You haven’t been to Finland yet and now you’re planning your first trip to the Finnish capital, Helsinki? That’s a great decision! Tervetuloa!, which mean welcome in our beautiful language :).
Even though Helsinki is a capital, it is a very compact city. It’s easy to navigate in and very welcoming for his guests. Most of the sights are situated near the center, so even if you have only one day(better more of course) trip it’s good time to get to know Helsinki a bit.
We bet that you already have some “To Do in Helsinki ” list. But if not, or you’re still thinking about it, we’ll try to help you with some advises.
Our advice’s to Helsinki
1) Let’s start from airport. It’s very convenient to get from there to the city center – just take a train. It only costs 5 euros straight from both terminals and in about 30 minutes you will be in Helsinki central railway station. If you are a fan of Jugend architecture style, then you already could start to admire creation of Eliel Saarinen – The central railway station.
2) Generally Helsinki has a very good system of public transport, which nicely covers all of the capital region. All transport goes according to schedule and it is easy to plan your journey by using www.reittiopas.com. Just add your destination in and it will show you a way to get there.
3) It’s possible to buy tickets in special machines and from R-Kiosk varying from 80 minutes to 1 week. Bus drivers are also selling one time tickets, but you can only pay with cash and they’re not very happy with bigger than 20euro bills. Helsinki area ticket for 80 minutes costs 3,20 euros. If you plan travel a lot during day better to buy day ticket and other nice things – it also valid like a ferry ticket for Suomenlinna. (You need to use dock, which marked HSL)
You also could download mobile application “HSL Mobiililippu” and pay with your phone. Application has english language as well.
4) We don’t expect that you speak our language :). In Helsinki and all around Finland you can easily communicate using English everywhere – in hotels, shops, restaurants etc. If you have some questions, do not hesitate to ask someone on the street. Finns are generally friendly, regardless what you’ve heard of us :).
5) We are using euros. If you need to exchange, you maybe better do it at the airport. We do not have a lot of money exchange points. There are some in the center as well but are not so widely advertised. They might charge you some commission for the exchange. In case you forgot to change or to take cash with you, there are lots of ATM:n on the street, colored bright yellow. Credit/Debit cards can also be safely used everywhere, even if you just wanna pay for a 15 cents candy.