City Break by train to St. Petersburg | Lähialuematkat

City Break in St. Petersburg by train

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Until further notice only individual tours with bus connection are possible.

Experience the historical city of St. Petersburg! Travelling by train from Helsinki is safe and very comfortable - it takes only 3,5 hours by high-speed train Allegro from the city centre to the city centre. On this quality two or three night tour you will have a plenty of time to explore the city of three revolutions. Departures every day. Please note that a Russian visa is required for this trip. Let us take care of all visa and travel arrangements for you. 

City Break in St Petersburg by train

Package price starting from 209 € includes

  • Allegro train ticket (2nd class) Helsinki - St. Petersburg at 6.20 - 10.47
  • Allegro train ticket (2nd class) St. Petersburg - Helsinki at 20.30 - 22.57
  • 2 or 3 nights at Hotel Dostoevsky, Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge, Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden, Original Sokos Hotel Vasilevsky, Boutique Hotel Golden Triangle or Cronwell Inn Stremennaya (shared double room)
  • Buffet breakfasts at hotel
  • Transfer railway station - hotel in St. Petersburg - railway station

Services for extra fee

  • Russian Tourist Visa for citizens of Schengen area 80 € p.p.
  • Visa Support Letter for non-Schengen area citizens 28 € p. p.
  • Extra fee for Allegro train ticket (2nd class) 10.00 - 14.27 Helsinki 29 € p. p.
  • Extra fee for Allegro train ticket (2nd class) 15.30 - 17.57 St Petersburg - Helsinki 29 € p. p.
  • 2-day ticket for Hop-on-hop-off City sightseeing tour 45 € p.p. (adult)
  • 2-day ticket for Hop-on-hop-off City sightseeing tour 37 € p.p. (child 7 - 13 years)
  • Entrance ticket to Hermitage Museum 25 € p.p. (closed on Mondays)
  • Mailing travel documents in Finland 10 €
  • Mailing travel documents in Schengen area countries by DHL courier 50 - 90 €

For booking this package tour online you need to have following information of all your fellow travellers:
- full name (as written on passport)
- date of birth
- nationality
- passport number

Make sure that the passport of each passenger is valid 6 months after the trip.

The price of the package varies depending on the dates and the chosen hotel. The availability and prices can be seen in our webshop. You can board the Allegro train in Helsinki, Tikkurila, Lahti, Kouvola or Vainikkala. Please choose the desired train station when doing the booking.

Please note, that due to Finnish wintertime starting on 28th of October there are changes at departure and arrival times for services from and to Helsinki, but there are no time changes for services from and to St. Petersburg. Times are local, Finnish and Russian time. 

Terms and conditions

For this tour General Terms for Package Tours and Lähialuematkat Special Terms for City Break by train to St. Petersburg are applied. See Terms and Conditions.

Travel Insurance and obtaining the visa

Passenger insurance is obligatory when obtaining a Russian Visa. As additional service you may purchase at Lähialuematkat Russian insurance company Lexgarant´s passenger insurance. This insurance  is valid for 2 weeks and it will cover costs (max. 30.000 eur) in case of sudden illness, accident and death as well as transporting of the deceased. Note that the insurance is valid only on Russian territory, and you may have to pay the costs at local clinic or hospital on spot and apply for compensation at insurance company only afterwards. We recommend to have an adequate travel insurance - covering passenger and luggage -  in addition to Lexgarant insurance. Please see for detailed Terms and Conditions of the Lexgarant insurance. See also Lexgarant homepage.

When travelling to Russia by train, Russian visa is required except from the citizens of countries that have a special agreement on visa exemption with Russian Federation. Russian Tours / Lähialuematkat is able to organize the visa for the citizens of  Schengen area for this package tour. You need to send Lähialuematkat the original passport, a passport photo, travel insurance certificate and complited and signed visa application form of each passenger. Delivery time of the visa is about two weeks of which 8 days in Russian Consulate. Please see for more information.

Non-Schengen area citizens can purchase a Visa Support Letter at Lähialuematkat and apply for the visa at Russian Consulate in their own country. We advise you to clarify all details regarding obtaining the visa before booking the tour in our Online Shop. 

In case you are not able to obtain the Russian visa, we recommend you a visa-free Day in St. Petersburg Cruise (2 nights) or City Break Package by Ferry to St. Petersburg (3 nights). Departures from Helsinki on Saturdays and Wednesdays. See for more information.

Travel documents (train tickets, vouchers)

After booking you will receive immediately a confirmation of your booking to your e-mail. Train tickets, hotel voucher and other possible documents will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks prior the journey. Remember to print all documents with you!

