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Travel from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala

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Travel from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala

Has anyone any experience of traveling from Petrozavodsk to Valaam? What is the best means of (independent) travel between Petrozavodsk and Sortavala? Can one take a ferry from Valaam to return directly to St Petersburg? Any suggestions very welcome! The trip is planned for third week of August.

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1. Re: Travel from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala

Just a short follow up: we took the bus from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala. One can buy tickets online. The driver has a print-out of passengers so you need only to show your passport to him. Cost was about 600 rubles and the journey takes exactly 4 hours (the bus departs from the Bus Station in Pertrozavodsk at 20.00 and arrives in Sortavala at midnight).

The bus stops about 20 times (most stops are for no more than a minute) and it's a very pleasant and comfortable journey in a modern air-conditioned bus. The final stop is in the center of Sortavala and one can walk to various hotels from there. We stayed in the Kaunis Hotel which is located about 60 meters (5 minutes' walk) from the ferry to Valaam.

By the way, there is no ferry between Valaam and St Petersburg. Instead, one can take the ferry to Priozersk (travel time about one hour, and cost 1000 rubles), and the train or bus from Priozersk to St Petersburg (travel time about 2.5 hours, and cost about 160 rubles). However, one needs to take a taxi from the ferry point to the railway station in Priozersk (this is about 5-6 kilometers - cost 200-300 rubles). The bus departure point is located next to the railway station.

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2. Re: Travel from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala

Hi! Do you have the link to the website where you bought the bus tickets to go from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala? And where exactly is the Petrozavodsk bus station? Thank you!

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4. Re: Travel from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala

The bus station is located over the tracks from the railway station. Just ask directions from anyone at the station for clear directions. One has to walk over the pedestrian bridge. It's about a 10-15 minute walk. If you have a lot of luggage then it's about 5 minutes by taxi.

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5. Re: Travel from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala

This is the website (only in Russian): http://biletnaavto.ru/. I recall that the site did not accept foreign Visa cards. You can of course pay the driver in cash. The bus arrives at the station only about 10 minutes before it leaves for Sortavala so be sure to ask from which berth it departs.

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6. Re: Travel from Petrozavodsk to Sortavala

Here is another ticketing website: http://transport.marshruty.ru

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