Insider's Guide to Helsinki

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

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While your cruise ship is in Helsinki, admire the key sights in one go from a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus. Step aboard the open-top bus with your 24-hour ticket and sightsee at your own pace, in your own way. See top Helsinki attractions such as underground Temppeliaukio Church, nicknamed the Rock Church; as well as Senate Square, Helsinki Olympic Stadium and more. Learn about the sights from the informative audio commentary, and just hop on and off at any of the 15 stops to create your own flexible sightseeing itinerary. Free WiFi on-board is available for your comfort.


  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Helsinki with audio commentary
  • Create your personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Helsinki at leisure
  • See top city attractions like Helsinki Olympic Stadium and Senate Square
  • Hop on and off as many times as you wish at any of the 15 stops around the city
  • Ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time of first use
  • Free WiFi on-board is available for your comfort

What You Can Expect

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

Helsinki Hop-on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

When your ship docks in Helsinki, step onto your open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus to view the major sights of Finland’s vibrant capital.

Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki teams rich history with an easy-going, urban vibe. The city’s buildings speak of its time under Russian and Swedish rule, while its maritime heritage adds an extra, interesting dimension to its history.

Admire top Helsinki attractions such as Senate Square – crowned by Helsinki Cathedral – and the Lasipalatsi building, a modernist masterwork created in the 1930s. Perhaps hop off to visit the Temppeliaukio Church, the 1960s rock-hewn underground church otherwise known as the Rock Church; or leave the bus to experience the Helsinki Olympic Stadium and panoramic views from its Stadium Tower.

Your ticket is valid for 24 hours and lets you sightsee as you wish. Stay aboard for the full, roughly 1.5-hour loop while listening to the audio commentary, or hop on and off as you please at any of the 15 stops to explore on foot. 

Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Stops:
  • Senate Square
  • The Olympia Terminal / Silja Line
  • Café Ursula
  • Eira (Only 15min walking to/from Hernesaari cruise terminal LMA, LMB)
  • Hernesaari Cruise Terminal (Stop only on the certain cruise ship days)
  • Melkki Cruise Terminal (Stop only on the certain cruise ship days)
  • Flea Market
  • Swedish Theatre
  • Market Square
  • Kiasma
  • Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)
  • Sibelius monument
  • Olympic Stadium (Olympic Stadium under renovation)
  • National Museum, Parliament House and Helsinki Music Centre 
  • Ateneum Art Museum, Central Railway Station
Worry-free Shore Excursion: 
This excursion is accessible within a 20-minute walk of Helsinki cruise port, so you can determine the time you return to your cruise ship. Please be sure to give yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion tour, and then rejoin your ship when required. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Can't tell you anything as wind was too high for us to dock, Was very sorry not to see any of Helsinki I think based on other tours it would be about a 4 or very good.

Edward d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

You certainly see the city and get a sense of the various neighborhoods - totally worth it!

Maureen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was very good. We were able to board the bus by our cruise ship and then make the loop to see all thing Helsinki. Afterwards, staying on the bus we were able to get off to visit the Rock Church, the Sibelius monument and the market square.

Winston S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent price and a great way to see Helsinki. Super WiFi.

Barry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful city, hop on bus excellent. Even supplied a shuttle bus for just the 4 of us back to our ship at the necessary time. Viator never let us down, have used them many times.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The hop-no hop-off tour is very good, nicely narrated. Stopped at all the major sites. Great w-fi!

Rick Smith Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Of the 4 Baltic Countries that we visited Helsinki was my favourite - I have no idea why - it just appealed more. The buildings in all of the Countries/Cities are simply superb. The places are so clean and the people so friendly and welcoming. May, when we visited was wonderful not too clod but in fact quite warm considering its Geographic location.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent way to see round the city easy to find the buses, good commentary on board.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We bought 3 tours from Viator during our latest cruise vacation. This travel company is very reliable and well organized.
For sure we are going to buy from Viator again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Four of us assumed Helsinki was just a little necessary stop for our cruise ship. Not very many tours offered, so we opted for the Hop-On Hop-Off. Helsinki - by far - exceeded our expectations. It is a charming and delightful city filled with beautiful tree-lined streets. We went around the bus loop twice. The first time just to see the sights. The second to really hop-on hop-off. It was the perfect way to see a city. We all want to come back and spend a week here just to see everything in detail.

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