Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2999 posts, RR: 14 Posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6643 times:
No idea if anybody here can really help me, but here it goes.
I will have to go to Vyborg, Russia soon and now I am not sure if I want to fly into HEL or LED.
I will be taking the train from either city.
The main question is, where is it easier to transfer from the airport to the main train station?
I am guessin HEL, but any input is very welcome.
severnaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1465 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6635 times:
Here it goes, i've been to all places.
Both airport->train connections aren't very easy, but from HEL it's easier and more calm as HEL isn't so busy as LED.
If you decide to fly to HEL, you have to transfer to the central station in Helsinki (busses run between both regurlary) and from there it takes you about 4 hours or so and the international train goes something like 3 times/day. At about 7.30AM and at 3.30pm &6.30. (just check www.vr.fi)
If you decide to fly to LED, then you have to travel from the airport in the south of the city to Finlyanski railway station (center-north) (which is at the metro station Ploshad Lenina). From there it takes you about 2 hours, and you can take the train to Helsinki from there, or a local one (bad quality).
I'd go for HEL as most major airlines also run higher frequencies there.
Btw, Finnair also flies to some smaller airports in the east of Finland from where Vyborg is even easier reachable. Also Ryanair flies to LPP.
Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2999 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6622 times:
Okay, thanks a lot.
I was leaning towards HEL anyway. I am not too keen on hauling my luggage through the metro in LED.
Prices are pretty similar overall.
And I have more SkyTeam options to HEL as well, that suit my schedule.
BNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 401 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6564 times:
In November of last year, I traveled from Saint Petersburg to Vyborg on a day trip. I planned to travel by train from the Finlyanski station but I did not arrive in time for the mid-morning departure. The next train to Vyborg was not leaving until considerably later. So, after a futile attempt to find buses to Vyborg outside of the train station (as my guidebook indicated there would be), I was told to travel by Metro to the Devyatkino station. I arrived just in time for the bus to Vyborg. It was a pleasant trip (under 2 hours). Once in Vyborg, I walked to the adjacent train station to research how I would travel back to Saint Petersburg later that day. The trains were very infrequent so I elected use the bus again. There was very frequent bus service (1 to 2 per hour) to the Parnas metro station in Saint Petersburg. I think the Parnas metro station has much more Vyborg bus service than the Deyvatkino metro station does. In Vyborg, I was surprised by how much busier the bus station was than the train station.
Vyborg is interesting from a historical standpoint in that it was part of Finland as recently as 1939. I found it to be a charming place to explore on foot (despite the cold November weather).
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6519 times:
You can make a visa-free trip to Vyborg from the Finnish border town Lappeenranta (served by Ryanair) on a small ship.
"The m/s Carelia takes you from Finland to Russia visa-free for a day or two. This is possible for citizens of all countries provided you travel both ways by ship. You can choose a one-day city break or stay 1-2 nights in a hotel. The cruise offers relaxation and beautiful scenery as the ship goes through the locks."
Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 3): Vyborg is interesting from a historical standpoint in that it was part of Finland as recently as 1939. I found it to be a charming place to explore on foot (despite the cold November weather).
Before the WW2 Vyborg was Finland's second city and loosing it and the whole prosperous South-East corner of the country still is a sensitive issue for many older Finns. When the Finnish-Russian border was pushed west, around 400,000 Finns had to leave their homes.
Whole Europe suffered then and especially Russia. Finland was lucky in the end, was never occupied and stayed independent.
Btw, the Helsinki-St Petersburg rail route gets a new high-speed Allegro train next winter, stops also in Vyborg I've understood. At first the travel time between is cut from the current nearly six hours to around three and a half hours. The train's locomotive no longer has to be changed at the border and border formalities in both countries will take place while the train is on the move.