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There are regular day time trains from Helsinki to St Petersburg as well as an exotic night train to Moscow. They are all named after famous historical Russians or Finns such as 'Sibelius' (the Finnish day-time train), 'Repin' (the Russian day-time train) and 'Tolstoi' (The Russian over-night train). From 2010, new faster trains were introduced on the route between St Petersburg and Helsinki. This should shorten the journey time from 5h 30min to about 3h.

You can buy single and return tickets. If you buy your tickets from Finland, the Finnish National Railways (VR) offers some packages: train journeys from Helsinki and 2 nights in a hotel from ?200 upwards in St Petersburg.

Border formalities (tickets, passports, visa, Russian entry form and customs clearance form) are checked on board the moving train. Keep the above documents with you and within easy reach as you move about in the train. Before you plan any trips between Russia and Finland, make sure you've got a valid visa to enter the country. If you have goods to declare, inform the conductor before the train arrives at the border. Customs instructions for passengers can be read here

You can exchange currencies between Kouvola and Vainikkala at Safar Oy's currency exchange trolley. Only cash is changed, cards are not accepted.

Website: http://www.vr.fi/heo/eng/ita/ita.htm

Directions: Central Station
Mode: TO
Phone: +358 (0)307 20 900
Type: Train
Website: http://www.vr.fi

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2013
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