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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2016
Dinner in Helsinki during Christmas  (9 Answers)

Hi,
We are traveling on the 23rd and 24th of December and are looking for some restaurants/ pubs where you can also eat open on those days. Unfortunately those we've contacted are all closed on those days. Can anyone recommend and place where we can have dinner?
Thanks!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2016
First time in Helsinki - what area to stay in  (3 Answers)

Hi. I am planning a one week trip to Helsinki and would like your help in choosing an area to stay in. I plan to rent an apartment. I would like for it to be near good transportation and/or to be within walking distance of major tourist destinations/attractions such as museums, historical sites, interesting neighborhoods, architecture, that kind of thing. It appears there is lots to see and do so I am assuming I can keep busy for a week - is this correct?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2016
Ferry reliability in December  (1 Answer)

Hi, would appreciate some advice on the reliability of ferry trips in the Baltic Sea during December. Plan on boarding a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki for transfer to a St Peter Line later in the day for the overnight trip to Saint Petersburg. We will be vacationing in Russia.

From my research, I have discovered there are several lines between Tallinn and Helsinki, including Tallink Silja with a 2-hour sailing departing from Tallinn at 10.30am and arriving into Helsinki at 12.30pm.
St Peter departs Helsinki at 6pm and arrives into Saint Petersburg at 9.30am the following morning.

My questions are:
1. How reliable are the ferries in terms of their schedule (departure and arrival times)?
2. How frequently does the weather impact on ferry schedules during late December?
3. St Peter Line's website appears to suggest check-in and boarding is from 1-3.30pm despite the ship only leaving at 6pm. Is this correct? I would have liked to spend a bit of time sightseeing in Helsinki.
4. Where would you go through passport control and what would the procedure be? Upon arrival in Saint Petersburg?
5. Upon arrival in Saint Petersburg, how long does it take ferry passengers to actually get off the ship?

Appreciate your advice, comments and experience.
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2016
November things to do?  (3 Answers)

Hello. I will be stopping in Helsinki for a few days before heading to Lapland November 15th. I have tried searching many forums and sites but November seems to be left out. Are most of the attractions open? I understand the days will be shorter, colder, wet and grey? Any suggestions for things to do during this time?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2016
Ferry from Tallinn  (5 Answers)

I plan to take a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in the 3rd or 4th week of October. Which line to take? Some stop inside city and some outside.
I just hope to visit some places of sightseeing before going to Turku the next day.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2016
Off beat places to see  (4 Answers)

Any special things to do in Helsinki in October?
Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2016
Off beat places to see  (1 Answer)

Any special things to do in Helsinki in October?
Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2016
Place to stay and  (4 Answers)

I need a clean and safe place to stay for two days in Helsinki in the third week of October. I am a solo female traveler. Please let me know if it is safe in Helsinki for an Asian woman to travel alone.
Thank you for all your help


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2016
12 Hours in Helsinki  (3 Answers)

Hi
Have around 10-12 hours in Helsinki on 14 sep, i`ve got a hostel in city centre.
How can i reach city centre from airport, easiest way? What would you say the best things to do in few hours.

Big foodie and want to feel the vibe of the city rather than touristy things. :)
Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2016
Transfer flight at Helsinki  (3 Answers)

If my JAL from Tokyo flight lands at 14:50 and my Finnair flight departs for Reykjavik at 15:35 will I make my connection???


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 02, 2016
Floorball shop  (3 Answers)

Hi does anyone can recommend a floorball shop in the city centre of Helsinki?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2016
Prices in Helsinki  (15 Answers)

I'm off to Helsinki on a weeks time and just want to know how big a wheelbarrow I will need to cart my wallet from pub to pub full of battered sterling! Can I get Jonh Smiths for less than £2 a pint like here in Yorkshire! Ok I'm prepared for a shock but would love an insight as to what to expect in what looks like an amazing city!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2016
Airport > Hotel  (4 Answers)

