Did you know that ‘Helsinki’ is actually four cities?

17 Jun

If you are a casual visitor to Helsinki, you may not have realised that Helsinki is actually made up of four different cities. Helsinki springs to mind first, and is the city situated on the harbour. Espoo is our near neighbour to the west and possibly is best known as where Nokia is headquartered. Vantaa is to our north, and is the location of HEL (Helsinki-Vantaa Airport). The fourth and smallest city (in terms of area) is the beautifully named Kauniainen which is actually situated within the city of Espoo.

Metropolitan Helsinki (dark green) / Greater Helsinki (light green)
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Helsingin_seutu_-_Helsingforsregionen.svg)

Each city maintains its own bus network, and through shared ticketing it’s possible to travel from city to city. Some planning is required and the journey planner is one of the most useful tools for working out how to get around Helsinki. So useful, that I even downloaded the application to my phone so I can check my route on the go, and not have to worry about printing out the connections.

Coming soon: island life in the city!

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