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Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm

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1. Posted by tehsi (Budding Member 47 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I will be spending :

St Petersburg for 3 days
Helsinki for 5 days (2 day trips to Tallinn)
Stockholm for 3 days

in end may and june and can anyone suggest places we can go (mostly on foot or public transport), what is the must try and must eat food.... and whether it is possible for us to get internet access (wifi - sim card with local telco companies) to avoid roaming charges which can be super expensive.

Thank you.

2. Posted by danzr01 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Helsinki is easy to get around. Plenty of public transport. I mainly used the subway. Not sure where you are staying in Helsinki but you can check out the Helsinki cathedral/senate square, esplanadi park, old market hall, (these are near the silja and Tallinnk lines)

3. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 307 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Why are you taking 2 day trips to Tallin? Surely a better option would be to stay overnight.

4. Posted by tehsi (Budding Member 47 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

re : tallinn, we reckon since the ferry ride is approximately an hour (correct me if wrong), and the fact that the accommodation has been fully paid for in helsinki, we reckon spending 2 day trips would be good to for us to do some walking tour. truth to be told, I'm not sure what to expect in tallinn and how much the per return trip from helsinki to tallinn.

I just read very briefly that tallinn is very beautiful and like a little gem. haha.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Tallinn is absolutely gorgeous - I thought it was like a little fairytale place and is one of my favourite cities in Europe. I had 3 days there and wished I had longer. It's much cheaper than Helsinki too.

6. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 14w 1 Star this if you like it!

Old Tallinn is like a picture from a fairy tale book. I really like the way it has not been over-run by tourists (well, 11 years ago it wasn't... maybe it is now).

If you go to St. Petersburg, be sure to visit the palaces of Catherine and Peter that lie outside the city. And the Hermitage Museum, which would be worth seeing even if it was empty, but has artwork from every great European master of the past 500 years. One day a week it has free admission (Thursday? I'm not sure)

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I took the Viking Line ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn and it is definitely not an hour-long trip. Go to the company's Web site for details. If you do a daytrip, you'll probably have only four hours onshore before having to return to Helsinki the same day. Two daytrips to Tallinn from Helsinki does not make much sense time wise nor cost wise.

My friends in Finland suggest eating at Stockmann, which has department stores in both Helsinki and Tallinn. Prices are reasonable. They took me there for meals; and I tried the one in Tallinn as well.

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5087 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

I took the Viking Line ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn and it is definitely not an hour-long trip.

Viking is pretty slow with the crossing - 2.5 hours. Linda Line operates the fast ferry, which does it in an hour and 40 minutes. During high season (late june to late august), there's 6 daily departures, so you could arrive just before 10 in the morning, and leave at 8 in the evening, for a very full day there.
Sadly for tehsi, the current schedule only has three daily departures, so time over in Talinn would be limited to a bit over 7 hours before the last ferry back. But that's still a pretty decent amount of time to be spending in Talinn, and having done that ferry crossing three times myself, it definitely feels swift enough to be more than worth it as a day trip.

Extra cost for a 2nd return trip by the ferry: €29 (assuming you book far in advance). Extra cost for a night's accommodation in Tallinn: err, depends on your standards, I guess. Tallinn is cheap, so there's probably beds to be had for that same cost, but I suspect not many which I'd choose to stay at, so as long as you don't mind the 3 hours and 20 minutes lost on extra ferry crossings, and accommodation in Helsinki can't be opted out of, doing two day trips makes sense.

Now, for two people, and booking shortly in advance (when a return ticket can easily cost double), you'd be looking at an entirely different equation - then it'd definitely be worth just eating the sunk cost of the Helsinki hotel, and stay at a very nice hotel in Tallinn instead, for less money and quite a bit of time won.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-May-2017, at 02:54 by Sander ]

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Linda Line crossing subject to cancellation under windy conditions as was the case with me, so I took Viking instead.