How to get to St. Petersburg

Visa regime

By air

By rail

By sea

By car

Transport in St. Petersburg

How to get to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city and an important transport hub. The city is home to Pulkovo International Airport, five railway terminals, one of Russia’s largest ports on the Baltic Sea, and numerous highways linking it to Russian and European cities. 

Visa regime

A valid passport and visa are required to enter the Russian Federation.

A copy of your official personal invitation to the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum is sufficient to qualify you for a simplified procedure to obtain a short-term visa at Russian consular offices abroad.

Single-entry diplomatic and service visas (for holders of diplomatic passports and service/regular passports respectively) will be made available for members of official delegations and accompanying persons, with single-entry business visas provided to business representatives and accompanying persons.

You are advised to apply for your visa well in advance.

In order to obtain a Russian visa, the invitee must apply to the relevant Russian consular office abroad (for information on locations of Russian consular offices, click here).

Please contact a Russian consular office in your country to find out more about the conditions, time frames and visa requirements for various passport types.

We do not advise applying for a visa via an intermediary.

By air

Pulkovo Airport is Russia’s fourth largest airport in terms of passenger traffic. Pulkovo serves more than 70 Russian and international airlines. In addition to the central passenger terminal, which opened in December 2013, it is home to the A-Group Business Aviation Centre, the Pulkovo-3 Business Aviation Centre, and a VIP lounge.

If there is no direct flight between your city and St. Petersburg, you can choose a flight through Moscow airports. There are more than 30 flights each day between Moscow and St. Petersburg, departing from three Moscow airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo, and Sheremetyevo. The approximate flight time is 90 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.

Forum personnel will be working at Pulkovo Airport from 18 to 21 September to help participants arrange transfers to their hotel and provide the necessary reference information about Forum events and available services.

Central Passenger Terminal

Address: 41ZA, Pulkovskoe shosse, St. Petersburg, 196140, Russia

Tel.: +7 (812) 337 3822, +7 (812) 337 3444


Requests for VIP aircraft and passenger service at Pulkovo Airport:

Tel.: +7 (812) 324 3446, +7 (812) 324 3644, +7 (921) 765 2620, +7 (921) 909 0440


Pulkovo VIP lounge:

Tel.: +7 (812) 331 4875, +7 (921) 930 1492

Fax: +7 (812) 704 3343


Pulkovo-3 Business Aviation Centre

Address: 37A/5, Pulkovskoe shosse, St. Petersburg, 196210, Russia

Tel.: +7 (812) 611 0919

Fax: +7 (812) 611 0918



A-Group Business Aviation Centre

Address: 17A, Startovaya ulitsa, St. Petersburg, 196210, Russia

Tel.: +7 (812) 677 7645, +7 (921) 391 3297

Fax: +7 (812) 677 7642



Luggage and customs control

Commercial airline passengers should review the current restrictions on the dimensions and weight of luggage to avoid additional costs and other inconveniences.

For aviation security purposes, passengers are prohibited from carrying dangerous substances as well as objects and liquids in hand luggage and checked baggage.

To learn more about the list of items that are subject to written customs declaration as well as the procedure for completing the passenger customs declaration, please visit the Customs Control section of the official Pulkovo Airport website. 

By rail

Aeroexpress trains in Moscow

If you arrive in the Russian Federation at one of Moscow’s airports and are planning to take a train to St. Petersburg, we recommend using the services of the Aeroexpress trains to get from any of the airports to the centre of Moscow:

Most of the trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg depart from the Leningradsky Rail Terminal in Moscow and arrive at the Moskovsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg. The nearest metro station to Leningradsky Rail Terminal in Moscow is Komsomolskaya.

Arrival at Moskovsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg

Up to 13 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 Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station.

Forum personnel will be working at the Moskovsky Rail Terminal from 18 to 21 September to help participants arrange transfers to their hotel and provide the necessary reference information about Forum events and available services.

Moskovsky Rail Terminal:

Tel.: +7 (812) 457 4428, +7 (812) 457 4663

Address: 85, Nevsky prospekt, St. Petersburg

Railway terminals of St. Petersburg

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 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 Ploshchad Lenina metro station.

Russian Railways call centre

Tel.: 8 (800) 775 0000


By sea

St. Petersburg has well-developed maritime communications with EU countries on the Bay of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Comfortable ferries sail from St. Petersburg’s seaports to Sweden, Finland and Estonia almost daily.

Marine Façade passenger port complex

The Marine Façade passenger port complex consists of seven berths to accommodate ocean-going vessels, in addition to four terminals. 

Tel.: +7 (812) 303 6740, +7 (812) 303 6745



Sea Terminal berth complex

The St. Petersburg Sea Terminal complex consists of five berths for cruise and ferry passenger vessels.

Tel.: +7 (812) 333 5271, +7 (812) 337 2060


By car

St. Petersburg lies at the crossroads between the Scandinavian Peninsula, continental Europe, central Russia, and the Baltics. Highways connect St. Petersburg to Moscow, Finland, Estonia, and Belarus.

The M10 federal highway ‘Rossiya’ links Moscow to St. Petersburg. Depending on weather and traffic, the travel time via the 720-km highway ranges from 9 to 11 hours.

The road to St. Petersburg from Finland follows Route E-18 (No. 7 in Finland) from Helsinki through Porvoo and Kotka. Depending on traffic and weather conditions, the trip could take 5 to 7 hours.

The route from Estonia to St. Petersburg runs along the A-180 ‘Narva’ highway. The route connects St. Petersburg and Ivangorod, after the Estonian border branches off to Narva, and then shifts towards the Estonian capital of Tallinn. Travel time along the Narva highway from the Estonian border to St. Petersburg is approximately 3.5 hours.

The route from Belarus to St. Petersburg runs along the European route E-95 and then turns into the P-23 Pskov road after crossing the border of Russia and Belarus. Approximate travel time from the Belarusian capital of Minsk to St. Petersburg is 10 hours via this route. 

Transport in St. Petersburg

How to get to the event venues of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum

The metro is the most popular and fastest mode of public transport in St. Petersburg. Surface public transport in St. Petersburg consists of bus, trolleybus, and tram routes.

The nearest metro station to Tavricheskiy Palace and other Forum venues is Chernyshevskaya (metro line 1). To get from the metro to the Forum venues, you can take buses 46, 136, and 54. 

Order a taxi

Please contact the taxi counter to order a taxi at Pulkovo Airport and the rail terminals of St. Petersburg. You can also order a taxi by calling the transport operator or completing the taxi order form on the operator’s website. For safety reasons, we recommend only using the services of major taxi companies.