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Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki

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Railroad route Saint-Petersburg - Helsinki overview

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki depart 10 times a day. Departure of the first train a day - at 02:16, the last - 19:00. Travel time between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki takes from 03h 30min to 08h 15min. Train tickets from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki cost from 76 USD to 492 USD, depending on a train category, ticket category, date of travel and additional services.


On this page we have collected all the important, useful and relevant information about the railway and trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki: train schedules, train types, travel time, ticket classes and prices, main trains on a route, recommended trains, answers to frequently asked questions and traveler reviews.

  • The relevance of the information on this page is September 2020.

Departure and Arrival stations

Departure station:

Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал))
Saint-Petersburg Finlyandskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Финляндский Вокзал))

Arrival station:

Helsinki (Хельсинки)


Complete schedule of trains from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki

Departure time Arrival time Travel time Train Train category Price from
02:16 10:31 08h 15min 206У Regular Train 114 USD
06:01 13:30 07h 29min 032А Lev Tolstoy Luxury Train 113 USD
06:40 10:10 03h 30min 781М Allegro High-Speed Train 134 USD
11:30 15:00 03h 30min 783М Allegro High-Speed Train 134 USD
15:30 19:00 03h 30min 785М Allegro High-Speed Train 138 USD
18:44 01:18 06h 34min 031А Lev Tolstoy Luxury Train 76 USD
20:30 00:01 03h 31min 787М Allegro High-Speed Train 138 USD

Frequently Asked Questions about trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki

Yes there are direct trains departing from Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал)), Saint-Petersburg Finlyandskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Финляндский Вокзал)) and arriving to Helsinki (Хельсинки). Trains depart 10 times a day.

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki depart from Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал)), Saint-Petersburg Finlyandskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Финляндский Вокзал)) and arrive to Helsinki (Хельсинки).

The fastest train is 785М Allegro, departing at 15:30 from Finlyandskiy Railway station and arriving to Helsinki. Travel time of the fastest train 785М Allegro - 03h 30min. Tickets cost from 138 USD.

The cheapest train is 031А Lev Tolstoy, departing at 18:44 from Helsinki, traveling for 06h 34min and arriving to Ladozhskiy Railway station at 01:18. Tickets for this train cost from 76 USD.

Travel time between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki takes from 03h 30min to 08h 15min, depending on a train and date.

 

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki depart from Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал)), Saint-Petersburg Finlyandskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Финляндский Вокзал)). The first train a day departs at 02:16.

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki arrive to Helsinki (Хельсинки).

Train tickets from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki usually cost from 76 USD to 492 USD per passenger depending on a train, ticket class and date of travel.

Ticket fares for Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki train tickets are regulated by a dynamic pricing system. The main principle can be formulated as follows: the higher the demand and the fewer the seats, the higher the ticket price. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance, in this case you are able to catch the best fares, starting from 76 USD per passenger, which is not available a few days before the departure.

Yes, you can buy tickets online on our website.

Yes, trains in Russia are safe and convenient. You can travel from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki by train without any problems.

In rare cases, there really are changes in the schedule: changing the departure time, canceling trains, launching additional trains, but in most of cases this schedule is accurate. In all situations, we urge you to build your plans based on a real schedule for a specific date, and not on an approximate generalized schedule

We have selected the cheapest, fastest and most comfortable trains for you (at the end of this page). You can use our recommendation. However, please keep in mind that tickets for recommended trains are usually bought first, so they can simply be sold out at the desired date.
Use our ticket search system, indicating the date and number of passengers of interest. After downloading the results - use the filters by departure time, arrival time, travel time, ticket price and ticket classes - so you will find the best trains that best meet your requirements. If there are no trains left after applying the filters, clean the filters and try again.

Train categories on a route between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki

High-Speed Trains

High-speed trains with speeds up to 250 km/h, first launched in Russia in 2009, immediately became a popular alternative to air travel for both Russian citizens and foreign tourists.

