St. Petersburg is one of Russia’s biggest transport hubs. The city is served by Pulkovo International Airport, five rail terminals, and a sea port. It also boasts numerous road links to cities in Russia and Europe.
There is likely to be increased traffic at all transport hubs during the Forum. We therefore advise participants to plan their journey well in advance.
Citizens of other countries can obtain the documents required for a Russian visa on the basis of their invitation to SPIEF 2022.
For more information, please visit the International Forum attendees: entering Russia section.
Despite the fact that the epidemiological restrictions on foreigners crossing the Russian border will be lifted from 14 June, SPIEF 2022 attendees arriving from abroad on 14 June or thereafter are recommended to provide all the documents listed in the International Forum attendees: Entering Russia section of the website.
Flights to St. Petersburg
Pulkovo (LED) is the only airport in St. Petersburg servicing regular domestic and international flights.
Pulkovo Airport is located 17 kilometres from the historic centre of St. Petersburg and 7 kilometres from the Forum venue. The journey time from the airport to the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre is 15–20 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Direct flights to St. Petersburg are currently being offered by various airlines from Belarus, the UAE, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. For the latest information, please visit the websites of Pulkovo Airport and your airlines of interest. Alternatively, you may contact airlines directly.
Between 13 and 18 June, accreditation points where participants can obtain their accreditation badges and PCR testing centres will be available at Pulkovo Airport and Pulkovo VIP lounge. Information and services point will be staffed at the central terminal to provide Forum participants with all the necessary information.
Forum participants arriving at the Pulkovo 3 Business Aviation Centre and Pulkovo VIP lounge will be able to skan the QR code on the information banner to learn more about PCR testing, badge collection and transport services from a virtual AR assistant created with the support of the MARMA augmented reality service.
Pulkovo 3 Business Aviation Centre
37/5A, Pulkovskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg
+7 (812) 240 0287
Passenger service (24 hours):
+7 (812) 240 0305, +7 (911) 757 2500
Flights to Moscow
Should you be unable to travel directly between your point of departure and St. Petersburg, we advise flying via one of Moscow’s airports. Moscow’s three main airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo, and Sheremetyevo – handle more than 90 flights daily to St. Petersburg. The flight time is approximately 90 minutes.
Direct flights to Moscow operate from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, and Uzbekistan. For the latest information, please visit the websites of Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo airports and your airlines of interest. Alternatively, you may contact airlines directly.
+7 (495) 933 6666
+7 (495) 937 5555
Aeroexpress is an excellent way to avoid traffic conjestion and travel to the city centre from any of Moscow’s airports. If you plan to fly to Moscow and take an onward journey to St. Petersburg by train, the convenient Aeroexpress trains allow you to travel via the following routes in comfort:
- Domodedovo Airport – Paveletsky Rail Terminal, Paveletskaya metro station (journey time – 40 minutes)
- Sheremetyevo Airport – Belorussky Rail Terminal, Belorusskaya metro station (journey time – 35 minutes)
- Vnukovo Airport – Kievsky Rail Terminal, Kievskaya metro station (journey time – 35 minutes)
Please visit the Aeroexpress website to view timetables and purchase tickets.
Restoration of air links
On 9 April, a number of coronavirus-related restrictions affecting flights between Russia and 52 countries were lifted. These include Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Please note that the restrictions in question affected the number and frequency of flights. By being lifted, airlines may potentially choose to expand their route networks. However, this development does not indicate a change in any health and safety measures in place (such as the need to provide a negative test for COVID-19).
Transit via foreign airports
Should you be unable to travel directly between your point of departure and an airport in Russia, we advise flying via a country offering flights to Russia.
At present, flights are available through transit points in Armenia, Egypt, India, China, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. We recommend that you select the appropriate departure and arrival points, then check the website or the airport information service to see which air carriers operate regular and/or non-scheduled flights via the desired route. For more information about flights, we suggest you visit the website of your preferred air carrier.
Most countries currently have requirements in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These may include providing a negative test result or vaccination certificate, registering on government websites, undergoing quarantine, etc. When planning an indirect trip to St. Petersburg, please take care to note any rules that may be in place for transit passengers.
Participants taking charter flights also have the option of using Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Finland. You can leave your aeroplane at one of the airport’s terminals and then make use of the road links to St. Petersburg. More information about airport car rental is available here, and more information on the facilities available at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport can be found here. Participants can also take a bus from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to St. Petersburg. Please see the Road Links section for more information on bus routes.
St. Petersburg has five rail terminals: Moskovsky, Ladozhsky, Vitebsky, Finlyandsky, and Baltiysky. Each of St. Petersburg’s rail terminals is conveniently situated and serves suburban and international routes.
Moscow – St. Petersburg
Sapsan high-speed trains depart from Leningradsky and Kursky Rail Terminals in Moscow, and arrive at Moskovsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg. Thirteen trains run along the route daily, with the journey time ranging from 3.5 to 4 hours.
Please visit the Russian Railways website for a detailed Sapsan timetable.
Moskovsky Rail Terminal
Russian Railways information centre
St. Petersburg is located at the intersection of routes connecting the Scandinavian peninsula with continental Europe, and Central Russia with the Baltic countries.
European route E18 (known as the A-181 Scandinavia road in Russia) runs from Helsinki in Finland to St. Petersburg via Porvoo and Kotka. It is approximately 400 kilometres from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. The journey time is between five and seven hours, depending on the traffic and weather conditions.
Participants can travel from Estonia to St. Petersburg via European route E20 (known as the A-180 Narva road in Russia). It is approximately 370 kilometres from Tallinn to St. Petersburg, with the journey time varying between five and six hours, depending on the traffic.
Currency and bank card transactions
Please note the following currency exchange restrictions and restrictions on the use of foreign bank cards in Russia. More information is available in the Currency and bank card transactions section.