London to Finland by bus

London to Finland by coach

Travel from London to Finland by coach

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You can of course consider travelling from London to Helsinki by coach, but a final leg of the journey will take by ferry. Travelling from London to Finland by coach is possible, but only section between London and Tallinn is performed by coach. The rest of the route from Tallinn to Helsinki is a ferry ride across the Baltic. The journeys as well as the purchase of tickets is not complicated. So in a very uncomplicated way the journey from London to Finland can be conventionally divided into two stages, first stage is the journey from London to Tallinn by Eurolines coaches, the second phase is the ferry crossing between Tallinn and Helsinki.
The pan-European coach network Eurolines operates the coach service from London to Tallinn in Estonia only. The coach stops in several European cities along the way. The journey from London to Estonia requires few changes; in Dortmund and Riga (more info on the Estonia page)
Passengers using the Eurolines services have to remember to arrive at Victoria Coach Station an hour earlier to check in, while leaving Tallinn should arrive 30 minutes before departure. After arriving in Tallinn you will need to use the services of a ferry operator Tallink Silja. Tallink Silja provides connections between Tallin and Helsinki. Travel time is approximately 2 hours. A detailed timetable below.
Up to 4 times a week, it is possible to travel from London to Helsinki via Tallinn with Eurolines, with few changes in Dortmund, Riga and Tallinn. In summer there are more connections. Departure is from London Victoria, the bus also stops at Gillingham and Dover. This connection requires overnight stay in Tallinn. Please note that charge for the ferry between Estonia and Finland is not included in the coach fare. The cheapest way to travel to Finland is definitely the coach. If you are on a tight budget, then taking the coach can offer some amazing cost savings.
Whilst offering excellent fares some of these coach companies featured offering a very high quality service - you can expect reclining seats, extra hold luggage, free wifi, sometimes they offer you free tea or coffee and you also have power sockets at each seat.

Go to Eurolines website to see current timetable and prices and book a ticket for an international journey

Discover Finland

There are many interesting places in Finland, but you have to travel a lot to see something interesting ...
Interesting places in Finland are: Rauma, Porvoo, Hamina, in the summer a lot of fun and relaxing moments can be experienced on the islands.
In Turku there is a beautiful cathedral. Helsinki? the capital:)
In addition, I recommend the polar aurora in Rovaniemi in winter.

Useful guides: Lonely Planet Publications

Useful links to coach timetables & fares

How to buy tickets & some helpful information

The Eurolines coach network is an inexpensive way to travel through Europe. Eurolines coaches have different categories, from Standard class to Business class and they go everywhere. You can reserve seats in advance on the internet.

Eurolines operators

Eurolines is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. They serve the majority of European countries, reaching hundreds of destinations across Europe from Ireland to Russia and from Norway to Portugal. Some also serve Turkey and Morocco. Eurolines coaches are comfortable and upscale.
You can reserve a seat online, If your journey begins from the UK, you just go on the Eurolines UK web page, a complete list of operators affiliated in the Eurolines group is available under The Eurolines offices are usually located inside the long distance bus stations, but it can also be a travel agent in the city.

Eurolines & National Express in one booking

National Express has teamed up with Eurolines to bring Europe that little bit closer to you. And you can get there in one easy booking. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Book your international travel through the National Express website.

Trains & airlines from the UK to Finland

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or flight services. If you want to travel from the UK to Finland or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Voyages-sncf website, while good flights between Britain and Finland are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in Europe are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at
Regular European air link services can be checked and booked at Flights connections are available to various destinations in Europe and worldwide.

