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Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

See the Helsinki tourist attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the stops on the itinerary over a 24-hour or 48-hour period. You could choose to admire the unique rock architecture of the Temppeliaukio Church, visit the Parliament House, admire the neoclassical architecture in Senate Square or search for a bargain in Market Square. Enjoy an onboard audio commentary available in 10 languages and avail of excellent views from the top deck of your double-decker bus. Don't worry if the weather isn't great as the bottom deck is completely protected from the elements.

Helsinki Card City

2. Helsinki Card City

Discover Helsinki the easy and economical way with the Helsinki Card. Save time, money, and energy with a city card that gives you free entry to the city’s main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. Choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour options. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card 2023: All year round: • Entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like Amos Rex, Ateneum Art Museum, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and much more • Public ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour • Travel on public transport within Helsinki (zones AB) Seasonal tours: • Panorama Sightseeing by bus (Oct-Apr) • Canal Cruise sightseeing by boat (May-Sep) • 24-Hour Hop On-Hop Off bus tour (May-Sep) • City Highlights sightseeing by boat (May-Sep) In addition, get discounts in restaurants, on a cruise to Tallinn, and other attractions such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki, and Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki.

Helsinki Card Region

3. Helsinki Card Region

Discover Helsinki in an easy and economical way. The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card Region, you will save time, money, and energy. It gives you free entry to the city's main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. You can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card: All year round: • Entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like Amos Rex, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, Exhibition Centre WeeGee, Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, and much more • Public ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour • Travel on public transport within Helsinki ( zones ABC, including the Airport) Seasonal tours: • Panorama sightseeing tour by bus (October - April) • Canal Cruise (May - September)  • City Highlight Cruise (May - September) • F24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour (May - September) • Discounts in restaurants, cruise to Tallinn and other attractions, such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki and Flying Cinema

All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

4. All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

User Make the most of your time in Helsinki by enjoying a panoramic drive and a stroll through the city, as well as some free time for shopping and exploring on this highlights trip. Get picked up directly at the port and head out on an exciting adventure. Enjoy a scenic drive towards Esplanadi Street and the Grand Mannerheim Boulevard. See the Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament Building, and the Presidential Palace. Snap some pictures at the famous Sibelius Park and visit the famous monument. Continue on to the Olympic Stadium, the exotic Rock Church, and the Uspensky Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. Tour through the city center to see the Helsinki Central train station with its famous clock tower, as well as the beloved Havis Amanda fountain. The tour ends with free time by the seaside Market square, where you can try some local delicacies. Afterward, you will return to the shuttle which takes you back to your ship. You can also choose to stay longer in the city and take a taxi back to the port.

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off 48-Hour Ticket

5. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off 48-Hour Ticket

Welcome to Hop-On Hop-Off Helsinki - a bus sightseeing tour around the city where you hop on and off as much as you like. The ticket is valid for 48-hours by your choice and entitles you to get a discount on top attractions. The tour is guided in 10 different languages through individual, single-used headsets. To make your ride comfortable, have free Wi-Fi available on the buses, fun and friendly staff and experienced drivers. In bad weather, the bus roof can be installed quickly to protect you from rain. Route stops: 1. Senate Square: Senate Square can perhaps remind you that Finland became independent in 1917, immediately after the Russian Revolution, and managed to retain its sovereignty even during the difficult times of World War II. 2. The Olympia Terminal / Silja Line: The Olympia Terminal was built for the Olympic Games in 1952 and is now used by TallinkSilja. 3. Café Ursula: A popular spot for a coffee with a splendid sea view. 4. Compass Square. 5. Eira. 6. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal: One of Helsinki’s ports. Arrival and departure point for cruise ships visiting the city (LHC, LHB, LHD). Stop only on cruise ship days. 7. Löyly: restaurant with a seaview terrace and saunas available daily. 8. Flea Market: The flea market at Hietalahti Market Square is an exciting place to visit. The market is open both during the day and weekday evenings in the summer. Here, you can meet local Helsinki residents who have hired their own table to sell their old possessions. 9. Swedish Theatre: In the heart of Helsinki, opposite Stockmann’s department store and at the end of Esplanade Park. 10. Market Square: Departure point for Helsinki Sightseeing Boat Tours and dining cruises. The new Finnair SkyWheel is located next to the Market Square. 11. Kiasma/Central Railway Station. 12. Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church): This Lutheran church has been blasted out of solid rock and is a popular tourist attraction. 13. Sibelius Monument: Dedicated to the famous composer Jean Sibelius, this monument is one of the “musts” when visiting Helsinki. 14. Olympic Stadium: Apart from being an arena for many big events, the Olympic Stadium offers a beautiful view over the roofs of Helsinki from its tower that is open to the public. You will also find the opera here as well as a statue of the world-famous athlete Paavo Nurmi. 15. Finnish National Opera/ Töölönlahti Bay 16. National Museum, Parliament House and Helsinki Music Center: The Helsinki Music Center is a concert venue and meeting place open to all. It is full of action from morning to evening. Across the street, you'll find the Parliament House and National Museum of Finland. 17. Ateneum Art Museum, Central Railway Station: Ateneum contains the most extensive art collections of Finland and is home to the most loved classic works of Finnish art. This stop is also close to the National Theatre and Central Railway Station. 18. Botanic Garden.

