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Common Questions

Is there a ferry connection from Helsinki to Tallinn? 
Yes, many of them. Three companies operate ferries between Helsinki and Tallinn every day.
What is the best ferry between Helsinki and Tallinn? 
We would say that m/s MyStar by Tallink is the best but it depends on customers' preferences.
How long does a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn take? 
A trip takes usually 2 hours and 30 minutes or less. A few big ferries are slower taking 3h 30mins.
How much is a ferry ticket from Helsinki to Tallinn? 
The price varies but a one-way ticket costs usually between 15 to 40 euros. Day cruises may be much cheaper.
Where to book ferry tickets from Helsinki to Tallinn? 
They can be booked on ferry companies' websites but we prefer using Ferryscanner to find all ticket prices at once. You can book a ticket right away after finding a good option.
Where do ferries depart in Helsinki? 
Tallink and Eckerö Line depart from West Harbour and Viking Line from Katajanokka Terminal in South Harbour. Cargo ferries depart from Vuosaari Harbour.
Are Helsinki-Tallinn ferries safe? 
The ferries are operated professionally and they have an excellent safety record.

Helsinki to Tallinn Ferry Guide 2024

Viking XPRS arriving at Helsinki
Viking XPRS is a modern ferry which sails between Helsinki and Tallinn many times a day.

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Tallinn with its special charm is a must-see destination. This Baltic beauty is easily reachable by ferries of several companies from the Port of Helsinki. Read how to book a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn or vice versa.

Tallinn - a Trendy Capital South of Helsinki

Tallinn is less than 2-hour ferry sail away from Helsinki. This Baltic city is known for its Old Town with a compact maze of cobblestone streets, historic buildings, breathtaking vistas and UNESCO status. Tallinn is the capital and largest city in Estonia. Being the capital city, Tallinn serves as the major political, cultural and educational centre of Estonia. Nowadays, the capital city is also a major fishing port, and the commercial and industrial centre of Estonia although Estonia's main strengths are in IT, tourism and logistics.

Tallinn is one of the favourite getaway destinations among Finnish residents and also becoming increasingly popular for international tourists visiting Europe via Finland. In addition to the scheduled ferries between Helsinki and Tallinn, many international cruise ships dock at the Port of Tallinn, especially in the summertime.

Only 2 Hours from Helsinki by Ferry

Tallinn is located on the northern coast of Estonia on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The distance from Helsinki to Tallinn is only 80 kilometres which explains the easy accessibility from the Finnish capital by ferry. Travelling from Helsinki to Tallinn or from Tallinn to Helsinki by modern ferries is not only extremely popular but also practical. Flying between the capitals is also possible but taking a ferry is a much more comfortable and cheaper way of travelling between the cities.

Niko and Ceasar on the deck of a ferry bound to Tallinn from Helsinki
Every season, we find a way to spend great weekends in Tallinn. Especially in the winter, ferry companies have good offers for a day cruise.

Helsinki-Tallinn Ferry Companies

Ferry routes between Helsinki and Tallinn connect Finland and Estonia. They are currently operated by three active ferry companies. Tallink Silja sails between the cities 6 times a day, Viking Line 2-3 times a day and Eckerö Line's connection is available about 5 times. Viking Line and Tallink offer the option to stay overnight on the ferry.

The timetables exhibit slight variations based on the season.

Tallink Silja is an Estonian ferry company. Among the above-mentioned three ferry companies, Tallink Silja has the best and the most modern ferries operating between Helsinki and Tallinn. The ferries are also fast and a sail takes only 2 hours except for m/s Victoria which is slower.

M/s Victoria differs from other ferries by making overnight cruises. On the cruise, you can sleep on the ferry and then visit Tallinn for a few hours before the ferry leaves back to Helsinki. Surprisingly, overnight cruises are often very cheap because cruise ship companies assume that passengers spend on shopping and services on the ferry. The price depends on the cabin class. M/s Victoria is not the newest ferry anymore but it has been renovated giving it a modern look.

The other ferries of Tallink are much faster. m/s MyStar is a brand-new ferry built in 2022 and m/s Megastar a few years older but still modern.

