Helsinki Budget Tips

Helsinki Budget Tips - Helsinki, Finland

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.

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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.

Museum Prices

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.

Free Sights

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.

From our Helsinki blog

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The June issue of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable is something of a publishing milestone, being the 1,500th edition since the book was first published in 1873. Ideal reading, we would say, for canny Cheapos looki ... read

The new high-speed rail service linking Helsinki with St. Petersburg, just launched last December, has been an immediate success, with passenger numbers in the first four months of 2011 up over a third on the same period ... read

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