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    Car hire in Helsinki at the Best Prices

    Helsinki has grown in popularity as a tourist destination, much thanks to the city's picturesque location by the Baltic Sea, its famous design scene, and its reputation as a clean and safe city. Car hire in Helsinki is the perfect way to start your holiday in Finland, allowing you to explore both the other urban centres and pristine nature. Auto Europe offers deals with low prices and numerous pick-up locations in downtown Helsinki as well as the airport. Find out what other customers thought of their Auto Europe car rental in the city by reading the comments they posted on our Helsinki car hire reviews and Finland car hire reviews pages.

    Traffic and parking

    Driving your car hire in Helsinki is generally a relaxed affair, but during the morning and evening rush hour the city gets very congested. Other things to keep in mind include the fact that right of way belongs to trams in intersections and to buses when they pull out of a bus stop. In intersections, pedestrians and cyclists also often have the right of way, so it is best to be very careful. There are some lanes dedicated to public transportation, where driving is not allowed for other vehicles. For tips on driving your car rental in Finland, click here. It is also worth noting that, because of the two official languages in Finland, Finnish and Swedish, nearly all street signs are bilingual in the capital.

    If you are heading to the nearby city of Espoo, you can get there by driving along Länsiväylä for about half an hour. The picturesque town of Porvoo is about an hour away along the E18 to the east. Turku, Finland's old capital with wonderful historic sites and a beautiful archipelago with popular cruises departing for Sweden, is about a two-hour drive from Helsinki via the E18 to the west. If you are heading to Tampere, on the other hand, take the E12 and you should reach the city in about two hours.


    On-street parking spaces are quite readily available in Helsinki, but they can be pricey. Parking is always payable Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, and can also be payable on Saturday. Many spaces require you to leave a parking disc with your arrival time. Three parking zones are in operation: Zone 1 in the centre with the highest prices, and Zones 2 and 3 outside of the centre with lower prices. In all three zones, you can only park in designated spaces, whereas outside of the zones on the city's outskirts, parking is allowed unless signs prohibit it. If you prefer to park in a car park, underground ones are available in the Kamppi and Forum shopping centres in the heart of Helsinki.

    Geographic Information

    Helsinki is located in the very south of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The city is surrounded by a large archipelago. Winter lasts from November to March, but is not as harsh as in the rest of the country thanks to the sea and the North Atlantic Current, with average temperatures around -5°C. During the winter solstice, however, Helsinki only gets less than six hours of sunlight a day. Conversely, around the summer solstice, the day lasts for 19 hours. Summer weather is also kept mild thanks to the sea, with average temperatures around 20°C.

    Helsinki Airport

    Helsinki Airport is within the borders of the city of Vantaa, about 10 miles from central Helsinki. The airport is the main hub for the airline Finnair.

    Helsinki Airport (HEL)
    Address: 01531 Vantaa, Finland
    Telephone: +358 200 14636

    Public Transportation

    A rather comprehensive public transportation system operates in Helsinki, including a metro line, trams, buses, trains, and even ferries. All public transportation within the capital and the surrounding metropolitan area is operated by HSL.

    Helsinki has one underground, or "metro", line. At one end the line begins in Ruoholahti, passes through the centre, and splits after Itäkeskus, ending at either Vuosaari or Mellunmäki.

    13 tram lines operate within Helsinki. Lines number 2 and 3 are good ways to see the main sights in the city.

    Most of the areas not covered by the metro line can be reached with urban buses. The main hubs for buses in the centre are Eliel Square and Railway Square. Long-distance buses depart from the Kamppi bus station, located underneath the shopping centre with the same name.

    The Central Railway Station is the point of departure for both long-distance trains to other cities and suburban trains to the metropolitan area.

    Ferries connect the city to numerous surrounding islands. Especially popular is the route to the old fortification island Suomenlinna.

    Motorhome hire in Helsinki

    As an alternative to car hire Auto Europe offers motorhomes in Helsinki. Travelling with a campervan brings you closer to nature and allows to experience Finland in a new way. Be it a romantic trip for two or a family holiday, you will find a suitable vehicle among our large choice of mobile homes.

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