Efficient and integrated bus, metro and tramway services, suburban rail lines and ferry services to Suomenlinna Islands are operated in Helsinki.
Taxis are available on the taxi stations in all big cities and one of those stations can always be found next to the railway station. Taxi drivers are reliable and usually speak English but the cost may be quite expensive.
Finnish trains are spacious, comfortable and clean. The Finnish railway company VR
operates an extensive rail service around Finland. There are 6000km of rail networks with modern rolling stock. The Pendolino fast train runs at a maximum speed of 220kph and operates on all main routes. There are also night trains and car-carrier trains, regional trains, InterCity trains and express trains. Rail travel is fairly cheap and efficient.
There are over 40,000 daily bus departures and timetables are adapted to fit rail, air and ship services. In Lapland, buses are the major means of public surface travel.
The airline company Finnair has a wide service of domestic flights. The longest distance Helsinki-Ivalo (1125 km) takes only 1.5 hours.
Recommendation: The main roads are in excellent condition and are passable at all times. However, during the winter months icy road conditions are common and therefore winter tires (either studded or non-studded) are a legal requirement from the beginning of December until the end of February. When driving at night (particularly around dusk) incidents of moose or reindeer being struck by vehicles are common, causing severe damage to the vehicle and injury, sometimes fatal, to the occupants.
It is relatively easy for foreigners to drive a car in Finland. There are usually no big traffic jams (excluding Helsinki area) and some street signs, especially sights, are written in English too.
: Museums and examples of ancient architecture remaining from the reign of the Swedish Empire. Castles are found for example in Turku
: Landscape of lakes, rivers, forests, meadows and fells. Midnight sun, polar night and northern light. See also the UNESCO world heritage sights
: Many churches and cathedrals scattered all across Finland reflecting the strong Finnish Lutheran following, as for example the Orthodox monastery of Valamo
: Original Finnish sauna
can be found everywhere. There are also many spas.
: 187 888 lakes, tens of thousands of summer cottages, long coastline with plenty of beach and holiday resorts by the Baltic Sea. The most well-know is perhaps Yyteri beach
with six kilometers of sand and dunes.