Car Rental in Helsinki
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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.
One-Way Car Rentals in Helsinki
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Helsinki and drop off in another city include:
- From Helsinki to Turku - 108 offers from $40.91 per day
- From Helsinki to Kuopio - 73 offers from $40.91 per day
- From Helsinki to Joensuu - 73 offers from $44.81 per day
- From Helsinki to Rovaniemi - 128 offers from $40.91 per day
- From Helsinki to Jyväskylä - 40 offers from $40.91 per day
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).
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
- 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.
As of June 2019, there are neither any toll roads nor toll bridges in Finland.
Ideas for day trips
- 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 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.
- 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 $112 per day
- Large cars - from $115 per day
- Medium cars - from $78 per day
- Vans - from $229 per day
- Premium cars - from $180 per day
- Small cars - from $64 per day
- SUVs - from $160 per day
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 13 Cities near Helsinki
Rovaniemi Car Rentals from $40.53 per day695.7 km / 432.3 miles away
Oulu Car Rentals from $41.18 per day513.2 km / 318.9 miles away
Tampere Car Rentals from $48.44 per day143.0 km / 88.9 miles away
Turku Car Rentals from $31.67 per day149.8 km / 93.1 miles away
Kittilä Car Rentals from $44.25 per day821.1 km / 510.2 miles away
Kuopio Car Rentals from $43.05 per day334.4 km / 207.8 miles away
191.1 km / 118.8 miles away
Joensuu Car Rentals from $51.16 per day358.7 km / 222.9 miles away
Ivalo Car Rentals from $48.26 per day929.0 km / 577.3 miles away
Vaasa Car Rentals from $43.05 per day347.6 km / 216.0 miles away
Kuusamo Car Rentals from $48.62 per day665.7 km / 413.7 miles away
Kolari Car Rentals from $82.31 per day783.8 km / 487.0 miles away
616.2 km / 382.9 miles away
Top 9 Locations near Helsinki
Helsinki Airport Car Rentals from $30.95 per day16.0 km / 9.9 miles away
Tampere-Pirkkala Airport Car Rentals from $48.44 per day156.3 km / 97.1 miles away
Joensuu Airport Car Rentals from $51.16 per day371.6 km / 230.9 miles away
Oulu Airport Car Rentals from $41.18 per day529.2 km / 328.8 miles away
Oulu Train Station Car Rentals from $70.08 per day538.6 km / 334.7 miles away
Kuusamo Airport Car Rentals from $48.62 per day681.3 km / 423.4 miles away
Rovaniemi Airport Car Rentals from $40.53 per day711.7 km / 442.2 miles away
Kittilä Airport Car Rentals from $44.25 per day837.0 km / 520.1 miles away
Ivalo Airport Car Rentals from $48.26 per day945.0 km / 587.2 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||6|
|Popular suppliers||GreenMotion, Alamo, FiRENT, Autounion, Enterprise|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Station wagons, Medium cars, SUVs|
|Lowest price||$31 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|GreenMotion||Volkswagen Polo||4||2||Small cars|
|GreenMotion||Volkswagen Polo||4||2||Small cars|
|FiRENT||Toyota Yaris||5||1||Small cars|
|FiRENT||Ford Fiesta||5||1||Small cars|
|GreenMotion||Volkswagen Golf STW||5||3||Station wagons|
|GreenMotion||Volkswagen Golf||4||3||Medium cars|
|GreenMotion||Volkswagen Golf STW||5||3||Station wagons|
|Alamo||Volkswagen Polo||5||2||Small cars|
|Alamo||Opel Astra||4||3||Medium cars|
|Alamo||Volkswagen Up||4||1||Small cars|
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