Welcome to Finland – Here’s your travel guide!

Plan your stay in Helsinki during Diak International Week. Here you can find some practical information on what to do and where to stay during your visit.

Local hotels

Helsinki city centre is filled with different types of hotels. You can find a hotel of you preference online on booking sites.

Here are some of our recommendations for accommodation:

  • Cumulus City Kallio Helsinki (Läntinen Brahenkatu 2)
  • Hotel Helka (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23)
  • Scandic Paasi (Paasivuorenkatu 5 B)

These are just some of the many possibilities in the downtown area!

Public transport

Public transport works well in Finland. You can travel almost anywhere by train or bus. You can also reach many cities by air. In addition, the largest cities and their neighbouring areas usually have well organised local public transport. Buses are normally used for local transport.

In Helsinki area you can get everywhere even without a car! HSL’s traveling tickets are valid on all buses, commuter trains, trams, Metro and the Suomenlinna ferry. Single tickets are available from ticket machines as well as on buses.

Tickets are not sold on commuter trains or trams; you need to buy your ticket in advance or use a Travel Card.

Mobile ticket is a handy option. It is a single ticket that can be bought on HSL’s free Mobile ticket app available for Android, Windows and iPhone devices with iOS 8 or later. To use the ticket, mobile data must be enabled.

You can also purchase day tickets from 1 to 7 days. They are sold in the blue full-range ticket machines, R-kiosks and HSL’s service points.

Timetables and routes can be found on https://www.hsl.fi/en/timetables-and-routes. The address to Diak Helsinki is Kyläsaarenkuja 2, 00580 Helsinki. It takes approximately 25 minutes from the Central Railway Station to Helsinki campus via bus or tram.

The closest to the campus you can get is by taking the bus number 55, but there are several others also which stop close by. Trams number 6 and 6T take you nearby. We advise you to check your route on hsl.fi.

There are also 150 city bike stations in Helsinki if you prefer cycling! Borrow one of the 2,550 city bikes for a small fee and off you go! The bikes are available during the summer season only.

Spare time

There are multiple options to enjoy your spare time in Helsinki in each season.

The city is filled with beautiful architecture and boutiques. Downtown area also offers different types of cafes, restaurants and bars to suit any taste. There are numerous options for enjoying the nature of southern Finland.

To find the latest tips and most up to date information explore the MyHelsinki website or visit the tourist info at:

  • Central Railway Station (Kaivokatu 1)
  • Stockmann’s department store (Aleksanterinkatu 52)

We hope you enjoy your time fully visiting Finland!