These city bikes have been gone for a couple of years, but don't worry! The city has decided to take them back and they will be back this year! It's definitely worth to rent a bicycle in Helsinki and bicycle around in downtown! It's not expensive, it's better for the environment and it's healthy for you and give you a unique chanse to see Helsinki in your own pace. Enjoy!
If you don't want to walk around the city, you could lend a Citybike in the summer. There are 26 stands in the centre of Helsinki from where you can get a Citybike for your own use by paying a deposit of 2 €.
You should put a coin in the coin slot. After you have finished cycling, you can return the bike to any Citybike Stand. When returning your bike you just remove the coin from the coin slot.
Check the following link:
You can see all rental prices from the pages but for example 3-speed bike for a day is 25€ and for a week 75 €.
Place is quite near to the railway station(walking distance).
This from the Helsinki City site:
"Intended for common use, a citybike is a practical way to get around town during summertime. There are 26 stands in the centre of Helsinki from where you can get a Citybike for your own use by paying a deposit of 2 Euro. After you have finished cycling, please return the bike to any City-bike Stand to await the next person needing a bike."
Helsinki can be explored by free City Bikes. This system exists since June 2000. About 300 City Bikes are available from 26 stands all over the town. The bikes have a locking mechanism which can be unlocked by a 2 Euro coin as a deposit.
The bikes have solid tires, only one gear and a map attached to the front which shows the boundary that the City Bike must remain inside.
There are maybe hundreds of them, offered for free (ok, there is a deposit of 2 euros, but it's returned when you bring the bike back to one of the parking points), each one having a map).
And to use them is really easy, as there are lot of bycicle lanes.
A convenient way to explore the city centre.
Helsinki City Transportation offers city bikes to tourists and locals.
In the city there are 25 bike stands where you can take one of the green bikes at any time for a ride through Helsinki for free.
You just have to insert a 2 Euro coin, which will be given back to you after returning your bike to another stand.
One of these bike stands is located at the railway station, another one you can find near the harbour. All of the stands are in downtown Helsinki as the bikes are meant to be used in the city centre only.
The bicycles are there for everyone to use. You can borrow one, use it for a ride and leave it at your destination.
The bikes are provided by Helsingin kaupunki, and that's why they're called citybikes. They're here, I saw one on May 17, 2003..
Getting around in Helsinki has become easier as last summer there appeared new citybikes. There's about 300 of these colorful bikes around the city. There's a 2E collateral. You put the coin, and you can use the bike, when you return it to one of the stands you get your 2E back.
Citybike is a practical way to get around town. There are 25 stands in the centre of Helsinki from where you can get a Citybike for your own use by paying a deposit of FIM 10. After you have finished cycling, you can return the bike to any City-bike Stand to await the next person needing a bike.
Facilities for cycling are very good in Helsinki and getting better all the time. Visitors need not be stuck for a bike, either, because there are several places that rent them out. A spin along one of the seaside roads in a refreshing summer breeze is an experience to be remembered. And of course a bike extends your range a good deal further than you could get on foot and puts far more of the city’s recreational areas within your reach.
The City Tourist Office will be glad to give you cycleway maps and other information about cycling in Helsinki
Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau
Pohjoisesplanadi 19, FIN-00100 Helsinki
Walking! Helsinki is not that big city, and there is no hills to climb, so walking is the best choice!
Ther is also the public bikes (see picture from http://members.aol.com/humorme81/helsinki.htm), with is a great scandinavian idea. Place a coin and you can get around all day long, after using the bike you just put it back to any bike parking place and you get your coin returned.
Perhaps you may want to take the public transportation (with is very good) without pay, my advice is ... don't do that, because very often they check the tickets, and you may get into trouble...
If you have time, walking is a good (and cheap) way to go around the city. A nice area to take a walk in my oppinion is the Eira-area. Some of the most expencive houses of Helsinki are in Eira-area. Also Töölönlahti is a great choice.
By tram you can get everywhere in the central Helsinki. For sightseeing try number 3. It passes the Opera house, Temppelinaukio Church, Kaivopuisto and the Market Square.
In the summertime Helsinki has bikes all around the city center to rent just for 10 Fim. They are called 'City bikes' and have a map of the city attached to them too.
Metro takes you from the west side of the city to the east side, but not to the north yet.
And with busses and local trains you can get everywhere you desire.
Great and easy way to explore Helsinki. All you need is a 10FIM deposit - probably 2€ now.