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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Indulge Your Inner Design Hawk in Helsinki


4. Insider’s Tip

The 3T tram's route is ideal for architectural sightseeing.  

For the price of a regular tram ticket, hop on the 3T tram ($2.50, $9.90 for a 24-hour pass) at the central train station for a loop around town that will show you more than the unsightly sightseeing buses, which usually cost around $40. The 3T will take you around the city center and then some outlying districts, like the working-class, boho Hakaniemi and Kallio, the middle-class Töölö district, the artsy Punavuori, and the old Eira district, home to an abundance of Art Nouveau buildings. (You can pick up a brochure outlining the highlights of the route from the tourism office.) The entire trip takes only about 40 minutes to complete, but hop on and off to explore as you please.

Published on Jun 29, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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