What's the best way to travel from Helsinki to St. Petersburg?

Posted by Monique
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
594 posts

I'm sorry Ed, but I can't offer too much, but since I have a long layover in Helsinki, I looked up this info a few days ago. It appears that the train is a great option, and it would take 5.5 hours. However, this would require the visa. If you travel by ferry to St. Petersburg, you can fall under the 72-hour visa free arrangement. I am sure the more experienced and knowledgeable travelers will add to this, but at least it's a start!
Happy travels!

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
5193 posts

Monique is right. If you only want to see St. Petersburg and not other parts of Russia, it's worth taking the ferry, because getting a visa is quite a hassle and quite expensive. If you do have to get a visa (which you will if you're staying more than 72 hours or if you arrive by any means other than that ferry or a cruise ship), here's information on the train:

Posted by Ed
Evanston, IL, USA
3 posts

Harold - thank you for the information and your advice.