High-Speed Trains Allegro between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki depart 4 times a day, passing the entire route for 02h 27min - 03h 38min.

High-Speed Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki have the following numbers: 781М, 783М, 785М, 787М.

Interesting fact: Unfortunately, despite the popularity of high-speed trains and a consistently high load (occupancy rate exceeds 87%), High-Speed Trains are still not widespread in Russia, essentially connecting only a few of the most important cities. The reason for this is the huge distances between the cities of Russia, which leads to significant costs required for the construction of new modern railways that would be suitable for high-speed trains.
Important: Try to buy High-Speed Train tickets as early as possible. A few days before departure on High-Speed Trains, usually there are no available seats, and the price of the remaining tickets rises 2-3 times from the original.

High-Speed Trains on the route from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki have the following ticket classes:

  • Sitting (Economy class) - from 134 USD
  • Sitting (Business class) - from 198 USD

Schedule of High-Speed Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki

Departure time Arrival time Travel time Train Price from
06:40 10:10 03h 30min 781М Allegro 134 USD
11:30 15:00 03h 30min 783М Allegro 134 USD
15:30 19:00 03h 30min 785М Allegro 138 USD
20:30 00:01 03h 31min 787М Allegro 138 USD

Luxury Trains

Luxury Trains are one of the most luxurious and famous trains in Russia, offering the highest level of service quality, comfort and style with higher prices as well. Each train has a specific interior design based on the operator.

Luxury Trains Lev Tolstoy between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki depart 2 times a day, passing the entire route for 06h 29min - 1day 06h 34min.

Luxury Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki have the following numbers: 032А, 031А.

Interesting fact: Luxury Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki boast not only the most convenient timetable, but also a wide range of services and best-trained staff. For passengers who appreciate real comfort and privacy, these trains offer spacious VIP coupes with individual bathrooms, wide berths and included additional services. These luxury compartments are sold entirely for single or double occupancy.
Important: Please note, that Luxury Trains in Russia are very kitschy trains, so the "comfort" you get in this case is something a Russian officials would like, rather than how this term is usually understood in western society. Expect heavy curtains, lots of polished plastic, dozens of tabloids, and rather simple dishes at exorbitant prices. But anyway, these legendary trains definitely worth a ride at least once in a lifetime, just for the unique experience.

Luxury Trains on the route from Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki have the following ticket classes:

  • 2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 76 USD
  • 1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 148 USD
  • De Luxe sleeping - from 492 USD

Schedule of Luxury Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki

Departure time Arrival time Travel time Train Price from
06:01 13:30 07h 29min 032А Lev Tolstoy 113 USD
18:44 01:18 06h 34min 031А Lev Tolstoy 76 USD

Regular Trains

Regular Train is historically the first class of trains, nowadays is the most common type of train in Russia that can take you to almost everywhere, slow and reliable. Such trains run at a speed of about 60-80 km/h and make stops at all (or most) stations on their route. Stops can be either for 1-5 minutes, or for 20-30 and even for an hour and a half. Check the train route and duration of stops using the ROUTE button next to each train.

Regular Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki depart 1 time a day, covering the whole route from 08h 15min to 08h 15min.

Regular Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki have the following numbers: 206У

Interesting fact: at long stops, passengers of Regular Trains often go to the platform and buy traditional pies or local crafts from Babushkas on the platform.
Important: at stops, do not go far from the train! You may not notice the train departing and your personal belongings will go on a trip without you, and you can stay at this station for several hours or even days. Your ticket will not be valid for traveling on the next train and you will have to buy a new ticket at the box office of this station. The staff does not speak any language other than Russian.

Tickets for the Regular Train are usually cheaper (compared to other classes of trains or plane tickets). Regular Train on the route from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki have the following ticket classes:

  • 2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 114 USD

Departure time Arrival time Travel time Train Price from
02:16 10:31 08h 15min 206У 114 USD

Classes of tickets on trains between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki

1-сl. sleeping compt.

