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Helsinki

Finland’s capital takes explorers in with its coastal air, artistic monuments, and modern architecture.

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Our most recommended things to do in Helsinki

  • Helsinki Card City

    1. Helsinki Card City

    Discover Helsinki the easy and economical way! The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card you can save time, money, and energy. The Helsinki Card gives you free entry to the city’s main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. You can choose 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity.

    All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card:

    All year round:

    Free Panorama Sightseeing by bus (back in 2022) 

    • Free entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like SeaLife, Ateneum, Kiasma, Amos Rex, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland and much more  • Free ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour • Free travel on public transport within He...

    Used the pass for the metro, the museums and for dining. It enabled me to get the most from my short visit.

  • From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Helsinki

    2. From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Helsinki

    Don't miss the opportunity to explore beautiful Helsinki, one of the most liveable cities in Europe. Helsinki lies across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn: an easy day trip by ferry to stroll around Helsinki’s historical city center and to try local food in cozy nice cafes and restaurants. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy seven hours to explore Helsinki independently. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 10-minute tram ride from the West Harbor Terminal to the city center of Helsinki. Depending on the chosen departure times you will have up to 10 hours to explore the city. Choose to upgrade to comfort class or the business lounge at booking. Wit...

    Very easy to redeem the ticket, very easy to find the gate. And the ship is incredibly huge! And so comfortable! Just one remark: the ship departed 15 minutes BEFORE the expected time. So be aware to be at least 30 minutes in advance otherwise you will miss he ferry!!

  • Nuuksio National Park: Half-Day Trip from Helsinki

    3. Nuuksio National Park: Half-Day Trip from Helsinki

    If you’re planning a visit to Helsinki, be sure to include a half day for a trip to Nuuksio National Park, located within the boundaries of greater Helsinki. It takes about an hour and a half by public transportation to reach the park from the city center. You’ll be met in the center of Helsinki, and travel by commuter train to Espoo center and then take a local bus to the park entrance. The park is ranked among the top 10 nature attractions in Finland and is a must-see. To get the most from your visit, it’s best to let an experienced guide and professional naturalist lead the way. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the tall coniferous or mixed forest, with trees growing around enormous primeval rocks, in an area that’s rich with mosses and ferns. You’ll come across numerous small forest lakes, and you can stop to enjoy a swim. The forest is inhabited by various animals, including such rare ...

    Nuuksio Park was a very nice natur trip. The guide was on time. He was very friendly and helpfull. We took together the tickets at the central station and went to the Park. Also he explains a lot about the nature, during the trip ... I enjoy a lot! Thanks

  • Helsinki: Private Tour with a Local Guide

    4. Helsinki: Private Tour with a Local Guide

    Explore Helsinki with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and hints that will help you make the most of your trip. Choose from 2-6 hour private tour options. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and shop, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to thoroughly enjoy your stay.

    I had a quick tour of the city and she was incredibly informative about the history, the architecture and the people of Estonia. I was able to take all the pictures that I wanted but leave us time to MoveOn and see all the highlights of the city. I even told her a very specific type of souvenir I was looking for and she found the exact shop and gave us time to quickly browse for what I needed. Would highly recommend this tour again for how helpful and smooth the fairy pick up and handoff to the Estonian guide went

  • Helsinki: Tram Tour

    5. Helsinki: Tram Tour

    Enjoy a tour of Helsinki on its famous trams with an expert guide. Discover lesser-known parts of the city like a local as you use its extensive public tram system, which has been in operation since 1891. Explore 7 different neighborhoods of Helsinki including Katajanokka, Eira, Ullanlinna, and Töölö. Enjoy a relaxed tour and discover points of interest that you may not find in standard tour itineraries. Visit the charming urban park of Kaivopuisto, see the Sibelius Monument, and discover the beautiful architecture of Luotsikatu. Uncover beaches, trendy cafes, flea markets, great viewpoints, and other hidden gems. Keep your day ticket for public transportation which is valid for 24 hours so you can explore even more of the city.

  • From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

    6. From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

    Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, lies across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki: an easy day trip by ferry for those keen to experience its medieval charms. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy up to 10 hours to explore independently. Delve into Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and enjoy the museums, shops, and restaurants. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 20-minute walk from the Tallinn D-terminal to the old town, or you can take a taxi from the terminal building. You can also visit different museums like the KUMU art museum or the baroque architecture of the Kadriorg Palace. Depending on the chosen departures you will have up to 10 hours to explore ...

