Ferry Helsinki, Tallinn
To reach tallinn from Helsinki take the ferry which will drop you at destination in just two comfortable hours. It's best to book online but we saw plenty of people just buying tickets 40 minutes before the ferry was due to leave. It's cheap and comfortable.
A popular way for visitors to get to Tallinn is via the ferry from Helsinki. You have the choice of the slower, more stable car ferries, and the fast hydrofoils -- the former take about 3 1/2 hours, while the fast boats can take as little as 90 minutes to make the crossing. The main disadvantage of the hydrofoils is that they have a tendency to be canceled due to high seas (in which case you're re-booked onto a slower ferry), and that there are weight restrictions to the luggage you're allowed to bring. Since I was packing light and traveling in August, I decided to take my chances and book with Linda Line, the fastest of the hydrofoils, online. The website is in English, and it is easy to print out your own ticket from your computer. Fares vary depending on demand; the cheapest fares sell out quickly, just like they do for budget flights. The ferry ride itself was exciting and quick, and just a bit bumpy. Seating is not as cramped as a typical airline, but not as roomy as a train or long-haul coach.
In addition to Linda Line, there are three other companies making the crossing. Viking Line makes both hydrofoil and slow ferry runs. Tallink-Silja also provides fast and slow ferries, while Eckerö Line provides the slower car ferry service only. Also note the latter two companies depart from Helsinki's West Terminal, which may not be convenient for many tourists to get to.
In Tallinn, all ferries but the Linda Line ferry arrive at the main terminal complex on the northeast side of the Old Town. Viking and Tallink's slow ferries arrive at Terminal "A", while Eckerö arrives at Terminal "B". Tallink's fast ferries arrive at Terminal "D". Meanwhile, Linda Line docks in the Linnahall Terminal about a 15-minute walk north of the Old Town. Bus #2 departs the main ferry terminal complex, while there is no public transport available from the Linnahall Terminal. I was packing light, so I scrambled over the stairs and Soviet-style architecture to get to the old town. If you're not up to climbing stairs and negotiating traffic circles on foot, it's probably best to take a taxi.
There are regular ferry boats that shuttle between Tallinn and Helsinki. The TALL in the name comes from Tallinn, and the LINK part is a contraction of HeLsINKi
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There are several ferry lines running between Helsinki and Tallinn making this probably the most convenient way to travel between these two cities. Ferries differ in prices, speed and comfort and even within the companies, there are differences between the individual ships. Among the ferry lines on the route are Tallink Silja, Viking and Linda.
For all my trips, I chose Tallink Silja as they offered attractive day trip fares which can be as low as 39 EUR return per person. If you want to spend the night in either city you are usually better off if you choose a morning Tallinn-Helsinki departure and a late Helsinki-Tallinn one. As the (alcohol) shopping tourism goes the other way round, fares for the mentioned departures are usually lower. Single fares start at 20 EUR/PP, add more if you want a cabin on the ship or have a vehicle with you. Prices are as of 2012. Please, check the respective sites of the ferry lines for more details.
Depending on ship and line, a trip takes between 1 1/2 and 3 hours. Please have a look from where exactly your ship departs and where it arrives as each line arrivess at a different terminal. In case of Tallink Silja it is Terminal D in Tallinn and the western Terminal (Länsiterminaali) in Helsinki.
During my Tallinn stay I made a day trip to visit my friend in Helsinki in Finland and see the city's sights. I don't remember how much it cost me for a round trip but further information including prices can be found on the website.
As I come usually from Helsinki I also usually use the ferry.
There are currently 3 companies operating lines between the cities and you can always find the one that suits for your schedule and budget.
Be aware that at most of the time you can just come to the harbour and buy your ticket on the day. If you plan to get on the ferry with a car, it is wise to make reservation on advance.
Good way to reach Tallinn from Helsinki in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
It's fast, they respect the schedule.
The only problem you might have is if you suffer from seasick and the sea isn't calm, in that case take a pill and you'll be fine.
On the boat you'll be able to buy drinks and food and do some shopping (mainly beer, vodkas...).
