Helsinki prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$93.06   
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Helsinki hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
27.78 - 34.72
star
69.44 - 138.89
starstar
104.17 - 173.61
starstarstar
111.11 - 222.22
starstarstarstar
131.94 - 250.00
starstarstarstarstar
208.33 - 416.67


hotel seasons

Hotels in Helsinki are quite expensive in general, and especially during the busy summer season. This is a big business city so hotel prices are often cheaper on weekends, at least at the higher end places. From October through April prices are usually down a bit, and some hotels become real bargains if you can put up with the weather and short days. Hostels in Helsinki tend to be expensive as well, with little price variation through the year.


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Helsinki is a fascinating combination of influences that aren’t found elsewhere and it’s clean and well organized, but it’s notoriously expensive as well. From a visitor’s perspective it’s not quite as expensive as Stockholm, but compared to nearly anywhere else in Europe it will seem pricey.

Hotels in Helsinki are quite expensive by most standards, but at least the quality is usually very high so you may not feel like you are being taken advantage of. It’s tough to find a real budget hotel, though if you are coming on a weekend you might find prices at the nicer places are within your range since so many business travelers aren’t in town. Hostels are all fairly expensive by international standards as well.

The main attractions are actually quite inexpensive, with many of the better museums in the city actually being free similar to those in the United Kingdom. Food and drinks will, unfortunately, eat into your budget, so those on a backpacker fund will want to seek out casual places rather than the sit-down restaurants in the tourist area.

Helsinki attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Suomenlinna Island Ferry This island fortress is one of the city's best known sights. Entrance is free but the round-trip ferry ride isn't. adults (return) 5.56
ages 7-16 2.78
National Museum of Finland Learn all about Finland at this popular museum. adults 11.11
under 18 0.00
Olympic Tower From this tower you can get a good view of the 1952 Olympic stadium and grounds, plus the city itself. adults 6.94
children 2.78

Helsinki Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 41.67 - 55.56
Express bus from airport to city center 6.25 - 8.61
Local bus from airport to train station 3.89
3km taxi ride in Helsinki 15.28 - 20.83
Tram/bus/metro ride in Helsinki 3.06 - 3.89
24-hour tram/bus/metro pass 9.72

Helsinki food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast Most hotels and hostels will include breakfast, but if not you can find local cafes nearby. 5.56 - 9.72
Budget lunch There are fast-food joints plus pizzas and kebabs at reasonable prices in the tourist districts. 8.33 - 13.89
Budget dinner Sitting down for a proper meal usually means spending quite a bit, but some cheaper options do exist. 11.11 - 19.44
Beer (pint) Alcohol can get pricey in Helsinki, though not as bad as Sweden or Norway. 5.56 - 8.33

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Helsinki facts

Population 600,000
Metro area 1,300,000
Time zone UTC+2
Currency Euro
Airports Helsinki Airport (HEL)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 29 20 1.9
Feb 28 18 1.4
Mar 34 24 1.5
Apr 44 33 1.4
May 57 43 1.3
Jun 66 52 1.9
Jul 70 57 2.4
Aug 67 55 3.1
Sep 57 47 2.6
Oct 48 39 2.9
Nov 39 31 2.7
Dec 32 23 2.3

Weather Advice

For obvious reasons summer is the time to visit Helsinki if you are able to. The days are warm and very long, with comfortable evening temperatures. Outside of the May through September window things really do cool down, although not as much as you might guess based on the northern latitude. Winters are chilly and the days are usually gray in addition to being short.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 6:20am 6:37pm
21 Jun 3:54am 10:50pm
21 Sep 7:02am 7:24pm
21 Dec 9:24am 3:13pm