There are various options to get to the stadium of St. Petersburg (also known as the Krestovsky stadium or Gazprom Arena, or Zenit Arena) from the city’s downtown, the Moskovsky vokzal railway station (Moscow station on Google maps) and St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport to watch World Cup 2018 games. We list all of them with their pros and contras and recommend the most convenient ones.
Address of the Saint Petersburg Stadium Futbol’naya Alleya, 1 (Футбольная аллея, 1)
All The Options In Brief
Basically, there are ways to get there by subway via three stations with some of these routes including a short walk, and by shuttles from four distant locations, one of them being near the Moskovsky vokzal railway station. From Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2 airport terminals special shuttle will be going. During the World Cup, an airport terminal of Pulkovo-2 is opened for charter flights with football fans, normally it’s shut down. There is a bus service between Pulkovo-2 and Pulkovo-1.
Getting to the Krestovsky island and stadium by car is almost impossible as the area will be closed nearly totally for cars during game days. A car or taxi can drop you at some distance from the venue, and we write down the post which location is the closest to the arena.
All the names of streets, bridges, etc. are given as they sound in English and (in brackets as they are written on Google maps if different).
Subway Routes To The Krestovsky Stadium
See the subway scheme here.
The nearest subway station to the Saint Petersburg stadium is Novokrestovskaya (Новокрестовская) (Green line on the subway scheme) opened in May 2018. It’s not just close, it can be said it’s adjacent to the venue. A walk from the station to your seat at the arena takes 10-15 minutes including the time needed for passing through security control.
The station will definitely be overcrowded at game days with a lot of fans behaving loudly and, perhaps, far from being sober. The station is rather small, so for those who don’t like hustle and bustle, or families with kids we’d recommend another option.
One more menus here is that you’ll not see the beautiful Krestovsky island and other surroundings.
There is also a risk here: Novokrestovskaya and Begovaya stations were put into operation in the end of May, it’s hard to say they have been thoroughly tested under maximum ridership.
As you see the station is not that big. Mind that dozens of fans will come through here during a couple of hours before games
Krestovsky island (Крестовский остров) (Violet line on the subway scheme) subway station had been the general station for football fans before Novokrestovskaya was built. It’s a 25-minute-walk away from the stadium. Finding the way is simple. The station has the only exit. Upon leaving the station you will see an entrance to a park. Come into the park, you will see a long straight alley (Batareynaya Doroga) leading all the way to the stadium, which is seen from the distance. With passing security control and getting to your seat, the way from Krestovsky island station will take about 40 minutes.
*Krestovsky island is indicated as Krestovsky ostrov on Google maps.
A special free ecotransport delivery service will be organized from the entrance to the park to the square before the stadium for disabled people.
Come into the park, you will see a long straight alley leading all the way to the stadium
What are pluses here? First of all, you are likely to escape big crowds. Secondly, you can have a walk and fun in the park where various entertainments are provided, including an amusement park Divo Ostrov, the biggest in Russia.
The minus here is that despite the fact of the absence of hustle and bustle, there will be a lot of people here anyway. The station might be overcrowded a little, but the long way to the arena will dissolve human traffic.
Begovaya (Беговая) subway station (Green line) is the next station after Novokrestovskaya. It’s located within a 30-minute walk from the stadium (control procedures not included). Getting from Begovaya subway station to the Saint Petersburg arena is simple. Upon leaving the station, you go along the Savushkina street (Ulitsa Savushkina) to the Yachtennaya street (Yakhtennaya Ulitsa), and go along the Yachtennaya to the Yachtennyy bridge (Yakhtennyy Most). Then go via bridge to the stadium.
Yachtennyy bridge from Yachtennaya street
Yachtennyy bridge near The Saint Petersburg Stadium
— no crowd at the station and on the way to the stadium;
— a walk along the Yachtennyy bridge gives nice views of the Gulf of Finland and the highest building in Europe, a headquarter of Gazprom, named the «Lakhta Center».
