[quote name='v1atlantis wrote:
Calling all Finns on the board. How difficult is it to travel via rented car from Helsinki to St. Petersburg? Train is >5 hrs from the schedules I've seen. I'm looking on several websites and I know that I need entry visa and proper auto documentation which I'd assume to get from the car agency. Also required is a "foreign drivers license" that I can get online. (Sounds dumb, but okay). What has been your experience, assuming y'all drive over the Russian border.
EDIT: Looks like we may settle for a day trip to Vyborg, Russia (2 hrs away) instead of St. Petersburg (which would require a sleepover...not driving at night).
If i was you, i would go to St. Petersburg. Much more to see and the city is more "Russian". One day might be a little short trip to take to Pietari though. Vyborg looks like a Finnish town that has been left to rot. Actually Vyborg is a Finnish town. Not very desirable place these days. Russian are finally starting to show some effort in reconstructing the city, but it still has many buildings that are in the same condition as they were after the continuation war. That is mainly because when there was the soviet rule in Russia , there was no interest or money to reconstruct some town other than Moscow. But i have to say again , if you go , go to Pietari. And if you go to Russia... dont take a rental car. Train is much better way to get there. I would do what v1atlantis suggested, take the train to St.Petersburg less hassle at the border and there's not much to see in Vyborg in my opinion.
Never been to St.Petersburg but it has a lot of cultural sightseeing options like the Royal Palace and as atlantis said a 1 day trip might be bit short to see&experience everything in St.Petersburg.