Helsinki: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Helsinki: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the heart of Finland's vibrant capital, Helsinki, where history, culture, and modernity converge in a seamless blend. As you embark on this self-guided audio tour, you are about to embark on a journey through the city's iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and rich narratives that have shaped Helsinki into the dynamic metropolis it is today. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories behind each architectural marvel, from the neoclassical elegance of Senate Square to the cutting-edge design of the contemporary structures that dot the skyline. This audio tour serves as your personal guide, revealing the tales of the past and providing insights into the present, allowing you to explore Helsinki at your own pace. Whether you are a history enthusiast, architecture aficionado, or simply a curious traveler, this self-guided audio tour is designed to cater to your interests and curiosity. As you stroll through the charming streets and parks, let the narrations transport you back in time, unveiling the city's evolution from a humble trading post to the vibrant, cosmopolitan hub it is today. Feel the energy of Helsinki as you traverse its bustling markets, witness the beauty of its waterfront, and absorb the cultural richness of its museums and galleries. The self-guided nature of this tour empowers you to dictate the pace of your exploration, ensuring that you have the flexibility to linger at sites that captivate your interest or breeze through areas that may intrigue you less. Get ready to uncover Helsinki's secrets, learn about its fascinating history, and embrace the spirit of this Nordic gem. Learn more about the top 26 tourist attractions in Helsinki. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Helsinki Central Railway Station (Helsingin päärautatieasema) 2. Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden 3. The National Library of Finland 4. Senate Square 5. Helsinki Cathedral 6. Helsinki City Museum 7. Uspenski Cathedral, 8. Market Square 9. Vanha Kauppahalli (Old Market Hall) 10. Suomenlinna 11. Havis Amanda Statue 12. Esplanadi 13. Kamppi Chapel 14. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma 15. Helsinki Central Library Oodi 16. Parliament House 17. Finnish Museum of Natural History 18. Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) 19. The National Museum of Finland 20. Hietaniemi Cemetery 21. Sibelius Park 22. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum 23. Töölö Bay 24. Kallio Church 25. Kumpula Botanical Gardens 26. Kivinokka So, don your headphones, hit play, and let the city unfold before you as you embark on an unforgettable Helsinki Self-Guided Audio Tour.

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The city card is very convenient and I believe is fair priced if you can fully commit the entire day. I visited Suomenlinna, and did the panorama tour. If it were summer, I would've done the sightseeing too. Inclusion of the bus pass also meant that I was able to reduce my overhead costs. City passes can be really demanding if you want to meet the threshold for ROI so I advise that you purchase this if you're sure that you have the energy to be active the entire day.

My stay in Helsinki will remain a marvel from every point of view. The Card has made my travels in the city easier, because it is easy to use, and more convenient to collect from the airport. Being free and the many discounts associated with it allowed me to visit many of Helsinki's must-see places. I took advantage of it! Thank you so much.

I used the Helsinki Card a lot because I used trains, buses, museums, and art galleries frequently. It was nice to be able to easily use the Helsinki Card to visit some museums that I wouldn't mind paying to enter.

This is the best deal in town. We rode the Hop On Hop Off bus, did a harbor cruise and visited many cathedrals, monuments, museums and other sights, all paid for with this card. It is well worth the money!

The card quickly pays for itself with the many museums and eligible activities and all transport is accessible.