How to travel to Baltic Sea region
Travellers can arrive in the destination area by sea, air and land. The main airports are located in the capitals: Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga and many flights also operate between them. It’s also possible to take flights to Copenhagen, Denmark and take the train, bus, or car over the bridge to Malmö, Sweden and continue north from there.
Several ferry routes connect the countries with other interesting destinations. The main ferry ports are Stockholm in Sweden, Helsinki in Finland, Tallinn in Estonia, Riga, Liepaja and Ventspils in Latvia, while local ferries connect the Estonian islands with the mainland. All ferries which travel on the routes Helsinki–Stockholm; Turku–Stockholm and Tallinn–Stockholm make a brief stop in the Åland Islands. There are good international bus services between Riga and Tallinn and regular ferry services between Tallinn and Helsinki.
Finland’s flagship carrier, with its Helsinki hub as a gateway between the Far East and Europe. Direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
Japan airlines www.jal.com
Japan’s top airline, one of the world’s premier carriers.
The national Latvian airline offering cheap flights to over 50 destinations in Europe and beyond from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn.
Nordica (Estonian airline) www.nordica.ee
Air Leap (Swedish airline) www.airleap.se
Norweigan Air Sweden www.norweigan.com
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LUX Express www.luxexpress.eu
Y-Buss (long-distance bus services in Sweden) www.ybuss.se
Härjedalingen (long-distance bus services in Sweden) www.mohlinsexpressbuss.se
X-trafik – regional buses and trains www.xtrafik.se
Tallink Silja Line www.tallinksilja.com
The leading provider of high-quality mini-cruise and passenger transport services in the northern Baltic Sea region.
Helsinki – Tallinn, Helsinki – Stockholm, Riga – Stockholm, Stockholm – Mariehamn, Kappellskär – Mariehamn, Turku – Mariehamn, Turku – Långnäs, Helsinki – Mariehamn, Tallinn – Stockholm.
Viking Line www.vikingline.com
Viking Line is a public limeted company and a market-leading brand in passenger traffic in the northern Baltic Sea.
Helsinki – Tallinn; Helsinki – Stockholm, Stockholm – Mariehamn, Kappellskär – Mariehamn, Turku – Mariehamn, Turku – Långnäs, Helsinki – Mariehamn.
Eckerö Line www.eckeroline.ee; www.eckerolinjen.se
Estonian ferry line and a travel agency providing ferry service via Eckerölinjen and Eckeröline.
Route: Tallinn – Helsinki, Eckerö – Grisslehamn
Archipelago Ferry Lines in Stockholm https://waxholmsbolaget.se/
It is easy to explore Stock-holm’s archipelago, during the summer ferry lines operate between 299 piers, ranging from the northern to the southern archipelago, as well as the inner intermedi-ate archipelago. Information and timetables are available from Waxholmbolaget.
Archipelago Ferry Lines in Åland www.alandstrafiken.ax
Archipelago ferries connect the mainland of Åland with the archipelago municipali-ties and further away to the Finnish mainland. While local ferries are free of charge for passengers who travel with-out a vehicle; bikes, motor-bikes, cars and caravans are chargeable and the cost var-ies according to the route. It is highly recommended to pre-book archipelago ferry journeys well in advance during the summertime especially when travelling with a car, caravan, bike or motorbike.
The Northern line: Osnäs, Gustavs–Brändö–Kumlinge–Hummelvik, Vårdö
The Southern line: Galtby–Kökar–Sottunga–Överö, Föglö–Långnäs
The Transversal line: Snäckö, Kumlinge–Sottunga–Överö, Föglö–Långnäs
Föglö line: Svinö, Lumparland–Degerby, Föglö
Local ferries in Estonia (operate between the islands and mainland Estonia).
Kihnu and other small islands www.veeteed.com:
Vormsi–Rohuküla, Hiiumaa–Saaremaa, Kihnu–Munalaid, Manilaid–Munalaid, Ruhnu–Munalaid, Ruhnu–Pärnu, Ruhnu–Saaremaa, Laaksaare–Piirissaar, Tallinn–Aegna
Hiiumaa, Saaremaa and Muhu islands www.praamid.ee: