Should visitors rent a car in Helsinki?

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Terhi Ruuskanen

If you are planning to stay only in Helsinki there is no need to rent a car. Helsinki is very walkable city. In summer you can rent a bike instead! The tram system covers most of the city and with buses, trains and metros you can reach the suburbs further away.

If you want to make a day trip to another city, like Porvoo, you can rent a car or take a bus. Car rentals are the same anywhere in Europe: Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Avis and Sixt, to mention few.

The parking costs (in the city central) 4 euros per hour from the early morning until 9 pm during the weekdays. The parking lot is sometimes hard to find, especially in wintertime. To compare: one way train/ bus/ tram/ metro ticket costs 2,40 euros.

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