Tallink Silja has departures every two hours during the day so they provide flexible options for passengers. If you are not calculating every single cent, we recommend trying Tallink Silja and especially their newest ferry m/s MyStar. It is the most modern ferry cruising between Helsinki and Tallinn.

M/s MyStar and m/s Megastar operate with natural gas so they are more environmentally friendly compared to the other ferry options.

Tallink Silja has more modern ferries which also equate to more expensive tickets. One-way ticket costs usually about 35 euros while the cheapest Helsinki to Tallinn ticket price is about 20 euros. The most affordable tickets are usually sold for the slowest ferry, m/s Victoria. Consequently, the better and faster ferry you book, the more you need to pay. A return ticket becomes cheaper if you go and come back on the same day.

Be aware that by the many ferry companies' rules, it is prohibited to consume your drinks and food on the ferry. We recommend always availing of the ferries' services. Cheap ferry tickets wouldn't be possible without passengers spending onboard.

Coffee
Tallink Megastar is a huge and modern ferry. It has plenty of places to eat and relax.

Viking Line

Viking Line is a Finnish ferry company which operates normally only one ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. The travel time is 2 and a half hours so the connection is a little slower compared to Tallink Silja. The ferry of Viking Line, Viking XPRS, has connections two times per day from Helsinki to Tallinn. Viking XPRS ferry is not as new as the newest ferries of Tallink Silja but it is still modern and in good condition. In the summertime, Viking Line sometimes operates another and slower ferry on the route Tallinn-Helsinki-Stockholm.

Viking XPRS at Tallinn Harbour
Viking XPRS was built in Finland and it is also operated by a Finnish company.

The price level of Viking Line may be slightly cheaper than Tallink Silja's prices. One way ticket costs about 20 euros. A return ticket costs about the same if you come back on the same day. Otherwise, it will cost more than 40 euros. As with all companies, weekends and the summer season are more expensive times to travel than weekdays and the winter season. For overnight connections, a cabin can be booked.

Viking Line Xprs at South Harbour in Helsinki f
Viking XPRS leaves from the South Harbour which is located in the Helsinki centre. The ferry has 2 departures in a day from Helsinki to Tallinn.

Eckerö Line

Eckerö Line is also a Finnish company from the Åland islands. It operates two ferries between Helsinki and Tallinn: m/s Finlandia and m/s Finbo.

M/s Finlandia travels from Helsinki centre to Tallinn two to three times a day and the travel time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. The ferry concentrates more on the relaxing cruising atmosphere which makes it popular, especially among Finns who just want to relax by having a nice day cruise to Tallinn and back. M/s Finlandia is not the most modern but well-renovated ferry. It is almost the same size as the competitors' ferries and is also able to operate even in extreme weather conditions.

M/s Finbo travels from Vuosaari, which is far from the Helsinki Centre, to Tallinn twice a day. This cargo ship is meant mainly for cargo and passengers travelling in their cars.

One-way ticket to Eckerö Line starts from 24 euros and a trip back is included if you travel during the same day. Otherwise, a return ticket booked for a different day costs more. We recommend Eckerö Line for passengers wanting affordable tickets but still good enough quality.

Services on Onboard

A journey between Helsinki and Tallinn is fast. The sail is so short that you won't have enough time to get bored. However, we still have a few ideas about how to spend your time on a ferry even in a more comfortable way.

Nordic All-Inclusive Buffet

All the ferry operators have restaurants onboard. We recommend trying an all-inclusive buffet that costs about 30 euros per person. The price may sound expensive but it includes starters, salads, warm meals, desserts and drinks. Usually, wine and beer are included. The buffet features Nordic cuisine which includes abundant seafood and meat options.

Grill
On Viking XPRS, you can enjoy a full-inclusive buffet at Grill & Steak restaurant. The buffet is surprisingly affordable compared to other ferries and it includes starters, warm meals, desserts and drinks.

Buffets are quite similar on every ferry except on the cargo ships leaving from Vuosaari. It is wise to pre-book a buffet before the journey. The price will be lower, you'll have a table reservation and you can pass a queue onboard.

