Hi, would appreciate some advice on the reliability of ferry trips in the Baltic Sea during December. Plan on boarding a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki for transfer to a St Peter Line later in the day for the overnight trip to Saint Petersburg. We will be vacationing in Russia.
From my research, I have discovered there are several lines between Tallinn and Helsinki, including Tallink Silja with a 2-hour sailing departing from Tallinn at 10.30am and arriving into Helsinki at 12.30pm.
St Peter departs Helsinki at 6pm and arrives into Saint Petersburg at 9.30am the following morning.
My questions are:
1. How reliable are the ferries in terms of their schedule (departure and arrival times)?
2. How frequently does the weather impact on ferry schedules during late December?
3. St Peter Line's website appears to suggest check-in and boarding is from 1-3.30pm despite the ship only leaving at 6pm. Is this correct? I would have liked to spend a bit of time sightseeing in Helsinki.
4. Where would you go through passport control and what would the procedure be? Upon arrival in Saint Petersburg?
5. Upon arrival in Saint Petersburg, how long does it take ferry passengers to actually get off the ship?
Appreciate your advice, comments and experience.
Hello. I will be stopping in Helsinki for a few days before heading to Lapland November 15th. I have tried searching many forums and sites but November seems to be left out. Are most of the attractions open? I understand the days will be shorter, colder, wet and grey? Any suggestions for things to do during this time?
I plan to take a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in the 3rd or 4th week of October. Which line to take? Some stop inside city and some outside.
I just hope to visit some places of sightseeing before going to Turku the next day.
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Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
Any special things to do in Helsinki in October?
Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
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Thank you for all your help
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What ferry company would you recommend from Tallinn to Helsinki? Eckero is quite a bit cheaper. Do they both arrive at the same harbor area in Helsinki or is one more convenient to the buses and trams? Thanks in advance
PS I realize that Viking also serves the two cities.
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Hi, I will be in Helsinki for four days quite soon. I am thinking of taking a day trip to Tallinn on one of the days. Typically and usually it is cheaper to buy tickets in advance, but I don't know what the weather will be like during the time I will be in Helsinki. As a result, I would prefer not to buy a ticket in advance. That way I can get an idea of the weather when I am there.
So my questions are:
- Is it much cheaper if I buy in advance, or can I risk buying a ticket a day or two before departure? If it is significantly cheaper, I may have to risk bad weather, but I would really like to avoid rough/stormy seas/high winds.
- Should I also be concerned about avaiability, or is there a good change of getting a ticket a day or so in advance?
- If I buy a ticket in advance, would it be possible to change it to another date if for some reason the weather is bad on the date I am due to travel? I know it depends on the company, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with changing tickets/changing dates.
I have done my research and know which ferry companies operate the route between Helsinki and Tallinn and I have the timetables as well. The one I am interested in is the Eckerö Line because it gives me the most time in Tallinn i.e. between 11:00 - 18:00 [seven hours]. Viking Line will only give me four hours. The Tallink Silja Line wil also give me seven hours, but it depends on the time of departure on Helsinki. Tallink Silja Line seems more expensive than Eckerö.
I am a Canadian. I read the airport taxis are pretty expensive in Helsinki. I want to go to Holiday Club Ronnas (Isnas) from Helsinki Airport, which is at a distance of about 78 km and taxi costs about 130 Euros. If I want to avoid taxis, what would be the best economical mode of transport to go there?
We are an active couple in our fifties so we like the shows and some dancing but wouldn't describe ourselves as 'party people'. We would like a niceish cabin without going over the top and a nice dinner setting with good food (obviously!) We have no objection to children but would probably like to dine in a more adult setting.
I have done so much research on the two ferries that do this overnight trip. I think I'm over doing it. In the end i like the Silja Symphony boat better with its promenade but I like the dinner option better on the Viking cruise! :/
What I like about the dinner option on Viking is the Food Garden option with a window view. This looks a bit more up market with round tables and table cloths. Also I like the idea of buffet for starters and dessert and ala carte for mains. The fact drinks are not included is fine. We are not big drinkers so are happy to purchase a couple of wines.
The cabin selections on the Viking are more limited on the upper end. We don't want a suite but like a deluxe type room with sea view. On the Viking the options are the suite which is very expensive and next is the LXB Seaside Premium 12 square metres. Which would be ok.
On the Silja the Deluxe seaside is 14sq and looks a bit more roomy and better appointed. There are limited photos.
Don't even get me started on what dining time to choose! ha ha Some say early and be on deck for sunset and that best island views are 3 hours into cruise. I thought exiting the harbour would be good to see too. A 5 o'clock seating for dinner is as soon as you arrive and seems too rushed for us.
I am presuming you can't request a room mid ship (in case of bad weather as I'm not a great sailor) or any room for that matter. Seems like that is pot luck. Unlike cruise ships where they charge more for same cabins midship and on preferred quiet floors.
So any help/advice/opinion is very much welcomed.
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