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Quietly Wonderful Helsinki awaits

HELSINKI - Compact capital with a twist

Awarded with ‘City of Design’ status by Unesco, Helsinki is a modern city that offers functional design, unique gastronomy and maritime appeal. The capital of Finland is filled with lively events all year round, but the peaceful archipelago and green forests are only a stone’s throw away, and can be easily reached by the efficient public transportation system. 

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What you need to know

Helsinki is a totally unique combination of quirky urbanity and peaceful nature that gives silence and space to feel more, hear more and experience more. It offers you the freedom to have it all.


Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Finland. English is widely spoken.




Around 600 000

Distance from cruise piers to city center

From Hernesaari pier: 30 min by walking From Katajanokka piers: 15 min by walking From South Harbour piers: 10 min by walking

Transportation to/from Helsinki-Vantaa airport

Distance 19 km. Airport train and buses operate to Central Railway Station. Taxis available.

Transportation to/from city centre:

Cruise line shuttle service, public transportation, taxis, walking

Important Port Matters

Helsinki is one of the busiest passenger ports in Europe, and the Port of Helsinki Ltd creates a seamless framework for sea traffic to destinations such as Tallinn and Stockholm. In 2019, a total of 12.2 million and in COVID-19 year of 2021, 3,7 million passengers travelled through the Port of Helsinki.

It is also Finland’s leading general port for foreign trade. In 2021, the Ports’s total cargo traffic was 14,4 million tonnes. The main export commodities are products for the forest industry, machinery and equipment, whereas in imports the most prominent product group are daily consumer goods.

Among the strengths of the port are frequent liner traffic, efficient infrastructure, good road and rail connections, and excellent services provided in cooperation with the port’s business partners.

In 2020, the turnover of Port of Helsinki Ltd was 68,8 million euros.

The Port of Helsinki Ltd is a limited company owned by the City of Helsinki.

Berthing policy: First come, first served. Information available here

Katajanokka / ERA-ERB

Max LOA: 215 m Max depth: 9,3 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Cruise Fenders available (brand and type): Plate fenders & rubber tyre fenders Bollard strength: 750 kN / 1500 kN Learn more

Pakkahuone / EPL

Max LOA: 130 m Max depth: 5,3m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Cruise Fenders available (brand and type): Vertical rubber fenders Bollard strength: 250 kN Learn more

Makasiini / EMA-EMB

Max LOA: 270 m Max depth: 7,0 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Cruise Fenders available (brand and type): Plate fenders Bollard strength: 750 kN / 1500 kN Learn more

Katajanokka / EKL

Max LOA: 210 mMax depth: 7,9 mType of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): CruiseFenders available (brand and type): Plate and rubber tyre fendersBollard strength: 750 kN 7 1500 kN Learn more

Hernesaari / LHB

Max LOA: 300 mMax depth: 8,0 mType of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): CruiseFenders available (brand and type): A-type rubberBollard strength: 750 kN / 1500 kN Learn more

Hernesaari / LHC

Max LOA: 340 mMax depth: 8,9Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): CruiseFenders available (brand and type): A-type rubberBollard strength: 750 kN / 1500 kN Learn more


Max LOA: 340Max depth: 10,8 mType of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): CruiseFenders available (brand and type): A-type rubberBollard strength: 750 kN / 1500 kN Learn more

Covid-19 Information

There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in any of the 31 Cruise Baltic destinations. If the situation changes, this section will be updated with the necessary information regarding each port and destination.

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

1,57€/ arriving & departing passenger

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
Download PDF with an overview of services available at all Cruise Baltic destinations.
Personal welcome

For cruise ships with 1000 passengers or less an on-board Tourist Information service is being offered on board. The Helsinki Helpers will bring with them brochures and provide information and advice to passengers on-board the cruise ships. The Helsinki Helpers will stay onboard for 2 hours after arrival. At the Hernesaari (cruise berths: LHB and LHC) cruise quay, Tourist Information will be offered on land as for cruise ships larger than 1000 pax, so for these cruise ships it will not be necessary to book the Helsinki Helpers in advance.

Musical welcome and/or farewell

Helsinki offers music band or similar for first timers.

Shops open on Sundays
Shops offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Independent guest reception and help
Local life and events with locals
Signed walking route from pier to city centre and/or public transport
Tourist information
Free Wi-Fi in port
Destination collaboration/shore excursions
Local cruise network
Authorized guides
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
City centre within 1 km from pier
Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS
Hop on/hop off services in port area

Not inside ISPS-area unless agreement with cruise company

Turnaround facilities
Direct flights to USA
Airport less than one hour drive from port
Airport less than one hour drive from city centre
Free Wi-Fi in airport
Quarters for crew in port

Destination Highlights

The Helsinki Cathedral & the Senate Square

This historically significant spot forms a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture.

Market Square

Open air market offering Finnish specialties, handicrafts and souvenirs.

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

One of the world's largest historical maritime fortresses and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Design District

Home to Design museum and fashion, interior design and jewellery shops that offer unique creations by young local designers, as well as established Finnish design brands.

Temppeliaukio Rock Church

Quarried out of the natural bedrock, the church is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki.

