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 Helsinki, the modern and cosmopolitan capital of Finland situated on the Baltic Sea, is a city with over half a million residents. Helsinki offers lots to see, do and experience year round. Discover the maritime appeal, unique design and architecture attractions, exciting food culture, great shopping opportunities and over 3,000 lively events held each year. Feel the cultural influences from both the East and West, meet the friendly locals and enjoy the slow rhythm of urban Helsinki. Explore and be inspired:


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Helsingin Sanomat, Hufvudstadsbladet (Hbl), Ilta-Sanomat, Iltalehti
International edition of Finland’s leading daily newspaper:


Department stores and shopping centres are open weekdays 9am-9pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 12noon-6pm (9pm). Smaller shops are usually open weekdays 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm (4pm).




Helsinki Tourist Information
Helsinki railway station, Kaivokatu 1 (VR ticket office)
Tel: +358 9 3101 3300 (Mon-Sat 9-15:30)
Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat-Sun and during public holidays 10-17, and during summer season, 3.6.-15.9., Mon-Fri 9-19 and Sat-Sun 10-17.

The Tourist Information Center at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is open 1.10.-30.4. Mon-Sat 10-18 and Sun 12-18, 2.5.-30.9. Mon-Sun 10-20.


The City

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!

Tours & Activities

Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing

The Beautiful Canal Route

Hop On Hop Off with City Sightseeing

Treetop Adventure Huippu

Half day tour to Porvoo

Helsinki Grand Tour

Bus & Boat combo

Wilderness Canoeing Adventure in Nuuksio National Park

Swimming Stadium

Kumpula outdoor swimming pool

Yrjönkatu swimming hall

Design Walk Helsinki

Day Cruise to Tallinn

Luxurious Baltic Sea Roundtrip Cruise

Helsinki Nature by Fatbike

Helsinki by Kayak

Vuosaari Paddling Center

Eckerö Line Day Cruise to Tallinn

Free Walking Tour

Mental Walk – Guided Tour In Former Psychiatric Hospital

City Center Walking Tour

Escape room Järvenpää

Royal Line Sightseeing Cruise

Royal Line Dinner Cruise

CityTour Hop-On Hop-Off Red Buses

Smuggler´s Dinner Cruise

Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Royal Line Lunch Cruise

Bus & Boat Combination

Helsinki City Pass

Guided tour at Suomenlinna

Guided tour at Vallisaari


One Day in Helsinki

Cannon sloop Diana´s public sailings

Guided Smaku-walk in Porvoo

Berry picking and mushroom hunting in Nuuksio National Park

Flytour Helsinki

Helsinki Card

REDRIB Experience


Foxtrail - Play with the city

Finnish Lakes and Forests

Urban Helsinki Bus Sightseeing

Planmeca Golf Areena Helsinki Oy

One Day In Helsinki

Länsi-Uudenmaan Lumo matkailu oy

Urban Helsinki Bus Sightseeing

Do & See

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.

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

National Museum of Finland

Tori Quarters

Allas Sea Pool


Helsinki City Museum

Kunsthalle Helsinki

Didrichsen Art Museum

Military Museum´s Manege

Submarine Vesikko

Nuuksio National Park

Espoo’s islands and archipelago

Seurasaari Island

Vantaa City Museum

The Finnish Aviation Museum

Temppeliaukio Church

Finlandia Hall


Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius

Helsinki Art Museum HAM

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Ice Park

Haltia The Finnish Nature Centre

Ehrensvärd Museum

Artsi - Vantaa City artmuseum

Lake Tuusula

Flytour Helsinki

Helsinki Archipelago

Galleria Mafka&Alakoski

Theatre Museum

The Finnish Museum of Photography


Linnanmäki Amusement Park

Uspenski Cathedral

Helsinki Zoo

Ateneum Art Museum

SEA LIFE Helsinki

Natural History Museum

Seurasaari Open-Air Museum


Suomenlinna Museum

Museum Card

Hartwall Arena


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. Join the popular food carnival Restaurant Day organised four times a year, try local specialties in HelsinkiMenu restaurants, enjoy maritime cuisine in idyllic island restaurants in the summer and stop for seasonal delicacies at the traditional market halls and market places.

Restaurant NJK

Ravintola Töölönranta

Restaurant Presto

Restaurant Elite

Roster Helsinki


Restaurant Nokka

The Cock

Holiday Bar

Tapahtumatalo Bank

Restaurant Meripaviljonki

Restaurant Juttutupa

Restaurant Graniittilinna

Ravintola Särkänlinna



Kitchen & Table Helsinki

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Restaurant Savotta

Restaurant Saaga

Restaurant Saslik

Restaurant Savu

Summer Restaurant Saari

Summer Restaurant Saaristo

SMAKU Porvoo

Stefan's Steakhouse

Patrona – Urban Mexican Fusion Kitchen

PurPur – Georgian Cuisine

Classic American Diner Citykäytävä

Paasin Kellari


Krog Roba

Bastion Bistro

Sue Ellen

Restaurant Savoy

Restaurant Hieta


Cantina West

Bistro Cumulus

Kulosaaren Casino

Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet/Kuninkaan Kartano and Vanha Viilatehdas

Team Kitchen


Enjoy your cup of coffee in classic cafés in the heart of the city or taste the latest coffee trends in hip neighbourhoods. Choose your own favourite from the diverse cosy cafés that can be found all around Helsinki.

