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1. Posted by Virginie (Budding Member, 37 posts) 20 Feb '07 08:38

Hi!
I am going to russia this summer, but I am planning on spending a couple of days in Helsinki before. I searched on hostelworld, and it doesn't look like there are cheap hostels over there... Has anyone found one?
As a Canadian citizen, do I need a visa to visit finland? I don't think so, but I just wanted to make sure...
I know it is easy to go from Helsinki to St-Petersburg, should I go by train, bus, or plane? What is the best option?

Thank you very much!
Virginie

2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member, 266 posts) 20 Feb '07 18:31

Hello Virginie

I've just checked , and the prices for a bed in a dorm are around 20-25 euros person/night, in Helsinki. Twin rooms about 25-30 euros person/night and single rooms are around 40 euros person/night. I'm not sure if they are the same as in hostelworld, I just googled "Helsinki hostels".

I wish I could be more helpful, but I'm afraid I know nothing about how to get to St Petersburg from Finland. I know generally international buses tend to be a little bit cheaper than trains, but judging it from only 3-4 cases I could be wrong

3. Posted by nicojammes (Budding Member, 26 posts) 21 Feb '07 16:49

Hey Virginie!!
There aren't many youth hostels in Helsinki so as soon as you when you are gonna be there you should book a place either in a dorm or a private one. Just do as our Spanish friend said, just google "helsinki hostel" and u'll find something.
U definitly don't need a visa to go to Finland as it is a full member of the E.U so don't worry about that...But don't forget u need one for Russia;)
To go to St Petersburg there are indeed several ways: the train, the bus and the ferry. I'm not sure about the planes. I have been to Helsinki but never to St Petersburg but my ex girlfriend (she's from Helsinki) told me that the train and the ferry are really amazing to see the landscapes. I'm afraid I haven't got a clue of the price range, but you might as well google it, and you'll probably find out.
Hope it helps, Nico

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator, 1370 posts) 22 Feb '07 02:24

I think the cheapest is the hostel at the Olympic Stadium (Stadion Hostel), but I would recommend spending a little bit more money for something better. (for about 20-22 euros, you should find a place)

Finland is an expensive country in almost everything. Accomodation, food, etc, but it is a good place to be.

I am not sure, but going to St. Petersburg would require a visa. By train it should be somewhere between 5 and 6 hours.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5459 posts) 22 Feb '07 04:28

We stayed in a cheap hotel in Helsinki a few years ago, booked through Travellerspoint. Can't remember how much it was, but it certainly wasn't as cheap as other places around Europe. Finland is a little cheaper than the Scandinavian countries, but definitely not the kind of place you go to save money. Then again, neither is Russia.

I doubt that you would need a visa for Finland, but Russia definitely requires one. And it's a really irritating one to get as well I'm assuming you are already well aware of that though!

On a side note, if you do want to get around on the cheap and visit somewhere else before visiting Russia (which is not exactly cheap) , perhaps it would be better to choose a nearby Eastern European country instead. Countries like Poland for instance are immensely interesting and would certainly not break the bank.

6. Posted by Virginie (Budding Member, 37 posts) 22 Feb '07 04:41

Thank you very much!
I know I need a visa for russia, I am going there to study, my university is working on that!
Thank you all for you help!!