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Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, situated on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The city is bordered by three other large conurbations, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen, to form the larger Helsinki Metropolitan Area.

Helsinki is the only city in Finland with trams or a metro system. The city has mainline rail connetions, as well as ferry links to other cities in the country as well as Sweden, Germany, Russia and Poland.

How to get to Helsinki from
Route 1:

There are numerous services between the port of Turku and the Finnish capital Helsinki each day. If you are travelling to Turku satama, there are fewer services, but still a few in each direction per day. If you are heading to the port make sure you book it for Turku Satama, rather than just Turku.

The journey is made on-board double decker InterCity trains, and connect Helsinki with ferries to Sweden.

Local bus and train services are avalable from Karjaa/Karis to/from Hanko. The journey takes around 40 minutes by train, or 50-60 minutes by bus. Services are available roughly every hour.

Route 2:

A new high-speed train link between Finland and Russia has recently been opened. Linking Helsinki and St Petersburg, the service has reduced journey times on this route by 2hrs. The service is Russia's second high-speed line, following the link between Moscow and St Petersburg.

As well as speeding up the journey, the route has also been designed to make it easier for international travellers to cross the border, with border checks taking place onboard whilst the train is still moving, soon after departure.

The service offers a full restaurant car, serving both Finnish and Russian cuisine. First class passengers receive a feww snack, as well as self-service tea and coffee.

For people travelling with children, there is a playroom onboard, and there is plenty of space for prams.

Customs and border checks are conducted between Helsinki and Vainkkala and between St Petersburg and Vyborg. Passengers should make sure they have their passports and tickets with them at all times when on the train, as conductors may wish to inspect your documentation as they pass through the carriages. Before reaching the border, all passengers that are not members of the Russian Federation should complete a migration card and customs declaration.

Route 3:

Fancy travelling between the United Kingdom and Finland without flying? Well the journey isn't easy, but it's certainly do-able. In total, the journey takes around two days (after you've included waiting times), with six different legs in total.

An alternative would be to travel via Russia, catching a train from Paris to Moscow, Moscow to St Petersburg, and then St Petersburg to Helsinki. However, this route would require additional visas for travel in Moscow, which would have cost implications.

Route 4:

The overland journey between Helsinki and Lisbon is by no means short, involving a number of overnight train journeys, and crossing much of western Europe.