Helpful Information

Travel. Arriving by plane

St. Petersburg is easy to reach via many daily convenient flight connections from main European and American cities. All the flights currently operate from the new passenger terminal Pulkovo. It is located about 9 kilometers south of St. Petersburg.
You can easily get to the city («Moskovskaya» metro station is the nearest) using city bus or a shuttle bus.

City bus

The city bus № 39 runs between Pulkovo terminal and «Moskovskaya» metro station every 12-20 minutes from 5.30 a.m. till 01.30 a.m. The trip takes 30-35 minutes.
Price is 30 RUR.

Shuttle buses

Shuttle shuttle buses К39, K3, 39A, K113 constantly run between Pulkovo terminal and «Moskovskaya» metro station. Price is 40 RUR.
Shuttle buses start when all the seats are occupied. Passengers buy the ticket from the driver in the shuttle-bus.
Do not accept transportation proposals from private persons in the airport!


Travelling by taxi from Pulkovo Airport offers the flexible way of getting into Saint Petersburg or beyond. At Pulkovo Airport we endorse Taxi Pulkovo distinct fully licensed service.
Taxi Pulkovo counters are located at Arrivals hall on the first floor of the Terminal.

You can pay for your taxi by credit card/cash at the Taxi Pulkovo counter or by cash to the driver at the end of a ride. If you need one, please ask a receipt at the Pulkovo Taxi counter.
Price of the ride to the Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge (Vasileostrovsky district on the map) is about 1000-1100 RUR  (15 EUR). 

Public transport in St. Petersburg

The main part of interurban and local passenger carriage is fulfilled by public transport which is:

- metro (St. Petersburg metro has 5 lines with 67 stations). Metro operates from 5.45 till 24.00. Metro fare is 35 RUR
- overland electrical transport - trams and trolley buses. Fare for one trip in overland municipal transport is 30 RUR
- buses - public and commercial routes
- local trains

Overland transport operates from 6.00 till 24.00
The system of minibuses is well developed.


St. Petersburg is situated in the Moscow standard time zone (MST), which differs from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Currency exchange

The national Russian currency is Ruble. All payments for goods and services throughout Russia must be done in Rubles or by major credit cards.
Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks or currency exchange offices at the airport, hotels or in the city. Exchange rates are always posted.


220 V plugs are standard continental European type. British and North-American appliances need an adapter.


01 — fire
02 — police
03 — ambulance
04 — gas accidents

Can be dialed direct from payphones, with no codes. If you are calling from a mobile phone, add the code +7 812 or 8 812.
However, it is easier to use the special EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR MOBILE-PHONE USERS — 112 — which will connect you with the emergency number of your service provider.
If your operator does not provide this service or if your roaming agreement does not include it, you will be given the correct number to dial the city emergency services.


The weather in October is unpredictable - it can be either rainy, or sunny. The average temperature during the daytime is 10°C. It is considered to be the best time for admiring the "golden autumn" in Saint Petersburg.. You can find the current temperature here >>