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10 hours in Helsinki

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10 hours in Helsinki

Hi all,

We will be transitting in Helsinki next week. We will be arriving at 6am finland time and will have around 10 hours.

We would like to go to the city centre to have a feel of the city. It seems that bus 615 or the finnair city bus will take us to central railway station. Is this near the city centre and the attractions?

With only 10 hours, where would you recommend us to visit? Is there any eateries that serve good local finnish breakfast/lunch at a reasonable price?

How long before our flight should we start heading back to the airport?

Thanks and regards

FX

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1. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

1. Is this near the city centre and the attractions?

Yes. It's an easy walk from there to the main museums and outdoor sights.

2. With only 10 hours, where would you recommend us to visit? Is there any eateries that serve good local finnish breakfast/lunch at a reasonable price?

The Kauppatori market place is worth a look for its local colour and convenient location close to many sights, including two contrasting cathedrals, the Presidential Palace (currently shrouded for repairs, unfortunately), Senate Square and Esplanadi shopping street. You might have breakfast at the market, which has cafés with heating - ask the staff about local foods. If you find the cold weather makes it hard to be outside or lack proper clothing for this, you might instead head for a museum. The Ateneum national gallery is right next to the train station and the National Museum is a 5-minute walk away.

3. You should aim to get back to the airport a couple of hours before your flight. The bus trip takes about 30 minutes with the Finnair bus, a little longer with the 615 service.

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2. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

It will be cold - instead of sitting at Kauppatori Market stalls, which mostly is meant for tourists (I would not eat there), why not have a good breakfast on your arrival at the central Railwaystation or in its vicinity. The Finnish breakfast consist of various bakery products, coffee, or a porridge.

Then head for the Market square (Kauppatori), have a look around, see the beautiful streets in their Xmas decorations. You can walk there from the railwaystation easily. a visit to the Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral is worthwhile, also there is Helsinki city museum right next to Kaupptori, on SOFIANKATU, if interested in the history.

Suomenlinna also a great tourist and local attraction, but now with the cold weather.... Small boats leave from Kauppatori. Museums and coffeeshops open.

Helsinki centre is very small and compact.

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3. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

Thanks both for your great suggestions. That should be enough for us to do for the day.

Cheers

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4. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

Nice breakfast place for me is Cafe Ekberg on Bulevardi. It's a traditional cafe but offers breakfast buffet for 10,5€. They do have porridge but also cafe, croissants, fruits etc.

For a lunch, if you want to have the traditional Finnish Cuisine, try Zetor, in Kaivopiha.

I would not eat at Kauppatori, it's cold and the food is horrible.

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5. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

Here is a short report of our 10 hours in Helsinki:

We arrived at Helsinki airport at 6am last week. Clearing of immigration was fast and efficient. We got out of the airport in 10 minutes and took a bus (I think it was 615) to the city centre. The bus will bring you all the way to the central railway station (which is a beautiful building with a lovely clock tower).

As suggested, we headed to Cafe Ekberg for breakfast. It was a little difficult to find as the road signs were not obvious to us. However, we did manage to find the cafe after a friendly local young man showed us the way. The buffet breakfast costed eur10.50, and served bread, cereals, ham, cheese, porridge, etc. The porridge, unlike in Asia, was not made of rice but oat. All in all we were very happy with the experience and would recommend the cafe to anyone who wants to try an authetic finnish breakfast.

After our breakfast, we wondered around the city centre and ended up in the National Museum of Finland. The musuem was not too big but it was enough to keep us occupied for 1.5 hours before we head back to the airport.

We settled our lunch at the airport as we wanted to be sure not to miss our flight. Nothing to shout about as the choices of food were limited. If you can afford the time I would suggest having your lunch at the city centre.

Hope the above is helpful if you are going to helsinki.

Cheers

FX7

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6. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

Here is a short report of our 10 hours in Helsinki:

We arrived at Helsinki airport at 6am last week. Clearing of immigration was fast and efficient. We got out of the airport in 10 minutes and took a bus (I think it was 615) to the city centre. The bus will bring you all the way to the central railway station (which is a beautiful building with a lovely clock tower).

As suggested, we headed to Cafe Ekberg for breakfast. It was a little difficult to find as the road signs were not obvious to us. However, we did manage to find the cafe after a friendly local young man showed us the way. The buffet breakfast costed eur10.50, and served bread, cereals, ham, cheese, porridge, etc. The porridge, unlike in Asia, was not made of rice but oat. All in all we were very happy with the experience and would recommend the cafe to anyone who wants to try an authetic finnish breakfast.

After our breakfast, we wondered around the city centre and ended up in the National Museum of Finland. The musuem was not too big but it was enough to keep us occupied for 1.5 hours before we head back to the airport.

We settled our lunch at the airport as we wanted to be sure not to miss our flight. Nothing to shout about as the choices of food were limited. If you can afford the time I would suggest having your lunch at the city centre.

Hope the above is helpful if you are going to helsinki.

Cheers

FX7

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7. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

Thanks for getting back FX7!

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8. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

There is actually quite a good restaurant at the airport, the Fly Inn (airside) which serves Finnish specialities, but it's a bit hidden. Still, I'm glad to hear you had a good day.

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9. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

Hi all,

I have exact same 10 hour connection, the only thing is its on the 1st of Jan 2014 :D Does anybody know if all shuts on the New years day or you can still enjoy the National Museum or smth cultural? Obviously the walk around is still there, but are most of the tourist attractions closed?

Thanks in advance for any advice!!!

Cheers,

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10. Re: 10 hours in Helsinki

The National Museum will be closed, unfortunately, along with much else. You might check out the churches, several of which are worth a visit.