To Finland by coach & ferry, see current international timetables and fares

London to Helsinki

Departing Coach times valid until 31/10/2016 Returning
160/203 Eurolines service number 203/160
Days of operation
- Period(s) of operation -
Eurolines coach stops
21:30 Dep. LONDON, Victoria Coach Stn Arr. 5:45
22:30 Dep. GILLINGHAM, Hempstead Valley Arr. 4:20
23:25 Dep. DOVER, Eastern Docks Arr. 3:30
Transit via France and Belgium. Arrival on the next day.
10:45© Arr. DUSSELDORF, D, Interchange only Dep.
11:15 Dep. DUSSELDORF, D, Interchange only Arr. ©16:25
Transit via Poland and Lithuania. Arrival on the next day.
17:30© Arr. RIGA, LV, Central Bus Station
Dep. 12:00
18:30 Dep. RIGA, LV, Central Bus Station
Arr. ©11:25
22:50 Arr. TALLINN, EST, Central Bus Station Dep. 7:00
From the bus station in Tallinn passengers must go to the ferry terminal (approx 20 mins walk), from where a regular ferry operates between Tallinn and Helsinki. Travel time approximately 2 h.
7:30,10:30,13:00,13:30,16:30,19:30,22:30 Dep. TALLINN (ferry port), EST, Terminal D Arr. 9:30,12:30,15:30,18:30,21:30,00:30
9:30,12:30,15:00,15:30,18:30,21:30,0:30 Arr. HELSINKI, FI, West Harbour Terminal Dep. 7:30,10:30,13:30,16:30,19:30,22:30

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except....
© = A change of coach is required in Dusseldorf and Riga

Standard fares:

Amendable and refundable

London, Gillingham, and Dover to:
Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return UK to Estonia
£125 £207


£201 £94 £170 Estonia to UK

Flexible fares:

Amendable, refundable available up to two days before departure

London, Gillingham, and Dover to:
Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return UK to Estonia
NARVA, PARNU, TALLINN, TARTU, VALGA £119 £199 £115 £192 £91 £165 Estonia to UK

Advance fares:

Non-Amendable, Non-Refundable but Upgradable. Available up to 14 days before travel. Open Returns aren't available.

London, Gillingham and Dover to:
All customer types BOOK NOW
Single Return UK to Estonia


During peak times all passengers travelling to Estonia must pay a supplement on top of the normal ticket prices.

Age categories: Children: 0-12 years, Youth: 13-25 years, Seniors: 60+ years.

Ferry tickets

Ticket prices for the ferry crossing between Tallinn and Helsinki
The price level depends on the time of day in which you want to travel and the availability of seats.
Price categories are as follows: 24 €, 31 €, 37 €, 43 €.

  • children 0-5 years: free
  • children 6-17 years: -50%
  • return bookings: -15%
  • groups, senior citizens (over 65 years) and students: -10%
  • day cruises: - 25 % / route


How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Helsinki?

Unfortunately you can’t buy a ticket for the entire journey from London to Helsinki. Tickets must be purchased separately for the route from the UK to Tallinn via the Eurolines website and a separately for the ferry crossing between Tallinn and Helsinki via the ferry operator’s booking system. To purchase tickets online you can do it directly at the Europebus’s home page using the journey planner provided. You can also do it on the Eurolines or National Express’ websites. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended. One-way „Standard” travel ticket from London to Tallinn costs £122, Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. Early booking is highly recommended, because the Eurolines’s route between London and Estonia is very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days.
 Passengers with open date return tickets, must confirm/reserve their return journey with a local Eurolines office at least 4 days before the date they wish to travel. Simply phone the Eurolines office in Tallinn: 0372 680 0909

Travelling to Europe from outside London

National Express together with Eurolines offer nationwide connections to London for a simple add-on price of £15 single or return. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Unfortunately, this option is only available for certain Eurolines connections, so if you won’t be able to purchase a ticket with this option, you'll have to buy two separate tickets. One ticket for access into London by National Express, the second ticket for the international Eurolines route from London. 
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The journey from London to Helsinki by Eurolines and Tallink Silja

All Eurolines’ coaches have on-board toilets, reclining seats and air-conditioning as standard.
 Sometimes the coach that picks you up from your departure point has only the final destination displayed on the front windscreen. This is because the majority of Eurolines routes include multiple stops and it would be impractical to display every stop on the front windscreen. Also, you may have booked a journey which requires a change of coach. In both examples, please ask the driver to confirm that his/her coach is going to the destination stated on your ticket. 
Eurolines put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Eurolines coach services to Estonia depart from Victoria Coach Station in London which is located close to Victoria Underground and bus stations. Eurolines coaches arrive at the main bus terminal in Tallinn. After arriving at Tallinn, you will need to use the services of a ferry operator Tallink Silja. Tallink Silja supports connections between Tallin and Helsinki. Travel time approximately 2 hours. This connection requires an overnight stay in Tallinn. If you want to use a hotel or hostel, click here
Coach departs from Tallinn early in the morning, so it’s necessary to leave from Helsinki the day before.

