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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Helsinki Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$30.51 / per day
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Helsinki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Karl or similar
Opel Karl
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • Man.
Keddy
$31.36 / per day
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Helsinki Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$32.81 / per day
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Helsinki Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$33.65 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Helsinki Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$34.48 / per day
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Helsinki Airport Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$34.55 / per day
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Helsinki Airport Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 207 or similar
Peugeot 207
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$36.39 / per day
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Helsinki Railway Station Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4x
  • x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$38.87 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:33 on 2019-11-22. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Finnish
Currency
EUR
Country code
358
Average car rental length
8 days
Economy car rental price
$50.22 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5

Why rent a car in Helsinki?

Helsinki is a great place for renting a car. Diverse and quickly-developing, it is one of the most interesting tech, culture, and architectural hubs of Northern Europe. Your own ride will give you the freedom to travel around the city’s many neighborhoods, visit neighboring Espoo and Vaasa, and then make your own adventure across the rest of the country.

Top ways to enter Helsinki

  • Helsinki Airport: With nearly 21 million passengers every year, Finland’s busiest airport is among the 30 largest in Europe. Also known as Helsinki-Vantaa after the suburb in which it is located, the airport hosts flights to and from all of the continents of the world. The airport is about 17km (11 miles) north of the city center.
  • Turku Airport: Served by six different airlines, Turku Airport has flights to and from countries like Sweden, Poland, Latvia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The airport is especially active during the summer season. Turku Airport is about 165km (102 miles) west of Helsinki.
  • Tampere Airport: Also known as Tampere–Pirkkala, this small and cozy airport serves about 230,000 passengers every year. The airport is about 186km (115 miles) north of Helsinki.
  • Vaasa Airport: Serving the city of the same name and the larger Ostrobothnia region, Vaasa Airport hosts a number of domestic flights as well as flights to and from Sweden, Greece, Spain, and the Netherlands. Located 415km (258 miles) northwest of Helsinki, the distance between the two cities can be done in less than five hours.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Helsinki by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Helsinki’s Central Railway Station (Rautatieasema).

Useful city facts

Helsinki has a humid continental climate influenced by the Baltic Sea on the coast of which the city is located. The average temperature is 17.8 °C (64°F) in July, which is by far the warmest month, and -4.7°C (23.5°F) in February, the coldest month. Precipitation is spread out fairly evenly throughout the year, with April being the driest month and August the rainiest. Located on the southern edge of the country, Finland is one of the warmest cities in Finland.

Helsinki is made up of 8 city districts that are further divided into sub-districts. The sub-districts of the Central Major District, the central part of the city, are Kallio, Alppiharju, Vallila, Pasila, and Vanhakaupunki.

Like the rest of Finland, Helsinki is officially bilingual, with both Finnish and Swedish being the official languages. Things such as street names, bus stop signs, etc. are written in both languages. Most of the city’s inhabitants are native speakers of Finnish, but around 6% are native Swedish speakers. Many other languages, such as Russian, Hindi, Estonian, Arabic, and Somali are also spoken by the city’s sizeable immigrant community. Knowledge of English in Helsinki is generally very high.

Top destinations and activities

  • Observatory Hill. Located next to Helsinki’s South Harbor, the Observatory Hill offers really nice views of the city skyline in the distance. The hill gets its name from an actual astronomical observatory that is open to visitors (although it’s a good idea to check the working hours in advance as they change depending on the season).
  • Kiasma. Located in a truly unique building fit for its purpose, Kiasma is Finland’s largest contemporary art museum. A part of three museums that make up the Finnish National Gallery, Kiasma hosts a large number of beautiful paintings, sculptures and other artworks by both Finnish and foreign artists. Increasingly popular with foreign tourists, Kiasma sees more than 300,000 visitors every year.
  • The National Library of Finland. It’s Finnish name, Kansalliskirjasto, might be something of a tongue twister for foreigners, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting. One of the most beautiful in Europe, the National Library is even more impressive from inside than it is from outside thanks to its spacious halls, wooden staircases, and immense columns.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Finland drives on the right-hand side of the road.
  • The general speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h (74 mph), although it may be lowered in winter time or near urban areas by the municipal authority, so be sure to follow the signs. The same applies for provincial roads where the general speed limit is 80 km/h (49 mph) or 100 km/h (62 mph) and for rural roads where the general speed limit is 80 km/h (49 mph). Unless indicated otherwise, the speed limit inside urban and other built-up areas is 50 km/h (31 mph).
  • There are many one-way streets in Helsinki, especially in the city center. Getting a rental car with a good GPS system might, therefore, be a good idea.
  • There are paid parking areas in Helsinki, divided into zones. The city center, where most of the landmarks are located, is Zone 1 and at €4/hour is the most expensive place to park. You can pay via a parking ticket machine or a mobile app. A good alternative can be to use one of the large underground parking garages near the city center where the hourly rate is considerably lower. Parking rates are lower for low-emission passenger cars. Find out more about parking in Helsinki on the city’s official homepage.
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. This is strictly enforced and the fines are high.
  • Children smaller than 135 cm (4’5 ft) have to use a child safety seat. Ask your car rental provider in advance to provide one if you’re traveling with a young child.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding these limits can lead to high fines, an EU-wide license ban, and even imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The general emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112. 

