Published on September 6, 2007
Experiencing Helsinki & Finland: Experiencing Helsinki andamp; Finland Eeva Lappalainen 6.9.2006 Agenda: Agenda Public Transportation Sports Cinema and Theatre Music Galleries and Museums Bars and Clubs Out of the capital area Public Transportation: Public Transportation General Information Travel Card Journey Planner Railways and Coaches General Information: General Information A joint public transportation system between the cities in capital area Public transportation system includes: Buses Trams Local trains Underground Ferry to Suomenlinna City internal traffic and regional traffic City internal - EUR 2.00/2.20/2.40 Regional - 3.60 Travel Card (1): Travel Card (1) Two types of travel cards: Multi-user Travel Card = anyone can use the card Personal Travel Card = used only by one person, can be purchased by residents in the capital area Personal Travel Card has cheaper prices! Charge Travel Period or Value: Period = as much travelling as one wants Either regional or city internal Value = used to buy a ticket every time transportation is used Travel Card (2): Travel Card (2) To get the Personal Travel Card: Go to Maistraatti (Register Office) of the city you live in and they will register you as a resident of the city Go to the YTV service point of your city and purchase the card (costs EUR 8) You need a certificate from the Maistraatti that you live in that particular city (can cost few EUR) Load Travel Period or Value on the card and you’re ready to go! Student discount availability varies accoding to the city and student status Journey Planner: Journey Planner Journey Planner = Internet-based application with which you can plan your route by using public transportation Gives suggestions of the route, exact times when to leave etc. Indicates the place on map www.ytv.fi/journeyplanner http://www.ytv.fi/ Railways and Coaches (1): Railways and Coaches (1) VR – The Finnish Railways Operates services all major cities in Finland www.vr.fi Journey Planner, schedules, prices etc. Matkahuolto – The long-distance buses and coaches A way to get to the smaller cities and villages www.matkahuolto.fi Schedules, prices etc. Easy and cheap way to explore Finland! Helsinki-Kuopio ~50 EUR return ticket Helsinki-Rovaniemi ~70 EUR return ticket Railways and Coaches (2): Railways and Coaches (2) After paying the Student Union Fee all the students who are studying at least 8 months are entitled to the student discount on long-distance travelling 50 % reduction if the journey is at least 80 km (Matkahuolto, less for trains) Can be obtained by showing a student card If you don’t have a student card you can purchase a special student discount card from VR or Matkahuolto (joint card, costs few euros) Sports: Sports Spectator Sports Ice Hockey Basketball Football (mainly during summer) Do-it-yourself Ice Skating Skiing (Cross country and downhill) What do TKK and TKY offer? Ice Hockey: Ice Hockey Helsinki has two SM-liiga ice hockey teams (Jokerit and HIFK) Espoo has one (Blues) Games are played about twice a week Tickets cost approximately €13 - €30 (more for local derbies) Basketball: Basketball The Finnish Championship series is played both by Women and Men Several teams based in the capital area (ToPo, Honka, PuHu) Tapiolan Honka is one of the biggest and plays at Mankkaa sports hall Tickets cost €5 - €15 Ice Skating: Ice Skating If you own skates, you can go basically anywhere Brahe field (Helsinginkatu 23) in Kallio has skates for hire Total cost about €6 Skiing: Skiing Cross country ski trails are found throughout the area Cross country skis can be hired at Oittaa, Espoo and in Paloheinä, Helsinki €15 per day Two good places for downhill skiing near the capital area: Vihti Serena Cinemas and Theatre: Cinemas and Theatre Mainstream Cinema Arthouse Cinema Theatre (mainly in Swedish and Finnish) Mainstream Cinema: Mainstream Cinema There are two large cinemas in Helsinki, Tennispalatsi (www.finnkino.fi) and Kinopalatsi (www.kinopalatsi.fi) Tickets cost about €10 Student tickets (~€7.5) from TKY or from Kinopalatsi If you’re going on a Friday or Saturday night, book ahead - both cinema chains have online booking systems Arthouse Cinema: Arthouse Cinema Helsinki also has a number of smaller cinemas Bio Rex Kino Engel Tickets are a bit cheaper Helsinki International Film