Not only a major political and economic hub for Finland and the Nordic area, Helsinki is also blessed with astounding landscapes ranging from the sea and the many islands, to the snow-covered mountains in the distance. The best way to explore Helsinki and all of its grand, isolated beauty is with a rental car, letting you escape the beaten track and discover what makes it one of the world’s most livable cities. Also take the time to drive east towards Porvoo and Loviisa, two seaside fishing villages that will give you an authentic taste of the Nordic lifestyle.
Helsinki Airport is located within the small city of Vantaa, roughly 20 km (12 miles) from the city center of Helsinki. Use KAYAK to view the best available deals for rental cars at Helsinki Airport. Major global agencies including Avis, Hertz, Budget, and Europcar have counters located in the arrivals hall corridor between terminals 1 and 2.
It is a legal requirement to always drive with your headlights on in Finland, whether it be through the darkest nights of winter or the brightest days of summer. Depending on the newness of the car model you rent, headlights may automatically turn on when the engine starts or you may need to manually flick them on in older models.
Finnish roads are not only impeccably designed and well built, they also rarely house traffic congestion. Driving wherever you want to go in Helsinki, even the center of town, is a peaceful experience; delays only stretch to ten or twenty minutes at the worst. Be careful if you visit during the winter when roads are covered in snow by reducing your driving speed and provide additional time for braking.
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Compact rental cars in Helsinki are around 60% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Helsinki
Some car rental companies in Helsinki which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Sixt, Budget and Europcar
On average a hire car in Helsinki costs C$ 91 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Helsinki. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Helsinki is C$ 9.33 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 112 and C$ 149, depending on the car size.
A Economy car rental in Helsinki costs C$ 46 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Helsinki costs C$ 62 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Helsinki costs C$ 158 per day, on average.
In Helsinki, cars are most frequently rented at Avis Vantaa (16 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Helsinki costs C$ 637 per week (C$ 91 per day).
On average a rental car in Helsinki costs C$ 2,729 per month (C$ 91 per day).
With consideration for the high quality of roads in and surrounding Helsinki, you should choose any car that best suits your personal needs and driving preferences. It is a requirement for all cars in Finland to be equipped with all-weather or studded tires. Enquire with your rental company which tires they provide and any recommendations they have for their use.
Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit in urban areas of Helsinki is 50 km/h (31 mph). On large provincial roads the speed limit can vary between 80 km/h (49 mph) and 100 km/h (62 mph), while on motorways the maximum speed can increase to 120 km/h (74 mph). During winter months the speed limit on all provincial roads and motorways reduces to 80 km/h (49 mph).
You can expect to pay approximately €1.54 per liter of gas in Helsinki, which equates to approximately $6.60 USD per gallon. Roughly 40% of the gas stations across Finland are serviced with personnel, with rural, isolated stations more likely to be prepaid and unmanned. Numerous gas stations are located along the E45 highway, which connects Helsinki Airport to the center of the city.
On-street parking is accessible throughout the downtown district, at a cost of about €2 ($2.25 USD) or €4 ($4.50 USD) per hour, depending on its proximity to the center of town. All parking regulated by the City of Helsinki is free after 9 pm on weekdays, after 6 pm on Saturdays, and all day on Sundays.