Baltic/St. Petersburg, Russia/Oslo route offer shuttle buses into town.
Does (Star) Princess offer shuttles into town at any of the ports?
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It is not offered by Princess but the local port authority had shuttles in Helsinki and Tallin.Are these free of charge?
No they are not free of charge! These are actual excursions from the ship to Stockholm. Stockholm is the only port in which you tender. You are even charged a few buck to take the bus to the train station whichis easily walkable.Thanks for the excellent tip! We already got the Stockholm Card. I'm hoping it will allow me to use it on the train as well.
If you want to take the train to Stockholm, make sure you go to the explorer's lounge and have your whole party going with you there so you can get your tender tickets. If you are on the first or second tender, you will be able to make the 7:37 or 8:07 train to Stockholm. That will put you into Stockholm at around 9am. We got on the first tender, got off the tender, walked along the fence to the train station, and got tickets from the newspaper stand there for 60kr each for a full day transportation pass which is also good for ferry rides within stockholm.
Tip: if you decide to do this, after getting out of the fenced in port area, take a left and follow the sidewalk. Once the sidewalk takes a right turn, keep going straight toward the ferry terminal/boats. The rest of the people will take that right and follow the sidewalk and have to go up a hill and come back down it again but you just follow along on the low road and you will see a small path that leads back to the sidewalk where all the others will eventually be behind you! It just saves you from having to walk up and back down the little hill.
Re: Helsinki. Is the same bus #16 that takes you into town, take you right back into the pier? I guess we could buy the bus ticket on the bus with the euros? Thanks.Yes, the #16 bus from the pier will leave you next to the Swedish theatre (where the shuttlle buses also go), and you can go back to the pier from across the street.
Regarding Transportation:Hi, thanks for the description. I have a couple questions regarding your post.
At Nynashamn, Star Princess social staff will have a table set up in the Explorer's lounge at around 6:30 am and your entire party must be there to get the tender ticket. They ask and only handed out the tickets one at a time to verify your party is all together. Then, you couldn't leave the lounge and they warned that anyone leaving the lounge need to give up their tender ticket. Within 15 minutes or so, they were passing out Tender #4 tickets. However, they called Tender #1 and #2 together for the first launches. One of the social staff walked the first group down to the gangway and within minutes, we were in the port area. You must have a tender ticket to get on the tenders (just showing up at the gangway without a tender ticket will not get you on the tenders).
Once off the tender, we saw a big yellow bus (like school bus) with a sign on the window "To the Train". We made a bee-line for the bus and the driver took $4 USD per person for the drive to the train station. This bus filled very quickly and we were off to the train station. This yellow bus is not a Princess shuttle but either a local or private individual operating it. There are two train stops in Nynashamn, and I think he drove the bus to the second station (end station is called Nynashamn (central terminal) and the second to last station is called Nynashamn). We had bought Stockholm cards earlier and just hopped on the train directly. My sister didn't have a ticket and went into the nearby store to purchase her ticket. She bought the 24 hours transport ticket (about $10 USD). The train conductor only sells one-way tickets. Our train left the station at 7:37 am.
This train DIDN'T go directly to Stockholm. We had to get off at the stop - Vasterhaninge. Walk off our train and into the other waiting train on the same platform on the other side. Not difficult but it did make us a little nervous and I asked the train conductor twice which station to get off for the transfer into Stockholm.
The Stockholm train station is pretty big with many exits. We sort of followed the masses out and asked for directions. We found ourselves on Klarabergsgatan Street. We caught our bus #47 to the Vasa Museum on this street directly across from the Ahlens Department Store (a short walk from the train station).
We came back the same way to Nynashamn. We were sort of concerned about which train stop to get off at Nynashamn because the local train sometimes ended at the Nynashamn stop and NOT go further to the Nynashamn central terminal stop. I think the Nynashamn central terminal stop is located closer to the dock where the tender drops off the The train staff who was checking tickets asked the conductor and told us that our train will go all the way to the Nynashamn central terminal stop. What should we do? Get off and walk if the yellow bus wasn't there. At the Nynashamn train stop, we poke our heads out and saw that big empty yellow bus with a sign "To the Harbor". We hopped off the train and paid the driver another $4 per person for the ride back to the dock. The bus dropped us off right at the end of the tender line. This train ride was pretty easy, and you can ask for help since everyone speaks very good English.
Surprisingly, the Vasa Museum was opened at 8:00 am and not very crowded yet when we arrived around 9:10 am. Shortly after, the Princess bus tours and other tours arrived at the Museum.
Hope this helps others for next year's Star Princess trip.
Sorry for the confusion. But both ways, we had to do the transfer at Vasterhaninge.Thanks so much for clearing it up. Did you also remember if the train split on the way home?
Plus, the yellow shuttle bus dropped us off at Nynashamn stop in the morning and we got off at the same train stop coming back and the same yellow bus was parked very close to the train platform. We never saw the Nynashamn Central Terminal and so only suspect that this central terminal stop may be closer to the dock vs. the train stop that the shuttle driver took us to.
Maybe others who have walked to the train station from the tenders can provide you with further details.
Is there any main attraction that is only accessible via the ferry?When we did the Baltic cruise on Star Princess last year we took the Hop on Hop Off Bus in Helsinki. This was waiting right by the dock and we purchased a combined ticket for the bus and a boat cruise which cost us Euros29 each and was good value for money. We stopped of first at the Market Place and wandered around there (very interesting) until it was time to take the cruise around the islands. We then picked up the Open Top Tour Bus and got on and off at the various places of interest en route.
Re: Helsinki. Is the same bus #16 that takes you into town, take you right back into the pier? I guess we could buy the bus ticket on the bus with the euros? Thanks.