About Helsinki

As Finland's trendy and diverse capital city, Helsinki offers exquisite culture as well as vivid experiences to visitors. Affordable and extremely welcoming, the city is full of people who are warm to visitors. With wonderful islands and fascinating museums, Finland's capital is a bucket list of destinations. Helsinki is home to lush boulevards and brilliant architectural structures that leave you gaping in awe at the magnificence of it all. The city is surrounded by the vast Baltic Bays, beautiful inlets, and mesmerizing islands. The best part? Helsinki just so happens to be one of the best destinations for any food enthusiast.

Public Transport System

Bus, Ferry, Metro, Local Railway, Tram, Taxi.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: Moderate to High. Efficiency: High.

Mode & Cost of Transports

Single ticket for Adults

  • Via HSL app: 2,20€
  • From a bus: 3,20€
  • From a ticket machine: 2,90€
  • By SMS: 2,90€
  • Tram ticket from a ticket machine: 2,50€
  • Suomenlinna ticket: 12h 5,00€
  • Advance purchase single ticket: 2,90€

Single tickets with Travel Card 

  • Value ticket from vehicle 2,20€ Tram ticket 1,70€

Single Ticket for a child between 7 to 16 years

  • Via HSL app: 1,10€
  • From a bus: 1,60€
  • From a ticket machine: 1,50€
  • Suomenlinna ticket: 12h 2,50€
  • Advance purchase single ticket: 1,50€

Single tickets with Travel Card 2019

  • Value ticket from vehicle: 1,10€

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 1.19
Cup of Coffee USD 4.77
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.19
Rice/Kg USD 2.38
White Bread USD 2.38
Eggs (12) USD 2.38
Combo Meal USD 9.54
Fine Dining USD 40.53
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 2.38
Domestic Beer USD 2.38
Imported Beer USD 3.58
Bottle of Wine USD 14.31
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 8.35
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 2.38
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 3.58
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 1072.98

Do’s:

  • Be polite, as being impolite in any place is not appreciated.
  • Learn a few words in Finnish/Swedish like "Thank you" or "Sorry" to help you converse with locals.
  • Be punctual as it shows respect for the people you are with.
  • Try a Finnish sauna as the Finns are extremely proud of them.
  • Try cafes at Helsinki universities because they serve some delicious and cheap food.
  • Obey the traffic rules of the city.
  • Give up your seat to war veterans and people in need.
  • Try some traditional Finnish cuisine.
  • Respect Finns’ personal spaces and do not get too close if you don’t know a person well enough.
  • Try talking to new people and learn about their culture.

Don’ts:

  • Do not keep your shoes on when visiting a person’s house. Remember to remove them outside.
  • Do not brag. Finns do not like people who brag about their achievements. Be humble.
  • Do not disrespect nature or litter.
  • Do not to discuss the Finnish civil war as it is a sensitive matter.

Night Life

Night Life in Helsinki is exceptionally vibrant and full of life! Many clubs and pubs have amazing entertainment value and attract a ton of people from all walks of life. From classy pubs to live music clubs, the nightlife is something you shouldn't miss. The Tiger nightclub hosts a classy crowd with some brilliant parties organized on a regular basis. It is a place for someone looking to spend time reveling in the luxuries that this club offers to its guests and visitors. If you are someone who loves and appreciates anything that has to do with live music, then Nosturi is the place for you. Nosturi was essentially set up by Helsinki's Live Music Association and has become a part of the culture of this wonderful city. Another important night-life destination is Hotel Torni's bistro bar: Ataljee. this bar gives you an excellent view of the city, serving great food.

Must See

  • National History Museum: Explore the history of Finland at the National History Museum.
  • Hakaniemi Market: A market that is renowned for its seafood. 
  • Old Market Hall: Wonderful place for food enthusiasts to discover brilliant cafes and restaurants.
  • The National Library of Finland: A large library great for exploring all sorts of books.
  • Sea Life: Explore the depths of the water and come face to face with turtles, seahorses, and sharks.
  • The Kamppi Chapel of Silence: Explore this beautiful curved wooden chapel that is soundproof and windowless to experience some peaceful serenity.

Experiences

  • Take part in a guided tour organized by Happy Guide Helsinki.
  • The Helsinki Music Center is an amazing place to explore the music scene of the city.
  • Try the Cinnamon Buns at the Quirky Cafe Regatta.
  • Take a food tour to learn more about the organic food of the city.

Activities

Shopping

Kankurin Tupa
Antique Markets
Kankurin Tupa, Pohjoisesplanadi 35, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Distance From City Center
1.7 km
Itis
Shopping Malls
Itäkatu 1-7, 00930 Helsinki, Finland
Distance From City Center
10.5 km
Kluuvi Shopping Centre
Shopping Malls
Aleksanterinkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Distance From City Center
0.4 km
Kaari
Shopping Malls
Kantelettarentie 1, 00420 Helsinki, Finland
Distance From City Center
14.0 km
Ansa second hand
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Agricolankatu 5, 00530 Helsinki, Finland
Distance From City Center
1.8 km
Itsepalvelukirpputori Punavuoren Patina
Antique Markets
Sepänkatu 11, 00150 Helsinki, Finland
Distance From City Center
2.1 km
Astiaparatiisi ja Paroni Antiikki ja Design
Antique Markets
Fleminginkatu 21, 00500 Helsinki, Finland
Distance From City Center
3.4 km
  • Takana and Marimekko: Wall hangings that are popular across the globe for their vibrant and colorful designs. 
  • Kalevala Jewellery: Made with beautiful and bold shapes, these have a distinct and gorgeous look.
  • Fazer Candies: Fazer is a popular brand worldwide that makes some tasty confectionaries like chocolates, candies, and pastries.
  • Kuksa Drinking Cups: Wooden drinking cups made by people in northern Finland.
  • Finnish Vodka: If you are going to be in Helsinki, you might as well grab a bottle of this drink (as long as you're not underage!).
  • Finnish Licorice: This salty licorice candy is unique to the country of Finland.
  • Lapin Kulta Beers: Though made in Lapland, the beer is also found in Helsinki and dates back to 1873.
  • Iittala Glass: Popular across the world. The Iittala glass is known for its beautiful craftsmanship and wonderful shapes.
  • The Puukko: This Finnish Hunting knife makes for an excellent decorative item and a unique souvenir. 
  • The Lap Hat: Worn by the Sami People, the colorful lap hat happens to be an interesting souvenir and an even better gift.

Official Language

Swedish

Other Language

Finnish, English

Spoken Language

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Currency

Euro (EUR)

Population

1.4 (Millions)

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Weather

Broken Clouds 0.13°C

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TimeZone

15:07 PM (GMT +02:00)

 

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Ambulance

112

 

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Police

112

 

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Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Helsinki Airport - HEL

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Best time to visit

June, July, August, September: The weather in these months is usually pleasant and ideal for visiting the city!

Moderate time to visit

February, March, April, and May: The months from February to May happen to be slightly colder and might not suit people who prefer warmer climates.

Worst time to visit

October, November, December, and January: These months are some of the coldest months in Helsinki. Visiting during these months is not recommended as the weather is extremely cold.

Taxi

Start Tariff: EUR 6.00

1 Km. Tariff: EUR 1.60

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: EUR 47.04

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