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Helsinki City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

1. Helsinki City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Explore Helsinki according to your own interests and schedule with a 24 or 48-hour ticket for the open-air, hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Take a full loop of the route in just 90 minutes to get an orientation of the city, or jump off at any of the stops to explore the attractions that interest you the most. Drive past the Sibelius Monument, and the imposing Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Church). Jump off at the Flea Market or Market Square, and see the buildings built for the 1952 Summer Olympics, including the Olympic Stadium. Your full price ticket entitles you to discounts at participating partners, including cafés, restaurants and shops. Free Wi-Fi is available on-board the bus so you can keep up-to-date with your friends and family back home and make them jealous with social media updates of your experience. In the event of bad weather, the roof of the bus can be swiftly retracted to protect you from the rain. Free rain ponchos are also provided. You can start your tour from any stop along the route. Add on an optional cruise from the Cruise Terminal, and get a different perspective of the city from the water. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stops: 1. Senate Square/ Helsinki City Museum 2. Olympia Terminal (Silja Line) / Mannerheim Museum 3. Cafe Ursula/ Kaivopuisto Park 4. Compass Square 5. Eira 6. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal (stop in use only on certain cruise ship days) 7. Löyly 8. Flea Market/ Bulevardi/ Sinebrychoff Art Museum 9. Swedish Theater/ Design Museum/ Museum of Finnish Architecture 10. Market Square (departure point for Beautiful Canal Route) 11. Kiasma/ Helsinki Art Museum/ Amos Rex / Central Railway Station 12. Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) 13. Sibelius Monument 14. Olympic Stadium  15. National Opera/ Linnanmäki/ Töölönlahti Bay 16. National Museum/ Parliament House/ Helsinki Music Center 17. Ateneum Art Museum/ Central Railway Station 18. Botanic Garden

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

2. Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historic monuments of Helsinki with a local guide, and visit sights such as Olympic Stadium from the 1952 Summer Olympics. See the monument to the composer Jean Sibelius and explore the promenade of Esplanade Park. Go to Old Market Hall, and admire the largest orthodox church in western Europe at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Then, catch the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Upon arrival, walk to visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

3. Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

Feel the unique atmosphere of a Nordic city with an insightful private tour of Helsinki. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the world's happiest country as you discover the city's most popular neighborhoods. Learn about local history and culture by exploring the main landmarks. Get picked up from the port or airport and head out on your sightseeing journey with a private guide. Enjoy onboard amenities such as bottled water and free WiFi. Drive around the fashionable districts of Ullanlinna, Eira, and Kaivopuisto to see magnificent Art Nouveau structures. Explore beautiful embankments with magnificent views of the Gulf of Finland. Discover Sibelius Park, an Orthodox and Jewish cemetery, the Uspenski Cathedral, and the Helsinki Cathedral. Walk around Esplanade Park in the heart of the city and admire the ocean from the Löyly sauna and restaurant. Take a break to swim in the cool ocean waters, then see the innovative Odi Library and interactive center. Ask your guide to adjust the itinerary if there's a place you'd particularly like to see, then get dropped off at the starting point or your chosen location.

Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

4. Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a tour of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and watch daily life unfold with stories and history from your guide. Visit city highlights, from the bustling Market Square where locals get their groceries to the colossal Central Library Oodi. Begin at the iconic Senate Square and admire the Lutheran Cathedral. From the square, see Helsinki University and the old Senate, and discover the meaning behind the statue of the Russian Czar. As you walk, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the capital. Next, follow your guide to the port and marvel at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Continue to Market Square and learn about Finnish gastronomy. Here, get tips on where to eat and drink after the tour. If you're lucky, you might see locals swimming and relaxing in the Baltic Sea. Make your way to Havis Amanda and learn about this statue's significance to many in the city. Stop at the picturesque Esplanade Park and see the man that the seagulls love the most. After passing by the Esplanade, walk through Helsinki's bustling Aleksanterinkatu street, and discover the "unicorn block". At the end of Aleksanterinkatu street, view the Three Smiths statue, which was damaged during the bombings of the Second World War. Hear stories about this complicated period of Finland's history and the impact that lingers to this day. Stop by the Helsinki Central Railway Station before coming to the last stop on the tour, the new Central Library Oodi. As you arrive, see the Finnish Parliament, the Music Centre, and Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum. Take a small tour inside the library and marvel at its unique architecture before finishing the tour.

