About Helsinki

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. Helsinki is a modern, compact city easily explored on foot and located between the East and the West.

The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands and many of the islands can be reached by a regular ferry from early morning until late at night. The fortress of Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular sights. It is only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki Market Square.

Helsinki facts

  • Centre of Finland’s administrative, educational and cultural life
  • Finance and business centre of Finland
  • Founded in 1550, capital since 1812
  • Population 650,000 (1,4 million in the metropolitan area)
  • Universities: Five large institutes of higher education and research


By air: Direct flights from over 130 destinations, 60 airlines operating.

By train: Daily service from St. Petersburg, travel time 3.5 hours.

By sea: Ferry services from Estonia, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Russia.

Learn more

Helsinki Tourist Information:

The Official Travel Guide of Finland:

Getting around

Helsinki is a compact city to explore on foot, as most of the sights and hotels are within convenient walking distance of the city centre. There are also maps available with recommended walking routes.

City bikes

There are 1400 bikes and 140 bike stations in Helsinki available from May to October. Registration and further information including prices: www.hsl.fi/en/citybikes.

For pure pleasure, Helsinki has much to recommend it. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles to the city.

Public transportation

Helsinki has a well working public transport system consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway and ferry services. The public transport system is comfortable and reliable. For tickets to public transport, you can use the HSL Mobile ticket app to buy single tickets or day tickets. Tickets are also sold in selected parking ticket machines within the city centre.

Helsinki Region Transport provides public transport services (bus, tram, metro). Please check the HSL Journey Planner for detailed route instructions. You can search for routes based on street addresses, places or significant buildings, for example the Finlandia Hall.


Trams are the main mode of public transport in the inner city. Tram tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine (~2.80 €). Trams 4 and 10 stop on Mannerheimintie in front of Finlandia Hall (National Museum stop/”Kansallismuseo”).


The metro line in Helsinki stretches from Ruoholahti to Vuosaari via the city centre. Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine (~2.80 €).

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