Im after some advice on travel in the Baltics as well as Russia. I am looking to go to the area for 2 weeks possibly, and am definately going to go to Moscow and St Petersburg. I like to spend 3 days in a city and am looking into other places to go in the area. I am trying to combine this with cheap plane tickets - ie with easyjet - so was thinking on flying into Tallinn, then getting the ferry across to Helsiki and on from there. The problem i have to where to fly home from (UK). Flying back from Moscow wont be cheap, and there doesnt seem anywhere remotely near by where i could go from.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, thinking of going in April next year, is this a good time to visit the area?
You can fly to the UK from Moscow for £60 inc. tax:
Germanwings from Moscow to Berlin £48
Ryanair from Berlin to Stansted £12
Tallinn is a lovely city and very much worth visiting.
I just came back for a two week trip in Finland and Tallin.
Ferry ticket (well it's not a ferry, they call it hidrofoil. goes more quickly, just 1h30 from helsinki to tallin) cost me 43 Euros return Helsinki - Tallin - Helsinki with LInda Line.
Tallin's Old Town was lovely, but has lost I guess the charm it used to have. Full of tourist all around, and places for tourist, and shops only for tourist... YOu won't see many locals. but there are many things and places to go around the city and in the country. And it is quite cheap to fly there from the UK.
In Tallin I stayed in a place called City Guesthouse (www.cityguesthouse.ee / Single or dorm), which was very well located in front of Estoni's Opera House and within 3 minutes walking from the central Market Square.
I definitely recommend Helsinki, which as I have said is very close to Tallin and can arrive easily and cheaply. There are two good hostels in the city: Academic Hostel and Stadion Hostel (a bit more far away, but I liked the location, out of the most touristy centre). And you can buy a 3 day travelcard in the tourist office near the port for just 12 Euros, that will allow you to travel by bus, tram and metro all around Helsinki.
Hope it helps and have a good trip!
Well if you dont visit Riga in Latvia you will miss the best city in the baltic states. Ryanair are actually talking about making Riga their eastern european transport hub. Thats been in the news here recently.