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Taxis and rental cars are both available for visitors to Tampere. However, both of these transportation options have certain advantages as well as disadvantages.
Taxis are a good way of getting around the immediate city, but if planning on traveling much further, consider another option (see the Trip Advisor: Getting Around page) as the fares can get rather high. Fares are based on meters, which are government regulated and standard for all companies. Taxi ranks can be found outside of major public areas such as the airport, train stations, bus stations, and large hotels. If outside of these areas, the best way to get a taxi is to call one of the agencies ahead of time to arrange for a pick-up. For a list of companies located in or around the city, check out this Taxi Company List. Most hotels, restaurants, and bars will be happy to make this call for their customers. Because many drivers do not speak English, it is a wise idea to bring along a map with the desired destination circled.
A personal vehicle is the most convenient form of transportation available in Tampere, as it allows the greatest freedom and flexibility in travel. However, first time visitors to the country should check out this Driving in Finland page before deciding to get behind the wheel of a car. Many visitors choose to fly into the Tampere-Pirkkala International Airport, which is located less than 20 km outside of the city center, stop by one of the Car Rental Agencies based around the airport, and drive to Tampere.