The Finnish national football team will travel to Russia by train. The Finnish national football team will go to St. Petersburg for two group games of Euro 2020 (the official name of the tournament), not by plane, but by train.

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Finnish state railway operator VR has officially announced that it will not reopen passenger traffic with Russia during the European Football Championship. The reason is the situation associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the restrictions, VR is preparing – as an exception – to transport the Finnish national team from Helsinki to St. Petersburg on a special train. The carrier has already applied to the authorities of the Russian Federation for a permit to enter Russia.

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In St. Petersburg, the Finnish team will play on June 16 with Russia and June 21 with Belgium. However, the Finnish government recommends avoiding travel to Russia. The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare also encouraged fans to watch games at home, including the opening match for the Finnish national team, in which the Finnish team will face Denmark on 12 June in Copenhagen.

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The distance from Helsinki to St. Petersburg is 390 kilometers, and the journey on the Finnish high-speed train “Allegro” will take 3.5 hours. The route was first launched on December 12, 2010. Trains can reach speeds of up to 220 km / h on the route. Operation of the Allegro train is a joint project of the Finnish VR Group and Russian Railways. The vehicles are designed in such a way that the “Allegro” design allows, during the passage of the train, to change from one track to another without reducing the speed.

Finland has recently begun designing a new high-speed line from Helsinki to Turku. The investment will be co-financed from EU funds.

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