Toll roads

As of June 2019, there are neither any toll roads nor toll bridges in Finland.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Nuuksio National Park. With its pine forests, green hills, and the countless small blue lakes tucked between them, Nuuksio National Park is a perfect place for a day outdoors. Its many hiking trails take you through the woods, meadows, and even wetlands. It’s close, too - Nuuksio is just around 40km (25 miles) northwest of Helsinki, a distance that can be traveled by car in 40 minutes.
  • Tampere. For much of its history, Tampere was the industrial center of the country, even getting nicknamed “the Manchester of Finland.” With the decline of heavy industry, it seemed to be out of luck. But over the last decade, Finland’s second city has spectacularly reinvented itself to become a center for high-tech and innovation. Add to that the many museums (including truly oddball ones like the Spy Museum and the Lenin Museum), public green spaces, and plenty of festivals and events, and it quickly becomes clear it’s a fun, quirky place like no other in the country. Tampere is 180km (112 miles) north of Helsinki and can be reached in about two hours.
  • Turku. Finland’s oldest city is an important center for both Finnish and Swedish culture, both of which can be explored there. The city is home to different types of architecture, the Turku Art Museum, and the Sibelius Music Museum. In Turku, you’ll also find beautiful nature areas like Ruissalo Island and the river promenade. Many pristine forests and national parks are also just a short ride away from the city. Turku is 168km (104 miles) west of Helsinki and can be reached by car in just under two hours.

Most popular rental types and cars

The car that the travelers to Helsinki pick the most is the Toyota Auris, followed by the Volkswagen Up and the Opel Karl. The most popular rental car types are compact, mini, and economy.

Further destinations

  • Finnish Lakeland. A unique landscape region in Southeast Finland, Finnish Lakeland is a network of countless lakes, canals, wetlands, and other bodies of water. Created when the last Ice Age receded, it is nowadays mainly made up of the historic provinces of Savonia and Karelia. The Lakeland is truly a perfect place for swimming, enjoying a proper Finnish sauna, and spending relaxing days in unspoiled nature. Päijänne National Park, a part of the area and home to an impressive lake with both inhabited and uninhabited islands, is only 180km (112 miles) north of Helsinki and can be reached in about two hours.
  • Tallinn. The capital of Estonia, one of the up-and-coming tourism destinations of Europe, is just a short ferry ride away on the other side of the Gulf of Finland. Visit its Old Town (one of the best-preserved in Europe), marvel at the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral and have fun at the artistic Kalamaja district that’s right on the coast. From here, you can also easily explore the rest of Estonia and the other Baltic States, Latvia, and Lithuania. While it might be possible to bring a rental car on a ferry and later drop it off in Tallinn, be sure to ask your car rental provider about it in advance.
  • St. Petersburg. One of the most unique cities in Europe, St. Petersburg is a gorgeous mix of Russian, Scandinavian, German, and French influences. Lined with many canals that will remind of Venice or Amsterdam, it is home to landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Savior, and the Kunstkamera. Don’t miss out on the impressive drawing of the bridges at the city center, either. And, if you visit at the right time in the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy the famous white nights. St. Petersburg is only 388km (241 miles) east of Helsinki, but ask your car rental provider in advance if it is permitted to cross the border in a rental car; many will not, so an easier option might be to drop off one rental car in Helsinki and pick up a new one in St. Petersburg. Also, be sure to arrange a visa in advance as travelers from most western countries require them and they can not be obtained at the border. 

Car Rental Prices in Helsinki

  • Station wagons - from $62 per day
  • Large cars - from $84 per day
  • Medium cars - from $48 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $127 per day
  • Premium cars - from $150 per day
  • Small cars - from $40 per day
  • SUVs - from $257 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the things you can do to land a great car rental deal in the capital of Finland:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Helsinki is the cheapest in October when renting a car is about 55% cheaper than the yearly average and about 74% cheaper than renting a vehicle in July. Come visit Helsinki in autumn!

