London to Finland by bus
This is the recommended route, with one easy same-station change in Bialystok
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Travel from London to Finland by coach
Is it possible to travel by coach from London & Britain to Finland? Absolutely, and It’s not difficult to go from the UK to Finland by coach. The coach journey, as well as the purchase of tickets, isn’t complicated. Just read carefully the information below. You can of course consider travelling overland 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 Sindbad and Eurolines Business Class coaches, the second phase is the ferry crossing between Tallinn and Helsinki.
For this trip you will have to use two coach operators and change on the way before you reach Tallinn. The first part of your trip to Helsinki will be with Sindbad-Eurobus bus coampany from London to Bialystok in Poland, and then with Eurolines Business Class from Bialystok to Tallinn. Once you reach Tallinn, take public transport (taxi, bus) or walk to the passenger ferry port - Termainal D, from where you can take regular ferries to Helsinki. The ferries travel time is approximately 2 hours. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to complete the whole journey from London to Tallinn with one service only. The first part of the journey will be performed by Sindbad-Eurobus, the second part will be carried out by Eurolines Lithuania. This requires buying two separate tickets from two different carriers. If you are going to travel from London to Tallinn only one way then you can buy a coach ticket directly from Bialystok to the ferry terminal D in Tallinn via the Infobus booking tool. Unfortunately, it is not possible in the opposite direction.
Passengers using the Sindbad-Eurobus 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. Up to 5 times a week, it is possible to travel from London to Helsinki via Tallinn with Sindbad-Eurobus & Eurolines, with a same station interchane in Bialystok. In summer there are more connections. Departure is from London Victoria, the bus also stops at in Dover and with National Express connecting services 160 cities and towns more. 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 Sindbad-Eurobus & Eurolines booking tool to see current timetable and prices and book a ticket for an international journey
Tallinn to Helsinki by Ferry
The Tallinn Helsinki ferry route connects Estonia with Finland and is currently operated by three ferry companies. Tallink Silja operates their crossing up to 6 times per day, Viking Line 3 times per day & the Eckerö Line service is available up to 3 times per day.
There are a combined 12 sailings available per day on the Tallinn Helsinki crossing between Estonia and Finland and with three ferry companies on offer it is advisable to compare all to make sure you get the best fare at the time that you want to travel. Book your ferry crossing here
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
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- A special coach ticket for those living outside London
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Sindbad-Eurobus is one of the largest Polish companies in the long-distance coach traffic. Sindbad transports a million passengers annually. You can reserve seats in advance on the internet. Sindbad-Eurobus is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. Sindbad-Eurobus coaches are comfortable and upscale. The service from the UK to Poland is supported by a number of carriers: Sindbad, Interbus, Agat, Eurobus and Polonia Transport. Companies which operate the service to Poland have different names but the connection is only one.
You can reserve a seat online, by using a special booking tool provided by Voyager reservation system (click here) or a different booking tool provided by Infobus (click here). Always look for a cheaper price :)
Sindbad-Eurobus & National Express in one booking
National Express has teamed up with Sindbad-Eurobus 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.
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 is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. They serve the majority of European countries. Eurolines coaches are comfortable and upscale. You can reserve a seat online, If your journey begins from Poland, just use special booking tool provided by Voyager reservation system (click here) or a different booking tool provided by Infobus (click here). Always look for a cheaper price :)
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 Voyages-sncf.com
Regular European air link services can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in Europe and worldwide.
To Finland by coach & ferry, see current international timetables and fares
|Departing||Coach times UK to Tallinn valid until 31/10/2018
|SINDBAD No 5
||SINDBAD No 5||▼||Service number||▲||203/160/5||203/160/5|
||▼||Days of operation from UK||▲||▲||▲|
||▼||Period(s) of operation
|15:30||15:30||Dep.||LONDON, UK, Victoria Coach Stn||Arr.||11:00
|16:30||16:30||Dep.||MAIDSTONE, UK, Maidstone Services - Jct 8 M20||Arr.||9:00
||17:00||Dep.||DOVER, Eastern Docks||Arr.||8:30
|TRAIN||TRAIN||▼||CHANNEL CROSSING BY||▲
|Transit via France, Belgium, the Netherlands & Germany. Arrival on the next day in Bialystok Poland
|20:45©||20:45©||Arr.||BIALYSTOK, PL, Biacomex Bus Stn. Boh. Monte Cassino 8
|▼||▼||▼||INTERCHANGE SINDBAD < > EUROLINES||▲||▲||▲|
||▼||Service number||▲||SINDBAD No 5||SINDBAD No 5|
|T,Th, Sa,Su||Fr||▼||Days of operation from/to Bialystok
||23:50||Dep.||BIALYSTOK, PL, Biacomex Bus Stn. Boh. Monte Cassino 8
|Transit via Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Arrival on the next day.|
|16:15||16:15||Arr.||TALLINN, EST, Central Bus Station||Dep.||11:30||11:30|
|From the bus station in Tallinn passengers must go to the ferry terminal (approx 25 mins walk), from where a regular ferry operates between Tallinn and Helsinki. Travel time approximately 2 h.|
|Every 60-120mins||Every 60-120mins||▼||TALLINN (ferry port), EST, Terminal D||▲||▲||▲|
|FERRY||FERRY||▼||BALTIC SEA CROSSING BY||▲||FERRY||FERRY|
|▼||▼||Arr.||HELSINKI, FI, West Harbour Terminal||Dep.||Every 60-120mins||Every 60-120mins|
|▼||▼||▼||Period(s) of operation||▲||1||-|
|▼||▼||▼||Days of operation from Latvia||▲||W||T,Th,Fr,Su|
|▼||▼||▼|| Service number
||▲||EUROLINES 614||EUROLINES 614|
M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except...
