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Travelling to Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki is the capital city and the most populous urban area of Finland. Also called the design capital of the world, Helsinki's design scene is extremely dynamic and has influenced cities globally. It is another booming area with wooden architecture, Byzantine –Russian, Functionalism, neoclassical and neo-Renaissance deeply ingrained in most of the city's eminent structures. Although Helsinki is a metropolitan city, yet its surroundings have a natural feel and give you ample opportunities to enjoy activities like boating, hiking, ice-skiing, ice-skating and ice-fishing on the bays in winters and much more.

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Helsinki Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

You can approach any travel agent for this or you can also use the regular route i.e. purchasing your plane tickets on your own. Tickets can also be booked online through this website. If you are visiting during the peak season, ensure that you have made reservations at your must-eat diners at least two weeks in advance. Interested in boat cruise or cycling tours, book at least a week in advance.

How To Get Around?

Helsinki has numerous means of transport: trains, buses, taxi, boats, bicycles, vehicle hire. Use the one that suits your need and budget. Public transport system of Helsinki (HSL) operates trains, trams and ferries. Helsinki has a single metro line that connects the city to the airport.

What Should I Wear?

The style of the city is stylish yet relaxed. Pack some smart casual clothes for a visit at any time of the year. Summers can be surprisingly warm so carry some short sleeved tops along with shorts and skirts and a few summer dresses. For winters long trousers cardigans or jackets are must for layering. Any winter outfit in Helsinki is incomplete without a Scandinavian parka, mittens, scarf and woolen hat. Carry good footwear with proper grip in case you need to walk on icy grounds. Keep a swimsuit or umbrella handy as it rains unexpectedly.

Helsinki Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best months to visit Helsinki are from mid-June to mid-August i.e. the summer season. Although July marks the starting of the spring and you will find the city in full swing then. At this time of the year, the Finns are most festive and there are a lot of activities to take up. Winters in Helsinki are extremely cold and dark but the hotel and flight rates are extremely cheap at this time.

Currency

Euro

Will I Need a Guide?

If you are visiting Helsinki for the first time it is recommended to take a tour. This way you can cover all the important sites without the fear of getting lost or missing out something.

How To Get There?

Helsinki can be reached by airplane, train, bus or boat. Helsinki-Vaanta airport is the major airport of Finland. This airport connects Helsinki with many International destinations as well as European cities. The airport city rail link connects Helsinki with the airport. Several International ferries link Helsinki with Tallinn, St Peterburg, Stockholm, and several German destinations. Yellow line airport Taxis need to be booked in advance when you plan to leave the city.

Additional Info

n case you plan to visit a number of museums, buy a Helsinki card. The services include free transport within the city and entry into several chief attractions. Do not carry any valuables. The ones you have must be kept in safe deposits boxes in your hotels. In order to avoid getting robbed by pickpockets keep all your cash and cellphones in an inside pocket of your bag.