"Lappeenranta as a cheap transit point to Russia" Lappeenranta Transportation Tip by Falconson
Lappeenranta Transportation: 3 reviews and 1 photos
Now i would like to discuss Lappeenranta, e, specially its airport as a transit point to get St petersburg from Europe.
As for me i guessed how can i get Russia very cheap as the monopoly of airports and airlines cant allow to get this country cheaper than 100-150 euros for one way. After some time i checked ther rout map of Ryanair, the largest European low cost airline, and got its new city - Lappeenranta.
As you know, its located in 230 kms to St petersburg, about 3-4 hours by bus. As i live in Barcelona i have bought a ticket to Brussels (Charleroi), waited 3 hours and then had a flight to Lappeenranta. It was the cheapest way for me to get St Petersburg. As i analized the rout map of Ryanair, there are 3 flights from Brussels, Milan and Dusseldorf.
Before the flight i made reservation for the trip to St Petersburg to one of private russian bus companies. Thats way was the most suitable. I found some train but it doesnt have a direct way. At first you need to use local bus to Vainikkala railway station and then a train to St Petersburg. The price wasnt competetive. Privat Russian bus costs about 20-25 euros for one way and make delivery right to the address in St Petersburg. You may find icompanies in google search.
The road was about 4 hours, i had to come through 2 customs. Actually i spend half of the road for the Customs, but its also interesting experience)
Enjoy your travelling,