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Preferred ferry service?

By Traveller May 24, 2017
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Preferred ferry service?

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By Criselda Traveller May 24, 2017

Hi all! I'll be visiting Helsinki solo in late June and will be doing an overnight trip in Tallinn. I've been looking at the ferry options (Viking, Tallink Silja, Eckerö Line) between the two ports and just wanted to know... which one do you use the most often, and why? Are the seats more comfortable? Do you find one more peaceful than the other?

Also - since the trip is only 2 hours, I'm not sure if I want to prebook a cabin or seat in the lounge. How early would you suggest I arrive at the port before departure time to nab a decent seat? Thank you in advance for any insight, looking forward to reading them!

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They're all basically the same, Viking usually is cheapest - but don't buy on the English versions, use a desktop computer and go to the Finnish/Swedish site and use Chrome browser to translate, if needed - you'll get a better price.

Seating is more fluid on these ships than on other European ones, as they're laid out in lounges, bars and cafe areas around the ships (except for the catamarans, where rows of seats are the rule).

I would have no idea exactly how early to arrive in order to get the "best seat," the rare times I go anymore, the departure halls are full of eager booze buyers with empty bags, pushing their way to the front... In other words, arrive at least an hour or two early, if you're really eager for the best seat on the ship... I've never had to stand or sit on the floor, despite my late arrivals.
M
Local May 24, 2017
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Thanks so much for your insight, Mark! I just compared the English version to the Finnish and it was a significant difference in price. I'll definitely keep this in mind for when it's time for me to book.
Like you said, it is only 2 hours so personally I always just take the cheapest!
Local May 24, 2017
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Thanks Maria!
Don't get a cabin. Just a lounge seat by the window is fine. It's a short ride. We took Viking FSTR both directions. If you line up 45 minutes before departure time (HKI) or 30 minutes (TAL) you will bebat front of the queue for boarding and can choose a seat. We were on upper level forward, it was fine. Have fun!
A
Traveller July 22, 2017
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Thanks for replying, Andy! It's already been a month since my trip in Helsinki and I'm missing every bit of it. There was absolutely nothing to worry about with seating on the ferry! I did run into a little trouble on my return from Estonia when the winds were too strong and they cancelled my trip on the Viking FSTR, luckily I was able to rebook on the XPRS at an earlier time.
All of them are nice and no huge difference since the trip is so short. You don't need a cabin unless you have a lot of stuff with you.

I normally go to the harbour ~1 hour before. There is not much to do onboard before the ferry departs. If it is a nice weather I recommend you go to the deck to see the views after the departure.
Local May 27, 2017
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We usually use Tallink as the prices are generally good, it leaves from the brand new terminal in Helsinki, which is faster to get on/off, and the ferries are pretty fast. Cabins are not needed for the short trip and these are pretty big ferries, so generally you can always find a seat. Tallink also has the new Megastar ferry, with large shopping areas, if you are into that. If you want to go even faster, Linda Line is an option as well. I agree, reg using Finnish site as they tried to sell more expensive tickets to a friend of mine on the English site.
H
Local May 24, 2017
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Sorry it came twice :D
Local May 24, 2017
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Like you said, it is only two hours, so I just always pick whichever is cheapest. They are all OK.
Local May 24, 2017
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