Former textile factories in Tampere, Finland (photo © hidden europe).

Route 33: Around the Gulf of Bothnia

From Sweden to St Petersburg

Route introduction

This journey starts in northern Sweden and tracks around the northern edge of the Gulf of Bothnia to reach Finnish territory. On the long journey south, we take in Finland’s three largest provincial cities (Tampere, Oulu and Turku). But there’s more than city streets on this fine trip: you’ll see lakes and forests aplenty and learn a thing or two about Finland’s history.

Countries covered
Sweden Finland Russia

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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes over 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and – brand new for this 16th edition – now also the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.

This brand-new 16th edition of the guide to travelling Europe by Rail was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. With tips on ticketing, fares and accommodation, Europe by Rail has become the definitive guide to exploring Europe by train.
Europe by Rail contains all that's necessary to plan your rail journey through Europe: over 50 route descriptions, a country gazetteer, rail connections, information on Eurail and Interrail passes and more.
The 16th edition of Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. You can get hold of a copy in any good bookshop. Here, we list a few additional places where you can buy the book.