Pulkovo Airport is located 23 kilometers from the center of Saint Petersburg and is the third in Russia in
terms of traffic after Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo. In December 2013, an important event happened
in the life of St. Petersburg – the new terminal of Pulkovo Airport received its first passengers. The area
of the aprons of the air terminal has been almost doubled and is 450 thousand square meters instead of
250 thousand square meters of old terminals. All aero complex services are equipped with the latest
The design of St Petersburg airport was entrusted to the British architectural bureau Grimshaw Architects.
The appearance of the airport, created by the masters, reflects the view of the historical buildings of the
northern capital and recalls both the state halls of the Hermitage and the clear lines of Soviet-era
architecture. The roof of the building in the light of the sun seems golden and somewhat similar to the
gilded domes of the temples of the Northern capital.
The curved wavy ceiling inside the building imitates the smooth surface of the Neva, the author’s
sculptures of the girls-planes are unusual, and the transition from the check-in area and that part of the
terminal that is located beyond the border control zone will remind us of the bridges of the Northern
In the new terminal of the airport in St Petersburg there are no queues at the passport control booths – there are 110 of them, and the
registration area is divided into two parts – for domestic passengers and international flights, there are
88 counters. There is no rush when baggage is received; seven baggage carousels have been installed to
issue it. There are 17 boarding gates, for the convenience of passengers, the aerocomplex was equipped
with 14 telescopes, there are 17 escalators and 45 elevators, all conditions were created for people with
disabilities. Since the opening of the airfield was called Shosseinaya on the name of a nearby railway
On April 25, 1973 the aero complex was renamed Pulkovo. This name comes from the name of the
Pulkovo Heights located near, on whose behalf the Observatory was named, and then the airport, and
the village of Pulkovo was also located here. So what does this name mean? It is possible that this name
comes from the word Vepsian peoples Pulk, which means a bullet, according to other sources, Finnish
pulkka means Lopari sleigh, and Finnish puolukka – lingonberry.
How to get to Pulkovo airport by bus
Bus 39 leaves to Pulkovo every 10-20 minutes from the Moskovskaya metro station from 5:24 to 1:04,
from Pulkovo airport from 5:22 to 1:36
Bus 39e (express) departs to Pulkovo every 25-30 minutes from Moskovskaya metro from 5:28 to 0:23,
from Pulkovo airport from 5:30 to 0:13
Minibus K 39 leaves every 5 minutes from 7:00 to 23:30
Please check the current schedule on the website of the City Transport Organizer
The fare on the bus or minibus – 40 rubles. (2018)
The departure zone of Saint Petersburg airport bus in the new Terminal-1 is located on the upper level of the ramp, and the arrival zone
is on the lower level. The bus first drives into the upper level and disembarks passengers, then drives
into the lower level to pick up those who go to the city.
How to get to Pulkovo airport by car
By taxi the cost of the trip will be from 600 to 1500 rubles, depending on the distance.
By car to the new terminal can be reached in 20 minutes from the metro station Moskovskaya, about
an hour – from the city center in the absence of traffic jams. Keep in mind that during rush hours there
may be significant congestion, which can be exacerbated in case of snowy weather, repair work and
Private cars can drive directly to the terminal for disembarking or embarking passengers. At the
entrance you should follow the signs “Departure” or “Arrival”. There are automatic barriers before the
entrance. You need to take a ticket, the barrier will open. You will be taken to the terminal area where
you can be free for no more than 15 minutes. The cost of staying from the 16th to the 30th minute is
700 rubles. From 31 minutes and then every half hour – 700 rubles. When leaving the parking lot on a
similar terminal, a ticket must be presented, the barrier will open.
Parking at Pulkovo Airport
The airport has several paid parking. Cost – from 450 to 1000 rubles per day. The exact cost, see the
official site. There is no free parking near Pulkovo Airport (April 2018).