Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town

Image: Kaupo Kalda/ Tallinn City Tourist Office

Day Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn

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If you’re in Helsinki for more than a few days, you can take advantage of the closeness to our neighbour Estonia by planning a day cruise to Tallinn.  Located south of Helsinki across the Baltic Sea, it is a great way to spend a day, either exploring the picturesque medieval old town in Tallinn or simply enjoying a cruise between the two cities.

Explore the Tallinn Old Town

The city of Tallinn and the entire old town is within walking distance from the port. It is one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic towns, with fairytale medieval spires and ancient battlements which have been preserved in nearly intact condition since the 13th century. 

Pastel-coloured buildings and winding cobblestone streets add to its charm, and there is much to appeal to visitors of varying tastes, despite its small size.  Be sure to visit the Kohtuotsa viewing platform, from which you can experience exceptional views (and great photo-ops!) of the city.

How to Get There

Cruise ships such the Viking Line travel daily between Helsinki and Tallinn. The Viking XPRS takes just 2.5 hours port to port and offers an impressively comfortable onboard experience, with a large shopping area, live entertainment and a number of restaurants and cafes.

The Viking Line

Viking Line has collaborated with the Swedish Culinary Team to provide an exciting and delicious buffet experience.  Additionally, an a-la-carte restaurant, deli, pub and cafe ensures no shortage of culinary options while on board.


Cabins are available in premium, seaside and inside options, with allergy-friendly options in each category, and for those not in need of a cabin, there’s plenty of lounge space to relax in.

Practical Info

Always check to ensure that you have the appropriate travel documents before embarking, as visa and ID requirements vary depending on your country.  A valid ID card is sufficient if you are coming from the EU and the Schengen area.

(Image: Julius Konttinen/ City of Helsinki)

Viking Line cruises depart from Katajanokka Harbour, south Helsinki.


Bookings can be made online or through the Viking Line app, as well as at the harbor.


For more information, visit https://www.sales.vikingline.com/my-booking/good-to-know 

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