Moscow and Helsinki will be connected by a high-speed train
According to the Finnish trade minister Ville Skinnari, Russia and Finland were discussing the possible launch of a high-speed train from Moscow to Helsinki.
The train will transport tourists from one capital to another in 6 hours. The Finnish authorities have high hopes for a new type of transport as an instrument for increasing the tourist flow in both destinations. The idea is in extending the Moscow-St. Petersburg high-speed rail line, a draft of which will be presented by 2022.
So, Tui Russia noted a significant increase in sales of GDS tours to Finland in 2019, the demand for such programs increased by 2 times compared to 2018. And the emergence of any new type of communication between countries always positively affects the interest and demand among tourists. “A six-hour travel in a high-speed train is quite comparable with a flight travel,” commented Tatyana Korshunova, the company's senior public relations manager. “And if a train ticket is more profitable than air one, the tourist flow will definitely grow.” The tour operator also added that high-speed communication will be especially relevant for those tourists who have contraindications to use air transportation.