The headquarter of Gazprom, named the Lakhta Center
Shuttles To The Krestovsky Stadium From Various Locations Within The City
During game days, shuttle services will be organized from subway stations:
• Vosstaniya square (Ploschad’ Vosstaniya);
and St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport, from terminals Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2.
Please, note that:
— boarding is permitted for tickets owners only;
— no intermediary stopovers;
— shuttles start going three hours before the start of a match;
— one of the shuttle routes is only one way, it’s indicated below as «one way only». Other routes go there and back during three hours after a game’s end.
Shuttle’s Locations, Numbers And Routes
• S2. Vosstaniya square subway stations (board at 30, Ligovsky avenue (Ligovsky Ave)). One way only!
• S3. Petrogradskaya subway station (board at 89, Malyy avenue (Malyy Prospekt) P. S.).
• S4. Vyborgskaya subway station (board in front of the station’s entrance).
• S6. Chkalovskaya subway station (board in front of the station’s entrance).
• S10. Airport Pulkovo-1 (board at the lower vehicle ramp).
• S11. Airport Pulkovo-2 to 30, Ligovsky avenue where you board the S2 route.
(there is also S12 route connecting Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2)
Our Own Recommendation
OK, what’s the best option, after all?
It depends on where you stay.
If you stay near one of the subway stations where the shuttles go from or arrive to Pulkovo airport or the Moskovsky vokzal railway station or to the Finlyandskiy railway station, then from go by a shuttle.
If not, the best way is via Krestovsky island subway station.
How To Get To The Krestovsky Stadium By Car
WC organizers strongly recommend not to use cars for visiting the Krestovsky island and the Saint Petersburg stadium on game days.
Access to the stadium and parking lots around by cars will be prohibited. Traffic on the Krestovsky island will be seriously curbed with stops forbidden. The closest point to the stadium where you can get by car or by taxi to is the shopping mall Piterland located just near the Yachtennyy bridge. You must drop your car here and then walk to the stadium via the bridge on foot.
Important: The Yachtennyy bridge is a pedestrian bridge, only special transport is permitted to enter it.
Organizers recommend following parking lot near the stadium:
— 126, building A, the Savushkina street, near the Atlantic City shopping mall. It’s just near Begovaya subway station;
— 72, building A, the Primorskiy avenue (Primorskiy Prospekt). It’s a parking lot of the Piterland shopping mall we mentioned above. The mall also has a paid parking inside, with first hours free and a charge of 100 rubles for each subsequent one. We consider it the best option if you do decide to go by car as the total payment for having your car safe will hardly exceed 200 rubles;
— 141, building A, the Savushkina street, near the Mercury shopping mall. It’s across the street from Begovaya subway station.
— 119, building 3, the Savushkina street, near the Podsolnukh shopping mall. It’s about 1.3 km from the Yachtennaya street.
A List Of Parking Lots For Fans With Hospitality Program Tickets
1. Junction of the Krestovsky avenue (Krestovskiy Prospekt) and the Sportivnaya street (Ulitsa Sportivnaya);
2. 47, the Professora Popova street (Ulitsa Professora Popova);
3. on the Aptekarskaya embankment (Aptekarskaya Naberezhnaya), between 20, Aptekarskaya embankment and 5, the Akademika Pavlova street (Ulitsa Akademika Pavlova);
4. 5, Pen’kovaya street (Ulitsa Pen’kovaya);
5. 2, Zhdanovskaya street (Ulitsa Zhdanovskaya).
Interestingly, that all these lots, except the first one, are rather far from the Saint Petersburg stadium, some are several kilometers away.
The last tips from us: come for the games well in advance. Delays at control cannot be excluded. The venue can accommodate up to 70,000 fans, and the tickets have been sold out. Spending the first half of the match in a queue is not something what this arena has never seen.