Helsinki

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Helsinki Money-Saving Tips

Getting around

Central Helsinki is fairly compact, and cyclists (and hearty walkers) will have an easy time of it. Otherwise, the local transit authority, HKL, operates trams, buses and a subway.

Helsinki Card

This pass, good for 24, 48 or 72 hours, covers public transportation and free or discounted admission to venues around town.

Public transport

Fares on public transportation start at €2, valid for one hour including transfers to other lines. Buy your ticket on board the tram or at a kiosk where available. Better yet, one/three/five day tourist tickets are available for €6/12/18, though only the one-day passes can be purchased on board. Be sure to always have a valid ticket in your possession while riding. If an inspector catches you without one, the fine will be steep.

Language

Finnish has virtually no similarity to any other European language except Estonian and Hungarian, but English is widely spoken, and most restaurants have English menus. In addition, many visitors are surprised to learn that Helsinki is a bilingual city: Finnish and Swedish. Signage tends to be in both languages, and often English as well.

Money

Finland is part of the Euro-zone. ATMs, called Otto, are widely available. Almost anything can be paid for by credit card, from a cup of coffee to an expensive hotel room. About the only place you’ll want to come prepared with cash is for public transportation – transit kiosks that take credit cards are rare.

Calling

Within Finland but outside Helsinki, use the prefix 09 for local phone numbers. The number of digits in local phone numbers varies. From the US, dial country code 358 and then the prefix 9. To dial internationally from Finland, dial 001, followed by the country code and local number. Note that some numbers in these listings are out of town (these start with 0).

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