Helsinki is the capital as well as largest city in Finland. Visiting this city can be very expensive. However, if a tourist knows where to go and what to do, he or she can have fun in Helsinki without having to spend too much.
Tourists who have experienced visiting Helsinki have identified ways in order to save when visiting Helsinki. Ten of the most common suggestions include the following:
- Walk instead of commuting. The public transportations in Helsinki is very accessible and efficient. However, they are too expensive. Fortunately, Helsinki center is too dense, because of this the finest way to move around the city is by walking. Moving from one side of the city to another can be done in just approximately 10 minutes.
- Lunchtime is the best time to eat. Majority of the restaurants offer a lunch menu between 11:00 to 2:00 in the afternoon, and this menu costs less than 10 EUR. This can even be possible at luxury restaurants.
- Include Linnanmaki Amusement Park in the itinerary. Linnanmaki is the only amusement park in Helsinki. The ride tickets in Linnanmaki are too expensive, but there is no entrance fee charged. Furthermore, one can also access the panorama viewing tower free of charge. A tourist can enjoy the carnival and see the breath-taking views of Helsinki.
- Kallio is also another must-visit place. The bars and nightclubs in Helsinki are very expensive, especially those located in the center of the city. However, travelling a few trams towards north will help a tourist save 50% on the prices of drinks and bar entrance fees. Furthermore, the experience is more authentic and bohemian compared to that in the center.
- Visit Kiasma museum of contemporary art. This museum showcases contemporary art, and it offers free admission on the first day of every month from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- For music lovers, they can visit Molly Malone’s. This is an Irish bar that offers live music every night after 11 p.m. at a cost of 2.5 EUR. Most of the time, the band plays rock or pop music, but there are times when traditional Irish music is also the genre.
- Choose a 2 or 3 star hotel. Scandinavian hotels have better quality compared to those found in other places in Europe, for instance Southern Europe.
- Visit Seurasaari. This is an island a few kilometers away from the city proper and can be accessed by bus. This island does not charge entrance fees. However, when a tourist wishes to see the museum filled with 18th century wooden buildings, a small fee will be charged.
- Explore the Suomenlinna Fortress Island. This island is one of the most famous and impressive tourist attractions in Helsinki. A tourist would spend a couple of Euros for the ferry ticket to reach the island. However, the cost is worth the view and the knowledge one will gain about the history of Helsinki.
- Visit Public Beaches. There are about 30 public beaches in Helsinki, most of them are along the seaside. Enjoy the hot sand, cool sea breeze and the bright sun. The good news is, they are all for free.