Air-conditioned compartment with two comfortable beds. Bed linen is included. Depending on the type of the carriage, meal-set, travel-kit, TV, newspapers might be availiable.


2-сl. sleeping compt.

2-class is one of the most popular type of the compartment due to the best correlation of price and comfort. The air-conditioned compartment are equipped with four comfortable beds. Bed linen is included. Depending on the carriage, meal, travel-kit, TV, newspapers might be availiable.


De Luxe sleeping

Journey in a deluxe compartment lets you to relax and enjoy the views. Air-conditioned compartment with two comfortable beds is equipped with the private bathroom. Meal, travel kit, press, bed linen are included in the price. The cabin is designed for two people, however it is possible to purchase both seats in your compartment and travel alone.


Sitting (Business class)

The cost of business class ticket is slightly different from the price of an economy class, but the list of services included in the ticket may surprise even the experienced traveler. The layout sof eats in business class is two by two. Each of the leather seats is adjustable and have reclining backs, folding tables, footrest and armrest as well as an individual reading light. WiFi is available free of charge throughout the trip. Newspapers, travel-kit, cold and hot drinks, as well as hot meal is included.


Sitting (Economy class)

Comfortable adjustable textile seats arranged two by two, with armrests and footrests (except table seats), individual reading lights, foldable tables, built-in audio modules 
four TVs and two power sockets per coach. Meals are not included but snacks and drinks can be purchased at extra charge.


Popular trains on a route Saint-Petersburg - Helsinki

781М, Allegro High-Speed Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 06:40 - arriving at Helsinki at 10:10
Travel Time - 03h 30min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Economy class) - from 134 USD
Sitting (Business class) - from 199 USD


783М, Allegro High-Speed Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 11:30 - arriving at Helsinki at 15:00
Travel Time - 03h 30min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Economy class) - from 134 USD
Sitting (Business class) - from 199 USD


785М, Allegro High-Speed Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 15:30 - arriving at Helsinki at 19:00
Travel Time - 03h 30min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Economy class) - from 138 USD
Sitting (Business class) - from 198 USD


787М, Allegro High-Speed Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 20:30 - arriving at Helsinki at 00:01
Travel Time - 03h 31min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Economy class) - from 138 USD
Sitting (Business class) - from 198 USD


032А, Lev Tolstoy Luxury Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 06:01 - arriving at Helsinki at 13:30
Travel Time - 07h 29min

Ticket classes:

2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 113 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 148 USD
De Luxe sleeping - from 492 USD


031А, Lev Tolstoy Luxury Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 18:44 - arriving at Helsinki at 01:18
Travel Time - 06h 34min

Ticket classes:

2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 76 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 148 USD
De Luxe sleeping - from 492 USD


Recommended trains

Recommended High-Speed Trains

Recommended cheapest, most comfortable, fastest High-Speed train between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki:

781М, Allegro  High-Speed Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 06:40 - arriving at Helsinki at 10:10
Travel Time - 03h 30min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Economy class) - from 134 USD
Sitting (Business class) - from 199 USD


 

Recommended Luxury Trains

Recommended cheapest, fastest Luxury train between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki:

031А, Lev Tolstoy  Luxury Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 18:44 - arriving at Helsinki at 01:18
Travel Time - 06h 34min

Ticket classes:

2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 76 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 148 USD
De Luxe sleeping - from 492 USD


 

Recommended most comfortable Luxury train between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki:

032А, Lev Tolstoy  Luxury Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 06:01 - arriving at Helsinki at 13:30
Travel Time - 07h 29min

Ticket classes:

2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 113 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 148 USD
De Luxe sleeping - from 492 USD


 

Recommended Regular Trains

Recommended cheapest, most comfortable, fastest Regular train between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki:

206У,   Regular Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 02:16 - arriving at Helsinki at 10:31
Travel Time - 08h 15min

Ticket classes:

2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 114 USD


 

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