1 = Operates 15/12 to 03/01
© = A change of coach is required in Bialystok, Poland
Sindbad-Eurobus and Eurolines combined fares:
||from £100||from £180||from £90||from £160||from £50||from £90|
During peak times all passengers travelling to Tallinn must pay a supplement on top of the normal ticket prices.
Age categories: Children: 0-12 years, Youth: 13-25 years, Seniors: 60+ years.
Ticket prices for the ferry crossing between Tallinn and Helsinki
When buying tickets, you can use two booking platforms - Voyager or Infobus to book one leg from the UK to Bialystok, Poland and from Bialystok to Tallinn, Estonia. Unfortunately, you can not buy a combined ticket, and the prices in the tables are for information purposes only and are estimates.
To buy your connecting ferry ticket please visit the Affery website Ferry operator’s booking system.
How to buy coach tickets via the Voyager booking tool in a few steps
To purchase tickets online you can do it using the journey planner provided (just click the link below). Then fallow the purchase process as shown below. You can purchase ticket with this tool for Sindbad services from the UK to Poland or vice versa and from Poland to Estonia or vice versa.
- Select your country of departure and destination, number of passengers and the type of ticket
- Date of departure and specific destination (choose city or town)
- Course Selection (optional printout schedules)
- Personal data, address, choice of fares and possible discounts
- Acceptance Rules' ticket on-line
- Summary of information entered
- Pay online using a debit or credt card
- Print the ticket
When making a reservation online through the Voyager’s booking tool you can be sure you will get cheapest tickets. Purchased and paid tickets are ready to print directly from a web page. It is also possible to print tickets at a later date, giving a specific GID number, which is generated during the purchase. Book your ticket now
How to buy coach tickets to Poland and Latvia via the Infobus booking tool?
Use the special journey planner form InfoBus, for Sindbad and Eurolines Latvia services. Anyone from any country can buy tickets this way. Do a dry run first to check prices and availability before booking for real.
Open the special journey planner and book from London or other British city to Bialystok, Poland and back looking for the direct coach with 0 changes. The search results will also show cheap savings fares (if they will be available) or standard fares. You pay by debit or credit card and print out your own tickets. Easy! The prices shown are in Euros, EuropeBus recommends registering when it asks you before completing the purchase. Do the same with the Bialystok-Tallinn ticket.
Sindbad's is in cooperation with British National Express, which allows you to reach Bialystok directly from over 160 destinations in Great Britain, after transferring in London. Sindbad supports some places outside of London independently Book your ticket now
All European 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 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. The bus comanies 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. Sindbad-Eurobis services 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 ferry operators. Three different ferry operators support connections between Tallin and Helsinki. Travel time approximately 2 hours. This connection does not require an overnight stay in Tallinn, but if you would like to have a rest and use a hotel or hostel, click here
Coaches towards Bialystok departs from Tallinn in the morning, so it’s necessary to leave from Helsinki the day before or with the earliest ferry.
- Before leaving home for your international 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 Sindbad-Eurobus check-in desk located adjacent to Gate 0 or 1. 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 Sindbad-Eurobus check-in office located adjacent to Gate 0 or 1. 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
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 are taken periodically throughout the journey providing the opportunity for refreshment and shipping services.
Carriage of luggage
All Sindbad-Eurobus 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 Sindbad-Eurobus' customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing together no more than 30 kilograms and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat. With Eurolines Business Class each passenger may carry free of charge two pieces of baggage in the baggage compartment, if the sum of the length, width and height of each piece of baggage is not larger than 150 cm, and weight is not more than 15 kg each and a hand luggage.
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