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  • Gee231205x2022
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip to Suomenlinna
    I enjoyed the ferry crossing to Suomenlinna so much that I actually went again another 3 times. I had purchased a HSL ABC ticket prior to arriving in Helsinki which covers the ferry journey as well. You have to have the ticket on the app before passing through the turnstiles but I never actually showed mine other than on the first journey. If you do not have the app then tickets need to be purchased at the machines at the harbour or ferry boarding area on Suomenlinna, I believe there is an extra charge if you want to take a bicycle. The journey was smooth every time and the view coming back into Helsinki harbour is wonderful. You have an option of sitting upstairs or downstairs on the ferry. Downstairs the seating is inside, upstairs there is an inside section and outside seating at the front and rear. It was a bit bracing with the wind but well worth sitting outside for the view. I can imagine on a warm summer day and a busy ferry getting the front spot for a photo might become crowded.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 April 2023
  • freutmich
    787 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Comfortable and Dependable
    Like everything else I experienced with HSL, the company's ferry service is comfortable and dependable. I took a ferry to Suomenlinna island. I hadn't expected the boat ride to be one of the best parts of the visit. Getting out on the water gave me a whole different perspective on Helsinki. The ferries are clean and offer a variety of seating options, from indoor benches shielding you from sun or rain, to space on the bow to feel like the King of the World. Definitely worth a trip if you're in need of water transport.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smooth ride to the fortress
    The ride over to the Suomelinna island was smooth and hassle-free. The ferry went a time a pace that gave visitors a cage to capture the site and sceneries. It was on time on both journeys and seating was quite comfortable. Very nice ride. I will highly recommend .
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,625 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great docking area providing a great view of the harbor.

Ferry service to Sweden and Estonia.

Great place to sit and enjoy the maritime culture of Helsinki.
Written 27 December 2023
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The ride over to the Suomelinna island was smooth and hassle-free. The ferry went a time a pace that gave visitors a cage to capture the site and sceneries. It was on time on both journeys and seating was quite comfortable. Very nice ride. I will highly recommend .
Written 1 September 2023
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freutmich
Kansas City787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Like everything else I experienced with HSL, the company's ferry service is comfortable and dependable. I took a ferry to Suomenlinna island. I hadn't expected the boat ride to be one of the best parts of the visit. Getting out on the water gave me a whole different perspective on Helsinki. The ferries are clean and offer a variety of seating options, from indoor benches shielding you from sun or rain, to space on the bow to feel like the King of the World. Definitely worth a trip if you're in need of water transport.
Written 10 July 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
On the 1st of May started a new line from Meritullintori to Kruunuvuorenranta. It will be operated until the new bridge is ready next year.

The one-way trip took 20 minutes. From the sundeck, you have great views of Uspenski Cathedral and the icebreakers docked at Katajanokka.

You have to buy an HSL ticket including zones AB. It costs 3,10 bought from the HSL app. The ticket cannot be bought onboard and there are no ticket-selling machines on the piers. The ticket is valid for 80 minutes.

You can come back with the same ticket if you don't want to explore Kruunuvuorenranta. We had an evening snack at the pleasant Kruunu Pizzeria.
Written 19 May 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Using my Helsinki Travel Card, I used this ferry to visit the Fortress. The ride was short, about 15 minutes. It timely departs from the Market Square and timely arrives at the Fortress. Staff are friendly. Highly recommended to use their service!
Written 17 May 2023
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Gee231205x2022
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed the ferry crossing to Suomenlinna so much that I actually went again another 3 times. I had purchased a HSL ABC ticket prior to arriving in Helsinki which covers the ferry journey as well. You have to have the ticket on the app before passing through the turnstiles but I never actually showed mine other than on the first journey. If you do not have the app then tickets need to be purchased at the machines at the harbour or ferry boarding area on Suomenlinna, I believe there is an extra charge if you want to take a bicycle.
The journey was smooth every time and the view coming back into Helsinki harbour is wonderful. You have an option of sitting upstairs or downstairs on the ferry. Downstairs the seating is inside, upstairs there is an inside section and outside seating at the front and rear. It was a bit bracing with the wind but well worth sitting outside for the view. I can imagine on a warm summer day and a busy ferry getting the front spot for a photo might become crowded.
Written 2 April 2023
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Easy boarding and returning from the island. Very clean and comfortable and fast. I felt the day ticket was a good value.
Written 7 August 2022
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Ozan Karahan
Krakow, Poland1,560 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
HSL ferry is very comfortable and easy method for traveling to Suomenlinna. It is part of Helsinki public transport system.
Written 27 May 2022
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max v
Europe180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
For the trip to the fortress of Suomenlinna, I took the ferry. There is a single ticket for Helsinki public transport on the ferry. For example, if you have a one-time ticket or a daily travel card, feel free to get on board! Ferries depart from the eastern side of Kauppatori Square, opposite the Presidential Palace.
Written 12 May 2022
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The same ticket you use for trams and busses is also valid for the short sea trip to Suomenlinna. Both cathedrals, the white Lutheran and Orthodox Uspenskij rise above the scenery when the ferry leaves the pier at Kauppatori. On the way you can admire Katajanokka, Kaivopuisto and the big ships sailing to Stockholm. There is a small recently renovated building to wait inside for the next departure.
Written 26 March 2022
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