You can travel from Finland to Russia and back by car, bus, train, ship or plane.

Visa-free cruises

Saimaa Travel offers visa-free cruises between Lappeenranta and Vyborg. The cruises, which travel along the Saimaa Canal, are visa-free for people of all nationalities. Saimaa Travel’s office is located in Lappeenranta.


Four Allegro services depart each day to carry people between Finland and Russia. The first departure is early in the morning, and the last is late at night. Allegro terminates at Helsinki and St. Petersburg. You can also board the train at Pasila, Tikkurila, Lahti, Kouvola, Vainikkala and Vyborg.

Vainikkala train station is located 20 km from Lappeenranta. From Vainikkala, the train arrives in Vyborg in 20 minutes and St. Petersburg in 90 minutes. Find out more.


Finland’s largest airport is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which is easy to travel to from virtually anywhere in the world. Regional flights take you quickly from Helsinki to Savonlinna. Savonlinna Airport is located 10 kilometers from the city centre.

Lappeenranta Airport is located only 2 kilometres from the city centre. Lappeenranta’s train and bus stations are also located within walking distance. The Nuijamaa border crossing is located about 30 km from the airport, and Vainikkala Train Station is located about 20 km away. Ryanair’s international flights also fly to Lappeenranta.

Pulkovo Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Russia. The airport is located 23 km from St. Petersburg’s Palace Square. City busses 39 and 39E transport people from the airport to the nearest metro station (Moskovskaya).

Public transport

Public transport in the Saimaa region

Public transport is a handy way to explore the Saimaa region. Travelling by train between Lappeenranta, Imatra, Mikkeli and Savonlinna is easy. Check train timetables and buy tickets online:

All four cities have train and bus stations. Several coach companies operate in the region. Their timetables are available on their websites.





Public transport in the Leningrad region

There are several bus and train services from Vyborg to both St. Petersburg and Helsinki. Up-to-date information on public transport in the Leningrad region can be found on the website.

You can find more information about transport in the Leningrad region at St. Petersburg’s and Leningrad’s travel information desks.

Public transport in St. Petersburg

You can get around in St. Petersburg by metro, bus, trolleybus or tram. Further information about the city’s public transit can be found at

St. Petersburg Metro consists of 5 lines and 72 stations. The metro runs from 5.45 a.m. to midnight.