The Allegro is a high-speed train connection between Helsinki and Saint Petersburg . It is operated by the Russian-Finnish company Karelian Trains, a joint subsidiary of Russian Railways RŽD and Finnish State Railways VR . The trains reach a top speed of 220 km / h. The travel time between the two cities was reduced from six to three and a half hours. Regular traffic between Helsinki and St. Petersburg began on December 12, 2010. The Allegro replaced the Sibelius and Repin trains that had previously operated on this route . Class Sm6 multiple units are used . They are based on Pendolino technology and correspond to the units of the series ( Sm3 ) used in Finnish inland traffic with two-system equipment for operation with a contact wire voltage of 25 and 3 kV.
Trains stop in Vyborg , Vainikkala , Kouvola , Lahti and Tikkurila between St. Petersburg and Helsinki . Another traffic stop was in Pasila until March 27, 2016 . The trains can only be used in cross-border traffic and are closed for domestic traffic in both countries.
The restaurant is closed between the border stations Vainikkala (Finland) and Vyborg (Russia).
Since the start of operations, border controls have only taken place on the moving train, which has shortened travel times considerably.