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Helsinki for 2 days on budget - first trip alone!

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1. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

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Hi.
I've been planning this trip for few weeks now, and done more than some research. Still, first travelling experience alone hopefully :)

I'll be travelling from Estonia and by ship (Silja Line, Tallink, those faster boats.)

Main reason is Avril Lavigne's concert at Jäähalli on 20.06.2005.

And I imagine it to be something like:

  • From Tallinn to Helsinki on the morning of 20.06, then some sightseeing and gonna drop my things off at hostel/hotel, if it's good idea... Then concert and back to ho(s)tel. Next day to Korkeasaari Zoo and at evening back to Tallinn by ship.

Gonna get Helsinki card for 24hours too for cheaper transportation.

Main concern at the moment is getting back from concert to hostel - how far is Jäähall from Harbour and which would be safest transportation option to hostel? How could I reach to Jäähall by public transportation? Where could I spend the night besides Eurohostel?

And last but not least - How expensive will all that be? Anything else I should know?

Thank You in advance.
Silver aka MelesMeles

2. Posted by meerola (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

I always recommend the Stadion Hostel to everyone. I've had friends stay there and they've been happy. And especially since the concert is in Jäähalli, it will be a perfect location for you, close to the center and 500 meters from the concert venue. You can walk back to the hostel from the concert (it's a 5-minute walk).

The hostel will cost either 15 EUR (dormitory) or 27,5 EUR (single room).

I don't think you should buy the Helsinki Card, since you can buy a 24-hour tourist ticket with which you can travel as much as you like on the buses, trams, subway and the ferry to Suomenlinna. It costs 5,4 EUR and you can buy it from the bus/tram driver or from any R-kioski kiosk. The entrance to Korkeasaari Zoo costs 8 EUR (including the ferry). That's a total of 13,4 EUR whereas the Helsinki card costs 25 EUR.

For more information, check out the Helsinki City Transport website. Helsinki has a very good tram system and both Jäähalli and the hostel are along the route of many tram lines such as 3, 4, 7 and 10. The Transport website has a very good feature called Journey Planner, check it out.

Helsinki is safe, but if you're a girl, don't go walking in parks at night alone (or with a strange guy even if he does like Avril Lavigne). There have been some rape incidents in the city centre recently.

3. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Thanks for quick reply Hehe I'm not a girl, but thanks for that advice too. Is about 10? price for normal dinner/lunch?

4. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

10 euros* is what I meant about lunch.

Apparently I'll be going to Helsinki once earlier too, to buy concert ticket. Shipping it to foreign countries costs 30? - might aswell pick it up myself.
And that's where I need help about ship time tables - are there some special offers available at some time after 3pm from Helsinki to Tallinn? I'll be going to Helsinki at morning with Silja Line, ticket on SeaCat costs 155 EEK, that is 10 Euros and getting back cheaply would be nice too.

5. Posted by meerola (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

During weekdays, lunch costs about 7-8 euro.

I think the best place to find out about ferry offers is at the ferrylines' websites:
http://www.njl.ee/ Nordic Jet Line
http://www.vikingline.fi/index.asp?lang=en Viking Line
http://www.silja.fi/?ChangeLang=english Silja Line