Helsinki to Suomenlinna Ferry is easy and efficient like the rest of the transport in the city. Here’s everything you need to know for visiting.
The Helsinki to Suomenlinna Ferries run from the Ferry Terminal located at the Market Square (or Kauppatori).
You can book your ferry at the booths on the day of travel, however in busy (summer) periods it’s better to book tickets online in advance.
When travelling from Helsinki to Suomenlinna we always chose to travel with JT-Line. They are fast, affordable and very reliable.
The JT ticketing office is located on the east side of the market square, see map below. Tickets can be booked online in advance or on the day of travel.
Another option if you’re going to be exploring a lot of Helsinki is to purchase a Helsinki City Card, which allows unlimited use of Helsinki public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
The Helsinki Card also includes a free ferry to Suomenlinna, and gives free entry to the main sights and museums, a free sightseeing tour and discounts on dining, shopping, and tours, so it’s certainly worth the investment.
Book your Helsinki City Card: Helsinki City Card
€10 – Hop on, hop off service (includes Suomenlinna, Vallisaari and Lonna).
€7 – Return ticket to Suomenlinna only.
The reason why we recommend the JT-line is because they offer a hop on, hop service to three nearby islands for only €10. These three islands being, Suomenlinna, Vallisaari and Lonna.
However, they do offer the simple round trip to and from Suomenlinna for just €7.
You can book your tickets in advance and check the latest prices here.
The JT-Line waterbus service from Helsinki Market Square to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is operated every day from 1st May to 30th September.
9:30am – 7:30pm (departing every 30-45 minutes)
Check the accurate ferry schedule here.
The journey from the Market Square to Suomenlinna takes about 25–40 minutes (depending on whether the waterbus stops off at Lonna and/or at Vallisaari during the journey).
Suomenlinna is situated on a group of islands off Helsinki and was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden.
Suomenlinna is one of Finland’s world heritage sites and is beautiful all year round. In 1991, the Suomenlinna fortress was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as a unique monument of military architecture.
Another special feature of the fortress is that in the course of its history it has served in the defence of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland.
Open fires and barbecues are prohibited throughout Suomenlinna. Instead of barbecuing its possible to enjoy the many restaurants and cafes of the fortress.
Luxury – Hotel Kämp – Established in 1887 as Finland’s grand hôtel, Hotel Kämp is located in the heart of Helsinki opposite the beautiful Esplanade park. The hotel features 179 spacious rooms, 15 of which are luxurious suites. The spacious rooms combine historical elegance with high-quality facilities. All rooms feature comfortable beds, marble bathrooms and Chromecast-streaming systems. Guests can also order in-room dining and enjoy the lovely view over the park, the city or the inner courtyard. The Brasserie Kämp a la carte menu boasts a wide range of European dishes and an extensive list of beverages.
Mid-Budget – Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Featuring the Plaza Restaurant, this historical hotel from 1917 is next to Kaisaniemi Park, 150 yards from Helsinki Central Station. All rooms come with Finnish design items. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker and Magic Dream beds with a pillow menu. Some rooms offer city views. Free fitness centre access and modern air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi are all available. Plaza Restaurant also serves drinks, while snacks and light dishes are available at the 24-hour lobby bar.
Budget – Eurohostel – Located on ’s Katajanokka island, this hostel is a 5-minute ride from the city centre. Kauppatori is ‘ walk away. It offers guest kitchens, free WiFi and a . Bed sheets and towels are also inclusive of your stay. Eurohostel’s fresh, simple rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Additional communal areas include kitchens and lounge rooms. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet onsite. Eurohostel’s lobby also has vending machines with drinks and snacks. The 24-hour reception sells city passes and tickets to attractions. Staff can also recommend area activities.
For more places to stay in Helsinki you can check the latest prices here.
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