Helsinki main railway station, designed by Eliel Saarinen (photo © Antartis / dreamstime.com).
From Finland to Norway by train and ferry
Route 51 kicks off with an adventurous journey through recent European history, one that along the way takes in some serenely beautiful landscapes. It is a journey that will at times test the patience of travellers bent on speed, for trains in the Baltic States are slow. We travel south from Helsinki by boat to Estonia, then on by train into Latvia, before continuing by sea from Riga to Stockholm and then on by train to Oslo.
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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.