    Ferry was punctual and with a good mix of options on board that included a nice cafeteria, and a shopping zone.

  • Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

    7. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

    Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your PhD student and professional city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the 20th century. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why Helsinkians picnic at gravesites, which statue is most discriminated against by seagulls, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, La...

    Our guide Emek was very friendly and experienced. Tour was done at a leisurely pace. Could ask a lot of questions including ones not directly connected with the tour itself. Emek was very helpful.

  • Helsinki: Private Transfer To/From Helsinki Airport

    8. Helsinki: Private Transfer To/From Helsinki Airport

    Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki city center.  Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall and track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Get help to load your luggage into the sedan or minivan depending on your group size. The journey between the airport and the city center is only 30 minutes, the driver will drive you to the right place surely and safely with the best possible route and quickest timing. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards. You are also welcome to ask your driver for any advice in regards to your stay in Helsinki.

  • Helsinki Card Region

    9. Helsinki Card Region

    Discover Helsinki in an easy and economical way. The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card Region, you will save time, money, and energy. It gives you free entry to the city's main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. You can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity.

    All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card:

    All year round:

    Free Panorama Sightseeing by bus (back in 2022)

    • Free entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like SeaLife, Ateneum, Kiasma, Amos Rex, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, and much more. • Free ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour • Free entry to the Finnish Nature Centre...

  • Porvoo: 5-Hour Town Tour from Helsinki

    10. Porvoo: 5-Hour Town Tour from Helsinki

    Dating from the 14th century, Porvoo is one of Finland’s oldest towns. With its wooden houses and cobbled streets, it has preserved the spirit of medieval times. Porvoo’s natural setting makes the town particularly attractive, and includes a winding river, hills with centuries-old pines, and primeval rocks. Admire the mosaic of colorful houses along the river bank and hill slopes. Just 50 kilometers from Helsinki and connected by regular bus service, Porvoo can be reached in less than an hour. The guide will meet you in Helsinki center to travel with you by bus on this 5-hour excursion. When you arrive in Porvoo you’ll take the most interesting and picturesque route to see the major sights and to get the best overview of the town. During the tour you’ll have an opportunity to stop for coffee, tea, or lunch in one of the town's charming cafés or restaurants, and to visit the shops of l...

    Everything was relaxed. No rush to blow through the town. Porvoo was beautiful , and my guide was very knowledgeable!

Frequently asked questions about Helsinki

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there

    Flights to the city land at Helsinki Airport, which is half an hour's drive into the city center. Car hire is available at the airport and for the best prices, book and pay in advance. Trains leave the airport for the city every ten minutes, while the 620 bus offers an even cheaper option, but takes a little longer to arrive - perfect for backpackers.

  • What to do after dark

    The nightlife in Helsinki is vibrant and varied, with many bars, restaurants and nightclubs on offer. There is also a growing gay scene, a popular rock and metal scene and a wealth of live music to experience. Check local listings to see what's happening when you visit.

Good to know

  • Language
    Finnish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +358
  • Best time to visit
    May, June and September are the best months to visit, because the days are longer, the outdoor markets are open, the city is in bloom, and you'll avoid the higher prices, driven up by the tourists visiting during July and August, the peak months.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,439 reviews

I had a quick tour of the city and she was incredibly informative about the history, the architecture and the people of Estonia. I was able to take all the pictures that I wanted but leave us time to MoveOn and see all the highlights of the city. I even told her a very specific type of souvenir I was looking for and she found the exact shop and gave us time to quickly browse for what I needed. Would highly recommend this tour again for how helpful and smooth the fairy pick up and handoff to the Estonian guide went

Nuuksio Park was a very nice natur trip. The guide was on time. He was very friendly and helpfull. We took together the tickets at the central station and went to the Park. Also he explains a lot about the nature, during the trip ... I enjoy a lot! Thanks

really good journey, interesting information, the 90 min duration is just perfect for getting the picture about the islands and the Helsinki seaside area

It was a great mixture of a thrilling boat trip and history of the city. If you’re comfortable on the water you’ll have a great time.

Everything was relaxed. No rush to blow through the town. Porvoo was beautiful , and my guide was very knowledgeable!