On this page you will find all the important information about the Helsinki Card: What services does the City Card offer and who is it suitable for? How long is it valid and where can you buy it?
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- 30+ discounts for museums, attractions, tours & restaurants
- Free public transport in Helsinki
- Valid for 1, 2 or 3 days
- Pick up your Helsinki Card in town
- Save money in Helsinki with the card!
How the Helsinki Card works
The Helsinki Card is one of the most important city passes in the Finnish capital. This card is available in three variants and makes travelling much easier. Some advantages of the Helsinki City Card are for example:
- Free use of public transport in the city
- Free admission to approx. 30 attractions and museums
- Free city tour with a hop-on/hop-off or panorama bus
- Two boat trips included in summer
You can buy the card online and then receive a voucher. This must be exchanged for a physical card, which is possible at various points of sale in Helsinki. The local transport ticket is valid for 1, 2 or 3 days. During this time you can use the metro, suburban railway, tram and bus as often as you like. The ferry ride to Suomenlinna Fortress Island is also included.
Who is the Helsinki Card suitable for?
The Helsinki City Card is suitable for travellers who want to explore the city by public transport and visit some museums and sights.
This means that the City Card pays for itself quickly if used regularly during its period of validity.
How much does the Helsinki Card cost?
The price of the Helsinki Card incl. local transport depends on the period of validity.
- 1 day: 54,00 €
- 2 days: 66,00 €
- 3 days: 78,00 €
The card is valid for adults and children from 6 years of age. Children under 6 do not need their own ticket. Children between 7 and 16 can buy the ticket at a reduced price.
Tip: There is also a digital version of the Helskinki Card without local transport. This costs 48,- € instead of 54,- €. However, it is only available online.
Discounts with the Helsinki Card
The Helsinki Card gives you free admission to many museums and sights. Depending on the period of validity of your card, these can be used within the validity period.
Some of these offers are valid all year round, others only seasonally. Please check in advance whether your desired destination is covered by the Helsinki Card at the relevant time. You can find the relevant information and other free offers here: Advantages Helsinki Card 2023
Free Museums, Attractions & Experiences
The Helsinki Card gives you free admission to the following museums and attractions:
- Guided tour of Suomenlinna
- Suomenlinna Museum
- Temppeliaukio Church
- Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
- Hop-on/hop-off tour or panoramic bus
- Finnish National Museum
- Ateneum Art Museum
- Mannerheim Museum
- Canal Cruise" or "City Highlights Cruise" boat trips
- Design Museum
- Wee Gee Exhibition Centre
Tip: In the Helsinki Card Guidebook you will find all the information you need, such as opening hours, entrance requirements, addresses and directions to the city's main attractions: Helsinki Card Guidebook
Discounts with the Helsinki Card
Here you get discounts on the regular purchase price:
- Korkeasaari Zoo
- SEA Life Helsinki
- Sky Wheel Helsinki
- Various restaurants and bars (-20%)
- Finnish Aviation Museum
- Toy Museum
- Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki
- Waterbus to Suomenlinna
A complete overview of all reductions can be found here: Advantages Helsinki Card 2023
Public transport with the Helsinki Card
With the Helsinki Card you can use all public transport vehicles (metro, tram, suburban train and bus) within zone AB. This should be sufficient for most visitors, as almost all sights are in this zone. The ferry to Suomenlinna is also included.
If the AB zone is not sufficient for you, you can alternatively use the Helsinki Card Region which covers zones ABC. This also covers the airport and the city of Espoo.
Depending on the validity of your Helsinki Card, you can use local transport for 1, 2 or 3 days free of charge.
Is the Helsinki Card worth it?
With the Helsinki Card you can visit numerous sights and museums and take part in sightseeing tours and walking tours. For all these services, the City Card grants free or reduced admission.
The discounts are usually not very high, but there are many attractions that can be visited completely free of charge with the Helsinki Card. If you use public transport and visit some sights, you can easily save money with the City Card.
The following table shows how much you can save, using the 2-day ticket as an example:
|Attraction||Without Helsinki Card||With Helsinki Card|
|Helsinki Card: 48h||–||54,00 €|
|Public transport: 2 days||13,50 €||0,00 €|
|City Highlights Boat Trip||26,00 €||0,00 €|
|Hop-on/hop-off city tour||32,00 €||0,00 €|
|Kiasma Museum||20,00 €||0,00 €|
|Korkeassari Zoo||23,00 €||21,00 €|
|Tour of Suomenlinna||13,00 €||0,00 €|
|Total||127,50 €||75,00 €|
You can discover a lot in Helsinki in just two days. As the entrance fees to museums and other attractions are relatively expensive, it is worth buying the City Card for as few as two or three attractions.
The more you use your Helsinki Card, the more it pays off!
Buy & Collect Helsinki Card
You can buy the Helsinki Card online, but you have to pick it up in the city after your arrival. For this you will receive a voucher online, which you can then exchange for the physical card at the following pick-up points:
- Excess Baggage Airport Services, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
- Hotel Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre
- Service Point in the Stockmann department stores'
- Stromma sales kiosk on the market square
The opening hours of the pick-up points may vary depending on the season.
After collection, the City Card can be used immediately. The validity period of 1, 2 or 3 days starts with the first use of the card in a public transport or attraction.
If your travel plans change, cancellation of the purchase is free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of your visit.
Advantages & Disadvantages
Advantages of the Helsinki Card
- You get free entry to many popular attractions and museums.
- You can use public transport free of charge within Helsinki's AB zone.
- Also included are 2 boat trips and city tours by hop-on/hop-off bus/ panoramic bus.
- The value for money is very good: the card pays for itself quickly.
Disadvantages of the Helsinki Card
- The card must be collected after your arrival in Helsinki.
- Outside the high season, some offers are only available to a limited extent.
- The card does not give priority entry to the attractions.
More offers in Helsinki
If you decide against the Helsinki Card, you can also book individual tickets for many sights and tours. We would like to mention some of them here:
- City tour by hop-on/hop-off bus
- Ticket for Temppeliaukio Church
- SkyWheel Helsinki
- Flying Cinema Tour
- Canal tour with audio guide
FAQ about the Helsinki Card
How does the Helsinki Card work?
You buy the Helsinki Card online, receive a voucher and collect the card when you arrive in the city. It allows you to use public transport in Helsinki for 1, 2 or 3 days. You also get free admission to many museums and attractions. There are also discounts at many sights, museums, guided tours and restaurants.
Can I use public transport with the Helsinki Card?
Yes, with the Helsinki Card you can use public transport in Helsinki. This applies to all means of transport such as metro, suburban railway, tram and bus.
Can I cancel the Helsinki Card free of charge?
Yes, if your travel plans change, you can cancel the Helsinki Card free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of your visit.
How is the Helsinki Card activated?
The Helsinki Card is activated the first time you use it on public transport or at an attraction. You can then use it for 1, 2 or 3 consecutive calendar days.
Is the Helsinki Card worth it for families?
In principle, the Helsinki Card is suitable for adults as well as for children and young people from the age of 6. Children under 6 do not need their own card.