Helsinki Airport Layover 3-hour Guided Tour

5. Helsinki Airport Layover 3-hour Guided Tour

If you have 3-4 hours between flights at the Helsinki airport you can travel to the city center to get an overview of this far northern capital and its inhabitants. You’ll have a chance to meet a local resident, passionate about Helsinki and its culture and history, who will help you make the most of your short time here. The guide will meet you at the airport or train station when you arrive and travel with you to Helsinki’s city center. From the airport, the train trip takes approximately 30 minutes. See some of the city’s most interesting sites, including the magnificent Senate Square and the surrounding 19th-century neighborhood. You’ll also see the unique Church in the Rock and several other places that are local favorites. After the excursion, head back to the airport with your guide, who’ll take you directly into the departures hall.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

6. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your PhD student and professional city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the 20th century. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why Helsinkians picnic at gravesites, which statue is most discriminated against by seagulls, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

7. Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

Experience an exclusive and unforgettable air sightseeing tour around Helsinki and the archipelago. The flights are operated with highly modern helicopters, which are the most silent and environmentally friendly in the world flying with Sustainable Aviation Fuel. After your safety briefing and a photo opportunity, take off and fly above the beautiful nature surrounding Helsinki. Check out the natural state forests on the east side of the city as you fly high. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you head towards the archipelago in front of Helsinki. As you get closer to the city, fly around Suomenlinna, the sea fortress island, and the city center. Grab some amazing pictures as the helicopter passes in front of the downtown shoreline to show you a beautiful scene consisting of Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral. Take a peek at why Helsinki is known as “the City of Architecture”, with many neoclassical buildings to peek at. Fly close to Löyly and, on a clear day, see if you can see the skyline of Tallinn, the Estonian capital that lies across the water. Finish off the tour by flying over the fancy neighborhoods located on the west side of Helsinki with beautiful villas owned by a few international celebrities.

Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

8. Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the charming and fascinating city of Helsinki which is a centre for maritime life. On this audio tour, learn of its history through visiting beautiful old buildings and hear of famous local composers who were crucial in the development of this Scandinavian city. Enjoy beautiful sights in Esplanade Park, marvel at the huge ferries coming and going in its harbour and visit the iconic Senate Square. Try something new in the country’s unique food market and learn about its daring swimming traditions. You will also see the Helsinki Information Centre, the Senate Square, Kaisaniemi Park, the Ateneum Art Museum with the Finnish National Gallery, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Parliament House, and the Design Museum. Your tour. Your way.

Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

9. Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

Discover Helsinki and visit some of its most famous sites with your help of your professional local guide. Your tour will start with a pick-up from your choice of meeting points in Helsinki harbor. Then it's time to set off to discover some of the city's most important cultural landmarks and historical monuments. See the Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Monument, take a turn around Esplanade Park and visit the Market Square and Old Market Hall. Complete your cultural tour by seeing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and Senate Square. Your professional guide will share the city's stories along the way, with plenty of stops for photographs. Then, from Helsinki's Market Square, continue by ferry to Suomenlinna, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the world's largest sea fortresses that sprawls across a series of six small islands. During your walking tour, learn about the site's eventful history and see some of Suomenlinna's main attractions, such as the King's Gate, the Jetty Barracks, the Great Courtyard and Suomenlinna Church. After your tour, you will be taken back to Helsinki Market Square to continue your adventure. 

Helsinki Stopover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfers

10. Helsinki Stopover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfers

Avail of an itinerary that has been especially designed to cover the top 12 attractions of Helsinki, perfect for travelers with a short stopover at the airport. Learn hidden stories known only by your guide to make your trip unique.  Get a meet and greet at Helsinki Airport, and then head to the Töölö district of the city center to see the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1952 Summer Olympics. Continue to the Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen in Sibelius Park, and then marvel at the National Romantic façade of the National Museum of Finland. See where the Parliament of Finland sit, and admire the contemporary architecture of the Kiasma Museum. Gaze in wonder at the Temppeliaukio Church, built directly into solid rock. Pass Esplanade Park and the 19th-century Old Market Hall near Market Square. See the monumental Uspenski Cathedral on the way to Senate Square, and then take a look at Helsinki Cathedral, built as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.

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What people are saying about Senate Square

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4.6 / 5

based on 355 reviews

Rentohelsinki was very casual and cater our walking tour according to our interests. Since it was a small group, we managed to interact to other participants easily and comfortably. Our guide was friendly and knowledgable possibly because she was originally from Finland and she has a lot of experience as a guide before.

This may be the best walking tour I have been to, Emet is a experienced and informative guide, he provided more then Historical and geographical information, and also his perspective on city planning. It is the best choice if tourist want to explore and understand of the Finland culture, history and current society.

The whole tour was really great, but I'd like to highlight the visit to Odee Central Library... it really shows how Finnish society takes care of their people!

Harry the guide was very friendly and helpful. He explained things in detail. Brought us to try local food which was good. Overall a very good experience.

Good activity. To see the best of Helsinki in few hours.