Whether you're debating the merits of the Helsinki Card or simply wondering what you can do for free, check out these tips on spending smart in the Finnish capital.
Helsinki Budget Tips
Tourist Office Information
We always recommend stopping by a tourist information center upon arrival. Helsinki's tourist information center is centrally located at Pohjoisesplanadi 19. It is open from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday from February to October (9 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and Sundays) and from 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday from October to May (10 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
Museums in Helsinki usually cost between €7 and €16. Many museums in Helsinki offer free admission on the first Wednesday of the month—usually in the evening.Admission Prices at Popular Helsinki Museums:
Ateneum: €16 (€14 reduced; €5 children under 17); free to visitors under 7
Design Museum: €8 (€3 reduced)
Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum: €7 (€5 reduced); free to visitors under 18
Helsinki City Museum: Free
National Museum of Finland: €7 (€4 reduced); free to visitors under 18; free admission Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 8 PM
The Helsinki Card
The Helsinki Card affords visitors free entry to about 50 tourist attractions (including museums) and free, unlimited travel with the city's public transportation network. A one-day card costs €33 (€13 for children under 16), a two-day card costs €45 (€16 for children), and a three-day card costs €55 (€19 for children). If you plan to visit many museums on your trip, the Helsinki Card could save you some precious euros on admission fees.
Many of the city's most iconic sights (including the looming Lutheran Cathedral) are absolutely free. The stunning Temppeliakion Kirkko (Rock Church), the Suomenlinna fortress (once you get there), and the Bank Museum of Finland are all free, all the time.
Don't forget the great outdoors! Exploring Helsinki's Market Square and parking on a bench in the beautiful Esplanadi Park will both cost you nothing.
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