Travel and Arrival
Arrival in St.Petersburg and Moscow
A number of international airlines offer regular flights to Moscow (international airports Sheremetievo 2 and Domodedovo) and to St.Petersburg (international airport Pulkovo 2) and It is also possible to use Russian airlines to travel to Moscow (Aeroflot) and St.Petersburg (Pulkovo – serving alsmost only European destinations).
If students fly to St. Petersburg via Moscow they arrive at the domestic airport (Pulkovo 1). If students plan to travel to St. Petersburg through Moscow, they must pass immigration and will have to change terminals or even airports. Changing planes in Moscow might require a lot of time!
Train is another way to travel to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Students should be aware of the fact that if they plan to travel from Europe by train via Belarus they will need a valid transit Byelorussian visa to pass through this country. There is also a possibility to travel to St. Petersburg by bus or boat (from Helsinki, Finland or Baltic States).
Upon arrival in the airport visitors first pass the passport control, followed by the customs control. Visitors arriving with an invalid visa face stiff fines or are asked to leave the country immediately.
It is possible to change money at the airport in the arrival hall. There are also ATM (cash machines) which accept most credit cards (Master, Visa, EC International).
Upon arrival visitors first pass the passport control, after that follows the customs control. Visitors arriving with an invalid visa face stiff fines or are asked to leave the country immediately.
Immigration and Customs
Upon arrival in Russia foreign visitors must fill out an immigration card, one part of which is given to a border-guard when passing the passport control and another one must be kept until departure. On arrival in St.Petersburg or Moscow, foreign visitors do not need to fill out a customs declaration form and can pass through a green corridor if they have an amount in cash less than USD 3000 and no goods that are subject to declaration. Visitors cannot take out more cash from Russia than they declared when arriving.
The import of alcohol and tobacco is limited as follows:
- Alcohol (any kind) – 2 litres per person
- tobacco (cigars, cigarillos, cigarettes): 400 items per person
Detailed information about export restriction of art-work, paintings, musical instruments, cash, caviar etc. are available on request.
All our students are met at the airport, railway or bus stations by a school representative carrying a ‘Liden & Denz’ sign and taken straight to their host family or other point of destination.
In the unlucky event that there is nobody at an airport or train station to meet a student, he/she should immediately call the school using our emergency numbers. There is always somebody on duty in both schools, who will immediately send for a car or/and a member of staff to pick him or her up.
Arrival transfers are included in the course fees if accommodation is booked via the school.
Travelling between St.Petersburg and Moscow
To travel from St.Petersburg to Moscow and vice-versa, students can either fly or go by train. Domestic airlines have a good safety record and are pretty reliable. There are always at least ten flights per day between St.Petersburg and Moscow. Airfares are reasonable.
Train is another very popular form of travel between the cities. In St.Petersburg trains for Moscow depart from the Moscow railway terminal (nearest metro station – Ploschad Vosstanya/Moskovsky Vokzal). Leningradsky Vokzal is a railway terminal in Moscow (nearest metro station – Komsomolskaya) to leave for St.Petersburg. There are several night trains (e.g. the ‘Red Arrow’ (‘Krasnaya Strela’)) that depart late in the evening and arrive early morning. Trains are clean, safe and comfortable. Some trains offer business class services. A one way ticket to St.Petersburg or Moscow costs about EUR 50.