I'm planning on taking the train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in August. I've found the train that I want on http://www.vr.fi/fi/; however, the only option to buy the ticket is to call a number in Finland. I called on Saturday and found out that the Russian ticket desk was already closed, so called back this morning and spent 15 minutes on hold after getting transferred to the desk. Thinking that they might be poorly staffed for the weekend, I decided that I might as well try again tomorrow. However, was hoping to find a better option than stuck on a long distance hold. The only other option I've found charge a fortune to send the ticket to me, or only sell first class tickets. Has anyone taken this trip before and have any tips on purchasing? Looking at the options, I'm thinking that 2nd class will be comfortable on the Allegro train, but not sure if there may any added benefits benefits to justify first class (maybe a departure lounge or expedited immigration clearance). Any other tips for those that may have done the trip?