Ladozhsky Railway Station is the newest and most active transit station in St. Petersburg. It serves 50 suburban trains, 30 intercity and international trains, in total, the station includes 10 tracks and 4 platforms.
The station began operating in 2003, but it was first mentioned in 1903. In the same year, a railway station for freight transport was built — Dolgorukov's Dacha.
The station was going to be built in the 60s of the 20th century, so there was a need for new stations. Unfortunately, at that time, this idea could not be implemented due to the unstable economy and lack of finance.
A special project of an intelligent building was prepared for the Ladoga Railway Station. It is still one of the largest and most technological railway stations not only in Russia, but also in Europe. The uniqueness of the structure lies in the presence of levels. On the upper "floor" there are cash desks for international destinations and long-distance travel, two waiting rooms, two communication salons, terminals and ATMs, and several recreation areas. On the lower level, everything is the same, only the ticket offices sell tickets for suburban destinations, for buses. Accordingly, the exit to the international platforms is located at the top, and to the suburban ones below ground level.
What makes the station interesting from an architectural point of view
From the point of view of architecture, the station building does not stand out much, the functionality and technical equipment are of particular interest. The main task assigned to the builders is to quickly and efficiently build the building, the levels, that is, to place everything necessary on a limited area. Therefore, the exits for long-distance transport are located at the top, and the suburban ones are located below ground level.
Most of the upper space is occupied by a huge hall (Light) with functionality for passengers. You can move between floors using elevators, escalators, and stairs. Visually, all these structures are connected to each other by vertical glass blocks in the form of wells. Polished stone was used for the exterior decoration. Characteristic features of the Ladoga railway station: large pillars for support, oval windows, glass passages and elevators, bridges, metal floors everywhere, large domes, everywhere a lot of transparency and glass. These features are characteristic of the Art Nouveau style of the 19th century. Due to the metal and glass, the station seems light and airy, like a fairy-tale palace.
Where to go from the train station
This station sends transport to the north, south and east. Accordingly, suburban and long-distance flights are carried out in these directions.
Location of cash registers/working hours
In the long-distance zone there are 9 ticket offices, they are located on the right side. In the left part of the hall there are 9 ticket offices. They accept cards and cash.
Cash register functions:
The operating mode is interrupted only by small technical breaks, and the ticket offices are open around the clock.
On the ground floor there are 8 suburban ticket offices that perform the same functions.
Different ways to get to the train station
The official address of the station is the city of St. Petersburg, Krasnogvardeysky district, Zanevsky project, house 73.
The most convenient way is the metro, since the station and the exit of the station are connected to each other. You just need to go up, and then follow the signs to the entrance to the train station.
The metro is not suitable, the station can be reached by bus and minibus. From all stops there are many routes, you will not wait long.
If you are going to get to the train station from Nevsky Prospekt, then follow the following instructions:
In 20 minutes you will have time to get there.
To get from the train station to Pulkovo Airport, follow these tips:
In principle, you can call a taxi, it will be faster, the price varies from 600 to 1000 rubles, depending on the time of day and workload.
What services does the train station provide?
The station is modern, so in addition to ticket sales, there are other services:
Interesting moments from the biography of the station
The chief designer and architect of the Ladoga Railway station, Yavein Nikita, has long harbored a dream to build a large and functional railway station and become famous just like his father. His graduation project was just a prototype of the Ladoga railway station, which was later implemented. It was his first work that became the main one for the architecture of the building.
When starting the first electric locomotive, there was a small accident. Due to an incorrect calculation in the design of the platform, it went off the route, damaged its side part and demolished the fences. This incident was the first and last in the history of the station.
In 2001, the Ladoga Railway Station received the Grand Prix at the international event dedicated to the international architecture "Architecture 2001", as a particularly significant social object.
The station has a second official name — "Dolgorukov's Dacha". This name can be seen even in official papers.
This station is the only one in St. Petersburg that carries out transit directions. All existing railway stations in the city are dead-end.
All the information you need can be found on the website or contact the help desk by phone. The station is open around the clock, at any time you can book tickets and get detailed advice on destinations, the cost of tickets and their booking.