Helsinki is a busy cruise destination and sees many ships throughout the season. Ships dock at one of three distinct areas.
Katajanokka Quay has a terminal with souvenir shop, toilets, and taxi station. From Katajanokka Terminal, local bus 13 or tram T4 will take you to Helsinki city center, but this is also reachable on foot. If you want to ride, tram numbers 4 and 4T stop here.
South Harbour has a terminal at Olympia Quay with shopping, information, a taxi rank, currency exchange, and internet access and a second quay called Makasiini Quay. It’s a 15-minute walk into downtown from the South Harbour port entrance. Trams 1A, 3B, and 3T run from the port into town.
Hernasaari Harbour has two quays with access to the dedicated cruise terminal with shops, information desk, taxi rank, and Internet access. It’s a longer walk into Helsinki from here, but the terminal is served by bus routes 14B and 16.
Taxis wait at all terminals to take visitors downtown, and this may be the most convenient way to travel if you don’t want to take the cruise shuttle service. Journey times are short from all the terminals, the longest being around 15 minutes. Taxis are plentiful (albeit expensive) and make a convenient way to link attractions. Taxis take credit cards. A 5-km (3-mile) trip is currently €10.30, while a 10-km (6-mile) trip is €16.10. A car rental is not a sensible option if you intend to explore the city, as parking is difficult. Expect to pay €76 per day for a compact manual vehicle.
Tickets for the Helsinki public transport system cost €2.50 from the driver, or €2 from a ticket machine. Day tickets are €6.80—these are valid on trams, buses, the metro and the ferry to Soumenlinna. Ticket machines sell one-day tickets. Tram services 3B and 3T link many of the most important city attractions so in conjunction with a day ticket could be used as hop-on hop-off services.