|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 11% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||April||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||£215||Average for round-trip flights in July 2022|
|Round-trip from||£256||From London to Saint Petersburg Pulkovo|
Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to St Petersburg
Most visitors from United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter St Petersburg.
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to St Petersburg.
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering St Petersburg.
Medical Insurance Policy - Permitted arrivals must present a medical insurance policy (VHI) that must be valid throughout Russia and cover a possible case of COVID-19 infection.
Application Form - This form is for those who are on flights to the Russian Federation for border crossing. It is to be completed prior to arrival in Russia.
Returning to United Kingdom from St Petersburg
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from St Petersburg are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.
Visitors from St Petersburg are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.
LON - LED
£180 - £336
-2 - 23 °C
35 - 149 mm
St. Petersburg is busy with foreign and Russian tourists throughout the summer months, especially from June to August. The temperature during these months tends to sit around a mild, but comfortable 19 degrees Celsius. Visitors tend to flock on flights to St Petersburg to enjoy the sights and arts and to experience the White Nights. By far the best time to visit St Petersburg is late May-early June, during the White Nights. As St. Petersburg is the most northern city in the world, the sun does not descend below the horizon enough for the sky to grow dark.
Late spring and early autumn are good times to search for cheap flights to St. Petersburg. The weather is typically mild, around 5-9 degrees Celsius, although still unpredictable. Winter has fewer crowds and hotels are easier to come by, but be prepared for the bitter cold as temperatures will drop below freezing from November through March and are marked by freezing winds and heavy snowfall.
At the eastern end of the Gulf of Finland, on the Baltic Sea, stands the city of St Petersburg. In the 18th century, Peter the Great transformed the swampy banks of the Neva River into a fine European-style city, his “window on Europe”. Known as Petrograd and then Leningrad, many Russians refer to it as “Piter”.
Its attractions are numerous. There are 539 bridges, more than anywhere else in the world. Apart from Peter the Great’s modest wooden cabin, and the Winter Palace, main residence of the Tsars and the Hermitage Museum’s main building, there are St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, a St. Basil-esque building, a swirl of colourful onion domes, red brick and mosaics.
Head out on foot to best experience St Petersburg’s sights and architecture. There are plenty of public transport options for those who don’t feel like walking. You can still get great views of the city by taking a cruise on the Neva River. The metro is a very popular option for both residents and tourists. It’s cheap and fast, but can get very crowded during the day. Buy your tokens or multiple-trip tickets at the station. You can also ride a bus, tram or trolley car.
Buses cover the areas the subway doesn’t. Trolleys are the slowest option. Purchase tickets for any of these from the drivers or at kiosks beforehand. Make sure you validate them when boarding. Marshrutky are minibus shuttles that you can flag down on the bus route. Pay the driver and request a stop when you get to your destination. There are also plenty of taxis, which are inexpensive as well.
Private cars often act as non-metered taxis, so negotiate a fare before you get in. Avoid driving yourself if you can. Roads are often in disrepair, traffic is congested and street signs are in Cyrillic.
Flights to St Petersburg arrive at Pulkovo International Airport (LED). The public bus leaves for Moskovskaya Metro Station from outside the terminal, from where metros go to the city centre. Taxis are also available from the terminals; pre-booking a taxi is far cheaper. Passengers who are staying in a major hotel can arrange to be picked up.
Pulkovo Airport is located roughly 20km (12 miles) from downtown St Petersburg, Russia. One of the busiest airports in the country, Pulkovo is a hub for Rossiya Airlines and processes nearly nine million passengers each year.
The airport can best be described as “no frills”, with little to offer in the way of shopping or restaurants. One of the major complaints is the high prices, with a sandwich costing sometimes six times the price of a cafe in town. The airport also tends toward chaos, especially if you use popular Russian airline Aeroflot. Once you’re past security, it’s best to find your gate as soon as possible and take your cues from other passengers, as information is often only posted in Cyrillic.
Flights to Pulkovo Airport come from cities all over Europe and Asia in addition to the numerous domestic routes within Russia, including Rome, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Helsinki, Beijing, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Oslo, Sharm-el-Sheikh, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Bangkok, Istanbul, and Phuket.
If you book a flight to Saint Petersburg, you will be flying into Pulkovo, which is the city’s only airport. Saint Petersburg Pulkovo (LED) is located 8.7 mi from the centre of Saint Petersburg.