I’ve never been in Finland and can’t wait to visit this land of thousand lakes.
This time I will focus to the capital city only, mainly for time reasons.
Looking for information on tourist guides and on internet I found
that, as in other large cities, there is a special tourist card.
plan to spend in the
city: 24h, 48h, 72h.
Helsinki Card allows you to travel
on all public transport in the
city for free and without
limits, including the ferry to Suomenlinna [the island-fortress,
located in the
archipelago just a
short distance from the city] and get a price reduction on the bus to and from the airport.
In addition to getting around the city, the Helsinki Card also allows free entrance to many museums, discounts in some restaurants and shops, a free guided city tour by bus or by boat [if you coose to take a second city tour you will instead get a discount].
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Pohjoisesplanadi [ city center ], at the Central Station and Vanta Airport [
Airpro Travel Service 24H – Terminal2 , Arrivals Hall 3].
you must still go to one of these offices to pick up the actual paper, I suggest you to buy it online on Strömma website, the agreed tour operator,
as it will allow you to save a few euro.
activation of the card is done manually by writing date and time of first use on its back.
note: before you get on one of the public transport it is good to have it already
with the card you will also receive a useful guide that will provide you the
details of which museums you can visit for free, where to stop for a snack or a
meal and how to get around the city.
the guide, always updated , you will also find the opening hours of the various
sites of interest: a good way for you to better plan your visit.
exactly what I’m aiming to do before starting the visit: a detailed plan to make the most of these three days
in the city!