The Helsinki Card offers free entry to 28 of the city's top attractions and tours, plus discounted entry to 22 extra attractions, as well as City Sightseeing Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour and a free detailed pocket-sized guidebook. UNESCO World Heritage Site Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island, a scenic canal cruise and the Ateneum Art Museum, home to the best works of the Finnish National Gallery, are among the attractions included.
The Helsinki Card is available for one, two or three days; prices start at €46 (around US$51) per adult and €23 (US$26) per child aged 4-12 years for the one-day pass. The two-day adult pass is €56, while the three-day pass is €66. Prices include a free travelcard for unlimited journeys on Helsinki's public transport network of buses, trams, metro, and Suomenlinna ferry.
Helsinki Card highlights include:
• Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island - a guided tour of this historic naval stronghold dating from 1748, which over the years has played a role in defending Sweden, Russia and Finland. Includes entry to the Suomenlinna Museum, Ehrensvard Museum, Military Museum and Submarine Vesikko. Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island & Museums normally priced at €37 but included with the Helsinki Card.Attractions offering discounted entry prices for Helsinki Card holders include the much-loved SkyWheel, which provides panoramic views of the city's coastline, picturesque Market Square and Majestic Uspenski Cathedral from a height of more than 130 feet; and SEALIFE Helsinki, a collection of 50 different aquariums including an underwater tunnel which places visitors just inches from some of the sea's most dangerous creatures. Using the Helsinki Card enables visitors to make significant savings on their sightseeing. A tour of the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress (normally €37), the Beautiful Canal Route Cruise (€25) and one-day City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour (€28) would come to €90 if purchased independently, but are all covered by the Helsinki Card at just €46 for one day.
• Beautiful Canal Route Cruise - a 90-minute exploration of some of Helsinki's most scenic banks, islands and waterways. Normally priced at €25 but included with the Helsinki Card.
• Ateneum Art Museum - the best place to experience Finland's artistic heritage, with works from the 19th century to the modern age. Normally priced at €15 but included with the Helsinki Card.
• City Sightseeing Hop on/Hop off bus tour, a 24-hour ticket for Helsinki's sightseeing buses, with 15 stops in and around the city center offering the chance to take in Market Square, the Sibelius Monument and Rock Church, among other highlights. Normally priced at €28 but included with the Helsinki Card.
The Helsinki Card is available for purchase at HelsinkiCard.com