Helsinki, Finland Travel Guide Last Updated: Dec 2022

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.

Why Visit Helsinki

Helsinki Facts

Population 600,000
Area 1,300,000
Timezone UTC+2
Currency Euro
Airports Helsinki Airport (HEL)

Where to eat and drink in Helsinki

Budget breakfastMost hotels and hostels will include breakfast, but if not you can find local cafes nearby.$4.35 - $8.70
Budget lunchThere are fast-food joints plus pizzas and kebabs at reasonable prices in the tourist districts.$7.61 - $11.96
Budget dinnerSitting down for a proper meal usually means spending quite a bit, but some cheaper options do exist.$10.87 - $17.39
Beer (.5L)Beer is expensive in the city center, so those on a backpacker budget should head to the Kallio neighborhood for bargain pints.$6.52 - $8.70
Beer .33L (retail)Cans of local lager are available in supermarkets, and for a bit more in mini-markets. $1.09 - $2.17
Wine (bottle)You have to go to the state-run liquor stores for anything stronger than beer. Plenty of wine choices are around €10/bottle.$11.96 - $43.48
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When to visit Helsinki

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Helsinki Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:20am6:37pm
21 Jun3:54am10:50pm
21 Sep7:02am7:24pm
21 Dec9:24am3:13pm

Where to stay in Helsinki

Helsinki Hotel Seasons

Helsinki Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar30.43 - 54.35
starstarstarstarstar69.57 - 78.26
starstarstarstarstar71.74 - 141.30
starstarstarstarstar78.26 - 167.39
starstarstarstarstar203.26 - 326.09
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Helsinki Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed22.83 - 29.35

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