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Is Helsinki Expensive

Hi - Visiting for the first time. How expensive is Helsinki compared to say London, for meals, drinks, clubs etc ???


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Hiya bax52!

If you've managed in London, you will surely manage in Helsinki. The prices are probably about the same with slight variations in the prices of imported goods for example. If you go looking for Magners cider, you'll find that it's easily double the price. But, if you're brave, you'll try Finnish beer or cider and get it cheaper.

You'll usually have to pay a small fee to get into a club after 10pm - usually anything from 1,50€ to 7€ (if the club has a big party). There are a few pubs/clubs in Helsinki where everything happens in English - Molly Malone's, Dubliner, Kitty O'Shea's, London Pub... all in the heart of Helsinki. You can also get proper English brew from these pubs.

Take-out can be expensive because Finnish people have only gotten used to it in the past 5-10 years and still tend to cook everything from scratch. But, if you've got a bit of time, you'll find yourself a nice meal for 5€ (McDonald's) or about 10€ (Chinese, Indian, Japanese, etc...). Restaurants will be a bit more expensive and you'd probably spend about 10-25€ for a decent meal, not including drinks.

Hope you enjoy Helsinki!

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In one word yes. However, if you are used to London you should be ok. I assume you are from the UK and should have your strong GBPs to help you out.

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I wasn't slumming it, and found it about the same or cheaper than London. Eg excellent 4 star hotel suite overlooking harbour for about £70 (half usual price. easily treble that in London). Top restaurants about 30-50GBP per head.

transport very cheap and plentiful. Puts London underground to shame. Get an all-day tram ticket for 2GBP. One tram route is a figure of 8 around the city.

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After a nine year absence (much too long) I had a quick trip to Helsinki late last year. I found it a bit cheaper than London for most things; my clubbing days are behind me, though, so I can't say how the prices compared in that area.

Helsinki is a brilliant city, well worth the time and money to have a good look around.

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