Top 11 Cities near Helsinki

  1. Rovaniemi Car Rentals from $28.42 per day
    695.7 km / 432.3 miles away
  2. Oulu Car Rentals from $40.47 per day
    513.2 km / 318.9 miles away
  3. Tampere Car Rentals from $39.71 per day
    143.0 km / 88.9 miles away
  4. Ivalo Car Rentals from $38.00 per day
    929.0 km / 577.3 miles away
  5. Kittilä Car Rentals from $38.00 per day
    821.1 km / 510.2 miles away
  6. Turku Car Rentals from $42.84 per day
    149.8 km / 93.1 miles away
  7. 191.1 km / 118.8 miles away
  8. Kuusamo Car Rentals from $38.00 per day
    665.7 km / 413.7 miles away
  9. Kemi Car Rentals from $38.00 per day
    607.9 km / 377.7 miles away
  10. Vaasa Car Rentals from $45.95 per day
    347.6 km / 216.0 miles away
  11. Joensuu Car Rentals from $45.95 per day
    358.7 km / 222.9 miles away

Top 16 Locations near Helsinki

  1. Helsinki Airport Car Rentals from $30.51 per day
    16.2 km / 10.1 miles away
  2. Turku Airport Car Rentals from $42.84 per day
    152.2 km / 94.6 miles away
  3. 156.5 km / 97.3 miles away
  4. 160.5 km / 99.7 miles away
  5. Vaasa Airport Car Rentals from $45.95 per day
    361.4 km / 224.6 miles away
  6. Joensuu Airport Car Rentals from $45.95 per day
    371.8 km / 231.0 miles away
  7. Oulu Airport Car Rentals from $40.47 per day
    529.4 km / 329.0 miles away
  8. 538.8 km / 334.8 miles away
  9. 624.0 km / 387.8 miles away
  10. Kuusamo Airport Car Rentals from $38.00 per day
    681.5 km / 423.5 miles away
  11. 704.5 km / 437.8 miles away
  12. 711.9 km / 442.3 miles away
  13. Kittilä Airport Car Rentals from $38.00 per day
    837.2 km / 520.2 miles away
  14. Ivalo Airport Car Rentals from $38.00 per day
    945.2 km / 587.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Helsinki?

Car rental prices in Helsinki vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Helsinki
$47.52
January
$87.54
February
$67.90
March
$59.13
April
$43.62
May
$62.06
June
$95.87
July
$44.03
August
$28.09
September
$25.02
October
$56.33
November
$56.33
December
The best month to rent a car in Helsinki is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $25.02). This is 55% cheaper than the yearly average and 74% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $95.87 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Helsinki?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in February, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in August, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Helsinki
7
January
8
February
8
March
8
April
8
May
7
June
6
July
5
August
6
September
8
October
6
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Helsinki?

While travelers visit Helsinki year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is October, and the least popular is March.
Helsinki Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
78%
January
66%
February
63%
March
79%
April
117%
May
102%
June
136%
July
105%
August
69%
September
225%
October
78%
November
82%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
SIXT Volkswagen Polo 4 1 Medium cars
AddCar VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
AddCar VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Toyota Aygo 4 1 Small cars
SIXT Volkswagen Polo 4 1 Medium cars
SIXT Toyota Yaris Aut. 4 1 Medium cars
GreenMotion Mazda 3 4 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Mazda 3 4 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

Israel
VW Golf STW
July 25, 2019
Finland is amazing country! It is easy to travel there by car. You can get and drop the car in 5 min even at 6-7 at morning. It is quick and easy.
Finland
VW Golf
June 29, 2019
Helsinki is a beautiful, clean, safe and friendly city … very easy to get around … everybody speaks English

Top 11 Suppliers for Helsinki in 2019

Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.6
+358403062800
Helsinki Airport, Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasema, 01530 Vantaa
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Exceptional 9.6
+358201213510 / +358407798700
Robert Huberin tie 6, 01510 Vantaa
AddCar
AddCar
Exceptional 9.6
+358207032987
Lentoasemantie 1, 01530 Vantaa
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.5
+358201122515
Helsinki-Vantaa Lentoasema, 01510 Vantaa
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+358105252282
Lentajantie 3, Vantaa, 01530
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+358105252282
Lentajantie 3 Vantaa, 01530
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+358403062800
HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+358104362244
Helsinki-vantaa Airport Helsinki.airport@avisbudget.fi
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+358104362255
Helsinki-Vantaa AirportHelsinki.airport@avisbudget.fi
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
+358400148950
Elannontie 9, 01510 Vantaa
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+358104239944
01531 Helsinki Airport, Vantaa, 01510

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