If you’re planning a trip from Helsinki to Stockholm, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to talk about the two most popular options for getting to the Swedish capital: the ferry and the plane. Both alternatives have their pros and cons, so let’s take a closer look at them to help you decide which is the best option for you.
Whether you are looking for an exciting adventure or simply want to enjoy a quiet and relaxing trip, here you will find all the information you need to get to Stockholm from Helsinki, a unique opportunity to visit two of the northern European countries in one trip.
Travelling to Stockholm from Finland
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city in Sweden. The country receives more than 7 million tourists every year and the vast majority visit Stockholm.
The city has much of the cultural heritage of Sweden, so you will have endless alternatives if you decide to visit the Swedish capital: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm City Hall, Skogskyrkogården, the Nobel Museum or Gamla Stan, the old town, are some of the places you shouldn’t miss if you take a quick trip from Finland.
Stockholm has 14 small islands connected by a total of 52 bridges. For this reason, the capital of Sweden is known as the “Venice of the North”. In each of the islands, you can find beautiful landscapes, innumerable museums and emblematic monuments and buildings.
The islands of Stockholm include Djurgården and Gamla Stan. The first has huge parks and forests in which to get lost and in which it is possible to walk for hours. The old city or Gamla Stan is the oldest neighbourhood in the capital and you can find the Drottningholm Palace, the home of the Swedish Royal Family, in it.
The cultural offer in Stockholm is very large, so you will not be short of interesting things to see and do. Among the museums, Skansen stands out, an open-air museum where you can learn about the Swedish lifestyle and culture. In addition, the museum has some historic buildings, a zoo and an aquarium. A large number of excursions and tours are also organized in which to discover the city and all its most important emblematic buildings.
There are several alternatives to get to Stockholm from Finland. Helsinki and Turku are the two main Finnish cities from which you can travel to Sweden. The ferry and the plane are the two most recommended types of travel since the journey is not very long and the price is not very high.
Getting to Stockholm by ferry
On other occasions, we have talked to you about different alternatives to travel to other countries, such as Tallinn. In that case, the ferry was the clear winner, but on a trip to Stockholm, the answer is not so simple.
The ferry ride can be obtained for a very good price if you buy your tickets in advance, if you travel outside the peak tourist season or if you get a good last-minute deal. In all these cases, you will be able to make the round trip for about 100-150 euros.
The price during the summer or Christmas holidays will be higher and will easily reach 200 euros per person.
The journey from Helsinki to Stockholm (and from Stockholm to Helsinki) lasts between 14 and 17 hours, depending on the company you choose and the boat you have. Although the duration of the journey may be scary at first, it is important to know that it takes place at night, so the journey will not be too long.
The price of the ferry ticket includes a cabin in which to spend the night, so you will save paying accommodation for one night. The boats also have buffets and other restaurants to eat in, as well as discos where you will find very cheap alcoholic drinks compared to the normal sale price.
The main companies are Viking Line, which runs the journey 5 times a week, and Tallink Silja, which runs 7 times. The duration of the trip and the amenities they offer are very similar, so we recommend that you choose the company that offers the best price at the time of your trip or the one whose schedule best suits your travel plan.
Finally, it is interesting to know that some boats allow vehicles to be transported. So, if you have chosen to rent a car to move around Helsinki or other cities in Finland, you could take it on the ferry and also use it during your stay in Stockholm.
Going from Helsinki to Stockholm by plane
The second most interesting alternative is to travel from Helsinki to Stockholm by plane. As in the previous case, the price will depend on the time of year in which you travel and the advance with which you buy the ticket. If you find an offer, you can make the trip for about 40-60 euros, while, during the high season, the price could reach 150 euros.
The duration of the journey by plane is just over two hours, so it is an advantage to consider compared to travelling by ferry. To that time we must indeed add the journey from the airports to the city centres, but, even so, the time difference is very large.
In addition, Helsinki and Stockholm have a daily air connection, so the freedom to travel from one city to another is much greater compared to the ferry, which has about 12 weekly routes.
Can I go from Turku to Sweden?
Another city in Finland from which you can travel to Stockholm is Turku. The former capital of Finland has a very important port within the country and also has an airport, so both alternatives are available.
The number of flights will be less compared to Helsinki, but it is possible to find some even better deals. Therefore, you should take a look at the prices of the journey from Turku before buying your ticket.
Tampere, the second-largest city in Finland, also has an airport and makes the journey to Stockholm. The flight frequency is even lower than in the other two cases that we have talked about, but it is an option to consider, especially if you are in the city of Tampere and want to avoid additional trips.
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