Tallinn–Helsinki Ferry Travel

Baltic Sea

The Tallinn–Helsinki ferry route is one of the fastest ferry connections between Estonia and Finland. Three companies, Eckerö Line, Tallink, and Viking Line, offer ferry rides from the Estonian capital to the Finnish capital, presenting more than 70 weekly crossings with transit times from 2 to 7 hours. They have ships for passengers, campers, cars, motorcycles, and trucks.

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Tallinn, located on a bay in north Estonia on the Baltic Sea's Gulf of Finland, is approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Helsinki. The ferry across the Baltic Sea is the most convenient way to travel between the two capitals. Technically, flying is faster (only 30 minutes); and more expensive. Tallinn passenger port is only 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) from the city center. Its terminals A and D for regular ferry lines serve more than 10 million passengers annually.

Observing the endless horizons from the ferry deck, I feel incredible. The ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki was not my first trip on the seas of Europe. I once took a voyage from Riga to Stockholm across the Baltic Sea. Even though it was overnight and I was seasick because of a storm, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Tallink Shuttle Star was the ferry that took me to Helsinki. Though it takes only two hours to cross, there is plenty to do onboard, giving the feel of a long cruise, which I appreciated. Food courts, restaurants, a duty-free shop, arcades, pubs, and cabins for those who want to sleep well all await.

Tallinn Passenger Port Map

Tallinn–Helsinki Ferry Operators

Eckerö Line

Eckerö Line's ferry MS Finlandia crosses between Tallinn and Helsinki in 2 hours and 15 minutes, with multiple departures throughout the day. With a Finnish blue and white color palette, it has six restaurants, two shops, conference facilities, a passenger capacity of 2,000, and a vehicle capacity of 650.

Viking Line

Hundreds of passengers travel between Tallinn and Helsinki on Viking Line's red and white ferries several times daily for leisure, business, and exploration. They combine the luxury of cruise ships with spacious decks to accommodate vehicles, thus satisfying the transportation needs of passengers and cargo traffic.


From Tallinn to Helsinki
On the deck of the Tallink Shuttle Star ferry

Tallink Shuttle Star
Corridor to the cabins of the Tallink Shuttle Star ferry

Estonian shipping company Tallink operates cruise ferries and cargo ships in the Baltic Sea on routes between Estonia and Finland, Estonia and Sweden, Finland and Sweden, Latvia and Sweden. It is the second-largest company in Estonia after Ericsson Estonia. On the Tallinn–Helsinki route, they operate the cruise ferry Silja Europa and the high-speed RoPax ferries Star and Megastar.

Port of Helsinki

The port of Helsinki is Europe's busiest for both freight and passenger traffic. Katajanokka Terminal (Southern Harbour) and West Terminal 2 (West Harbour), well served by trams 4, 5, 6T, and 7 to the central train station, are the service locations for ferries arriving from Tallinn.

Where to Stay in Helsinki and Tallinn

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From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

Book the Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki if you want to enjoy a comfortable 2-hour ferry ride from Tallinn, visit the historical city center of Finland's capital on an easy day trip, and try local food in cozy cafes and restaurants there.

Have you taken a ferry to Helsinki from Tallinn before? Feel free to comment in the section below.

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