for current flight information: +7812704 38 22
Address: 196189, St. Petersburg, Pulkovskoye chaussee, 41 A
(Russian: 196189, Санкт-Петербург, Пулковское шоссе, д. 41, лит А.)

Airport Terminal Pulkovo-2 serves international flights only.
Phone for current flight information: +7812704 34 44
Address: St. 196 210, Petersburg, Startovaya Str, 17
(Russian: 196 210, Санкт-Петербург, ул Стартовая, д. 17)

Bank counter and desk of the Transfer Agent at Airport Terminal Pulkovo-2

Bank counter and desk of the Transfer Agent at Airport Terminal Pulkovo-2

The distance between Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2 is about 0.6 miles (1 km) (see also the map below). It is impossible to walk between these two terminals. To get from one terminal to the other, transfer passengers can use a free shuttle service. It is necessary to request this service at the desk of the Transfer Agent located in the arrivals area of each of the terminals of Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg. The shuttle picks the passengers up in about 10-15 minutes after being ordered.

Currency exchange and banking at Pulkovo Airport

US-Dollars and euros can be exchanged into Russian rubles at the banks counter. Exchange rates at the airport tend to be a bit worse than in the city of St. Petersburg.
There are cashing machines (ATM) of international and Russian banks at both terminals of Pulkovo Airport.
Exchange Rate Ruble / Euro / US Dollar

Internet access at Pulkovo Airport

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High speed wireless (Wi-Fi) internet connection is available at both terminals of Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg. Passengers can access the WiFi service using their own devices with Wi-Fi capability, such as laptops, smart phones or PDAs. Just search for available networks and click “Connect” (Russian: Подключить) on the service start page.

Accessibility Service at Pulkovo Airport

The airport in St. Petersburg offers special assistance for passengers with disabilities and special needs. It is necessary to arrange for any special assistance in advance calling +7 (921) 981-83-44 or filling up the online form (available only in Russian).
Required information: name and flight number of the passenger, required equipment (wheelchair, stretcher) and the name of a travel companion and / or a doctor.
Unfortunately, Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg is not easily accessible for disabled travelers. Nevertheless, there are elevators, accessible restrooms and wheelchair ramps. 
Generally, it is important to inform the airline about any assistance needed when booking the flight.

Getting from Pulkovo Airport to St. Petersburg

Buses in Pulkovo-2

Sign over the exit of the international Terminal Pulkovo-2 in St. Petersburg with numbers of public and shuttle buses.

Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg is served by public buses, shuttle buses and taxis. Most services operate between the airport and the metro station “Moskovskaya” (Russian: Московская). One can easily get to the centre of St. Petersburg from “Moskovskaya” by Metro.

NOTE: Passengers traveling with heavy luggage might face some difficulties using public transportation in St. Petersburg. Often it is only possible to cross the streets using subways (pedestrian underpasses) which have just stairs and no ramps. There are no elevators in the Metro. To change the lines in the Metro, one also has to go up and down the stairs. With heavy luggage, it might be quite exhausting. Besides, the Metro in St. Petersburg is usually packed with people.
Those who don’t want to take a taxi from Pulkovo Airport, can travel to the Metro-Station “Moskovskaya” by bus or shuttle bus and take a taxi from the Metro-Station. Taxi rides within the city of St. Petersburg are cheaper than taxi rides between St. Petersburg and Pulkovo Airport. The taxi fare shall definitely be negotiated with the driver prior to the trip.

Public Buses

Bus stop sign at Terminal Pulkovo-2

Bus stop sign with route numbers and timetable of public buses at Terminal Pulkovo-2

(Russian: автобус)

Public buses operate from 5:30 to 1:30 a.m. departing every 10-15 minutes.
Fare: 21 rubles (approx. 0.7 US-Dollars or 0.52 euros)
Passengers board the bus through the front door and purchase tickets from the bus driver.

