Helsinki, Finland's modern and cosmopolitan capital, offers a wealth of sights, activities, and experiences year-round. Discover its maritime charm, distinctive design and architecture, vibrant food scene, abundant shopping opportunities, and over 3,000 lively events annually. Feel the cultural influences from both the East and West, connect with the friendly locals, and enjoy the slow rhythm of urban Helsinki.
Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West.
The archipelago that surrounds Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises, for example.
Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can be clearly seen in Helsinki. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous.
The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. The city centre has many beautiful parks, and the nearby forests offer an ideal setting for peaceful and quiet walks.
Helsinki’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.
Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors!
Helsinki is a great city to wander around in, and many attractions are located within walking distance from the town centre. But, if you need to rest your legs or maybe don’t have much time, the tram is an excellent option! It will take you around the city in an effective way and you will be able to see many interesting things along your journey.
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The vibrant food culture and the diverse food-related events make Helsinki a fascinating culinary destination. Whether you're interested in fine dining or street food Helsinki is a city for your taste. Try local specialties such as salmon soup with rye bread, Karelia pies or cinnamon buns, enjoy maritime cuisine in idyllic island restaurants in the summer and stop for seasonal delicacies at the traditional market halls and market places.
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A wide range of clubs and bars in Helsinki offers something for everyone in terms of clientele, atmosphere and price. Find the most popular, trendiest and cosiest bars and nightclubs in the city centre as well as in the districts of Kamppi, Punavuori and Kallio.
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Helsinki offers plenty of shopping opportunities year round. Visit Tori Quarters in the historical centre of Helsinki for a variety of charming design boutiques and craft shops. Fans of Finnish design, fashion and interior decoration should head out to the Design District, situated in the heart of Helsinki.
The main shopping streets include Aleksanterinkatu, Mannerheimintie and the streets Pohjois- and Eteläesplanadi around the Esplanade park that feature several famous Finnish brands such as Iittala, Marimekko, Aarikka and Pentik.
Especially for food shopping be sure to also visit the several market squares and cosy market halls of Helsinki, such as the Market Square and the Old Market Hall at the South Harbour, the Hakaniemi indoor market and the Hietalahti Market Hall and Hietalahti Square that during summertime hosts the city's best-known flea market.
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Helsinki offers plenty of choices for accommodation, from inexpensive hostels to luxury hotels. For a full list of accommodation outlets, please see www.myhelsinki.fi
Arriving in Helsinki
Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world.
By plane - Around 200 international flights a day arrive at Helsinki Airport, which is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of the city and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. You can also take a taxi, the Finnair airport bus or the Ring Rail Line train to the Central Railway Station. A taxi to the city centre costs approximately 45 euros.
By train - There are excellent train connections from Helsinki to all major towns in Finland as well as to Lapland. There is also a daily train service to St. Petersburg and Moscow. The Central Railway Station is a landmark unto itself in Helsinki.
By bus - Buses from all around Finland arrive at the central bus station from the largest cities approximately every hour.
By ferry - There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia, Sweden, and Germany. All these ferry companies offer the possibility to take a car with you. There is also a ship connection between Helsinki and St. Petersburg, (no cars permitted).
Hansa Terminal, Vuosaari Harbour
Provianttikatu 5 00980 Helsinki
Katajanokanlaituri 8 00160 Helsinki
West Terminal 1
Tyynenmerenkatu 8 00220 Helsinki
West Terminal 2
Tyynenmerenkatu 14 00180 Helsinki
Eteläranta 7 00130 Helsinki
Olympiaranta 3 00140 Helsinki
Discover Helsinki is an insider's guide to Helsinki, providing comprehensive and up-to-date information for visitors about events, sightseeing and how to get around the city.
Through the Discover Helsinki website and mobile application you can read regularly updated articles for practical tips and interesting information about Helsinki, find public transport and taxi services with ease, as well as obtain exclusive discounts at a wide range of stores and restaurants through the free mobile app.
Address: Itälahdenkatu 22B, 00210, Helsinki
With a single ticket you can hop on trams, buses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Day tickets available for 1 to 7 days allow unlimited travel on public transport. Buy your ticket in advance using the HSL app, from ticket machines or from sales points, including kiosks and several shops https://www.hsl.fi/en/tickets-and-fares/sales-points. NB! Due to the corona virus situation, ticket sales is suspended at HSL service points in Helsinki Central Railway Station and Itäkeskus from 25 November 2020.
HSL area is divided into four zones, designated by the letters A to D, spreading out from the center of Helsinki. Buy a ticket for all the zones you travel through. In zones A, B and C, you always have to buy a ticket for at least two zones (an AB or BC ticket). NB! There are no one-zone tickets for zones A, B and C. An ABC ticket allows you unlimited travel in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa.
When you search for routes and timetables with the Journey Planner, it tells you which ticket you need for your journey. https://www.hsl.fi/en
Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transport. Helsinki Card City includes free public transportation within the the travel zones AB, while the Helsinki Card Region can be used for traveling with the travel zones ABC. Helsinki Card Region can be used for traveling from/to the Helsinki Airport. https://www.helsinkicard.com/
HSL’s Service Point: Central Railway Station Metro Station, Mon–Fri 7.30 am–7 pm, Sat-Sun 9.30 am–5 pm.
Helsinki Region Transport www.hsl.fi/EN
Country code: + 358
Area code: (0)9
Free WiFi in Helsinki
The city of Helsinki offers a free WLAN-service for residents and travelers alike. No passwords or registration required. Just look for "Helsinki City Open WLAN" from the available networks.
Taxis are easy to hail in the city centre except during the busiest periods. Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the centre.
Address: Mannerheimintie 96
Other pharmacies in the city centre:
Yliopiston Apteekki, Mannerheimintie 5, open Mon-Fri 7am-12 midnight and Sat-Sun 8am,-12 midnight
Apteekki Bulevardia, Bulevardi 13, open Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm
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Helsinki is a lively and dynamic city with a fantastic selection of over 3,000 events held each year. The streets, parks and boutiques of Finland’s capital are filled with lively events throughout the frosty winter, the fresh spring, the easygoing summer and the cosy autumn – all the way through to the next New Year. Find out what’s on – something is sure to be happening in Helsinki all through the year!