Helsinki has been the capital of Finland since 1812. Best time to visit the city is in summer, when the market is full of merchants and the surrounding sea and islands can be enjoyed to the fullest. The biggest attractions are the medieval fortress on the island Suomenlinna and the great zoo. The city also has a number of old beautiful churches. The oldest among them is the Old Church of Helsinki, which was completed between 1824 and 1826. Finland's largest amusement park, Linnanmäki, in also located in Helsinki, as well as the current Parliament House.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Helsinki forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Helsinki is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $81.04, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $330.64, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $72.78
- Hotel (3 stars): $106.17
- Hotel (4 stars): $135.84
- Hotel (5 stars): $242.47
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $15.80
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $23.39
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.29
- Meal, McDonalds: $9.72
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $13.97
Helsinki has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 74.8 (better than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 86.8 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 70.6 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Helsinki safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.