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Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

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Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

Well travelled to Russia via Heathrow ( Russian Wife) Looking at options for going by train with 2 young children ( will be 3)from London to St Petersburg in the Spring of 2013 ( although our final destination will be Pscov - 150 miles to the south- to stay with relatives) - Reasonable comfort more important than speed - I know its 2 - 3 days. Anyone have any specific experiences or recommendations and approx costs?- May stop on way to enjoy short break- Спасибо!

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1. Re: Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

When we went to St Petersburg last year, it was part of a longer journey from Stockholm to Helsinki by overnight ferry then train to St Petersburg - but of course there are many permutations. Have you seen this site?:

www.seat61.com/Russia.htm#St%20Petersburg

It gives you an idea of some rail (and ferry) options originating from London and the approximate costs of each. It's a good starting point at any rate!

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2. Re: Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

Forgot to say that, usually, the cheapest way to buy rail tickets for travel *within* or originating *from* Russia is from the official Russian railways website, rzd.ru - but you may already know that!

:)

Edited: 7:27 pm, November 06, 2012
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3. Re: Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

thanks very much halwimsey....saw the seat61 site but link kept dropping...what was the journey like from Hel to St Pete?

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4. Re: Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

The majority of the trip was through Finland - forests and rural landscapes, interspersed with small towns and villages - and it didn't seem to change drastically once we were across the border. Probably nothing very exciting but we hadn't been beyond Helsinki on previous visits and the trip comprised our first glimpse of Russia, so we enjoyed it. The Allegro train was fine - fast, comfortable and modern.

(Actually, one of the things that I remember most vividly about the trip was when we slowed down for our arrival in St Petersburg and passed a pack of dogs hanging out between the network of railway tracks and junctions, howling at the trains... But that's probably not quite what you had in mind!)

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5. Re: Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

Great! Getting the picture now. I have been to St Pete- last time from moscow by train in 2003 ( where we were married)- will look into it all. Thank you.

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6. Re: Train and/or Ferry from London to St Petersburg

You could fly to Stockholm and take a ferry to St Petersburg, it is comfortable and not terribly expensive since it is by the cabin not per person.

There are strong rumors that the ferry service, Peterline ferry will stop running in the near future however. If the rumors turn out to be false that is a good option.

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