Tram Tour of Helsinki with a city planner

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50 EUR

Helsinki; the city where things work! Public transportation is no exception. It works flawlessly and is ranked among the best in the world. In this tour, you will experience various parts of this beautiful city that would not have tourist crowds and you will do it the local way; by riding the trams.

Duration: 3.5 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Emek
Local

I have a bachelor degree from Faculty of Architecture, Department of City Planning. I am currently a PhD student in Urban Studies/Social Policy program in University of Helsinki. I wanted to combine my love for Helsinki with my knowledge and research about the history, culture and architecture of this beautiful city, and share it with a wider audience, so I started to arrange walking tours. Check out my website for various themed tours https://www.atamantours.com/

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Highlights

  • tram no 4 to Katajanokka, beautiful Art Noveau architecture
  • tram no 1 to Eira, a garden city in the center
  • tram no 6 to Arabia and Vanhakaupunki, the real old town of Helsinki
  • tram no 3 to Kaivopuisto, best urban park in the shoreline
  • tram no 10 to Ullanlinna, heart of the design district
  • tram no 2 to Töölö, the city life
  • tram no 4 to Munkkiniemi, proximity to nature

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Description

Helsinki; the city where things work, and public transportation is no exception. It works flawlessly and is ranked among the best, not just in Europe but in the world. Helsinki also has one of the oldest tram systems in the world that dates back to 1891! In the city center areas, trams are the first choice of the locals when it comes to transportation. In this tour, you will experience the various parts of this beautiful city that would not have tourist crowds and you will enjoy it like a local, by using the famous tram system of Helsinki. You will discover hidden locations that you wouldn’t find in standard tour itineraries; places full of secret parks, beautiful cafes and pubs, flea markets, great views and impressive architecture.
There are two options for you to choose from, both have the same duration:
1st option: Eastern and Northern parts of the city centre; tram no 4 to Katajanokka, tram no 1 to Eira and tram no 6 to Arabia and Vanhakaupunki;
2nd option: Southern and Western parts of the city centre: tram no 3 to Kaivopuisto, tram no 10 to Ullanlinna, tram no 4 to Munkkiniemi and tram no 2 to Töölö.
Check out my website for various themed tours https://www.atamantours.com/

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What’s included & not included

  • Local guide
  • Public transportation ticket (day ticket) that is valid 24 hours
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting point

Paulig Kulma Cafe is 500 meters from the Railway Station. You can also take tram number 2, 4, or 7 from different parts of the city and get off at the "Aleksantarinkatu" stop. We will always meet INSIDE the cafe (at the back, towards the mall). (Aleksanterinkatu 9, Helsinki, Finland)

Pickup options are available for private tour bookings.

This operator has 6 reviews for other tours

4.8/5

Informative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable
for Emek’s tour (Tour Helsinki with a City Planner)
Emek, provided a well thought through tour that highlighted many of the facets of Finland’s history, culture, language had geography in a well paced, and appropriate lengthed walk. His tips for post walk activistes were also great. Highly recommend the walk to anyone interested in a better appreciation of Helsinki.
Really enjoyed this tour.
for Emek’s tour (Tour Helsinki with a City Planner)
I really enjoyed this tour with Emek. He is knowledgeable, engaging and patient with questions. Definitely recommend.

Here is photo of Emek in Rock Church.
Insight into the Finnish character
for Emek’s tour (Tour Helsinki with a City Planner)
Emek is an engaging and interesting tour guide who weaves great stories from the significant places in his city. Each story goes beyond the place itself to give us an insight into the national character and values that Finnish people hold. It is a personal perspective from an intelligent and involved citizen.
Definitely worthwhile - although (being a planner myself) I would have liked to hear more about planning processes and issues in the city.
I thought - compared to a food tour we did the next day for the same price - it was a little pricy given we didn't even get to sit over a nice coffee, or beer...
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