The State Hermitage Museum

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Hermitage is one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums with more than 3 million items from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. The main museum complex consists of Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre. The museum was founded in 1764 by Empress Catherine the Great. The palaces from 18th and 19th centuries are architectural masterpieces by themselves. The Hermitage is situated on Palace Square in the beginning of Main Street Nevsky prospect. Nearest metro station is Admiralteiskaya (500 m). Museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance tickets, purchased at Lähialuematkat in advance allow you to enter the museum without queueing for ticket office.

Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya ***

A Cronwell chain hotel located in the historic center on a quiet street just in 3 min. walking distance from Nevsky Prospect and close to many city attractions. Around the hotel there are many restaurants, shops and public transport services. The hotel has the international Green Key -certificate for it's environment-friendly policy. The hotel was opened 2010 in a fully renovated historic building on the famous Stremyannaya street, which gives it's name to the hotel. The cosy, air-conditioned rooms have a view to the historic Stremyannaya street or the inner courtyard full of light. On the corridor walls you can see exchanging art shows of local artists. Metro station Majakovskaja 190m. The afternoon tea, which is included in the room price, is served in the Stafford tea room at 5 p.m.

Golden Triangle Boutique Hotel ****

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Located in the middle of the historical city center next to the main street Nevsky Prospekt Golden Triangle Boutique Hotel offers you luxury and comfort in a beautiful building dating from the 19th century. Elegant rooms are individually furnished with Italian mahogany furniture. Rooms have quality bathrooms, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, safety box and minibar as well as hair-drier, bathrobe, slippers and toiletries. At the rich buffet breakfast you can treat yourself with sparkling wine on weekends. There is a free Wi-Fi in the whole hotel, concierge serves you from the hotel lobby and reception is open 24/7. Excellent location within walking distance from the most beloved sights of St. Petersburg: Palace Square and Hermitage museum (1 km), Church of the Saviour on the Spillt Blood (800 m), Kazan Cathedral (400 m), Gostiny Dvor Shopping center (800 m). Closest metro station Nevsky Prospekt (300 m). Address: Nevsky Prospekt 22 - 24, entrance: Bolshaya Konyushennaya ulitsa 12.

Hotel Dostoevsky

A popular and tidy basic hotel is located in the upper floors of Vladimirsky Passazh -shoppin center in the city center. Spacious and warm-coloured rooms have internet connection, safety box, minibar and TV. Restarant Dostoevsky as well as bar Raskolnikov, named after the main character of the writer's novel, serve you in the hotel. To main street Nevsky Prospect 450 m and Winter Palace 2,5 km. Metro station Vladimirskaya-Dostoyevskaya underneath the building, where you have a straight metro line to the Finlyand's railway station. Address: Vladimisrky prospekt 19.

Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden****

Qualified and cosy hotel is located next to the verdant Olympic Garden and lively Moskovsky Prospekt, 3 km south from main street Nevsky Prospect. There are are good shopping possibilities and several restaurants in the neighbourhood. Elegantly furnished rooms have air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served at cosy restaurant Mr Grön which is happy to serve you lunch and dinner as well. There is also a casual Sports Bar for relaxation. Fireplace with open fire creates cozy atmosphere in the public areas of the hotel. Finland's railway station 7km with a direct metro connection, closest metro station Tekhnologicheskiy Institut 450 m.

Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge*****

Well-equipped standard room
Luxurious spa and congress hotel on the Vasily island close to the Palace Bridge leading to the heart of the historic city with Hermitage, Palace Square, St. Iisac's church and the beginning of the Nevsky Prospekt. The heart of the hotel is the old brick wine cellar of the Yeliseev merchant family, where the rich buffet breakfast with sparkling wine is served. In the elegant rooms there is air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Accesible rooms are available. The luxurious spa-zone is free of use, spa-treatments are of extra payment. In hotel you can find restaurant Sevilla, restaurant Dans le Noir?, Palace Bridge Wellnes Club, conference and banquet facilities and a parking area at your service. Also golf simulator Gorki Golf Academy is located in the hotel and can be booked with extra payment. Address: Birzhevoy pereulok 4, closest metro station Vasileostrovskaya 900 m. The spa zone of Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge is closed during the annual renovation from 6 to 17 April 2020.


Allegro has four departures per day from Helsinki and St. Petersburg. The travel time from Helsinki to St. Petersburg is 3 hours 36 minutes. You can get on the train at the stations in Helsinki, Tikkurila, Lahti, Kouvola, Vainikkala, and Vyborg (Russia). Allegro has a restaurant car and a sales trolley. You can change currency onboard while the train is on the Finnish side. Allegro also has a children's playroom, accessible toilets, wheelchair spaces, and seats for passengers traveling with pets.