ST. PETERSBURG – Bus companies Lux Express and Ecolines said on Tuesday they have seen a huge increase in demand for services from St. Petersburg to Tallinn and Helsinki.
According to Lux Express, from July 4 to 18, ticket sales on the St. Petersburg routes increased by 37 percent compared to the previous two weeks.
"In general, almost 100 percent of tickets for the next few days have been sold out. Seats to the Helsinki service have been sold out until the first week of August. Tickets to Tallinn can be bought for next week," the company said.
Currently, Lux Express buses depart from St. Petersburg to Tallinn six times a day, and from St. Petersburg to Helsinki four times a day on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and five times a day on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The press service of Ecolines also said that there were almost no seats left for departures in July. Tickets have been sold out for the next tens days and the company intends to put additional buses into service.
According to information available from the customs office for northwestern Russia, from July 15 to 17, 9,900 people and approximately 3,600 cars from the Russian Federation crossed the Finnish border via crossings located in the Leningrad region, and nearly 9,000 people and over 3,400 cars entered the country.
During the same period, about 8,400 people and over 1,100 cars moved from the Russian Federation to Estonia in the Leningrad region, while about 7,900 people and nearly 1,100 cars entered Russia from Estonia.
On July 15, a decree of the Russian government entered into force which lifted the coronavirus related restrictions on the movement of people across the borders of the Russian Federation.