Fly to St Petersburg and discover Russia
For a century and a half Nice and St Petersburg have fostered a special relationship. In the time of the Tsar, the aristocracy of Russia preferred the shores of the Mediterranean to those of the Baltic Sea for their winter getaways. Back then it took weeks to cross Europe. Today, you can fly between Nice and Saint Petersburg in under 4 hours, and Russians aren’t the only ones making the trip. Locals of the French Riviera are enticed by the splendours of the ancient imperial city of St Petersburg, and by the State Hermitage, the second largest art museum in the world.
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The formalities for travelling to St Petersburg
- Entry requirements: French citizens, like those of many European countries, are required to have a visa to travel to Russia. Getting one requires putting together the necessary paperwork, or having it done by a specialised agency. Upon arrival, you’ll also have to fill in an immigration form and register your visa with local authorities. Here again, help from a professional (starting with your hotel-keeper) can be immensely useful.
- Currencies: You’ll be paying for your caviar - or beef Stroganov - in rouble. There are around 75 roubles to 1 Euro, excluding any exchange fees. You can change money with our partner Interchange, which has kiosks in the departure areas of both terminals.
Your Nice Saint Petersburg direct flight
Careful! Two airlines fly from Nice to St Petersburg. And each has its own terminal. S7 departs from Terminal 1 of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, whereas Aeroflot is based out of Terminal 2.
Not something you want to get wrong. And it's better to be early than late! Especially as a flight to Russia means you’ll need to pass through both security screenings and customs. Give yourself at least an hour and a half to get to your gate.
Departure airport Nice Côte d’Azur Airport Departure terminal
Terminal 1 for S7 Airlines
Terminal 2 for Aeroflot
Arrival airport Pulkovo International Airport
Arriving in Saint Petersburg
With only one terminal, Pulkovo International Airport is located around 20 kilometres from the centre of St Petersburg. To get there, you can:
- take the bus and underground. Express City bus line 39Ex and City Bus 39 will take you to the Moskovkaya underground station. From there, take line 2 to get to the city centre. It runs every day from 5:30 am to 1 am.
- take a taxi. Taxis can be booked in advanced or upon arrival at the counters of various companies, all found on the first floor of the airport in the Arrivals Hall. Be sure to avoid illegal taxis!
- hire a car. There are several agencies in the Arrivals hall at the airport.
What to do in
Saint Petersburg ?
St Petersburg has long been an imperial capital, and it shows. With its prestigious palaces, flamboyant churches, private mansions, and underground stations that rival those in Moscow, the local patrimony is simply breath-taking. As is the atmosphere you’ll find there. Stylish on the Perspective Nevski, the Champs-Elysées of Russia, where you’ll find all the major designers, it turns romantic as you stroll along the countless canals spanned by over 300 bridges, giving the city a Venetian air.
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Frequently asked questions
How long does a Nice-Saint Petersburg flight take?
The average flight time from Nice to Saint Petersburg is 3 hours 30 minutes.
Which airlines provide direct Nice-St Petersburg flights?
Two airlines fly to the Venice of the Baltic: S7 Airlines and Aeroflot.
How many Nice-St Petersburg flights are there per week?
During the off-season, from November to the end of March, Aeroflot offers two flights weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) to the former capital of the Russian Empire. From spring to the end of October, 8 flights are available: 2 with S7 Airlines and 6 with Aeroflot.
How much does a Nice-St Petersburg flight cost?
The lowest price for a Nice-St Petersburg return ticket based on prices from the last 90 days is 238€ .
What is the time difference between Nice and St Petersburg?
2 hours. At midday on the shores of the Mediterranean it’s already 2 pm on the Baltic coast.
What is the best time of year to visit St Petersburg?
Everyone knows it: winter in Russia is brutal! Situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg is no exception. The mercury can drop to below -20 degrees Celsius. But some love the unique ambiance found in the city this time of year. Its snow-covered monuments and parks, the frozen Neva River, the Christmas markets (celebrated 7 January here), and ephemeral ice-skating rinks all have their charms. Still more romantic is autumn. The light of autumn brings out the colours of nature, adding to the beauty of the city. But for those who don't like the cold, it’s best to wait for spring to be well under way - in May usually - to get the most out of a trip to Saint Petersburg. As the weather warms up, don't miss the famous White Nights Festival which takes place in June, when the sun never seems to want to set! White Nights is just the beginning of the many summer festivals where everyone seems to spread their (night owl) wings!