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Headed to Helsinki in April May - Is three days too long or too short?

Headed to Helsinki in April and May. Not sure if I will go to St Petersburg. I'm looking for reasonably priced pace to stay and wondering if three nights is long enough to experience the city. What do you think?

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Three nights is in reality two full days. That said, Helsinki is a compact and very walkable city.

https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/finland/helsinki
▲▲▲ Temppeliaukio Church Awe-inspiring, copper-topped 1969 "Church in the Rock."

▲▲ Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral Orthodoxy's most prodigious display outside of Eastern Europe.

▲▲ Lutheran Cathedral Green-domed, 19th-century Neoclassical masterpiece.

▲▲ Seurasaari Open-Air Folk Museum Island museum with 100 historic buildings from Finland's farthest corners. [Bus ride to the island from center city].

▲▲ Suomenlinna Fortress Helsinki's harbor island, sprinkled with picnic spots, museums, and military history. [I would give Suomenlinna three stars. The ferry ride to the island is a couple of stars.]

We stayed at the Hotel Arthur during our first visit to Helsinki some 15 years ago. Basic but clean, centrally located and at a good price. Close (1/4 mile) to the Central Train Station.

We were at the Scandic Grand Marina during our last trip a couple of years ago (group trip with Travel Agent picking the hotel). Scandic is a more upscale than the Arthur. Close to the Viking Terminal and open air Market Square, but a mile from the Central Train Station.

Posted by
72 posts

Thanks. I will actually be in Helsinki for three nights, my mistake. I appreciate your information.

Posted by
4684 posts

Three nights would be too long for me. St. Petersburg is amazing - I did a ferry trip there from Helsinki in 2016 for 2.5 days "visa free" which was too short but still worth doing.

A day trip by ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki would be very worth doing.

Posted by
1035 posts

I guess this is part of a longer trip? Two days in Helsinki is short, but will give you time to see the most important things. And I can really recommend a day trip to Tallinn on of the days (maybe even that you go to Tallinn instead and do a day trip to Helsinki).

Posted by
4498 posts

It is impossible for any of us to say whether 3 nights is enough or not for you. For me, I could stay much longer as I love the city and there is a lot for my interests. It would in general give you enough time for the tourist highlights.

As noted, a daytrip to Tallinn is easy and popular. Or stay in Tallinn and daytrip to Helsinki depending on which appeals to you more.

The ferry to St Petersburg is a 72 hour visit.