Stuck on a Russia layover at the Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg (LED)? The airport is has two terminals – Pulkovo 1 for domestic flights and Pulkovo 2 for international flights, and is located roughly 12 miles from downtown Saint Petersburg which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Saint Petersburg layover, click here for useful tips.
In your stuck inside the Pulkovo airport during your Saint Petersburg layover, there’s plenty to do. To help you get situated, here you can find maps of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 which shows where different amenities and services are located. The airport offers inquiry desks inside each terminal to help with questions. In addition, here are some useful phone numbers.
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Pulkovo airport offers a number of services including VIP halls and business lounges (which cater to holders of PriorityPass, CitiGold, and Diners Club International), cafes, bars and restaurants, free Wi-Fi access, duty free shopping, a number of banking services and ATMs, baby care rooms, and a post office.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels nearby the Pulkovo airport. For a comprehensive list of Saint Petersburg hotels at varying price points, click here and for a list of hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the Pulkovo airport to explore Saint Petersburg during your layover, there are a number of transportation options from airport to downtown including taxis which are located in the arrival halls of both airports, city buses, shuttle buses, and car hire.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A St. Petersburg Layover:
St. Petersburg Tours
There are a ton of tours available in St. Petersburg, based on your interest. There are bus and walking tours, sightseeing tours, day cruises, cultural, food, wine, and nightlife tours and tons more!
State Hermitage Museum
With over three million exhibits including world-renown artwork including paintings, graphic works, sculpture and more, the State Hermitage Museum is considered to be one of the most famous museums in the world.
The palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) is one of the most popular attractions in Saint Petersburg and was built to be “the Russian Versaille.” The park, complete with fountains, and the Cottage Palace is a great place to visit during your Saint Petersburg layover.
Peter and Paul Fortress
The Peter and Paul Fortress was built in 1703 and is located along the Neva River, and served as a high security political jail (parts of the former jail are open to the public). In the middle of the fortress, you’ll find the towering Peter and Paul Cathedral which is the burial place of many Russian Emperors and Empresses.
If you arrive in the evening, or are available to check out a show, the historic Mariinsky Theatre offers incredible ballet and orchestra performances. Click here for tickets and showtimes.
Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
Located on the Griboedova Canal, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood is a spectacularly stunning gold-topped church with intricate mosaic interiors, and marks the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 (where it was later decided to build a church in his honor).
None of these interest you? Here are more suggestions of things to do on your Saint Petersburg, Russia layover.