TALLINN – Estonian bus operator Lux Express will launch night-time departures on the Tallinn-St. Petersburg route from Sept. 2, night buses will initially depart three times per week in both directions.
The new night-time route will depart from Tallinn at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and from St. Petersburg at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The trip lasts seven hours and includes stops in Mustakivi in Tallinn and Narva, the bus operator said.
"When we reopened the Tallinn-St. Petersburg route after a break of more than a year due to the coronavirus, we received feedback from many people who move between the two cities for business. They signaled that a night trip that departs from one city late in the evening and arrives in the other in the morning would be more convenient for them and would save them time," Rait Remmel, head of international business at Lux Express, said. He added that should demand continue to grow, the bus company would run night buses every night.
After the addition of night trips, the company will make a total of 34 trips a week with its buses on the Tallinn-St. Petersburg route. On average, the occupancy rate of the departures on the route is 70 percent, but weekend departures are often sold out.
Ticket prices for the Tallinn-St. Petersburg route start at 13 euros. Similar to Estonia's domestic routes, there is a 26 percent discount for young people up to 26 years of age.
Lux Express also reminds passengers that due to the existing restrictions, travel to Russia must be justified.