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Travel between Helsinki, Kouvoula, Por, Turku

Wagga Wagga
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Travel between Helsinki, Kouvoula, Por, Turku

Hi

Need advise on the best way (besides driving) from Helsinki - Kouvola - Pori - Turku and returning to Helsinki. Travel will be from approx 10 June 2013. Are we able to do by ferry?

Thanks

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1. Re: Travel between Helsinki, Kouvoula, Por, Turku

Hmm, Helsinki-Kouvola-Pori...are you sure about Kouvola, that's totally the opposite direction?

No ferries anyway. The best is driving, whcih does not seem to suit you.

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2. Re: Travel between Helsinki, Kouvoula, Por, Turku

Well, the only tricky connection is between Kouvola and Pori. Would be best to take a train back to Helsinki, have a lunch, and then take another train to Pori with one change in Tampere.

Helsinki - Kouvola and Helsinki - Turku direct train connections. Pori - Turku several daily bus connections.

You porbably could take a ferry between Turku and Helsinki with a change in Mariehamn. You would need to spend a couple of hours in Åland Islands and book a cabin coming back from Mariehamn to Helsinki, but not a bad choice if you are on a holiday. Sounds quite nice actually.

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3. Re: Travel between Helsinki, Kouvoula, Por, Turku

If you're going to travel between the places in the given order, then these are the most sensible public transport connections:

Helsinki - Kouvola: train (journey time ca 1:30)

Kouvola - Pori: either a bus (changes in Lahti/Jyväskylä and Tampere, journey time 5:20 - 8 h), or train (changes in Tikkurila, or Tikkurila and Tampere, journey time 4:15 - 5:10 h)

Pori - Turku: bus (either direct or with one change in Huittinen, journey time ca 2:15 - 2:30).

Turku - Helsinki: train or bus (both 2 - 2.5 h)

Timetables and ticket prices:

Buses http://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/

Trains: http://www.vr.fi/en/

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4. Re: Travel between Helsinki, Kouvoula, Por, Turku

Thanks for you replies. Order we do trip is not important, just don't want to back track. Kouvola is a definite as we are catching up with relatives.

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5. Re: Travel between Helsinki, Kouvoula, Por, Turku

You can't really avoid backtracking between Kouvola and the other towns on the western/southwestern coast, unless you travel by bus which will be slower and more expensive than by train. By a rented car you could avoid this problem.

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