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Helsinki sightseeing tour on your own - with tram 2 and 3 (Formerly 3T/3B).
Audio guide now available for free
An easy and inexpensive Helsinki city sightseeing tour can be done using trams 2and 3. The route passes many of the interesting sights. The route numbering was changed August 12th 2013 . The route has temporarily been detoured in summer and fall 2013.
A map of the new routes and detour is avaliable online.
There's a free booklet available from the Helsinki City tourist office explaining the sights along the route. (Still with the oldroute numbers)
The route is circular, number 8 shaped. Routes 2 and 3 go nowadays to both directions - the letter changes depending on where the tram is along its route. (see below).
- Please note that the current route 2 was changed in March 2009. Old brochures and audioguides published before that are explaining the old route that went from Aleksanterinkatu via Stockmann's to Manneheimintie and continued to Arkadiankatu. Now it turns to Mikonkatu and goes via Rautatientori (Railway Station Square) and Shopping Center Kamppi. - The brochure in above link shows the current route.
There's also a handy audioguide for any mp3-player or phone available now for free at http://www.dewhurstdesigns.co.uk/hels... . - Besides mp3 also a free illustrated mp4 (M4A or MPEG-4) file available for the devices like iPod or smartphones doing that format.
The narrated tour starts at Kauppatori (The Market Square). Please note that to follow the route narrated in the audio guide, you need to take the 2 tram towards Eläintarha. (The tram stop, which is closer to the main part of the Market Square).
The audio guide narrates the old route. You won't miss any of the sights mentioned in the recording, if you step off the tram at stop Aleksanterinkatu, and walk a bit.
- Follow the street Aleksanterinkatu straight forward to Stockmann's department store.
- At the Three Smiths' statue in front of Stockmann's turn right to Mannerheimintie and walk to the yellow Main Post Office, and turn left to Arkadiankatu.
- Walk by Luonnontieteellinen museo (Museum of Natural Science) and continue along Arkadiankatu to tram stop Kauppakorkeakoulut.
- Continue with the tram again at the stop Kauppakorkeakoulut. (Before that you can take the opportunity to visit the Church in the Rock, which can be seen in the end of the street to the right, when you cross Fredrikinkatu)
However, if you decided not to walk but stay on the tram, please note that route is different from the narration between Aleksanterinkatu and Kauppakorkeakoulut.
A single tram ticked on Helsinki tram costs 2.00 e. It's valid for one hour and you can transfer to another tram only. You can buy a tram ticket with a travel card or from the multi-ticket machines in the city centre - not from the driver.
- The only multi-ticket machine at Kauppatori is at the Suomenlinna ferry terminal.
The driver sells normal tickets (valid for one hour on all Helsinki public transportation) for 2.80 € (from a ticket vending machine 2.20 €) and one-day tourist tickets (valid for 24 hours on all internal Helsinki public tranportation) for 8.00 €.
Two-hour tickets (3.80 €), day tickets (available from 1 to 7 days, from 8 € to 32 € respectively) and travel cards you can buy (and load value/money them) in advance in any R-kiosks, Tourist Information Offices at Pohjoisesplanadi 19, Central Railway Station and Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, HSL Service Points (e.g. in the Station Tunnel in the basement of the Central Railway Station), booking offices of VR train stations, Stockmann Department Stores, Citymarkets and Prisma supermarkets. WIth Travel Card's value the single ticket costs only 1.90 € and tram ticket 1.43 €, but the Travel Card's value tickets are worthwhile only if you stay a bit longer in Helsinki (there's a fee for the card itself, too). For further information on tickets and fares, please see the HSL website.
- With the normal ticket you can after the full tour with tram 3T continue within the validitty of the ticket (usually 60 min) e.g. to the Suomenlinna using the same ticket with the ferry that starts from the terminal located in the far end corner of the Market Square. (The cheaper tram ticket isn't valid on the ferry.)
All fares above are valid in August 2013. - - For current ticket fares please check this link.