Is that the best option:
Take a Finnair airport bus to the Central Railway Station then taxis from the Central Railway Station to Hostel Domus Academica, Hietaniemenkatu 14, Eteläinen Suurpiiri, 00100 Helsinki, Finland. Comments welcomed. Thanks
Will touch down, at 6h35, on the 5th of July.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2016
day bus tickets  (1 Answer)

Is the day bus ticket in Helsinki provide unlimited rides for 24 hours or only for the day on which it was purchased? It is currently about 8-9 euros a day. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2016
Tallink or Eckero Ferry to Helsinki  (10 Answers)

What ferry company would you recommend from Tallinn to Helsinki? Eckero is quite a bit cheaper. Do they both arrive at the same harbor area in Helsinki or is one more convenient to the buses and trams? Thanks in advance

PS I realize that Viking also serves the two cities.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2016
Recommendations for 14 Days Scandinavia Trip + Iceland  (6 Answers)

Hi, Anyone can help to suggest on what would be the best itineraries going to these countries departing from Singapore:- Iceland, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen (maybe Norway) or may suggest any countries not to be missed. Planning to depart in December and travelling with kids (10 years old). This trip will be the first Europe trip for our family and not keen to go on Package tour as it is too rush thus planning to go free and easy. Flight from Singapore, will properly transit in London. Hope to get the travel itineraries in the most economical way here. Thanks much.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 29, 2016
Is it cheaper to book ferries in advance [Helsinki-Tallinn]?  (5 Answers)

Hi, I will be in Helsinki for four days quite soon. I am thinking of taking a day trip to Tallinn on one of the days. Typically and usually it is cheaper to buy tickets in advance, but I don't know what the weather will be like during the time I will be in Helsinki. As a result, I would prefer not to buy a ticket in advance. That way I can get an idea of the weather when I am there.

So my questions are: 

  1. Is it much cheaper if I buy in advance, or can I risk buying a ticket a day or two before departure? If it is significantly cheaper, I may have to risk bad weather, but I would really like to avoid rough/stormy seas/high winds.
  2. Should I also be concerned about avaiability, or is there a good change of getting a ticket a day or so in advance? 
  3. If I buy a ticket in advance, would it be possible to change it to another date if for some reason the weather is bad on the date I am due to travel?  I know it depends on the company, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with changing tickets/changing dates.

I have done my research and know which ferry companies operate the route between Helsinki and Tallinn and I have the timetables as well.  The one I am interested in is the Eckerö Line because it gives me the most time in Tallinn i.e. between 11:00 - 18:00 [seven hours].  Viking Line will only give me four hours.  The Tallink Silja Line wil also give me seven hours, but it depends on the time of departure on Helsinki.  Tallink Silja Line seems more expensive than Eckerö.

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2016
Cheap transport from Helsinki airport to Holiday Club Ronnas in Isnas  (1 Answer)

I am a Canadian. I read the airport taxis are pretty expensive in Helsinki. I want to go to Holiday Club Ronnas (Isnas) from Helsinki Airport, which is at a distance of about 78 km and taxi costs about 130 Euros. If I want to avoid taxis, what would be the best economical mode of transport to go there?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2016
Ferries Stockholm to Helsinki.

We are an active couple in our fifties so we like the shows and some dancing but wouldn't describe ourselves as 'party people'. We would like a niceish cabin without going over the top and a nice dinner setting with good food (obviously!) We have no objection to children but would probably like to dine in a more adult setting.

I have done so much research on the two ferries that do this overnight trip. I think I'm over doing it. In the end i like the Silja Symphony boat better with its promenade but I like the dinner option better on the Viking cruise! :/
What I like about the dinner option on Viking is the Food Garden option with a window view. This looks a bit more up market with round tables and table cloths. Also I like the idea of buffet for starters and dessert and ala carte for mains. The fact drinks are not included is fine. We are not big drinkers so are happy to purchase a couple of wines.