I think it's the fastest way by the sea available for now.
Once you buy your ticket you should come some 1/2-1 hour before departure to check in, otherwise you won't be able to go on board.
It's great way to do day cruise, like I did.
Have a good trip.
There are regular ferry connections between Tallinn and Helsinki, which brings in throngs of Finnish tourists every day. The popularity of the service makes it cheaper for you to travel in the other direction, from Tallinn to Helsinki in the morning, and returning in the evening. You can save around 50% of the cost of a ticket doing it this way.
One of the main considerations is which kind of ferry you take. You have two real options: the big slow ferries or the smaller faster hydrofoils. In fine weather the slightly more expensive hydrofoils will get you there about an hour quicker, but in choppy weather, which is not uncommon at all in this part of the world, the bigger ships will give you a much more pleasant, stable ride.
The two main competitors serving this route are Tallinnk and Viking Lines. Their ships all sail from terminals A, B and D, north of the old town centre, with D terminal dealing with long-distance ferries to Stockholm. There's also one more ferry port, at Linnahall, where Linda Lines takes travellers on their fast ferries to Helsinki.
I took the SuperSeaCat ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki -- and then back again to Tallinn a few days later. The ride only lasts about 90 minutes. I purchased my tickets on the internet in advance, and everything worked out perfectly. You can also purchase tickets at the ticket window located inside the port.
While crossing the Baltic Sea, the ride was a little choppy at times -- but nothing too serious. During the trip, you can relax on one of the seats or even enjoy a meal at the snack bar. A very convenient and pleasant way to travel from Tallinn to Helsinki and vice versa!
I came to Tallinn by ferry from Stockholm during their "julbord" days (see my Sweden page for 'julbord'). I have taken other ferries before and this one was excellent. Great service, good food, good entertainment and OK prices. The only downside is that at their buffet restaurant the drinks weren't included but I don't know if it's still like that since Silja bought Tallink.
By ferry it takes about 12 hours and we had about 7 hours on land, where we walked to the Christmas market.
I took a wonderful 3 hour boat ride from Helsinki to Tallinn. There was tax-free shopping on the boat so I picked up 2 750 ml's of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Those bad boys are yummy!
There was some good entertainment on the ship, the kinda drab lounge act, the bar, the smoking. Or hey, just step outside and feel the European sea air hit you in the face like a ton of bricks, I wouldn't have it any other way.
There are many ferries in and out of Tallinn. If your wishing to Visit Finland - Helsinki just go down to the Port and find out which terminal A,B,C or D your boat is going from and purchase a ticket. Don't forget your passport.
It roughly costs £30 to Helsinki (single/one way) but you can obviously buy a return and ask for boat time table so you don't miss your last boat home.
If you use the fast ferry like the auto express 4 this will take about 1 hour and 40mins to Helsinki.
If you're traveling from Helsinki to Tallinn (or vice versa), it is more than worth the $10 or so extra to take a hydrofoil or a similarly fast boat, rather than a ferry. Hydrofoils take about 1.5 hours, whereas ferries take about 3 hours. My friend and I used Nordic Jet Line, which was a good experience. The ride was quick and painless, and we were able to order tickets (at a discounted price) ahead of time online.
I went to Tallinn by boat from Helsinki. In high season there are about 30 daily boats of 5 different companies serving this route. The travel time varies between 1 h and 3 h.
I took a hydrofoil (see photo) of Linda Line. Linda Line departs in Helsinki from the Makasiini Terminal and in Tallinn from the Linnahalli port.
I online booked a speed ferry to Helsinki from Tallinn. It departs from Terminal C and arrives to the closest Terminal to Market Sq. in Helsinki. It was very fast and comfortable. It's cheaper if you book tickets online, it costed me 55€ for 2 adults.
GOOD SIGN: After booking my ferry I recieved a call from Estonia to Spain (to my mobile!) telling me, in perfect English) that because of technical problems my boat coudn't depart at that time. The offered me the same kind of fare, ticket and everything but I had to choose between the previous and the next boat. Everything worked perfect. High Quality Service in Estonia, right?