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Travel by train from Tallin to London

I'm quite sure this is possible, but can't seem to see how to figure it out. Anyone have suggestion?

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Have you looked at The Man in Seat 61? I find that is always the place I start first.

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An all-train or nearly all-train route is only possible with significant detours. The DB link at How to Look Up Train Schedules and Routes Online gives you a 70-hour plan, with connections via St. Petersburg (Russian visa required), Helsinki, and ferry from there to Stockholm (since it's faster than a train bus combo through the north of both countries), etc. Of course, it would be faster to take a ferry directly from Tallinn to Stockholm and start your trains there. Train connections from Tallinn toward Poland also detour via St. Pet. There is no train from Tallinn to Riga or Vilnius, but there are buses. The afore-mentioned Man in Seat 61 is about the only person who would actually do this train trip for fun. For flight options, see www.skyscanner.com.

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Haha Laura...or maybe one of two! ME! I'll take a train just about anywhere...

Posted by
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No wonder I couldn't find it! Looking at the map I assumed there would be an easy train route. WRONG. OK, this won't be happening. THANK YOU!

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And by the way, I'd never seen the Man in Seat 61, but putting it into my travel list. Looks like great info. Thank you!

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16581 posts

Actually, this sounds like my kind of "adventure travel", except for the detour through Russia.

Posted by
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Sorry to say this , but as much as I love trains , this is a bit much - one of those trips where I would fly !

Posted by
12084 posts

From Tallin to London without flying, it certainly can be done. How many days is another story.

Take the ferry to Helsinki, then take the ferry to Travemünde, 24 plus hours) then take the train to Hamburg Hbf. Then the ICE Hamburg Hbf to Frankfurt, ie the middle route to avoid going through Belgium. From Frankfurt Hbf to Paris Est, on the TGV or ICE depending on your dep choice, then the EuroStar from Paris Nord to London.

I'll leave it up to you when and where to break up the trip by spending the nights. If there is no concern for time, I would do Tallinn to London like this using a ferry and train combination. From Helsinki there are two major ferry routes to Germany, Travemünde or Rostock, either one will do, once I'm back in Germany.