I'm excited about the opportunity of at least getting into town. But what to do? I don't want a full-on 'sightseeing tour' experience, but would love to walk around a cool district, have a nice lunch, check out the waterfront maybe? Browse a couple of iconic shops? What areas are best - and manageable in a few hours? Thanks!
What time of day?
Take the bus to Helsinki downtown. You'll arrive to the main railway station, which is a great location for an explorer on foot. Helsinki is a small and walkable city. It might be a good start to walk via the cathedral to the market square by the waterfront. From there you can see the gigantic ferries going to Stockholm and get a glimpse of Suomenlinna fortress island..
This may give you some idea on where the action is in Helsinki: http://www.tripsay.com/map/Helsinki about 8 years ago
Take tram number 3B or 3T just front of central railwaystation. Those trams drive same 8 shaped route but opposite directions around Helsinki and it takes 2,50 euros for that about 60 minutes "sight seeing". On the route you will see those Olympia-tower, Senate Square, Kisama museum, the ferry port, the most cenral city, areas around center and so on. And of course local people come and go on their way. You can also jump out the tram if you want to stop and see something more and then continue by the next one. You can change the trams with one ticket in one hour as many times you want. Just in case of terrible weather or your interest of this kind of tour : about 6 years agoAnswered by Aaravi via Travellr.com