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.