Allegro Train
Allegro Train
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Allegro is a high-speed train service between Helsinki, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
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More than 3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Rautatientori • 1 min walk
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 5 min walk
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Tibor K
1 contribution
Mar 2022
It was so comfortable, quick and useful alternative when our return flight has been cancelled due to political reasons.
We had the chance to take it in March when it was still running.
I really hope it will renew soon: the border control takes place in the train, so no hours-long wait at the border like in the case of buses.

A little disadvantage: only available to citizens of Finland and Russia.
Written 10 January 2023
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JAMES L
Salisbury, UK315 contributions
May 2022
To get the chance to see more of the countryside of Finland we booked a trip there and back to Tampere on the recommendation of our lovely Finnair Air Stewardess wo lived there.

180ish kilometres each way took about 1 hour 30 minutes each way and we saw that the farmers were out ploughing their fields and about 6 to 8 weeks behind the UK.

Sadly we did not see any reindeer or moose except a stuffed reindeer in Stockman, the Harrods of the North.
Written 25 May 2022
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Tanja
Helsinki, Finland22 contributions
Apr 2020
My favourite type of transportation. Nearly always on time. The service is good. 3 h trip is a quick pleasure to cross the border with no problem. Wish it resumes its services sooner than later!
Written 1 March 2021
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Erika
Vastra Frolunda, Sweden13 contributions
Oct 2020
Our friends took us to peterburg for the weekend via this train. So so easy. Cheap. Comfy. Only three hours. Probably the only chance I will have to visit Russia so why not
Written 30 October 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
Sep 2019
I had gone from St. Petersburg to Helsinki by the Allegro in October 2018, when I visited Finland, at the end of a trip to Russia. I loved it. Then, in September 2019, my wife and I went on a trip to Russia, and we spent a week in Helsinki, prior. We took the same train in the reverse direction, i.e. from Helsinki to St. Petersburg.
Now, whereas in 2018 I traveled first class, in 2019 my wife and I went in second class (I think the names given are "executive" class and "economy" class). It is less than one-third the price, and the seats are slightly narrower (2 by 2 in economy, whereas first class was 1 by 2). Also, in economy there was no lunch served, whereas there was lunch in first class. But, there is plenty of space for luggage in economy, and the seats are quite comfortable, so there is no need waste money paying three times the fare!!
As I said in my 2018 review, I simply cannot imagine why anyone would want to fly between these two cities !! The ride was super smooth, and the journey took about three and a half hours. Best thing, it is city centre to city centre. So if you factor in the time taken to travel airport to city at both ends, AND the requirement to go early to the departure airport for security and other formalities, I am sure train is much less time consuming!
Perhaps the best thing about going by train between the two cities, is that all official formalities (checking of passports, customs, etc...) are done on the train, while it is rolling along, by officials from Russia and Finland. You don't have to get off. You don't even have to get up from your seat! Now, that's service. Compare that with treatment at an airport, where you have wait in a queue, and stand all the time! As I said earlier, I will repeat: I cannot imagine why ANYONE would fly between these two cities! A wonderful service. With free wi-fi !!
Written 12 August 2020
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HelsinkiFinnish
Helsinki133 contributions
Jan 2020
It takes only 3,5 hours from HEL to SPB. You can stop in Vyborg also, Vyborg is old Finnish town, Soviet Union took it after WWII. Vyborg is small town, SPB is great, especially in summer time.
Written 4 May 2020
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AndreiSandru
Valkeakoski, Finland12 contributions
Feb 2020
Had a weekend long trip to St. Petersburg by Allegro train and it was a delight! 3 hours only and you can go partying, eating and exploring. The train is new and comfortable. I say almost perfect, because of the VISA requirement to travel to Russia (the newly implemented electronic VISA is not accepted for the train because of russian government decision).
Written 26 February 2020
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Bazlen28
Melbourne215 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Very clean train with comfortable seats. We paid for a business class seat. Pleasant journey, announcements in english. Would definitely recommend and use again. The only negative feedback I have is that when you book tickets online and choose your seat you do not know which way the train is facing or going to travel, so you could be sitting backwards.
Written 26 January 2020
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Julia Ray
St. Petersburg, Russia3,080 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Clean, high quality service, good food in the buffet car, tax return is just great.
Money wise compared to long lines at the borders while travelling by car or bus.
Written 23 January 2020
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hew_sg
Sydney, Australia138 contributions
Dec 2019
The allegro train may not travel as fast as OBB (peak around 230 km/h), but first class service provides full meal and self service coffee/ water beverages. The checking of custom officer from both Finland and Russia is smooth and efficient.
Written 1 January 2020
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