The Sibelius Park

The Sibelius Monument, one of Helsinki's favorite landmarks can be found in the park.

Amos Rex Art Museum

A new private art museum with unique architecture will be opened in central Helsinki at the end of August 2018. Amos Rex will be a meeting place for art and urban culture, consisting of new underground exhibition spaces, the old Lasipalatsi (glass palace) from 1936.

Torikorttelit - Tori Quarters

Experience the new life of historical Helsinki. Torikorttelit consists of three oldest blocks in the heart of Helsinki, right by the sea.

Löyly - Design Sauna

Löyly, an urban oasis occupying a stretch of beautiful Helsinki waterfront, offers a warm welcome and many delights for locals and visitors alike. On a beautiful summer’s day, our terrace is the place to be and our saunas are available daily.

Allas Sea Pool

Allas Sea Pool is a gardenlike oasis in the heart of Helsinki with a large pool area and magnificent saunas. In addition to swimming, bathing in the saunas and good food, Allas Sea Pool offers many options for wellness.

Oodi - Central Library

Oodi is Helsinki’s new Central Library and a living meeting place. Its wide range of services and facilities are available to residents seven days a week, from early in the morning till late in the evening. Oodi functions as a living room for residents, located right at the heart of Helsinki.

Exciting extras

Helsinki lives and breathes throughout every season of the year

Kaivopuisto Park

Helsinki's oldest and best known park is surrounded by embassies and villas. The nearby sea, rock cliffs and green lawns offer many opportunities to relax and enjoy the outdoors. During winter, if the snow situation permits, the park is popular for sledding. At the highest point of the park is the Ursa Observatory. There are also several cafées and restaurants along the shore and on the islands.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Exhibitions of Finnish and international art as well as thematic group exhibitions.

Seurasaari Island

Popular outdoor recreation area and open-air-museum, open all year round.

Helsinki Sky Wheel

Helsinki from hights next to Market Square.

Chapel of Silence

A fine example of Finnish wooden architecture and a place for a quiet moments.

What’s on right now in Helsinki?

1 Jun 2024
30 Jun 2024
Helsinki Pride
Category: Other
Finland's largest and most impressive human rights and cultural event brings people together and makes room for all shades of the rainbow.
30 Jun 2024
2 Jul 2024
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Category: Music
30 Apr 2025
1 May 2025
May Day
Category: Other
Traditional 1st of May Celebrations
1 Jun 2025
30 Jun 2025
Helsinki Pride
Category: Other
Finland's largest and most impressive human rights and cultural event brings people together and makes room for all shades of the rainbow.

Excursions – on and off the beaten path

Fall in love with Helsinki

Helsinki Classics

Helsinki by Sea
Boat tour of the unique archipelago, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, including main sights and the history of Helsinki. More information:
Classic Sightseeing Tour
All traditional sights: Senate Square, the Helsinki Cathedral, Temppeliaukio Rock Church, Sibelius Monument, Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall, Market Square. Guided. More information:
Porvoo and Helsinki Sights
Start off with all main sights of Helsinki, then on to Historic Porvoo Old Town – second oldest town in Finland. More information:
Helsinki Free Walking Tour
Want to know about history, everyday life and culture of Finland? Local legends and curiosities are revealed on this tour. More information:

Helsinki's twists and hidden gems

Helsinki Biennial 2023
Year 2023 will bring the second edition of Helsinki Biennial - New Directions May Emerge bringing outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki 12 June – 17 September 2023. More information:
Helsinki Olympic Stadion
The Olympic Stadium is Finland's most legendary event arena. The completely renovated stadium provides an unforgettable setting for encounters at events, meetings, visits and sports. If you want to see great views over Helsinki, the tower of Olympic Stadion is great place! More information:
Fazer Visitor Center
Fazer is known for its chocolate and baked goods. The visitor centre, with a memorable exhibition, a Fazer Café and a store, as well as event and meeting services is an investment in Finnish design and work. More information:
Tripla & Finnish Music Museum Fame
Music Museum Fame, located in Pasila, Helsinki, is a modern, eventful museum. Visitors are introduced to various genres of Finnish music through multisensory experiences. Inventive technical innovations are part of the ideology, with which visitors are invited to participate and explore.  Inquiries about guided tours: Music museum is part of the new Mall of Tripla  where you can find more than 60 cafés and restaurants, domestic and international brands as well as a full range of entertainment and wellness services. With its 250 shops, Mall of Tripla is the biggest shopping centre in the Nordic countries. More information:
Helsinki Distilling Company
Helsinki Distilling Company produces distillates of the highest quality and offer a full range of distillery experiences from tours to hands-on production. All their products are hand-made from local high quality raw materials -with flair. Guided tours to the distillery and whiskey cellar available. More information:

Don’t hesitate to get in touch

Port of Helsinki Ltd
Jukka Haarni
Cruise and Service Development Manager Mobile +358 406 354 639
P.O.Box 197, Olympiaranta 3
00141 Helsinki, Finland
City of Helsinki
Minna Ermala
Senior Adviser, Tourism +358 40 508 6013
Kansakoulukatu 3, 4th floor