St Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city and an important transport hub. The city is home to a major international airport, business aviation centres, five railway terminals, one of Russia’s largest ports on the Baltic Sea and numerous highways linking it to Russian and European cities.
Pulkovo Airport (LED) is Russia’s fourth largest in terms of numbers of passengers after the Moscow air node. In addition to the centralized passenger terminal opened in December 2013, it houses the Avia Group Nord business aviation centre, the Pulkovo-3 business aviation centre and a VIP lounge.
Pulkovo handles around 15 million passenger arrivals from all over the world annually. Guests come in on direct flights from 150 cities. You can get to St Petersburg from virtually anywhere in the world thanks to well-developed communications by air between Moscow and St Petersburg. Pulkovo accepts up to 46 flights from Moscow every day, with more than 30 flights scheduled daily. A flight between St Petersburg and Moscow takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
Pulkovo is located 23 kilometres from central St Petersburg. It takes 50 minutes on average to get from the city centre to the airport. Public transit will take you from the airport terminal to the nearest Metro station, Moskovskaya.
St Petersburg has five Rail Terminals: Moskovsky, Ladozhsky, Vitebsky, Finlyandsky and Baltiysky. All the St Petersburg Rail Terminals offer convenient links to public transport. St Petersburg’s railway terminals receive commuter and intercity, as well as international trains.
Up to 11 high-speed Sapsan trains travel daily from Moscow’s Leningradsky Rail Terminal to St Petersburg, taking between 3 hours 40 minutes and 4 hours depending on the departure time. The Sapsans arrive at the Moskovsky Rail Terminal located in central St Petersburg, next to the Ploshad Vosstaniya Metro station.
Up to four high-speed Allegro trains travel daily between Helsinki and St Petersburg, taking about 3 hours 30 minutes.
The Allegro trains from Helsinki arrive at St Petersburg’s Finlyandsky Rail Terminal located near the Ploshad Lenina Metro station.
St Petersburg has well-developed maritime communications with the 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.
The Sea Front passenger port complex consists of seven berths to accommodate ocean-going vessels, in addition to four terminals.
The St Petersburg Sea Terminal complex consists of five berths for cruise and ferry passenger vessels.
St Petersburg lies at the crossroads between Scandinavian Peninsula, continental Europe, central Russia and the Baltics. Highways connect St Petersburg to Moscow, Finland, Estonia and Belarus.
Route M-10 ‘Russia’ cuts through the Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad Regions to link Moscow to St Petersburg; driving time is approximately ten hours.
The way to St Petersburg from Finland follows Route E-18 (No. 7 in Finland) from Helsinki through Porvoo and Kotka. Once in Helsinki, travellers can continue in different directions to reach Finland’s major cities: Tampere, Turku, Oulu or Lahti. Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, the trip could take up to six hours.
Follow Route M-11 ‘Narva’ to get to St Petersburg from Estonia. The highway links St Petersburg and Narva before becoming an autoroute leading to Estonia’s capital, Tallinn. Allow about three and a half hours to get there.
Drive from Belarus to St Petersburg on the E-95 European route, which becomes Route M-20 ‘Pskov’ after crossing the Belarus-Russian border. Driving from Belarus’s capital Minsk to St Petersburg will take approximately ten hours.
St Petersburg Public Transit
The Metro is St Petersburg’s busiest and fastest transit system. It has five lines and 67 stations, including seven transfer hubs.
Chernyshevskaya (Metro line 1) is the closest station to the Tavricheskiy Palace and the Parliamentary Centre.
Free shuttle buses will run according to a timetable between the following destinations during the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly:
Points of arrival and departure – official hotels;
Points of arrival and departure – Assembly event venues*;
Official hotels – Assembly event venues*;
Tavricheskiy Palace – Parliamentary Centre.
Information on shuttle stops and timetables will be available from transport coordinators at the hotels, points of arrival and departure and Assembly event venues.
*Assembly event venues: Tavricheskiy Palace, Parliamentary Centre, ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the New Stage of Mariinsky Theatre.