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How to Get from Stockholm to Helsinki

(and from Helsinki back to Stockholm...)


Silja Symphony  M/S Silja Symphony på väg norrut mot Oxdjupet.   The cruise ferry Silja Symphony in the Stockholm archipelago.
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To get from Stockholm to Helsinki and back, travelers have mainly two transportation options. Each choice has pros and cons, so let's find out which way is best for you to travel between Stockholm and Helsinki...

1- Stockholm to Helsinki by Air

Many direct flights between Stockholm and Helsinki are operated by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Finnair. They're also usually the cheapest flights available between these two cities, starting around $130/£80. The flights from Stockholm to Helsinki or from Helsinki to Stockholm depart several times a day and only are an hour long. Quick and easy, but not the cheapest way.  

2- Stockholm to Helsinki by Ship

If you have some time to spare while traveling, there's a 16 hour long ferry connection between Stockholm and Helsinki leaving in the afternoon and arriving the following morning. The Viking Line and the Silja Line ferries both cover Stockholm-Helsinki (and Helsinki-Stockholm). Both cruise lines include on board services such as bars, restaurants, different types of cabins, and duty-free shopping.

The Viking Line offers cheaper cruise prices but uses older ships; Silja Line cruises are more expensive but also offer more elegance. Booking a weeknight cruise ticket from Stockholm to Helsinki is cheapest, and there's another discount if you buy a round-trip ticket.

Starting around €40, this is a cheap way to get from Stockholm to Helsinki or back, but not very fast. (You could also take a ferry from Stockholm to Åbo, Finland, and make your way south to Helsinki from there by bus or car.)

3- Stockholm to Helsinki by Train

There are no train connections between Stockholm and Helsinki. Take a look at the map of Sweden and imagine where the train would have to go...

4- Stockholm to Helsinki by Car

Much like the train method, there's no direct land connection between Stockholm and Helsinki. You'll have to take the 16-hour ferry if you want to take your car with you. Vehicle rates are reasonable, especially on the Viking Line. Ferry destinations suitable for this option would be Helsinki City Center or Åbo, Finland.

5- Stockholm to Helsinki by Bus

Sorry, buses are not a viable option. The only other option apart from flying is taking a ferry. If you're on a budget, try the cheap Viking Line and book a ticket as a foot passenger on a weekday.

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