After arriving at Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, you can pick up your car directly from the rental office. Booking your car in advance through TUI Cars is recommended. On the trip to the centre of Helsinki, about 15 km away, you get great views of the rugged coastline on the Baltic Sea and the cathedral (Tuimiokirkko) that punctuates the skyline of the Finnish capital.
Among the best-known attractions in Helsinki are the Orthodox Cathedral, the sea fortress Suomenlinna and the impressive Finlandia Hall. If you are traveling by car in Helsinki and the surrounding area, you can also use take the opportunity to visit Nuuksio National Park, 25 kilometres away. With its crystal-clear lakes and lush green forests, it enamours tourists and locals alike.
Visit the main attractions of Helsinki
Traveling by car in Helsinki allows you to quickly reach sights such as the Lutheran Cathedral. Park your car in front of the majestic building and take a close-up look at this architectural masterpiece designed by Carl Ludvig Engels and completed in 1852. Also worth a visit are the modernist church of Temppeliaukion kirrko and Uspenski Cathedral, famous for its brick architecture and icons.
The latter is located on the peninsula of Katajanokka, and is particularly worth seeing because of its elaborately designed art nouveau buildings. It is also a great place to shop in the local boutiques. From the neighbouring harbour it is well worth a taking a trip to one of the many islands in the archipelago off the coast. You can also take the ferry to the sea fortress Suomenlinna, built in the 18th century, where numerous museums provide special insights into the history of Finland.
Special attractions and tours in the country
For all those wishing to book a hire car in Helsinki, it is important to be aware of the local traffic regulations: On motorways 120 km/h is the top permitted speed. Remember, in winter, this is reduced to 100 km/h. On country roads you can drive at about 80 to 100 km/h, while in built-up areas the speed is limited to 50 km/h. In the countryside pay attention to the signs warning about wild animals, because in dense forest areas Elks often wander across the roads.
This is especially true when visiting nature reserves such as Nuuksio and Tuusulanjärvi. The latter is one of Finland's most famous lakes. Another interesting tour by car takes you from Helsinki to Porvoo, the oldest city in Finland.