Turkish Airlines offers one direct flight each day from Istanbul to St. Petersburg. Istanbul Airport (IST) serves as the point of departure for the flights in this route, whereas the point of arrival is St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED). In addition to the direct flights ongoing all year round, there are also connecting flights operated over Antalya Airport (AYT) in the months of summer as well. Direct flights from Istanbul to St. Petersburg take nearly 3 hours and 20 minutes, the duration of the journey in connecting flights, on the other hand, varies by the layover at Antalya.
The most populous metropolis in Turkey, Istanbul is under the spotlight of the entire world thanks to its strategic geographical location and natural gems. As a pioneer in countrywide in many aspects, including but not limited to transportation, technology, finance, industry, education, art and culture, Istanbul is an international port town as well. Encircled by the Marmara inland sea and the Black Sea, this delightful destination is in high demand at all seasons throughout the year. Satisfying its guests of every taste by numerous art galleries, theaters and museums all around, Istanbul always has more to explore by its magnificent historic palaces, mosques, inns, baths and bazaars remaining from various eras.
Hagia Sophia in the Historical Peninsula, Topkapı Palace offering a chance to witness the palace life in the Ottoman period, the Grand Bazaar where traditional handmade souvenirs are sold, and the Spice Bazaar with a colorful atmosphere with many spice sellers rank among the top touristic attractions in beautiful Istanbul.
This vibrant Turkish metropolis hosts two airports to manage the air traffic: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Flights from Istanbul to St. Petersburg with Turkish Airlines take off from Istanbul Airport (IST).
The world’s new meeting point, Istanbul Airport (IST) is located on the European continent, between Tayakadın, a neighborhood on the Black Sea coast and Akpınar villages, is approximately 35 km from the city center. There are plenty of ways to reach the airport from the city center.
The quickest way is by taxi, you can reach the airport in approximately half an hour for around 100TL. If you want to benefit from public transport, you can use the IETT buses or the Havaist shuttles.
For more detailed information check our transport information page.
The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is situated along the Baltic Sea, divided by two by the Neva River flowing through. This adorable city is remarkable for long nights in the wintertime, and the White Nights in the summer. The enchanting St. Petersburg offers a dreamlike holiday for its guests by its countless historical artifacts, cathedrals and palaces remaining from the Czarist Russia. The Winter Palace with an extremely valuable collection, and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the world’s largest domed structures where 100 kilograms of pure gold were used in the construction, are among the top noteworthy icons in the city. Do not also forget to see during your stay the vast boulevard of Nevski, the Palace Square hosting the famous Alexander Column, Peterhof Palace dating back to the 18th century, and Voskresenia Khristova Church fascinating by its mosaics.
St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED) manages the city’s busy air traffic on its own. Passengers holding a flight ticket to St. Petersburg with Turkish Airlines land at this airport, which is located 23 kilometers to the city center.
The buses numbered 39 and 39A, as well as the minibuses numbered K39 setting off on the way out the terminal building in St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED) get you to the closest subway station Moskovskaya. The express bus numbered 39A operates between 05.30 and 00.30 every day in every 20 minutes, reaching its final stop within approximately 15 minutes. On the other hand, the bus numbered 39 serve from 05.30 to 01.30, heading towards Moskovskaya after a journey of nearly 35 minutes. Minibuses K39 operate between 07.00 and 23.30 in every 5 minutes and each Moskovskaya within 20 minutes in average. It is possible to get to anywhere in the city with the subway once arrived at Moskovskaya.
In addition, you may use the cabs available 7/24 or rent a car from the car rental offices to ensure a smooth transport throughout your stay.