Helsinki is a rather expensive city, but if you know where to go, you can save a considerable amount of money!
1. Travel by walking
Public transportation in Helsinki is very functional but unfortunately quite expensive. Luckily Helsinki center is very dense and the best way to move around is by walking! You can walk from one side of city center to another in mere 10 minutes!
2. Eat at lunch time
Most restaurants have a special lunch menu between 11 and 14 which usually costs less than 10 EUR. You can even find reasonably priced lunch menus at fancy luxury restaurants! How does a three course menu at a Michelin star restaurant for 30 EUR sound?
3. Visit Linnanmäki amusement park
Linnanmäki is Helsinki’s only amusement park. Although the actual park ride tickets cost a lot of money, the entrance to the park and to the panorama viewing tower is free of charge! Enjoy the relaxed carnival atmosphere and see a beautiful view of Helsinki!
4. Have a drink in Kallio
Helsinki’s nightclubs and bars, especially in the center, are very expensive. Travelling a couple of tram stops north towards Kallio district will save you more than 50% on the price of drinks and bar entrance fees. In Kallio you will also experience a more authentic and bohemian Helsinki than in the city center.
5. Visit Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Be amazed at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Free admission on the first Friday of the month 5 pm–10 pm!
6. Go to Molly Malone’s for live music
Molly Malone’s Irish Bar in Kaisaniemi offers live music every night after 11 PM for the price of the wardrobe payment (2.5 €). Bands usually play rock/pop covers but sometimes also more traditional Irish music.
7. Stay in a 2-3 star hotel
On average, Scandinavian hotels are much higher quality than those found in e.g. Southern Europe. Most 3-star Finnish hotels are comparable in quality to 4-star hotels in other parts of Europe. Self service hotel chain Omenahotelli offers rooms starting from 45 EUR. There are also good options for travellers with even a smaller budget. Hostels in Helsinki are safe, comfortable and clean.
8. Go to Seurasaari
Seurasaari is an island a few kilometers away from city center easily reachable by bus. The entrance to this beautiful island is completely free of charge, but if you want to experience the open-air museum with 18th century wooden buildings, be prepared to pay a small fee.
9. Visit Suomenlinna fortress island
One of the most impressive and famous tourist attractions in Helsinki, the Suomenlinna fortress, is definitely worth the couple of euros the ferry ticket costs to get to the island. Suomenlinna is a great place to have a picnic, learn about Helsinki’s history or just enjoy the picturesque views.
10. Head to the beach
There are nearly 30 public beaches in Helsinki, most of which are along the seaside. Enjoy the hot sand, bright sun and cool sea breeze, all for free!