Airport Terminal Pulkovo-1 to / from St. Petersburg
Bus 39
Estimated travel time to the Metro-Station “Moskovskaya”: 20-30 minutes.

International Airport Terminal Pulkovo-2 to / from St. Petersburg
Bus 13 and K13
Estimated travel time to the Metro-Station “Moskovskaya”: 10-20 minutes

NOTE: Bus 13 goes not only to the Metro-Station “Moskovskaya”, but also in the opposite direction, to “Aviagorodok” (Russian: Авиагородок). To get to the center of St. Petersburg, it’s important to take the bus that goes to the Metro. To make sure that you travel in the right direction, it is better to ask the bus driver simply saying: “Metro Moskovskaya?”

Public taxis / shuttle buses

Bus 13 at Pulkovo-2

The stop of bus 13 is located on the left-hand side of Terminal Pulkovo-2 in St. Petersburg

(Russian: маршрутное такси)

Public taxis are shuttle buses that follow an exact route. They do not have fixed timetables and leave as soon as most of the seats are occupied. Most of the shuttle buses operate between Pulkovo Airport and the Metro-Station “Moskovskaya”.
Fare: 30 rubles (approx. 1 US-Dollar or 0.75 euros). Tickets are purchased from the driver.

Airport Terminal Pulkovo-1 to / from St. Petersburg
Public taxi / shuttle bus K39

International Airport Terminal Pulkovo-2 to / from St. Petersburg
Public taxi / shuttle bus 13, 113, 213

Express-Bus

(russian: ‘Автобус экспресс’ or ‘Автобусный экспресс’)
Commercial express buses connect Airport Terminals Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2 to the center of St. Petersburg. Bus stops are located near each of the Terminals. Express buses operate 24 hours departing (according to the timetable) every 20-40 minutes.
Fare: from 200 rubles (approx. 7 US-Dollars or 5 euros). Tickets are available at specials counters in Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2. It is possible to pay in cash (rubles) or using common bank cards.

Airport Terminal Pulkovo-1 to St. Petersburg
Express-Bus К-800
Stops: Pulkovo-1 – Metro Moskovskaya – Metro Technologicheskiy Institut – Metro Dostoyevskaya and back
(Stops in Russian: Пулково-1 – метро Московская – метро Технологический институт – метро Достоевская)

Airport Terminal Pulkovo-2 to St. Petersburg
Express-Bus К-900
Stops: Pulkovo-2 – Metro Moskovskaya – Metro Technologicheskiy Institut – Vladimirskaya Place (Metro Dostoyevskaya) and back
(Stops in Russian: Пулково-2 – метро Московская – метро Технологический институт – Владимирская площадь (метро Достоевская)

Taxi Service

Taxi at Terminal Pulkovo-2

Taxi counter in the arrivals area of Terminal Pulkovo-2 in St. Petersburg

(Russian: такси)
Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg offers a special taxi service. Only vehicles of the taxi company “Pulkovo Taxi” (Russian: Такси Пулково) are authorized to enter the 50-meter-wide safety zone in front of the terminals. The official taxi can be ordered at a special counter located in the arrivals area of Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2. After being ordered, the taxi picks the passengers up directly at the exit of the airport terminal. Official taxi fares from the airport to the center of St. Petersburg start at 700 rubles (approx. 23 US-Dollar or 17.5 euros)

Car and Car Rentals

To get from Pulkovo Airport to the centre of St. Petersburg by car, head for Pulkovskoye chaussee (Russian: Пулковское шоссе) and then for Moskowsky avenue (Russian: Московский проспект).

At Pulkovo Airport there are different parking areas: secured pay parking as well as toll-free unsecured ones. Short-time parking (up to 15 minutes) at Pulkovo Airport is free. Private vehicles are not allowed to enter the 50-meter-wide safety zone in front of both terminals.

In the arrivals area of both terminals of Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg there are car rentals AVIS, HERTZ, SIXT (Pulkovo-2) and AXCEL-RENT (Pulkovo-1).

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