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Flying Back To Finland... First Time In 6+ Years..  
User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1435 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

Hi all,

By the end of this year, I will complete my CPL & Multi IFR license. As a present to myself I decided to take a little trip back to Europe; more specifically Finland. I called my buddy in Turku and we plan to have 10 days of pure craziness. Drinking Koskenkorva, partying & most importantly chasing Finnish ladies.

I would also like to take Viking Line, from Turku to Stockholm. I've been on it before and had a blast.

Anyway, now I'm faced with purchasing a ticket and I don't know which is the best way. By the way, I'm in Calgary, Canada.

Option #1:

Outbound:
Air Canada [ YYC - FRA ] A333
Lufthansa [ FRA - HEL ] A320

Return:
Scandinavian Airlines [ ARN - LHR ] M80
Air Canada [ LHR - YYC ] A333

----------------------------------------------
Total Price: $1177.95 (Canadian dollars, from Air Canada's website)

Option #2

Outbound:
Air Canada [ YYC - FRA ] A333
Lufthansa [ FRA - HEL ] A320

Return:
Lufthansa [ HEL - FRA ] A320
Air Canada [ FRA - YYC ] A333

--------------------------------------------------------------------
Total Price: $1191.74 (Canadian dollars, from Air Canada's website)


You can see that there's not a lot of difference in price. Now a few questions:

What's the best way to get from Helsinki Vantaa to Turku? (price / time / convenience )

What airlines offer flights between Turku and Stockholm? (should I choose not to go by boat to Sweden)

How good is the transportation system in Stockholm? What's the best way to get from the centre of Stockholm to Arlanda?

Thanks guys... any other suggestions for cheaper flights, I'd love to hear it.

Vio

[edit for spelling]

[Edited 2006-11-04 00:22:20]


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User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

Have you considered YYC-JFK on AC and JFK-HEL on AY?


The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1838 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Quoting CXA330300 (Reply 1):
Have you considered YYC-JFK on AC and JFK-HEL on AY?

Or does AY still operate to YYZ (I know they have/do with a 757)?


User currently offlineEmirates773ER From Pakistan, joined Jun 2005, 1450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 2):
Or does AY still operate to YYZ

They have codeshare with BA on this route, I would seriously consider taking BA YYC-LHR and LHR-HEL.



The Truth is Out There ---- Face It!!!!!
User currently offlineWSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
What's the best way to get from Helsinki Vantaa to Turku? (price / time / convenience )

Take #61 bus to Tikkurila. timetable . In Tikkurila take the 50 m walk and any Helsinki-bound train. From Helsinki you take a train to Turku. VR's on-line shop is here . (Print/note the reference number and show it to the Guard.) If you take a train with the destination 'Turku satama' you'll end right on the quay.


User currently offlineWSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2750 times:

An addition: a rather nice journey planner on which I made a template for you.

User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1435 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

Quoting WSOY (Reply 5):
An addition: a rather nice journey planner on which I made a template for you.

Thank you so much WSOY. That's very kind of you. Also I want to thank everyone who gave me ideas. As it turns out, I tried a travel agency today and they offered a fare I couldn't resist.

Calgary - Seattle (Alaska Airlines) 737NG
Seattle - Copenhagen (SAS) A340
Copenhagen - Helsinki (SAS) MD-80

------------------------- and return:

Helsinki - Copenhagen (Blue1) AR8
Copenhagen - Seattle (SAS) A340
Seattle - Calgary (Horizon Air) CRJ

total price (including taxes) : 1026 Canadian (715 Euros, 910 US Dollars)

I think VR train is the best way to get to Turku. I don't mind the trains in Europe and as much as I'd love to fly Finnair ATRs, I would rather take a train and see a bit of Finland.



Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3506 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

My mom's side of the family is Finnish...I spent two weeks traveling around Finland in August 2005 and had an amazing time, I'm hoping to make it back there next summer after I finish up my bachelor's degree. Have fun!


Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
Hi all,

By the end of this year, I will complete my CPL & Multi IFR license. As a present to myself I decided to take a little trip back to Europe; more specifically Finland. I called my buddy in Turku and we plan to have 10 days of pure craziness. Drinking Koskenkorva, partying & most importantly chasing Finnish ladies.

Just don't drink and party so much that you can't do a good trip report lol.pictures of all the ?Finnish *scenery* would be appreciated also  Wow! Congratialations and have a wonderful time.



too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineWSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

Thanks, and enjoy your stay. If you booked already, mind your blood pressure and steer clear of www.orbitz.com  

[Edited 2006-11-05 14:10:50]

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