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From Turku to Stockholm by ferry

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.

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Oct 05, 2006

A great way to arrive!

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).

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Sep 30, 2005

To or from Latvia

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

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Jun 03, 2004

To and from Estonia

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.

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Jun 04, 2004
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To and from Finland

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.

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Jun 08, 2004

* SILJA LINE - For info...

* SILJA LINE - For info click HERE

* VIKING LINE - For info click HERE


To get around take the TUNNELBANA (subway)

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Sep 12, 2002

Boat from Finland (Turku,...

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..

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Sep 12, 2002

Helsinki to Stockholm and vv.

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!

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Feb 07, 2005

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Absolutely HORRIBLE OLD NASTY ship

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.

Mar 06, 2014

The Djurgarden Ferry

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.

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Feb 04, 2004

From Turku or Helsinki you can...

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
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.

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Aug 25, 2002

The nicest way to get there of...

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!

Apr 04, 2011

Things To Do in Stockholm

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Strindbergsmuseet - Strindberg Museum

The Swedish author August Strindberg (1849-1912) spent the last four years of his life in a building he called The Blue Tower. The reconstructed apartment, consisting of three rooms, and his library...
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Stadshuset - City Hall

The interior of Stadshuset can be visited with guided tours only. It was not on your group's schedule but I really wished to see it, so I went by myself in the last morning. Although Stadshuset is a...
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Boat Tours

There are many companies offering scenic boat trips of Stockholm,and it is interesting to see the city from a different perspective.Trips leave from stromkajen,by the grand hotel,and vary in length...
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Kungliga Myntkabinettet - Royal Coin Cabinet

The Royal Coin Cabinet is part of the Museums of National Antiquities of Sweden. It consists of a collection of coins, other means of payment, medals etc. from all around the world. The Royal Coin...
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The Skeppsholm Church is named after its' locatioin, the islet of Skeppsholmskyrkan in central Stockholm. It was built between 1823-1849 and inaugurated by King Charles XIV John. The Church...
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