6 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

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6 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Paris

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get some historical perspective at Rock Church and The Esplanadi Park. Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. The adventure continues: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning app .

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in May, Helsinki is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku trip planning tool .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 14th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere vacation app .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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