The cabin selections on the Viking are more limited on the upper end. We don't want a suite but like a deluxe type room with sea view. On the Viking the options are the suite which is very expensive and next is the LXB Seaside Premium 12 square metres. Which would be ok.
On the Silja the Deluxe seaside is 14sq and looks a bit more roomy and better appointed. There are limited photos.
Don't even get me started on what dining time to choose! ha ha Some say early and be on deck for sunset and that best island views are 3 hours into cruise. I thought exiting the harbour would be good to see too. A 5 o'clock seating for dinner is as soon as you arrive and seems too rushed for us.
I am presuming you can't request a room mid ship (in case of bad weather as I'm not a great sailor) or any room for that matter. Seems like that is pot luck. Unlike cruise ships where they charge more for same cabins midship and on preferred quiet floors.
So any help/advice/opinion is very much welcomed.
Sylv


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2016
A few hours in Helsinki  (11 Answers)

We will be arriving in Helsinki at the Tallink Ferry terminal on Sunday 28th September. We will be departing by train to St Petersburg at 3pm. I have researched and we can get to the central train station quite easily by tram 2 or by taxi. We will have our medium sized luggage. We would like to use the 4 hours or so that we have to at least see a little of Helsinki. I have researched tours and really only come up with Hop on Hop off bus which doesn't really suit our needs with our time constraints.
Any suggestions on how we can see a bit of Helsinki? I need insider help !
Thanks Sylv


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2015
Helesinki-Stockholm Ferry  (9 Answers)

Which ferry company and time of the day would you recommend for two folks without a car traveling in spring?

A second option would be going from Turku to Stockholm but while the trip is shorter I hear the ferries are smaller.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2015
Finland in 6 days  (4 Answers)

I am arriving to Helsinki in Mid September for 6 days with wife and Two daughters. any suggestions on accommodation ( I prefer furnished apartments).


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2015
Weather in Helsinki during August- November  (3 Answers)

How is weather there in Helsinki during Aug- November? I would be traveling with my baby of 7 months old. Do I need to carry heavy winter clothes for me as well as my baby?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2015
Indian restaurants and stores  (4 Answers)

Do we have restaurants in Helsinki having Indian food in their menu. Where in Helsinki can I find store selling indian food related items?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2015
Accomodation in Helsinki  (2 Answers)

How is Iso Roobertinkatu to stay in Helsinki? Is there any kids play ground around that location?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2015
Where do you buy tickets for the sparakoff pub tram  (2 Answers)

Hi, can anyone tell me where you buy tickets for the Pub Tram in Helsinki?

I know where to get the pub tram, at railway square at the mikonkatu tram stop, but don't know where I buy the tickets. do I just pay on the tram?

thanks sharon


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2015
Tourist sites near Airport  (4 Answers)

Returning from our Europe tour in mid June'15 we have a five hour lay over at Helsinki airport (Between 3pm to 8pm). We are a family of three adults and need advice on a possible three hours sightseeing trip to nearby locations. We are fond of Museums, natural beauty and street views, food etc.Please also suggest arrangement of transport or prior booking from Airport if required.
Regards,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2015
Public transport for three weeks

What travel card or cards are best if I stay for three weeks and need to use Public transport every day?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2015
Day trip out of Helsinki  (11 Answers)

I have 5 days in Helsinki, already would have travelled through Norway,Copenhagen,Sweden , Estonia and the end of my 7 week trip is Helsinki...what to do for 1 day outside of Helsinki...Espoo a nice choice?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2015
Hesinki for a day  (2 Answers)

We are 9 of a family, including 1 Sr. Citizen 74 years, and 4 children (11, 12, 14, 18 year old).
Arrive in Helsinki Station by the Allegro train from St Petersburg, on 27th May Morning about 10.30 am. We have tho leave by the 13.30 flight to Rovaniemi. We leave some luggage as te Hotel Holiday Inn City Center, as we return there the next day.

How do we all go to the airport from the train station? will a van be better or take Metro / train??

We return at about 4 pm on 28th May to Helsinki. We are there for the night. Then we have the cruise to Stockholm departing at 5 pm the next day (28th).

What all can we do and see? How do we go about it?

Can we hire minibus / van with English speaking Driver / Guide? From where?

Tram ride??

I know that these are a lot of questions, but please do help.

Thanks in advance.



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