Saint Petersburg – Resumption of passenger train services from Helsinki

According to Decree No. 3422 issued by the Government of the Russian Federation on December 2, 2021, passenger rail services with Finland are to resume.

After a long interruption due to the coronavirus, Allegro high-speed train services between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki will resume from December 12.

For now, two pairs of trains will run daily according to the schedule below:

St. Petersburg (Finland Station) – Helsinki

Day of departure

train number

Departure time

Arriving time

Daily,

except Sundays 25/12 and dates from January 1 to 9

781

06:40

09:10

Daily

785

15:30

6:00 p.m.

Sundays 25/12 and

from January 1 to 9

783

11:30 a.m.

14:00

Helsinki – St. Petersburg (Finland Station)

Daily,

except Sundays 25/12 and dates from January 1 to 9

782

06:17

10:47

Daily

786

14:57

19:27

Sundays 25/12 and

from January 1 to 9

784

09:57

14:37

Passengers should note that the two countries have introduced anti-epidemic measures that will be in effect on long-distance trains between Russia and Finland to ensure the safety of passenger transportation.

Before boarding their train, passengers will have their temperature taken remotely without any physical contact. Passengers will be required to use personal protective equipment throughout their journey.

In addition, according to Resolution No. 8 issued by the Chief Sanitary Physician of Railway Transport of the Russian Federation on November 17, 2021, Finnish citizens entering Russia must have with them a negative PCR test performed at least 3 calendar days before arriving in the territory of the Russian Federation and during their journey fill out a questionnaire in the required form and present it to a member of the train staff.

Russian citizens arriving from Finland must complete a questionnaire on the Unified Portal of State and Municipal Services (EPGU in Russian) after purchasing their ticket and will be required to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours from the date of their arrival ( except for those vaccinated against COVID-19 within the last 12 months (QR code available). Alternatively, those who have had an illness in the last 6 months should post the results/information on the illness or past vaccination on the EPGU portal. Passengers should also observe the quarantine and isolation regime of their place of residence (stay) before receiving test results.

Passengers entering Finland must provide a vaccination certificate with a vaccine approved in Finland (see list on THL website). In other cases, the need to cross the border will be assessed on a case-by-case basis within the framework of border control.

Thus, Finnish citizens and their family members living in Finland, citizens of the EU and Schengen countries, as well as their family members, citizens of third countries living in Finland on the basis of a stay, and British citizens and their family members living in Finland, may return to Finland, as well as transit or transit through other EU and Schengen countries.

Passengers will be able to purchase tickets and find out their cost and other detailed information about Allegro’s schedules in the near future on the official website of Russian Railways and the RZD Passengers app, as well as at railway ticket offices.

Jose P. Rogers