By train to Russia

Thanks to the fast Allegro train, St. Petersburg is closer to Lappeenranta than ever before. There are four return connections daily, so a day trip to St. Petersburg can easily become a reality. Travel time from Vainikkala to St. Petersburg is only around 90 minutes.
Passengers must hold a valid visa for entry to Russia. You can apply for one from a travel agent. The passport control and customs checks are carried out on a moving train.
The Tolstoy train runs once a day, from both Helsinki and Moscow. You can get to several destinations by a train, such as Vyborg, St. Petersburg, Tver and Moscow, which are all within easy reach of Lappeenranta. More detailed schedules for planning your trip:

Information about the trains

Travel connections between the city centre and Vainikkala

Connections from the Allegro and Tolstoy trains to and from the centre of Lappeenranta are done by taxis, which can be ordered. The taxis run between Lappeenranta (Travel Centre) – the Vainikkala railway station – Lappeenranta (Travel Centre). The service is based on VR's train timetables. More information about the taxis can be found on the City’s homepage.
Saimaa Travel (Saimaan Matkaverkko Oy) offers its services at the railway station and can help with matters concerning train tickets, city sightseeing, cruises to Vyborg and St. Petersburg and Russian visas.