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Helsinki Cruise Port

Once just a small fishing port, Helsinki has been the capital of Finland since 1812 and played host to the Olympic Games in 1952. Today, the port welcomes over 300 cruise ships carrying nearly half a million passengers annually. It is also a departure point for ferries to Tallinn, Estonia and Stockholm, Sweden.

How to get to Helsinki


Your cruise ship will likely dock at the South Terminal, which is easy walking distance to the center of Helsinki. Trams 1A, 3B and 3T can take you further inland and both 3B and 3T make full loops around the center if you would like to get an overview of the city before exploring on foot. Larger ships make dock at the West Terminal, which is further out from the center. From there, limited ferries run to and from Kauppatori (Market Square) or you can take a taxi into the city center.

One Day in Helsinki

Start your day by checking out Kauppatori, also known as Market Square. There you can find fresh flowers, fruit, fish and a variety of Finnish souvenirs. Market Square is also the departure point for harbor cruises and ferries to nearby islands.  A must-see is Suomenlinna Island - a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to one of the world’s largest maritime fortresses, dating back to 1748. You can easily spend a couple hours exploring the island on foot and visiting its several small museums, including the Artillery Museum and the Doll and Toy Museum. 

After a few hours on Suomenlinna, walk up the Esplanade from Market Square and perhaps take a break at one of the many outdoor cafes before making your way over to Senate Square and the Lutheran Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko).

From there, head further inland to visit the National Museum of Finland for an overview of the country’s history or explore Finnish art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (also known as Kiasma) or the Ateneum Art Museum, featuring paintings and sculptures dating back to the 18th century. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Olympic Stadium, home to the 1952 Olympic Games, which also houses the Sports Museum of Finland. Climb the Stadium Tower for sweeping views of the city.

Other museums of interest include the Helsinki City Museum, the Design Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Mannerheim Museum, dedicated to telling the life story of former Finnish president and military hero Gustav Mannerheim. Just west of the city center you will also find the Seurasaari Open Air Museum where you can see traditional houses from around Finland and enjoy demonstrations of folk dancing and traditional Finnish crafts.

If you are traveling with children, you may enjoy spending your day at the Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island, the Linnanmaki amusement park or the Sea Life aquarium.

Port Information

At both the South and West Terminals, you can find ATMs, luggage lockers and currency exchange desks. The official languages are Finnish and Swedish but English is commonly spoken throughout Helsinki. Finland’s currency is the Euro and credit cards are widely accepted.

Tours & Tickets

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Helsinki Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

While you’re in port in Helsinki, see the city sights aboard a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! Discover top Helsinki attractions on this comprehensive shore ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Your ticket is valid for 24 hours

From USD $32.98

Helsinki Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Helsinki, enjoy a shore excursion and experience the beauty of this stunning Nordic city. On this city sightseeing tour, learn ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.26

Helsinki Shore Excursion: Audio City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

While you’re in port in Helsinki, spend some time exploring this intriguing city on a shore excursion. Choose from 12 languages on this Helsinki audio city ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.26

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