St Petersburg Flights and Airport Transfers - Suggested Itineraries
Back in the grizzly days of the soviet era people flying to St Petersburg didn’t have much to look forward to. Tickets were expensive, choice was limited and the chances of arriving on time were slim. However, since the disappearance of the Iron Curtain, competition has increased; driving down prices and vastly improving service. In short, there’s never been a better time to find flights to St Petersburg.
The Internet provides the most fertile hunting ground for cheap tickets and it’s worth getting a few different quotes form the leading flight comparison engines such as opodo or expedia. Passangers with flexible diaries may well be able to land a flight bargain by visiting one of the growing number of late deal websites. If you aren’t having much luck online; go ‘back to basics’ and pay a visit to your high street travel agent.
Scheduled carriers operating flights between the UK and St Petersburg include British Airways, Aeroflot, Air France and KLM. Currently there are no budget airlines serving St Petersburg although the situation is likely to change in the near future. From London it’s a four hour flight to St Petersburg. If you’re flying direct to St Petersburg; the chances are that you’ll arrive at Pulkovo II Airport which is conveniently located 17km south of the city centre. Neighbouring Pulkovo I Airport mostly handles domestic traffic.
From the airport there are a variety of ways to make the short trip into central St Petersburg, although none of them are particularly attractive. The cheapest option is to hop on the No. 13 bus (outside the arrivals hall) and join the Metro system at Moskovskya Station. Alternatively you can catch a cab, but you’ll have to be prepared to negotiate hard. Expect to pay anything from £15.00-30.00 depending on your haggling skills and your persistence.
When flying out of St Petersburg it’s worth remembering that Russian customs officials aren’t known for their humour. Time often stands still as you’re bound up in red tape; so it’s best to leave at least an hour and a half for checking-in/ customs.