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Café Piper

Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki

City Hall Restaurant

Helsingin kaupungintalon ravintola, restaurant at the City Hall

Good Life Coffee

Cafe Regatta

Café Veranda, Finlandia Hall

Kahvila Sävy

La Torrefazione

Café Carusel

Café Ekberg

Café Esplanad

Karl Fazer Café

Sis. Deli

Café Strindberg

Café Ursula

Bars & Nightlife

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.

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Nightclub Skohan

Hernesaaren Ranta

Brasserie Kämp

Ateljee Bar

Apollo Live Club


Casino Helsinki

Cocktail Lounge A21

Kuudes linja





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.

Design District Helsinki

Lapuan Kankurit Store & Studio

Shopping Centre Galleria Esplanad




Tori Quarters


Iittala Store

Karkkikauppa Sweetheart


Kalevala Jewelry and Lapponia Jewelry Flagship Store


Helsinki offers plenty of choices for accommodation, from inexpensive hostels to luxury hotels. For a full list of accommodation outlets, please see

Hostel Suomenlinna


Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport

Cumulus City Kallio Helsinki

Cumulus City Kaisaniemi Helsinki

Cumulus City Hakaniemi Helsinki

Cumulus City Meilahti Helsinki

Crowne Plaza Helsinki

Hotelli Seurahuone Helsinki

Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre

Holiday Inn Helsinki - West Ruoholahti

Holiday Inn Helsinki-Exhib & Conv Ctr

Hotel Indigo Helsinki - Boulevard

Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Hotel Rantapuisto

Hotel Katajanokka

Rastila Camping Helsinki

Hotel Kämp

Klaus K Hotel

Hotel Haven

Hotel Fabian

Hotel Lilla Roberts

GLO Hotel Kluuvi

GLO Hotel Art

GLO Hotel Sello

GLO Hotel Airport

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Original Sokos Hotel Albert

Original Sokos Hotel Pasila

Scandic Hotels

Tourist Information

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 Helsinki 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 city centre costs approximately 35 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 to 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 the ferry companies offer also possibility to take a car with you.,,,,

Public Transport

With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna – why not to try for instance a sightseeing tour on tram routes 2 and 3. Single tickets must be purchased in advance from ticket machines or sales points. From bus drivers you can buy tickets when entering the bus.

Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days. They can be purchased from ticket machines, from the Tourist Information or from the Helsinki City Transport service point in the Central Railway Station. One day ticket is also sold by the drivers.

Regional tickets allow the holder to travel freely in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. Regional tickets and regional tourist tickets can be purchased eg. from ticket machines.

Some Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) buses and trams offer free wireless internet access. Look for the WLAN sticker on the front window or door of participating buses and trams.

Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city.

Helsinki Region Transport
Journey Planner: Find the quickest route from A to B

Tourist Information

Helsinki Tourist Information
Helsinki railway station, Kaivokatu 1 (VR ticket office)
Tel: +358 9 3101 3300 (Mon-Sat 9-15:30)
Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat-Sun and during public holidays 10-17, and during summer season, 3.6.-15.9., Mon-Fri 9-19 and Sat-Sun 10-17.

Helsinki Region Tourist Information
Helsinki Airport, Terminal 2, Arrival Hall 2
1.10.-30.4. Mon-Sat 10-18 and Sun 12-18, 2.5.-30.9. Mon-Sun 10-20.

During the summer season from June until the end of August, Helsinki Helpers patrol the inner city and cruise harbours, providing tips on interesting sights, events, restaurants, shopping venues and various travel services.


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.

Tel. +358 100 0700 (1,17€/call +0,25€/10 seconds + local call charge)

Airport Taxi Yellow Line
Tel. +358 600 555 555 (1,99 €/call+local call charge). From airport to city centre with special price.

Tel. +358 100 7300 (1,17€/call+0,17€/10 seconds +local call charge)


24-hour service:
Yliopiston Apteekki
Address: Mannerheimintie 96

Other pharmacies in the city centre:
Yliopiston Apteekki, Mannerheimintie 5, open daily 7am-12midnight
Apteekki Bulevardia, Bulevardi 13, open Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm


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Flow Festival takes place in August in Helsinki.


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!

Helsinki Design Week

Elämys Group

Helsinki Christmas Market

Matka Nordic Travel Fair

Flow Festival

Helsinki Festival

Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy

Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair

Lux Helsinki

May Day Celebration

12.6. Helsinki Day

Seurasaari Midsummer Celebration

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival