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Helsinki Ferry Port Overview

Helsinki Ferry Port lies on the Southern coast of Finland on the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is the busiest ferry port in Finland with over 6 million passengers passing through it annually and offers a number of connections to Sweden, Estonia and Germany on a daily basis.

Helsinki is a city of contrasts where the modern urban life style coexists in perfect harmony with nature. Helsinki transforms itself into an exotic location during the summer months with its own archipelago and miles of sunny coastline and it is a visual treat with interesting light arrangements during the dark winter months.

Helsinki has a strong maritime history and most of its attractions are related to it. The Suomenlinna naval fortress, the Seurasaari Island with its parks and open-air museum, the Temppeliaukio church (built into excavated rocks with a copper dome), Ateneum Art Museum and the Hietaniemi beach are just some of the many attractions in Helsinki.

Helsinki is also famous for authentic Finish saunas and an array of restaurants offering some of the finest Finish delicacies which must be tried. Helsinki is a must see place as it is one of the unique capital cities in Europe.

Helsinki Ferry Port Services

North, South and Western harbours in the Helsinki Ferry Port serve the passenger traffic passing through the ferry port. Most ferry operators run from the 4 terminals (Olympia, Makasiini, Kanava and Katajanokka) available in the South Harbour.

Nordic Jet Line Ferries operate from Kanava terminal to Estonia and Viking Line ferries operate from Katajanokka terminal to Sweden and Estonia.

All the terminals are equipped with ATMs, luggage lockers, pleasant departure lounges, restaurants, kiosks, bureau de change and ferry check in points.

Both short term and long term parking facilities are available with parking meters on location.

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Helsinki Ferry Port Directions

By Car
From Lahti/Porvoo: Take the motorway to Helsinki, then follow the signs leading to the centre for about 1.5 km. Turn right (Centre: Keskusta) and follow Varastokatu. After approximately 1.7 km you will reach Sörnäisten rantatie. Continue following the signs leading to the centre. When you reach Pohjoislaituri , take the right lane and follow the signs leading to Katajanokka (ship symbol).

From Tampere/Hämeenlinna: Take Hämeenlinnantie to Helsinki, follow the signs leading to the centre all the way to Mannerheimintie. After approximately 5 km you will see a white, round building (Svenska teatern) on your left side, turn left and follow Eteläesplanadi to the Market Square, then follow the signs leading to Katajanokka.

From Pori: When you reach the roundabout in Pitäjänmäki, start following the signs to the centre. After approximately 1 km you will come to Mannerheimintie. From here follow the same instructions as above (from Tampere).

From Turku: Take the motorway to Helsinki and then follow the signs leading to the centre (ship symbol). When you reach Mannerheimintie after about 2.5 km, follow the same instructions as above (from Tampere).

From Hanko: Take the motorway to Helsinki and then follow the signs leading to the centre (ship symbol). Drive by the harbour and turn left into a tunnel on Uudenmaankatu. When you reach the end of Uudenmaankatu turn left and you will see a white, round building (Svenska teatern) in front of you. From here follow the same instructions as above (from Tampere).

By Rail
The main train station is located near the Rautatientori metro station and has domestic and international services. Visit Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council for detailed info and online route planner.

By Bus
ExpressBus is a consortium of 30 express bus companies that offer frequent links by bus to the Helsinki ferry port. Buses to Helsinki ferry port depart from the bus station near Mannerheimintie.


Nordic JetLine Nordic JetLine
Tallink Tallink
Viking Line Viking Line



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