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There are 4 ways to get from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg by train, bus, car ferry or car

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Train  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the train from Helsinki to Pietari Ae 786 / ...

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Bus  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Helsinki Kamppi to Saint Petersburg Bus station

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Car ferry  •  13h

  1. Take the car ferry from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg Princess Anastasia

Drive  •  4h 41m

  1. Drive from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg 380.1 km

Helsinki to Saint Petersburg by train

The train journey time between Helsinki and Saint Petersburg is around 3h 30m and covers a distance of around 410 km. Operated by Finnish Railways (VR), the Helsinki to Saint Petersburg train service departs from Helsinki and arrives in Pietari. Typically 28 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

28 Weekly Trains
3h 30m Average Duration
RUB 2300 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg is to bus which costs €18 - €45 and takes 7h 10m.

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The fastest way to get from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg is to train. Taking this option will cost €35 - €60 and takes 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Helsinki Kamppi and arriving at Saint Petersburg Bus station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct ferry departing from Helsinki and arriving at Saint Petersburg. Services depart twice a week. The journey takes approximately 13h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Helsinki and arriving at Pietari. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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The distance between Helsinki and Saint Petersburg is 300 km. The road distance is 380.1 km.

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg without a car is to train which takes 3h 30m and costs €35 - €60.

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The train from Helsinki to Pietari takes 3h 30m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Helsinki to Saint Petersburg bus services, operated by Lux Express, depart from Helsinki Kamppi station.

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Helsinki to Saint Petersburg train services, operated by Finnish Railways (VR), depart from Helsinki station.

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  • Distance: 299.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 30m

What companies run services between Helsinki, Finland and Saint Petersburg, Russia?

Finnish Railways (VR) operates a train from Helsinki to Pietari 4 times a day. Tickets cost RUB 2300 - RUB 3300 and the journey takes 3h 30m. Alternatively, Lux Express operates a bus from Helsinki Kamppi to Saint Petersburg Bus station twice daily. Tickets cost RUB 1100 - RUB 2500 and the journey takes 7h 10m. Three other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Bus operators
3 Park
Phone
+7-812-496-19-58
Email
3park@3park.ru
Website
akp.su
Bus from Helsinki Kamppi bus station to Saint Petersburg Bus station
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RUB 1400
Schedules at
akp.su
Sov Avto
Phone
+7-812-612-82-30
Email
sovavtobus@sovavto.ru
Website
bus.sovavto.com
Bus from Helsinki Kamppi bus station to Saint Petersburg Bus station
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
RUB 4600
Schedules at
bus.sovavto.ru
Ferry operators
St Peters Line
Phone
+49 611 140 22 02
Website
stpeterline.com
Car ferry from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
RUB 1400 - RUB 7500
Website
St Peters Line
Deck
RUB 1476
Standard Cabin
RUB 5500 - RUB 7500
Deluxe Cabin
RUB 13000 - RUB 22000

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg is to train which takes 3h 30m and costs €35 - €60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €18 - €45 and takes 7h 10m.

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Helsinki to Saint Petersburg bus services, operated by Lux Express, arrive at Saint Petersburg Bus station.

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Helsinki to Saint Petersburg train services, operated by Finnish Railways (VR), arrive at Pietari station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Helsinki to Saint Petersburg is 380 km. It takes approximately 4h 41m to drive from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg.

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