Helsinki has the northernmost subway in the world. It is only one line and goes from the west to the east of the city.
One day card for all the public transport costs 6,80 eur. One day card for the whole region, including Vanta and Epsoo - 12 eur.
The tram lines 3B and 3T are circle lines that go around Helsinki. This is the best way to do some sightseeing if you're "armed" with a good guide/map and not much time. There's basically no difference between 3T and 3B, as they just go on opposite directions of the same "circular" route. Here's the brochure with the tram stops with and without interesting must sees.
A single ticket for the tram costs 2€ (bought from the driver) and it's valid for 60 minutes. Children up to 7 years of age travel for free with a paying adult.
This tram does a loop around the city centre, a great way to have a look around. The journey time is around 1 hour (may become a #3B for some parts).
A day ticket at 6Euro80 (10 '09) is good value.
See website for many more details.
Helsinki is a small enough city that you can get around it mostly without public transport. If you need it, however, the transport system is very good. It's clean, efficient, covers a wide area, has an easy to understand English language website, but isn't particularly cheap.
A single ticket costs 2 euros (2.50 if you buy from the bus driver). This will allow you to travel for an hour on all forms of public transport. If you do a lot of travelling, then day tickets can be better value. At 6.80 euros (2009 prices), you will make up the price if you take 3-4 journeys.
Helsinki Central railway station (Finnish: Helsingin rautatieasema) is a widely recognised landmark in central Helsinki, Finland, and the focal point of public transport in the Greater Helsinki area. It serves as the point of origin for all trains in the local VR commuter rail network, as well as for a large proportion of long-distance trains in Finland.
The station is used by approximately 200,000 passengers per day, making it Finland's most-visited building.
The history of trams in Helsinki dates back over a hundred years. Horse-drawn trams appeared on the streets in 1891 and the first electric tramline entered service on 4 September 1900. Over a hundred years of tram history includes many interesting stages in the development of tram traffic in Helsinki.
With some 200,000 passengers every weekday, trams have established their position as the main form of public transport in the inner city.
There are 122 tramcars operating on a total of 11 routes consisting of 71 kilometres of tramlines.
Ticket fares in Helsinki 2009
From the driver
In a ticket machine
You can also buy tourist tickets and travel cards, for more information visit the website.
This was a new experience for me in Finland. If you stand at a bus stop and your line is coming then hold out your hand that the bus driver know to stop for you. If you don't do it the bus will stop not at the station and then you could wait until the next bus and the next ...... :-)
For me was really very strange because in Germany bus always stop if someone ist standing at the stop.
If a bus is coming and you can't see (maybe because of sun is shining into your face) if is your line or not, then better you just stop it.
Take care and a have a nice trip there :-)
My host in Helsinki was so nice as to buy a 3-day tourist card for me. It costs EUR 12 and it gives you unlimited access to buses, trams, the metro, local trains (within the city of Helsinki) and the Suomenlinna island ferry (the public one, as there are private ferries that can take you there too but they have their own fares, so you're better off using the public ferry that departs from the Market square every 40 mins. approx.).
The tourist cards can be valid for 1, 3 or 5 days and they are very convenient, as the single trip tickets are EUR 2 and up each and they are valid only for a limited period of time. The public transportation system is very efficient - their metro only has 1 line but the trams are much more extended and so are the buses - and helpful to cover the main attractions: the city isn't big but not everything is so close, so you win some time by using the public transport vs. walking. Helsinki is a beautiful town and it's nice to explore it by foot, but if you don't have much time to spend wandering around, or if it's raining like it happened to me a couple of times, the public transport is the best solution, also for those (like me) whose hotel/hostel/house isn't very close to downtown but rather in the outskirts of the city.
Timetables, maps and fares are available at the website provided, which has both Finnish and English versions and is very comprehensive. Another interesting tip: jump into one of the trams that run next to the main railway station in downtown (either 3B or 3T) for a pretty general view of Helsinki. These tram lines make a nice tour of the main sights of the city, including the Market square by the seaside, and take you back to the departing point after 1.5 hour or so..... it's like a sightseeing tour of Helsinki almost for free!!
Helsinki has a really good city transport system. The most important in the city centre is tram network which consists of 8 lines. There are 2 ring lines (3 & 7). The trams are relatively fast and comfortable. You can go to the suburbs by the Metro or commuter trains which are fast, clean and comfy. The Metro consists of only one line which has two branches in the eastern end. Metro trains travel up to 80 and commuter trains up to 130 km/h in Helsinki.
You should definitely buy a city transport ticket which costs 6 euros (1 day) or 12 euros (3 days). With the tourist ticket you can use trams, metro, buses, Suomenlinna ferry and commuter trains within Helsinki city limits. Regional tickets cost double and allow to travel to suburbs as well. You can buy a ticket from ticket machines in seaports, airport, train- or Metrostations. Machines are very easy to use - you can use banknotes and get back the change. Tickets are also available in Tourist Info Center Pohjoisesplanadi 19 and in several HKL service points. Enjoy the smooth city transport of Helsinki! And when you get tired, just hop on the Koff pub tram and taste some Finnish beer!
The main bus station in central Helsinki is generally the departure and destaination point for those travelling either outside the metrolpitan area boundaries or long distance journeys to distant parts of Finland.
Currently there is much construction work being undertaken to develop the bus station and the area around it. The site is located across from Sokos, Kamppi Metro Station and the Forum shopping centre.
The bus station no longer operates from the located depicted. The bus services are now operated from within the bus station within the new Kamppi Centre - much better for travelling especially in winter months.
The best up to date information on Helsinki public transportation you can find from the website given below.
Plan your trip ahead, check out the timetables for ferries, trams,metro, buses and local trains. Find out the ticket prices and explore the route maps.
This is a good advise I red in VT. You can take a sightseing tour around Helsinki with a single tram ticket price. The tour lasts about an hour and you can drop off - drop in at any stop (valid for 1 hour). Tickets can be bought inside (driver).
There is an underground in Helsinki, although I never tested it. Instead I took the tram and bus, and therefore got to see more of the town from above. One trip cost 2 euro, when you on the tram can be a cheater and go on without paying.
Then you'll have to sit and be nervous for controllers during the whole trip, but you still earned two euros.
Don't know why I did that all the time, I blame my now ex-girlfriend for that... But at least I never got caught.
Taxi is also a good way to go, specially in the night when you want to get home fast. I didn't find the prices that high, cheaper than in Sweden, but it was quite hard to find a taxi, even when we did leave the nightclubs quite early. We had to stay in the line with 50-60 persons ahead of us, and it took quite long time.
With the trams, make sure you take the right one. There are numbers on them, but also letters. Which means that tram number 7A isn't the same one as number 7BK
A great and economical way to see a lot of Helsinki's sights is to jump on tram 3T/3B which follows the figure of an eight. The line 3B goes from Eira to Kallio, Töölö, Kauppatori and back to Eira, the line 3T goes the other way around. The whole tour takes about one hour in travelling time.
A single trip costs 2 EUR.
If you're planning to move around Helsinki quite a bit during your stay, it's convenient to buy the tourist ticket which is valid for all kinds of transport (metro/tram/bus/Suomenlinna ferry).
There are 1, 3 and 5 day tickets either for Helsinki only or the region (Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa). The 3-day ticket for Helsinki costs 12 EUR , for the region 20 EUR e.g.