RECOMMENDATION
Book ferry tickets with extra services on Ferryscanner.

Tax-Free Shopping

All the ferries have tax-free shops. The shops sell candies, branded clothes, wines and spirits, cigarettes and souvenirs for affordable prices. The price level is lower compared to products being sold in the mainland of Finland.

Karaoke and Troubadours

Even though the cruise time is short, there is some entertainment onboard. For example, you can sing karaoke or listen to local artists. While relaxing, having a drink in a bar is possible. If you prefer entertainment, we recommend taking an overnight cruise so you can spend more time onboard.

Lounges

Passengers who are looking for a more peaceful atmosphere may pay themselves into the lounge premises of the ferries. The lounges are separated areas with comfortable seats and power sockets. In addition, they include catering services.

On m/s Viking XPRS, Coffee & Seat Lounge includes a guaranteed seat and light snacks. The access price is about 12 euros/person.

On Eckerö Line's M/S Finlandia, the Lounge includes free drinks including beer wine and snacks. The access price is about 27-32 euros/person.

On Tallink's ferries, Comfort Lounge includes non-alcoholic drinks and snacks for people travelling in Comfort Class. Better Business Lounge includes also alcoholic drinks and a food buffet. Only M/S MyStar has Platinum Lounge which offers luxury services including champagne but the entrance fee is high.

M/S Megastar Business Lounge Entrance
You can pay yourself into the Business Lounge of Tallink Megastar where you could enjoy complimentary drinks and food.

Remember to book lounge access together with the ferry ticket. Paying the entrance on the spot may cost more.

Comparison of Ferry Companies

Travel Time

Company Fastest Journey Duration
Tallink Silja 2 hours
Viking Line 2h 30mins
Eckerö Line 2h 15 mins

Quality

Company Ferries
Tallink Silja The most modern ferries
Viking Line One modern ferry
Eckerö Line Older but well-renovated ferries

Ticket Prices

Company Price level / Notes
Tallink Silja Slightly more expensive than the competitors
Viking Line Moderate
Eckerö Line Affordable

Are the Helsinki-Tallinn Ferries safe?

The Gulf of Finland is crowded with cargo and passenger boats. It is rational to wonder if the ferries are safe to travel by.

During the long history of Helsinki-Tallinn ferries, there have not been any serious incidents. Ferry companies operate professionally and the traffic on the Gulf of Finland is coordinated. The ferries are equipped with modern technology and they can operate almost in any kind of weather.

We are not worried about their safety ourselves. Like with flying, incidents may still happen and it is good to prepare in advance. On the boat, get familiar with the safety instructions and know where to evacuate if the worst happens.

Ports in Helsinki

Helsinki has multiple passenger harbours.

South Harbour

South Harbour of Helsinki is located just next to the main market square and close to well-known Helsinki Cathedral. Helsinki South Harbour's ferry terminals can be accessed by tram.

Tallink Silja's Stockholm ferries (but not Tallinn ferries!) and Viking Line's Tallinn ferries depart from South Harbour. Tallink's Stockholm ferries leave from the Olympia Terminal and Viking Line ferries from the Katajanokka Terminal. These terminals are opposite to each other and must be reached by different trams. Make sure you are heading to the correct terminal!

Google Maps works well in Helsinki, which is a valuable aid for travellers.

West Harbour

Tallink Silja's Tallinn ferries and Eckerö Line's ferry are using the modern West Harbour. West Harbour is moderately close to the city centre but is not as well-located as South Harbour. Both West Harbour and South Harbour can be reached by tram from the city centre.

Vuosaari Harbour

Eckerö Line operates a cargo ship - m/s Finbo - from the Vuosaari Harbour to Tallinn Muuga Harbour. The Vuosaari Harbour is located in East Helsinki about 10 kilometres from the city centre. Reaching the harbour takes 30 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transport. It is not possible to board this ferry without a vehicle.

If you plan to take your car while cruising to Tallinn, using Vuosaari-Muuga connection is the best option. This way, you can skip driving in the city centre and a ticket for Eckerö Line's m/s Finbo is inexpensive. The price level of services on this ferry is also lower. However, the m/s Finbo ferry is not as new and comfortable as the other ferries departing from West and South Harbours.

