St. Petersburg April 2015

So having gotten past the Worldcon/Eurocon “singularity” that was August, I am back in work.

In an effort to not go crazy after a month off I have begun looking at April 2015. There will be Eastercon and Eurocon.

With Eastercon i will probably just travel for the Con, with a day each side for comfort. This requires no real planning.

With the Eurocon though. Because it is so far from home and i am unlikely to do it again in the next ten to fifteen years I should probably try to get some tourism in. For Travel reasons i am looking at travelling through Helsinki, and then train, as there are no direct flights from Dublin, and the single transfer ones have VERY LONG layovers (8+ hours).

There is one direct flight from Dublin to Helsinki on Mondays and Fridays. so there are two options.

The short option

20/Apr/2015 Fly to Helsinki. Overnight in Helsinki, Plane arrives at 23.50.

21/Apr/2015 possibly short tour with train to st. Petersburg.

22/Apr/2015 Full day in St. Petersburg.

23-26/Apr/2015 Eurocon

27/Apr/2015 Early train back to Helsinki followed by direct flight back to Dublin.

 

The Long option

20/Apr/2015 Fly to Helsinki. Overnight in Helsinki, Plane arrives at 23.50.

21/Apr/2015 Full day in Helsinki

22/Apr/2015 train to St. Petersburg (19.00 is last train, so another day in Helsinki is possible, Though that is 23.30 arrival in St Petersburg, there is a 15.00 train that might be better).

23-26/Apr/2015 Eurocon

27-30/Apr/2015 four Full days in St. Petersburg

01/May/2015 Early train back to Helsinki followed by direct flight back to Dublin.

 

I have a strong preference for Option two, for what i think are obvious reasons.

So some rough costing’s for that option.

Flights Currently: €162

Helsinki Hotel: €150 for the 2 nights (still need to pick a hotel)

Train trip €100 (not able to find a return price so doubling single rate)

Hotel in St. Petersburg €900 (9 nights at ~€100, no breakfast or taxes)

Total Cost: €1,312 though should add another €100 for hotel taxes.

Now if i can get someone to share a room for all of this, then the individual cases are ~€787.

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