Festival Art School Confidential, Babel, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America www.hiff.fi Music: Music Popular Music Classical Music Opera and Jazz Music Festivals Popular Music: Popular Music Hartwall Arena The venue of choice for major artists (Bryan Adams, 50 Cent etc.) Tavastia Mainly Rock / Heavy Metal bands Nosturi Vanha Ylioppilastalo Tickets between €10-60 Lippupalvelu and Tiketti Classical Music: Classical Music Finlandia Hall hosts concerts by the Helsinki Philharmonic and guest orchestras Students can buy standby tickets for €5 in the hour before the start of the performance Opera and Jazz: Opera and Jazz Finland’s National Opera House is also on Mannerheimintie Student tickets start at €14 Both ballet and opera (e.g. Fidelio, Tosca, Swan Lake) Main jazz venues Storyville and Umo Jazz House Galleries and Museums: Galleries and Museums Kiasma Ateneum Suomenlinna Mannerheim Museum and many, many others Galleries and Museums: Galleries and Museums Kiasma €4/€6.5 students, free on Fridays 5pm - 8.30pm Ateneum Suomenlinna Mannerheim Museum and many, many others Galleries and Museums: Galleries and Museums Kiasma Ateneum €4 (€6.5) for students Free admission Wednesdays 5pm-8pm Suomenlinna Mannerheim Museum and many, many others Galleries and Museums: Galleries and Museums Kiasma Ateneum Suomenlinna Ferry covered by travel card Loads to see and explore (e.g. a submarine) Mannerheim Museum and many, many others Galleries and Museums: Galleries and Museums Kiasma Ateneum Suomenlinna Mannerheim Museum Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12-16 Entrance €6 for students and many, many others Galleries and Museums: Galleries and Museums Kiasma Ateneum Suomenlinna Mannerheim Museum and many, many others Design Museum Taidehalli Museum of Architecture Bars and Clubs: Bars and Clubs Good to Know Student-Friendly Places for a Drink Cool Places Smart Places Good to Know: Good to Know Many bars have cover charges, and most have a cloakroom charge Age limits (often 24+) - take ID with you! Drinks are pretty expensive Closing times are from 2am - 4am Tipping is not expected Student Friendly: Student Friendly ESN-HYY Pub Nights on Thursdays Onnela on Fredrikinkatu Cheaper drinks with ESN card Amarillo 'Candy Wednesday' Botta Molly Malone’s Fever Onnela, Studio 51 andamp; the Club (occasionally) Places for a Drink: Places for a Drink MBar Kaisla, Teerenpeli Specialized on beer brands Kallio Bohemian area with many (also cheap) places Corona Bar (also pool tables) Erottaja Bar Teerenpeli Cool Places: Cool Places Saunabar DTM, Birdie Rose Garden Kuudes linja in Kallio (Uniq with Arctic Icebar ) Smart Places: Smart Places Helsinki Club Teatteri Eatz (Friday Night Salsa) Kaarle XII König The Club andamp; Studio 51 Out of the Capital Area: Out of the Capital Area Porvoo and Hanko Turku Tampere The North Tallinn and Stockholm The Baltic Region Russia Porvoo and Hanko: Porvoo and Hanko Porvoo Very beautiful old city 1 hour away by coach Christmas Markets a must Hanko Beautiful coastal city 1 hour away by coach Turku: Turku Finland’s Spiritual Capital Major castle and Cathedral Very pretty city with a relaxed atmosphere 2 hours by train ~ €25 return Tampere: Tampere The Manchester of Finland Lots of interesting sights the Lenin Museum Särkänniemi Amusement Park 2 hours by train ~ €25 return The North: The North Biggest cities are Rovaniemi and Oulu The arctic circle is at Rovaniemi (12 hours away by train) Lots of ski resorts (Ylläs, Koli) Tallinn and Stockholm: Tallinn and Stockholm Several companies operate ferries to the cities Tallinn: Tallink, Linda Line, Silja Line Stockholm: Viking Line, Silja Line Tallinn is 2 hours away A nice day trip Stockholm is an overnight journey but that’s part of the fun Goom 07 in February The Baltic Region: The Baltic Region Riga in Latvia and Vilnus in Lithuania Buses from Tallinn Ryanair operates a route to Riga from Tampere Beautiful places also around the capitals Pärnu and Tartu in Estonia Kaunas and 'beach cities' in Lithuania Russia: Russia St. Petersburg just 5 hours away by bus or by train Lots to see and wonder Moscow further away but still accessible by train (and plane) Visa needed Easiest to obtain through travel agency ESN-TKY trip to St. Petersburg Conclusions: Conclusions Get out and discover Helsinki! Try new things!