Torzhkovskaya ulitsa, 3, St. Petersburg, 197342, Russia
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Train to Helsinki

by montalais

I haven't been able to obtain accurate information about trains from Petersburg to Helsinki. I will be going on June 24. Firstly, is it the Finland station or Ladozhsky?

It seems that there are no overnight trains, and trains leave at either 7:15 or 16:30 (not counting Tolstoy). How long is the trip? I have seen travel times ranging from 5 hours to 6.5.

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Re: Train to Helsinki

by kopvas

Since changes in timetable in Russia (30/05) there will be the same 3 trains per day everyday besides Tuesday - 6:07-12:06 ("Tolstoy" from Ladogskii); 7:17-12:48 and 16:30-21:58 (both from Finlandskii station)
+ there are plenty of buses...

Re: Train to Helsinki

by montalais


These trains are incredibly slow, taking 6.5 hours to cross a flat 350km. A regular train crossing a similar distance in Germany would take a third of the time and would cost less.

Are there any overnight ships?

Re: Train to Helsinki

by Gili_S

But this is Russia, what there is to compare to Germany? If you do so while there you might be disappointed. Anyhow, if you are on a hurry, you can fly, Finnair has a daily flights and it's quick.

Re: Train to Helsinki

by mgdon

We will be travelling in the opposite direction . . .Helsinki to St. Petersburg. I have been told that there is the Russian train and the Finnish train and that the Finnish train is more expensive than the Russian train. Does anyone know? I'm trying to understand why St. Petersburg is so expensive in comparison to other cities in Russia or in Latvia/Estonia. Do we bring food on the train? We will be travelling back to Tallinn, Estonia where we are leaving our car at a Bed and Breakfast homestay.

Don, Peterborough, Canada

Re: Train to Helsinki

by kopvas

mgdon, there are three trains from Helsinki to SPb daily, two of them are Russian ("Repin" Helsinki-SPb and "Tosltoy" Helsinki-Moscow - this one is has only sleeping cars). Plus there are one Finnish train called "Sibelius".
2 class seat in open compartment in "Repin" or "Sibelius" costs the same (at the moment 58.8 euro). Composition of the 1 class in those trains are different, so expectedly the price for the first class as well will be different...

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

Free, clean bathrooms

by Dabs

As is the case all over the world, McDonald's has free, clean bathrooms in multiple locations throughout St. Petersburg much better than stopping by the 7 ruble portapotties that you can find scattered throughout the city.

If your conscious bothers you about using the bathrooms and not patronizing the restaurant, order an ice cream cone for 6 rubles, it's still cheaper than the portapotties and you got an ice cream cone to boot :-)

According to the calendar...

by Kostyantyn

According to the calendar summer begins on June, 12 and ends on August, 22. This season is great. At midnight you don't need to switch on a lamp to read.

I have a dual feeling about this period:
- general - the city looks extermely beautiful;
- egoistic - the whole week I could not sleep.

Winter: Go sliding on ice

by sennaya

When the deep freeze of winter comes the parks have frozen ponds and children of all ages enjoy walking in the park, and sliding on the ice. Some sit on cardboard or a sled. But any pair of warm shoes will do!

This is Yusupovski Park on Sadovaya Street, one of many local parks.

Paint Ball

by sennaya

Paintball has become a popular sport, especially for corporate training and team building. St. Petersburg Federation of Sports Paintball
195 Ligovsky Prospect

North West Paintball
45 Pr.ospect Stachek

Paintball Club
25 Piskarevskiy prospekt

St. Petersburg Association of Paintball

Troize-Izmailovsky Cathedral

by bugulma

The cathedral has its name in honour of Izmailovsky regiment. Regiment was moved from Moscow to Saint Petersburg in 1730 and was placed near of Fontanka river. Later the street had had a name Izmailovsky avenue/ The cathedral was built in Izmailovsky avenue in 1833-1835. It is the nearest church to Sovetskaya hotel I lived. In internet I've found article, which said it's possible to see a church's dome in 20 kilometers. Interior is wonderful and there are many columns inside and it looks great. But in the same time it's enough poor with icons. The cathedral was a military cathedral and it was a reason of poor iconostasis. I recommend you to go inside the cathedral and you'll have admiration I'm sure!


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