Moving on in the ‘cruise series‘ to talk about the shorter day trip to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Since the Baltic Sea quite conveniently enables the fast transportation of people and goods between the surrounding countries, these kinds of cruises are pretty cost-efficient and popular amongst the port cities. If you are visiting Helsinki (and have enough time), I would definitely recommend doing at least a quick day trip to the Old Town of Tallinn. My return ticket with the early morning and afternoon boarding cost only 14 euros!
Today I wanted to show you another port of Helsinki; the one you use when travelling to Tallinn mainly. The ‘West Terminal’ (Länsiterminaali T2) is located a bit further from the centre in comparison with the ‘Olympic Terminal‘.
You can still quite conveniently make the trip by foot – and see more Helsinki on your way to the port. For example, you are able to visit the lovely flea market of Hietalahti on the way and make some cool second hand findings to take home with you!
But if you’re heading to spend a long day flaneuring in Tallinn, I completely understand the urge to hop into the public transportation and see the views from the window. Luckily, trams number 6T and 7 (via Central Railway Station) go all the way to the West Terminal: just be sure to get off at the right stop, when the display is saying ‘T2’ (and not ‘T1’).
After hopping off your tram (or other mean transportation) of choice, you’ll find yourself in front of the newly renovated West Terminal!
If you haven’t already done your check-in online in advance, the personnel at the Tallink info desk will assist you. Remember to take into account that, especially if you arrive a bit late, the line at the desk area might be quite long. But usually there is also a lot of staff there to help you so you should be able to make it on board in time!
You may also use the self-check-in kiosks (in the picture above)! After getting your ticket (or already having it printed out at home or sent to your phone), you simply show it at the gates – and off you go to the waiting lobby located in the second floor of the glass building!
These escalators will take you to the official waiting area where you may enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich before the gates are opened and the boarding will begin. I would highly advice you to take your time just chilling at the lobby and let the busier passengers get on board first while you’re still finishing your drink at the balcony.
On the other hand, the early birds who have patiently been waiting in line at the gates, usually get the best places on the boat. In the wintertime and during the weekdays there is usually a lot of space but when I did this trip on a sunny spring Saturday, I really had to circle around a bit in order to find a place to sit…
Above is a picture of the ship called ‘Megastar’ (I don’t know what they’re supposed to be implying with that, though) docked to the terminal building.
And below is an accurate representation of the desperate line of cars trying to get into the boat, working as a ferry as well. I hope it wasn’t sold out and that all of them were able to make it to Tallinn!
What do you think of the Estonian flag below?
Like I mentioned before, I had some difficulties finding an appropriate spot for me to sit around. Luckily I found a relatively warm place from the sun deck area.
On my next post I will show you around the Tallinn Old Town (in two or three parts due to my excessive photography, again)! So stay tuned and feel free to ask any questions or post comments below…