  • Before leaving home for your Eurolines service, check you have packed all documents and items needed for your journey, especially your ticket, passport (sometimes it is enough to travel with ID card) and if your journey requires a special visa to enter or transit.
  • Arrive at the Victoria Coach Station in London at least one hour before the departure time, as check-in proceedings are quite lengthy. Customers need to check-in at the Eurolines check-in office located adjacent to Gate 19. Check-in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure.
  • Your luggage should be marked tags bearing name, address and telephone. Please weigh your luggage at home.
  • Never accept other persons luggage for transport! Should you notice any luggage left unattended, never touch it! Report the fact to the station’s service staff immediately. Never leave your luggage unattended!
  • When approaching the check-in desk, have your passport and ticket ready. This will streamline the procedure.
  • Border control & customs: When going through security check, place all metal items such as keys, watches, belts with large buckles, mobile phones, walkmans, small change etc in the boxes, and place them on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine together with your hand luggage & suitcases. It is advisable to place your overcoats in the boxes. This will streamline and facilitate security control.
  • If needed, remember to take your doctor’s certificates.

Check-In at London Victoria Coach Station

You need to check-in at the Eurolines check-in office located adjacent to Gate 19. Check in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure. You should have your passports and other travel documents ready for inspection at check-in. A boarding card for each customer and luggage labels will be issued and customers will be advised from which gate their coach will leave. Check in time at other UK departure points is 30 minutes before departure. If the office for check-in is already closed, check-in takes place directly on the coach. Buy a ticket online now

Check-In in Estonia (for Finland route)

You must check-in no later than 30 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Check-in closes 15 minutes before departure.
If there’s no office for check-in, then check-in takes place directly on the coach. Services returning to London arrive in Victoria Coach Station’s Arrivals terminal, customers making onward coach connections will need to cross the street to the Departures terminal

Sea crossings

This route involves a sea crossing which, depending on which service you are on, will either by Eurotunnel or by ferry (check timetables for specific information). On arrival at the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal customers will be required to disembark from the coach and pass through both UK and destination country Border Control offices and show their Passports. Normally customers are not required to be accompanied by their luggage, however occasionally Border Control officials do require customers to take their own luggage with them.

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Refreshment stops

Refreshment stops are taken periodically throughout the journey providing the opportunity for refreshment and shipping services used by Eurolines provide a range of shops, restaurants and other facilities.

Carriage of luggage

All Eurolines customers must label their luggage which will be loaded into the hold of the coach and will normally remain there until arrival at the destination or interchange point. The coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.
Each customer has a free luggage allowance of one medium sized suitcase, weighing no more than 20 kilograms and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat. A charge of 5,- € per extra piece of luggage will be made when boarding the coach in Dusseldorf.  Buy a ticket online now

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On our  Accommodation page you can book a hotel room or place in a hostel. This is the online hotel reservation system, easy to use. With this tool you can choose from thousands of hotel offered all over the world. You also save time and money because you do not pay intermediaries.

Travel insurance

The best way to protect against unexpected accidents is to buy travel insurance. In my opinion, so that the journey is stress-free, you should never travel without travel insurance. You can insure only for travel, it’s possible directly on the Eurolines website, during ticket purchase. You can also insure individually with another insurer. This will be the insurance that will apply during the journey and while in a foreign country. The insurance should cover: loss of cash and goods, cancellation of travel and medical treatment abroad. If you travel several times a year and want to save money, you may want to buy an annual insurance policy. Click here to buy insurance.


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