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Questions about Helsinki and Estonia

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Hello. A friend of mine is getting married in Helsinki this August (2012) and I am planning a trip for myself around the event. I live in the US. and am not familiar with Finland. I would very much appreciate your help with my questions:

1) I arrive at the Helsinki airport at 8:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning. I am supposed to get my bag and then meet the bride and groom and some other guests in the city center. From there, we will be taken to a summer house for a couple of days. What would be the least expensive way for me to get to the city center from the airport? My friend (the bride) doubts that they would be ready to leave any time before 11:00 a.m., so it sounds like I'll have plenty of time to get to them from the airport.

2) Can I pay for the (airport to the city) transportation with a US credit card? Is there a "best" option to get Euros before leaving the airport (to get the best exchange rate)?

3) As for the hotel, I need a room for 4 nights: Friday thru Monday. I don't want to spend more than $180 per night, and that should include taxes, breakfast and wireless internet. The quality of the breakfast is important to me. I would be taking the train to St. Petersburg after checking out of the hotel, so easy access to the train station is also important. Right now, I'm leaning towards Scandic Marski but I just read a review or two that stated there are some bad rooms at that hotel, so I'm wondering what to do. I've found some weekend rates at the more expensive hotels (Hotel Kamp and Hilton Strand) that do fall within my budget, so one (crazy?) option would be to spend Fri. and Sat. nights in a fancier hotel and then move on to another hotel for the Sun. and Mon. nights. Any comments on these thoughts? Or other suggestions?

4) Some resources suggest that there is more to see in Tallinn (including the attraction(s) outside the city walls) than one could cover in one day. Would you recommend staying there overnight to get a better taste? If so, how many nights would you recommend? Tartu is said to be a must see also (based on some reviews). I am wondering if I should extend my itinerary to include a visit to Tartu as well. In that case, could I do a worthwhile visit there as a day trip from Tallin or would I have to overnight in Tartu?

This is turning out to be a very expensive trip, so all comments and suggestions on how to make the best of it would be very much appreciated!


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