Located between East and West, and absorbing influences from both sides, Helsinki nevertheless occupies its own unique cultural space. Its special appeal combines internationally renowned Finnish design, a bold and innovative culinary culture, a wide range of events and hip urban phenomena – all of which can be enjoyed against the beautiful backdrop of the sea and nature.

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Quick facts
Language Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Finland. English is widely spoken.
Currency Euro
Residents Around 600 000
Distance from cruise piers to city center From Hernesaari and West Harbour piers: 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 and regular buses operate to Central Railway Station. Summer 2015 the new train connection will be opened.
Transportation to/from city centre: Cruise line shuttle service, public transportation, taxis, walking
The Port of Helsinki - Europe’s busiest passenger port and the main port for foreign trade in Finland The port of Helsinki is the busiest passenger port in Europe. We create a seamless framework for sea traffic to destinations such as Tallinn and Stockholm. Our number of international cruise guests rises close to 500 000. We are also Finland’s leading general port for international cargo traffic, serving the business world and well-being of the Helsinki region and the whole country. The Port of Helsinki manages port operations with a long-term perspective and develops them in cooperation with shipping companies, stevedoring and forwarding companies, and other harbour operators. We provide a modern, competitive and functional setting for port operations. We produce our own services to complement other port services while also creating added value for our cooperation partners. The Port of Helsinki Ltd is a limited company owned by the City of Helsinki.
Berthing policy: First come, first served. Information available here
Max LOA: 200m
Max depth: 7,9m
Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger
Fenders available (brand and type): Plate fenders & tyres
Bollard strength: 750kN
Info on tides: No tide
Info on wind: Helsinki VTS / VHF Ch 71
Info on currents: No current
Distance to the city center (in Kilometers): 1,0km
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Harbour dues (Currency/GT): No information
Passenger dues (Currency/PAX): 0,975€/ arriving & departing passenger
All prices are subject to change. Cruise Baltic cannot be held liable for any port fees stated on the website. Please contact port for additional information.
Enter the Master Sheet to get an overview of all port and pier details. This will give easy access to port information and description of pier facilities and services. Download the document and unpack all files to get full access to all functions.
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Guest Experience Standards
The Cruise Baltic Guest Experience Standards indicate service touchpoints available for cruise guests at each of our destinations. An overview of the services available in the Baltic Sea region is also available in pdf. The Cruise Baltic destinations are committed to give guests the World’s greatest cruise experience.
Personal welcome
For cruise ships arriving at the South Harbour (cruise berths: ERA, ERB, EKL, EPL, EO1), a new on-board Tourist Information service is being offered. 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) and Melkki (LMA) cruise terminals, Tourist Information will be offered on land as in previous years, so for these cruise ships it will not be necessary to book the Helsinki Helpers.
Musical welcome
Helsinki offers music band for first timers.
Independent guest reception and help
Local life and events with locals
Signed route from pier to city centre and/or public transport
Tourist information (office or maps) in port area
Free Wi-Fi in port
City centre within 1 km from pier
Publicly regulated taxis
Hop on/hop off services in port area
Not inside ISPS-area unless agreement with cruise company
Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays
Shops offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Destination has special offers for crew
City Cards for sale
Destination collaboration
Local cruise network
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility
Whenever possible
Destination video available for Cruise Lines
Turnaround facilities
Scandic Hotel(s) in city
Cruise-ready hotels
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
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Selected attractions
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.
Exciting Extras
Chapel of Silence: A fine example of Finnish wooden architecture and a place for a quiet moments.
Tori Quarter - Torikorttelit: Situated between the Market Square and the Senate Square. Handicrafts, Finnish design brands, eco design and much more.
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.
Finnair Sky Wheel: Helsinki from hights next to Market Square.
Varied Shore Excursions
Helsinki by Sea: Boat tour of the unique archipelago, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, including main sights and the history of Helsinki.
Classic Sightseeing Tour: All traditional sights: Senate Square, the Helsinki Cathedral, Temppeliaukio Rock Church, Sibelius Monument, Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall, Market Square. Guided.
Porvoo and Helsinki Sights: Start off with all main sights of Helsinki, then on to Historic Porvoo Old Town – second oldest town in Finland.
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Helsinki Marketing
Jenny Taipale
Head of Partnerships and Networks
Phone +358 9 310 25611
Mobile +358 40 336 0973
P.O.Box 28
FI - 00099 City of Helsinki
Port of Helsinki Ltd
Eeva Hietanen
Communications Director
Phone +358 310 33 540
Mobile +358 50 354 3616
P.O.Box 197
FI - 00141 Helsinki
Port of Helsinki Ltd
Antti Pulkkinen
Harbour Master
Phone + 358 931 033 600
Mobile +358 585 006 001 48
P.O.Box 197 Olympiaranta 3
FI – 00141 Helsinki
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About Cruise Baltic

Cruise Baltic is a business-to-business network of cruise destinations in the Baltic Sea. Together we provide easy access - for cruise lines and their guests – to 10 countries on a string and an ocean of adventures. We have the know-how, the experience and the passion to add value for all guests.

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