This page explains how to travel by train or ferry from Helsinki to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.  Train information updated for 2018.

I want to go from Helsinki to...

      Stockholm   Copenhagen   Oslo   Tallinn
  St Petersburg   Prague   Moscow   Riga
  Brussels   Amsterdam   Budapest   Vilnius
  Switzerland   Italy   Germany    
  London   Paris   Austria    

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel


Senior fares (over 60)


Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)


Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits


Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains


Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations


Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train


Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train


Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train


Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network


What to do when things go wrong...

Buying train tickets for journeys within Finland...

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Helsinki to Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen...

Option 1, direct Helsinki-Stockholm overnight cruise ferry...

Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki   Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki

The Stockholm-Helsinki overnight ferry...  A floating hotel from Helsinki to Stockholm.  Above, the massive Silja Symphony towers over the Silja Line terminal in Helsinki.  Courtesy of

Option 2, train to Turku & ferry to Stockholm...

The connecting train from Turku to Helsinki   2-berth cabin with shower on board the ferry   Viking Line ferry from Stockholm to Turku in Finland

The InterCity boat train from Helsinki to Turku Harbour is a double-deck InterCity train. Note the children's play area!


2-berth cabin on the cruise ferry to Finland...


The Viking Line ferry from Turku to Stockholm.  Silja line operate a competing ferry.  These 3 photos courtesy of Matthew Philips

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Helsinki to St Petersburg & Moscow...

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Helsinki to Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius...

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Helsinki to Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Cologne & Germany...

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Helsinki to Brussels & London...

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Helsinki to Amsterdam, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Prague, Budapest...

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Hotels in Helsinki & other cities


◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison. checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site: is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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Travel insurance & health card



Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!


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