Affordable accommodation in Helsinki?

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Post by Richard » Thu May 29, 2003 8:44 pm

mututykk wrote:is public transport expensive in helsinki? are there any day tickets or something? from where i can obtain information


Public transport is cheap and very good here.

http://www.hel.fi/hkl/english.html

> Tickets
> Tourist tickets

It doesn't state the prices on the website, but there not expensive.
The last time I bought a 5 day ticket it was 75 FIM, which is about
12 euros.



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Post by Hank W. » Thu May 29, 2003 10:56 pm

They have discontinued all the old tickets. <= thats a period

What you do is in the railway station you go to the compass downstairs. There are machines. You paick one and start pressing buttons. You can get 5 days universal pass... the only thing is zoning. if you are *in HELSINKI ONLY* you get a helsinki only ticket, if you have any implications of getting across the border to Espoo or Vantaa, you get a regional ticket. They do not refund stupidity.

And the ticket is a piece of paper looking like a regular one-fare bus ticket and the bus drivers will be staring and squinting at it and going 'wrong day' ...
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Post by PeterF » Fri May 30, 2003 9:16 am

Public transport quality/price ratio in Helsinki area is very good.
That is quality of service time keeping etc..
Quality of journey tends to be a bit diiferent late evenings when the drunks try to find their way home..but I noticed that when I came home on the M train around 11.30 PM last Saturday that there were bouncers/security men on the train..that is new!
Anyway one thing to bear in mind is that if you intend to use public transport daily buy a travel card.
If you dont speak Finnish take a Finn to help as Hank says there is no refund on mistakes at the ticket machine.
The Travel Card can be used on all buses, trams, local trains and underground in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen as well as on the Suomenlinna ferry.


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Post by Sara » Fri May 30, 2003 10:08 am

I think you can change the language on those ticket machines anyway :D


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Post by Hank W. » Fri May 30, 2003 12:13 pm

The user interface is somewhat confusing in any language.
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Post by mututykk » Sun Jun 01, 2003 9:27 pm

thank you all, everyone has been so helpful!


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Post by Ace » Mon Jun 02, 2003 11:39 pm

mututykk wrote:thank you all, everyone has been so helpful!


How did you rate the AVA hotel? or have you not visited yet?


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Post by mututykk » Wed Jun 04, 2003 9:44 am

no, i haven't been there yet, booked for the end of july. i'll let you know.


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Post by Caroline » Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:44 am

mototykk:

I recommend a youth hostel instead of a hotel. Several members have already replied with youth hostel contact information. When I was a tourist years ago in Helsinki, my favorite was Hostel Academica. You can ask for a double room (which cost more), or a dormitory room which you will share with 1 or 2 roommates. But the nice thing is you get a kitchenette so you can prepare your own meals. Those rooms are basically vacant university student apartments rented out to tourists when classes are not in session.


There is one youth hostel in HKI which I definitely do NOT recommend, but darn it, I can´t remember the name nor the street where it´s located! If you are coming out of the railroad station, facing the direction of the main bus station, and go left, then take a right onto one of those side streets...it was up in there. It was organized in the same style as Erottajanpuisto, but definitely not the same (I've stayed at Erottajanpuisto and it was very nice). Anyway, this unpleasant place was located on an upper floor, dark and dingy, and my bunk bed reeked of cat urine. The shower had no place to hang towels and toilet barely enough room to turn around when the door was closed. Based on my clues, maybe someone can identify this hostel. Maybe it´s not even in business anymore.
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Post by Hank W. » Thu Jul 17, 2003 11:52 am

You didn't stay at one of the bordellos by mistake? There is a few "hostels" that are notorious haunts of "business ladies". On the other hand theres small hostels in the area that are neat, the one in the national theatre for example.
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Best priced transportation in Helsinki

Post by Geri Bush » Fri Jul 18, 2003 9:53 am

Don't forget the Helsinki card and the Tourist card.

Can't beat the price and with the helsinki card get discount admission to most the museums, galleries, etc. And includes the ferry ride to Suomenlinna.
http://www.hel.fi/hkl/english/08_extra/ ... index.html

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Re: cheap hostels and hotels

Post by Ectomorph » Tue Jul 22, 2003 2:59 pm

daive wrote:How cheap are you looking for??

Eurohostel

Linnankatu 9
Helsinki 00160
Finland
Property Type: Hostel

Standard Rates
These great rates can be booked online up to 365 days in advance.
Room rates from 21.00 to 74.8 EUR.




I can definitely recommend this one, but it gets fairly booked up over the summer months. I usually stay here when visiting Helsinki or for an overnight stop (from UK) when heading up to Lapland.

Carl.


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Re: Affordable accommodation in Helsinki?

Post by celestiacom » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:07 pm

my new mini hostel / guest house is now de facto cheapest hostel in Helsinki with rates 15 euro per day private room
just let you know


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