ICP201417th International
conference on plastination
14-18 july, 2014St. Petersburg

Travel Information

 Flying to St Petersburg

Airlines flying to St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport include Aeroflot, Transaero, Air France, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Finnair, Lufthansa and SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Flights from the UK take around four hours; flights from the USA or anywhere further afield usually involve a stop in another European capital. The warm summer (July to August) is peak season. Prices plummet in winter, but so do the temperatures.

Flight times:
From London – 3 hours 45 minutes; New York – 12 hours 25 minutes; Los Angeles – 16 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 12 hours; Sydney – 28 hours.

Travel by road

If you do decide to drive, you must carry your passport, an International Driving Permit and the licence from your home country, plus translations of these documents into Russian. The minimum driving age is 18 years, but many car hire companies will only rent to drivers over 21. It is possible to enter Russia overland from Europe with your own car, but you must carry your vehicle registration documents and make a customs declaration promising to take it out on departure. You will need third-party insurance covering the whole of Russia, available at the border or in advance through Ingosstrakh (www.ingos.ru/en).

Traffic drives on the right, speed limits are 60kph (37mph) in cities, 110kph (68mph) in outlying areas and 120kph (72mph) on highways. It is illegal to turn left on many main thoroughfares.

Emergency breakdown service:
UMA Autoclub: (tel: (812) 329 5777).

The main roads into the city are the M10 from Helsinki to Moscow and the M11 from Berlin via Poland.

Driving times:
From Helsinki – 5 hours 30 minutes; Moscow – 10 hours 30 minutes; Berlin – 25 hours.

The main bus terminal in St Petersburg is Avtovokzal 2 (Bus Terminal 2; tel: (3852) 61 79 79; www.avtovokzal.ru), naberezhnaya Obvodnogo Kanala 36, near the Ligovsky Prospekt metro. Buses run regularly from here to Moscow, Novgorod and towns within the Leningrad region, though trains are more convenient.

Luxexpress (tel: (372) 680 0909; www.luxexpress.ru) runs international bus services from Baltic Station (near Baltiyskaya metro) to Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Kaliningrad and Warsaw , while Ecolines (tel: (812) 325 2152; www.ecolines.ru) has services to Riga from Vitebsk Station (near Pushkinskaya metro), as well as buses to Minsk, Kiev and Odessa. Sovavto (tel: (812) 740 3985; www.sovavto.ru/eng) has buses to Helsinki and Turku, departing from the Park Inn - Pulkovskava hotel, near Moskovskaya metro.

Travel by rail

Trains in Russia are generally safe and reliable, and rail travel across this vast country is more comfortable than you might expect, though the carriage interiors can seem a little dated. On longer services, dining cars serve snacks and drinks including alcohol, as well as complete meals, but hours are erratic so bring your own drinking water and a light snack, as well as toilet paper.

It is possible to travel to St Petersburg from most European capitals via Warsaw, Berlin, Helsinki or Moscow. For domestic travel, there are at least five highspeed Sapsan trains daily between Moscow and St Petersburg, plus slower overnight trains that bring more romance and nostalgia to this classic journey. Long and shorthaul trains also fan out across Russia and further afield to Central Asia.

The main railway stations in St Petersburg, are: Moskovsky vokzal, Nevsky Prospekt 85, for trains to Moscow and Novgorod; Baltiysky vokzal, naberezhnaya Obvodnogo Kanala 120, for trains to Poland and the Baltics; Vitebsky vokzal, Zagorodny prospekt 52, for trains to Belarus, the Ukraine and southern cities; Finlayandski vokzal, Ploshchad Lenina 6, for connections to Helsinki; and Ladozhskaya vokzal, Zanevsky prospect, for trains to Siberia and the far north and east of Russia.

There are three classes of overnight accommodation. Expensive spalny vagon (or lyuks) carriages offer two-bed compartments, but most travellers are happy with the four-bed compartments in kupé class carriages. Dormitory-style platzkartny carriages offer berths in six-bed compartments along an open aisle – this is how most Russians travel, but the lack of privacy may put off international travellers. Note that compartments on overnight trains are not divided by sex - lone female travellers are best off travelling with a companion. Daytime trains may offer tickets for seats (sid) rather than sleeping berths.

The main rail operator in Russia is Russkiye Zheleznye Dorogi (www.rzd.ru), but information is only provided in Russian. A more useful source of information on train classes, ticketing and timetables is www.seat61.com, which includes a step-by-step guide to using the Russkiye Zheleznye Dorogi website.

Journey times:
From Helsinki – 6 hours; Moscow – 8 hours; Riga – 13 hours; Minsk – 14 hours; Vilnius – 20 hours; Kalingrad – 26 hours; Warsaw – 27 hours; Berlin – 36 hours.

Transport to the city:
All the stations are central, but different stations serve different destinations, so be sure to check which station you train will be pulling into. There are metro stations close to all the train stations.


Below is a chart of the temperature averages in Fahrenheit and Celsius.


Average Low (°F / °C)

Average High (°F / °C)


52° / 11.1°

69° / 20.5°


58° / 14.1°

76° / 24.4°


55° / 12.6°

68° / 19.8°