Travellers without a car can't board the Tallinn ferry leaving from Vuosaari Harbour.

Ferry Ports in Tallinn

In Tallinn, the situation is simpler. All companies' passenger ferries arrive at the same Passenger Harbour that is about 2 kilometres from the Old Town. There are four terminals in the harbour separated by the letters A, B, C and D. Even though the terminals are close to each other, make sure you are heading directly to the right terminal.

We recommend walking from Tallinn Harbour to the centre. In case you need a taxi, be careful with their pricing. The most expensive taxis tend to come to pick up tourists. Negotiate the price with the driver before boarding or use Uber, Bolt or similar taxi apps on which taxi rates are transparent.

Muuga Cargo Terminal

The cargo ferry of Eckerö Line (m/s Finbo) arrives at the Muuga Terminal a few kilometres from the Tallinn centre. All other ferries arrive at the Tallinn Passenger Harbour which has a perfect location.

Where to Book a Ticket?

Ferry tickets are inexpensive. The cheapest way to travel is to book a day cruise. That means a return trip between Helsinki and Tallinn on the same day. Alternatively, you can buy a one-way trip or a return cruise on separate dates. These options are a little more expensive but still moderately priced. There is constant competition between these three ferry companies which keeps the prices low.

Grill
We recommend pre-booking a buffet before the journey because it's cheaper and to secure your table as the restaurants get easily full during peak seasons.

If you value your time, the fastest way to compare ferry prices and place a booking is to visit Ferryscanner. By doing just a single search query, you get the prices of all available ferry companies on the route. If you are ready to spend more time, visit all companies' websites and look for good deals. This way you may be able to save a few euros but according to our comparison, the difference is small.

Common Questions

Is there a ferry connection from Helsinki to Tallinn? 
Yes, many of them. Three companies operate ferries between Helsinki and Tallinn every day.
What is the best ferry between Helsinki and Tallinn? 
We would say that m/s MyStar by Tallink is the best but it depends on customers' preferences.
How long does a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn take? 
A trip takes usually 2 hours and 30 minutes or less. A few big ferries are slower taking 3h 30mins.
How much is a ferry ticket from Helsinki to Tallinn? 
The price varies but a one-way ticket costs usually between 15 to 40 euros. Day cruises may be much cheaper.
Where to book ferry tickets from Helsinki to Tallinn? 
They can be booked on ferry companies' websites but we prefer using Ferryscanner to find all ticket prices at once. You can book a ticket right away after finding a good option.
Where do ferries depart in Helsinki? 
Tallink and Eckerö Line depart from West Harbour and Viking Line from Katajanokka Terminal in South Harbour. Cargo ferries depart from Vuosaari Harbour.
Are Helsinki-Tallinn ferries safe? 
The ferries are operated professionally and they have an excellent safety record.
The Gulf of Finland after sunset
In summers, enjoying a beautiful sunset on an outer deck is a perfect way to unwind.

Bottom Line

Tallinn and Helsinki are so close to each other that one day is enough to make a rewarding trip on the Baltic Sea by booking a ferry ticket. There are multiple ferry companies to choose from. Budget travellers may take an affordable connection while other travellers sail on the best ferries which have luxurious quality. In any case, the prices are fair.

Tallinn Old Town summer scenery
Every traveller should climb up to Toompea Hill near the Tallinn Old Town where one can see the captivating view of Tallinn.

Have you travelled on a ferry between Helsinki and Tallinn? What were your experiences like, comment below.

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How to Book a Ferry Ticket

Browsing between the offerings of various ferry operators on a single route can be a daunting task. Our suggestion is to use Ferryscanner for an overview of different fares available via one quick search. Remember to follow these crucial steps when booking:

  • Search ferries for your intended route.
  • Select the desired ferry service. Fill and double-check all booking information.
  • Understand the terms for cancellation.
  • Add any additional services you may require. The same service may cost more later.
  • Finalize your booking using a payment card.

Head to Ferryscanner and book your sail.

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