Helsinki ferries connect Finland with Estonia, Sweden, Aland, Latvia, Germany & Russia with crossings available to Tallinn (in Estonia), Stockholm (in Sweden), Mariehamn (in Aland), Riga (in Latvia), Travemunde (in Germany) & St Petersburg (in Russia). Helsinki Ferry crossings are operated by Tallink Silja, Viking Line, Finnlines, St Peter Line & Eckerö Line and depending on time of year you’ll find a choice of up to 20 ferry crossings daily.
There are up to 20 ferry crossings daily from Helsinki with sailing durations starting from 2 hours. Our Helsinki ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Helsinki’s ferry port is the largest in Finland and the busiest in Europe for passenger transportation; approximately 12.3 million people and over 14 million tonnes of goods travelled or were transported through the port in 2017.
Ferries from Helsinki sail to numerous countries in the Baltic region of Europe including Sweden, Germany and Russia. But the most popular route links the Finnish capital with Tallinn of Estonia, one of the busiest ferry connections on the continent with over 8 million passenger trips made each year.
Helsinki actually contains two ports, with three separate harbours making up the port in the city centre. Olympia Terminal, also known as South Harbour, alongside East Harbour and the Katajanokka Terminal, are all departure points for Stockholm, Mariehmamn, Travemunde and St Petersburg, with up to seven weekly crossings.
The second port of Helsinki, West Harbour, situated on Jatkasaari, is the gateway to Tallinn providing up to six daily sailings, making it the busiest ferry departure point from the city. Crossing times range from two to two and a quarter hours depending on the operator; they include Tallink Silja, Viking Line and Eckero Line.
Helsinki's ts compact size allows easy exploration by foot. Head for the central avenue, Mannerheimintie, and you’re within touching distance of the National Museum, Parliament House, the Ateneum Gallery and a choice of innovative restaurants bearing Michelin Stars.
Design your morning or afternoon around the city’s creative exploits and you won’t be disappointed. Lauded as one of the most exciting countries in the world for boutiques, glassware galleries, textiles and futuristic workshops, all of these national crafts culminate in the simply unmissable Design Museum, selling some of the best souvenirs in Helsinki, too.
More than just a city of architectural appeal, a third of Helsinki is covered in open green spaces, with the surrounding forested areas hiding some excellent hiking trails. Further afield, Helsinki’s islands can be reached by boat for a fun day out, or you can stroll along a quiet beach during summer followed by cross-country skiing in winter.
Helsinki, known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic’, was founded in 1550 and has been the Finnish capital since 1812. Sitting on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland, the city is a picturesque pioneer for new architectural designs, intertwined with glistening inlets and roughly 330 islands and bays of the Baltic.
There are numerous terminals at Helsinki Ferry Port.
Helsinki Olympia terminal (South)
Used for Tallink Silja Ferries to Stockholm, the Olympia terminal is approximately 1.8km from Helsinki city centre, 179 km from Tampere and 166 km from Turku. From Tampere take the E12 to Helsinki and from Turku the E18.
Helsinki Vuosaari, Hansa Terminal (East):
Used for Ferries to Rostock, the Hansa Terminal is 16km from Helsinki City centre. Take route 170/Itäväylä, turn left at Meripellontie and follow the signs to the terminal.
Helsinki West Terminal
Used for Ferries to Tallinn, the West terminal is approximately 2.4 km from Helsinki city centre, 179 km from Tampere and 166 km from Turku. From Tampere take the E12 to Helsinki and from Turku E18.
Helsinki Katajanokan terminal
Used for Viking Line ferries to Stockholm and Tallinn. Follow the signs that lead to the centre of Helsinki (Keskusta/Centrum), Katajanokka and Katajanokka terminal.
Viking Line,Katajanokanlaituri 8 (Mastokatu 1),00160 Helsinki,Finland.
Tallink Silja,Olympia Terminal,Eteläsatama (South Harbor),Olympiaranta,1 FIN-00140 Helsinki,Finland
Finnlines,Hansa Terminal,Vuosaaren Satama,Provianttikatu 5,00980,Helsinki,Finland.
Tallink Silja,West Harbour 2,Tyynenmerenkatu 14,(Silja Europa): West Harbour 1,Tyynenmerenkatu 8,00220,Helsinki,Finland.
St Peter Line,Länsiterminaali (West Terminal),Tyynenmerenkatu 8,00220 Helsinki,Finland
Eckerö Line,Länsiterminaali T2 (Western Harbour,Terminal 2),Tyynenmerenkatu 14,00220,Helsinki,Finland.
West Harbour Terminal 1, Tyynenmerenkatu 8, 00220 Helsinki
Olympiaranta 1,00140 Helsinki
Komentosilta 1,00980 Helsinki,Finland
West Harbour Terminal 2, Tyynenmerenkatu 14, 00220 Helsinki
Hansa Terminal,Vuosaaren Satama,Provianttikatu 5,00980,Helsinki,Finland
West Terminal T2, Tyynenmerenkatu 14, 00220 Helsinki
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