Baltic Sea Ferries, Stockholm
A travel on a ferry from Turku to Stockholm was very convenient and inexpensive. All the way of 300 kilometers lasted 10 hours. We have slept rather well and overcame the long distance. Our car waited for us on a special deck.
The ferry is equipped by a lot of restaurants and entertaining places. At your desire it was possible not only to have a rest but also to have a good time. Our dogs peacefully slept in a cabin while we were walking on a huge sea liner Silja-line.
I came to Stockholm by an overnight ferry from Helsinki. I was able to use my railpass for the ferry and didn’t even get charged for my room (although it was just a small room sharing with 3 others – near the car deck – but it was comfortable enough and had a nice en-suite). I thought it was an excellent way to leave Helsinki, and a great way to arrive in Stockholm, coming in through the archipelago early in the morning, the crisp cool air blowing in your face as you stand on the upper deck, beautiful scenery surrounding you.
There is plenty to do on board, many restaurants, heaps of tax free shopping, a casino, pool, or just sit up on the decks and enjoy the views! Make sure you have cash on you before you get on the ferry or that you have a credit card (credit cards are accepted at all shops and restaurants on board).
From Finland (and also other places) there are boats/ferries that connecting big cities in the Baltic Sea.
There are several of boats lines from Finland, Helsinki or Turku.
Those fancy boat not only offer transportation, but also shopping and entertainment on board.
The ferry between Latvia and Stockholm has been reinstated, and if you have never been to Riga, Latvia, then you must go! It is incredible!
The crossing takes about 18 hours, so it usually leaves Stockholm at 6 PM and arrives in Riga at 12:30 PM the following day. There is a great website that will provide you with all of the information you need. Simply check out Ferries to Riga, Latvia
There are regular ferries to and from Tallinn, Estonia (which is a wonderful place as well!). The "Tallink" ferry takes about 15 hours and runs every other day to/from Stockholm on an overnight cruise.
Click here to go the Tallink website in English for information about their current fares and schedules.
To get to and from Finland, the best way to go is by the ferry called "Silja Line". They have two ships doing the route to Helsinki, the Silja Symphony and the Silja Serenade. They leave Stockholm every day around 5 PM and arrive 15 hours later in Helsinki. If you do this overnight cruise, be sure not to miss the smorgasbord which is great. It is also interesting to know that they make a short stop in Mariehamn, on the island of Aland.
You can also go to Turku, Finland from Stockholm with Silja lines. It takes about 11 hours.
For prices and schedules with Silja Lines, check their website
There are also other ferry companies you may wish to check out such as Viking Lines, or Sea Wind Lines.
* SILJA LINE - For info click HERE
* VIKING LINE - For info click HERE
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To get around take the TUNNELBANA (subway)
Boat from Finland (Turku, Helsinki or Mariehamn)
The best way is the subway - the tunnelbanan or T-banan - the busses and the trains.. If you are gooing to spend the entire visit in the city centre I advice you to use your feet!! It's a really nice city for walking.. otherwise are the busses great.. Even thouugh we who live in Stockholm aren't so pleased with the subway, it's one of the best in Europe.. Over 100 stations in all..
A travel card for a month costs 450 SEK, and then you can use all subway, busses and trains.. There is also 24h and 72h card, that is nice for tourists.. Or just use coupuns, 8 SEK/each, you have to buy at least two for every trip (unless if you take the trips within one hour from the eachother)..
SL-Connex is the company that is in charge..=)
When my friend Sherie and her boyfriend visited Sthlm some weeks ago, we bought this Stockholm Card.. That gives 'free' transportation or 24h and lots of entrances to several different museums.. It was great!! Even though I had already the transportation paid, I used my card more than it was worth.. Twice or three times worth.. It cost 199 SEK and you can buy it at the Tourist Information, at the Central Station and at several museums around the city..
There are two boat companies, Silja Line and Viking Line, which does cruises from Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki, Finland and vice verse (obviously).
cruises are cheaper ones but the boats are build in 1980's (looks like it anyway). Only one disco, one dance restaurant and one pub onboard. Not much activities. This boat goes all the way in city center in Stockholm.
SILJA LINE cruises are more expensive but the boats are so much nicer. They are build in 90's. Silja Line doesn't come all the way to city center in Stockholm but they have a good connection to the city.
In HELSINKI both boats comes to the city center. They actually depart almost at the very same time and arrives quite the same time.
TIP: When coming from Helsinki to Stockholm wake up 2-2.30 hours before coming to Stockholm and go to the deck to watch the beautiful Swedish archipelago! You MUST NOT miss it!
I stayed on this ship for Sochi Olympics and I would highly NOT recommend ever stepping inside it. It's absolutely outdated, dirty and disgusting. Our room had a sink that literally leaked all over the floor. Try to brush your teeth without stepping on your spit pooling around your feet. The rooms have not been renovated since 1986. All regular rooms with a window have two narrow bunk beds with dirty mattresses half an inch thin so no queen-size beds. Also ZERO storage space. You won't even be able to open up your carry-on let alone a bigger bag. We had to lower the top beds (in our room for 4!! people) to put our bags on top of them. I took 3 cruises with Carnival in cheaper room and I thought that was bad but no, this ship is the worst. All other general areas, bars, etc, are just as old, gross and outdated. Food also was horrible and same thing every day. Do NOT book it, you will not be happy.
It's always nice to ride in a boat or ferry around Stockholm since it's a city on water. The ferry to Djurgarden runs all year round from its berth at Slussen, also docking at Skeppsholmen. In the summer, the ferry also plies traffic from Nybroplan to the Vasa pier and Djurgarden.
From Turku or Helsinki you can take Silja Line or Viking Line ship to Stockholm. To my mind it is very convenient, and it is quite an unusual experience, if you take such a boat for the first time in your life. The boat's capacity is about 3000 passengers and 300 cars. The boats have from 9 to 12 decks (depending on a model), and remind of a whole city, with its boulevards, restaurants, playgrounds and discos. There is also a sundeck and pool and sauna and taxfree shop, a few elevators taking you up and down... not every town can boast with such infrastructure! For more information see http://www.silja.com/english/
Stockholm traffic is jammed during peak hours, but overall opinion is that it's very well organized. You will not lose your way: signs will lead you exactly where you need to be. Just make sure to check the map for the directions.
The nicest way to get there of you come from Finland is to take a day ferry from Turku. It takes 11 hours (with a 30 mts stop at Maarianhamina (Aland Islands) and you can see little islands of the Finnish and Swedish Archipelago ALL THE TIME! Amazing!!! The ferries are really big, luxurious and entertaining!
Have a look into my travelogue for more pictures of this lovely cruise!
Ferries go to other Swedish ports, as well as to Helsinki, Tallinn, German, Danish and Polish ports.
Picture shows me and my friends inside the overnight ferry Tallinn-Stockholm, next to the map of the journey.
There are debates in VT forums regarding the quality of entertainment on Tallinn-Stockholm ferry. I don't think this is the best entertainment program you can think of, but personally, I don't care.
There is a cruise to take you to St.Petersburg without visa trouble (hopefully back, too):
LLC "St. Peter Line Rus"
Their site reads Russian, English, Finnish and Swedish.
Note: this is the Stockholm phone #, see the site for the ones in Russia, Estonia and Finland