The second most populous city in Russia - after Moscow - is one of the few big cities in the world that It has had three different names during the twentieth century. It was known as Petrograd (in honor of Tsar Peter the Great) until 1924 and Leningrad between 1924 and 1991.
It is also known as the 'Venice of the North' for its more than 400 bridges laid on an important tangle of canals.
Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg is, today, a city that you cannot miss on your visit to Russia. The city center and other surrounding monuments were declared Unesco World Heritage Site in 1990.
St. Petersburg also stands out for their museums - being that of Hermitage the best known - and churches (with the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood as the most emblematic).
To visit this Russian jewel, the best alternative is to fly to St. Petersburg airport.
The name of the airport is Pulkovo, and last year they passed through its unique and modern terminal just over 16 million passengers.
St. Petersburg Airport is about 23 km south of the city center. To go from the St. Petersburg Airport to the city center you have several options:
If you do not want to complicate your life, here you can directly book your transfer from the St. Petersburg Airport to your final destination:Reservation
Church of the Savior in St. Petersburg
Public transport from St. Petersburg Airport to downtown St. Petersburg
To go from the St. Petersburg Airport to the city center by public transport you must use A combination of bus and subway.
First you will have to take a bus to the Moskovskaya metro station, where you can change to metro line 2 (blue) and travel to Nevskiy Prospekt station.
You have three bus options to take to Moskovskaya:
- Bus number 39: there is one every 12 or 20 minutes.
- Bus number 39X (express service): one every 25-30 minutes.
- K39 minibus: one every 5 minutes.
The service operates from 5.30 am to 1.30 am.EXCURSIONS FOR SAINT PETERSBURG AND SURROUNDINGS WITH GUIDE IN SPANISHMake the most of your time in St. Petersburg with one of the following guided tours in Spanish and with very good recommendations from its users:
- Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
- Free tour of St. Petersburg
- Private tour of St. Petersburg
- The St. Petersburg City Pass card
- Pushkin excursion
- St. Petersburg two-day cruise tour
- Peterhof excursion
- Imperial residences tour: Pushkin and Pavlovsk
- Russian folklore night show
- St. Petersburg boat and bus tour
- Other spectacular excursions in St. Petersburg and surroundings
The journey duration to Moskovskaya metro station is 30-35 minutes in the case of bus 39 and 15-20 minutes for the other two services.
As for the prices:
- 30 RUB costs the single ticket for buses 39 and 39X.
- 40 RUB costs the K39 minibus ticket.
Once you have taken the subway in Moskovskaya, you have a 15-minute trip until you reach the Nevskiy Prospekt station (already located in the center of St. Petersburg).
Subway tickets can be purchased at existing machines at the stations. A single ticket leaves for RUB 35.
Taxi from St. Petersburg Airport to downtown
The good thing about St. Petersburg taxis - despite being a much more expensive option than public transport - is that you don't have to negotiate the price with taxi drivers or get nervous when you're stuck in traffic and the meter starts Climb quickly and without pause.
The taxi fare to go from St. Petersburg Airport to the center is preset and it costs around 1,050 RUB.
If you pre-book you will get about 1,400 RUB, but it will relieve you having to explain where you are going if you don't speak Russian.
Car rental at St. Petersburg Airport
If you are staying for a few days or weeks around St. Petersburg or throughout Russia (which would be a great road trip, by the way), perhaps it is best to rent a car at the same St. Petersburg Airport.
In it you can find world-class car rental companies, such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt and Thrifty.5.001