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Helsinki in 3-4 days

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Helsinki in 3-4 days


I'll be in Helsinki from 19-22 September. I would like some recommendations on what to do there for 3-4 days.

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What's the best and most economical way to get from the airport to my hotel in the city.

Would it be worth it for me to take the boat to Tallin or would this be too much of a rush as I'm only in Helsinki for a short time.

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1. Re: Helsinki in 3-4 days

For your interests, look here: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en

Most economical way from the airport: buy a regional ticket from the driver (cash) or the vending machine at the airport stop for bus 615, use same ticket on whatever public transport you need in the town centre.

Tallinn: definitely worth a day trip or overnight stay. The ferry operators all sell day-trips. It's also worth looking at the ferries' transport + hotel packages, which can be a great bargain.

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2. Re: Helsinki in 3-4 days

The ferry trip takes two hours, so it can definitely be done in a day. The old town is about 15 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

In Helsinki, I visited Suomenlinna - a short ferry ride from the harbour - worth a day out there. I also took a day trip to Porvoo, a medieval town about 50kms from Helsinki. You catch a bus from the main station. There is also good shopping, a couple of cathedrals and museums. Eating out is expensive, even street food from the market. Regardless, I really enjoyed Helsinki and wouldn't say no to a return visit.

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3. Re: Helsinki in 3-4 days

I second simone_a13's suggestion of Suomenlinna, definitely a good way to spend an afternoon. If you can afford the time and train ticket, Turku could be a good day trip to check out their cathedral, castle, and art museums.

I found the street food by the ferry docks to Suomenlinna pretty good and not too expensive. The restaurants in Helsinki off of the main esplanade can be expensive, perhaps a place to splurge if you want to try reindeer. The park area by Kaivopuisto offers a pleasant view of the harbor, and there are a few cafes along the walk to take in the view. The walk is particularly nice near the Russian embassy, which is just north of the park.

Hope you have a great time, Helsinki is fantastic!

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4. Re: Helsinki in 3-4 days

Great suggestions-

Buy a day ticket for public transport

This ticket will also take you on a local ferry from the very nice harbour area, close to the fab cathedrals, to the island, Suomenlinna. This is our favourite place. It takes from 1 to 2 hours or longer to walk round, depending on whether you stop for a coffee or beer, and how long you admire the views for. It is spectacular to see the big ferries come in though the very narrow channel next to the island.

A night in Tallinn is well worth it, though do not go on at the weekend,

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5. Re: Helsinki in 3-4 days

A couple of places I'd recommend:

Market Square downtown - open all day, great food, lots of souvenirs, nice atmosphere, not expensive (a plate of food might cost 10euro).

Hakaniemi Market - NE part of downtown, nice large area outside with vendors, and a very nice, old school feel inside. Two floors, lots of food and souvenirs look at. A restaurant is included (quite small, but comfortable). Well worth a look for a bit.

Fokka Restaurant - if you're on the west-side of downtown, go to the Fokka restaurant inside the Holiday Inn West Ruoholahti. Great food, reasonable prices. Very nice place for dinner.

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