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Traveling overland from Tallin to St. Petersburg

Melbourne, Australia
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Traveling overland from Tallin to St. Petersburg

I would love some advice on how best to travel overland from Tallin to St. Petersburg, in early September 2018. I am a 71 year old, traveling solo, so safety/convenience is paramount. Why overland? I want to see the place not just fly over it! Can this be done by train? Or is bus the better option? Any agency in Tallinn whom you recommend? I am very healthy, so comfort is not a priority, though it is welcome! Another issue: whatever mode of overland transport you recommend, I suppose I would arrive in St. Petersbug after dusk. How safe is it to do so? I do not speak Russian !!!!!

Tallinn, Estonia
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for Tallinn
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1. Re: Traveling overland from Tallin to St. Petersburg

There are trains, but they are still using old Soviet rolling stock, and tickets are actually more expensive than for the bus.


On the other hand, you could choose a top of the line luxurious bus for cheaper. It's about a hour slower than the train.


I can't tell much about St Petersburg, unfortunately.

Helsinki, Finland
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for Tallinn, Finland, Helsinki
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2. Re: Traveling overland from Tallin to St. Petersburg

You don't see a whole lot from the train. The two castles at the border (Narva/Ivangorod) are pretty cool, though, and if I remember correctly you get a glimpse of them at the river crossing. There's a much faster and more comfortable train service from Helsinki to St. Petersburg.

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3. Re: Traveling overland from Tallin to St. Petersburg

I think RZD train uses new cars but I'm not 100% sure about it. Arriving time in St Pete 1.05 am is not nice. Helsinki has 4 daily faster trains which are nicer way to travel + ferry ride is awesome and you can see one more city. I'd go for that.

4. Re: Traveling overland from Tallin to St. Petersburg

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