How to reach Scandic Grand Marina
Helsinki-Vantaa air-port is about 19 kilometers from the city center, which you can reach by
- Taxi (duration 20-35 minutes, cost approximatelly €35 - 40) or by
- Finnair bus which runs every 20 minutes (00, 20min past, 20 min to; duration about 35 min, cost €5.20/one way) to the Main Railway Station in city center.
Continue from here with tram no 4 towards Katajanokka. To find the tram stop, walk up to Mannerheimintie to the corner of SOKOS department store, where you can see the stand. Take the tram no 4
towards South, Katajanokka (duration appr. 10 min, cost €1.80). Depart the tram at Katajanokka terminal station and walk less than 50 meters to Scandic Marina.
Climate in May
In May the weather is still very much Spring in Helsinki. The average temperature is around 10°C (min +5°C and max +13°C). Please be also prepared for cold wind, especially when/if taking the boat trip on Friday evening to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.
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Credit Cards and Travellers' Cheques
Credit cards including MasterCard/Access, Visa, Diner's Club and American Express are widely accepted in Finland. Travellers' cheques and common currencies can be exchanged easily in banks and most cash machines (ATMs) marked "OTTO " will give you euros with a bank card with international PIN number.
Restaurants and Shopping
The downtown area of Helsinki has many restaurants from casual coffee shops to elegant restaurants. Reservations are recommended for most restaurants. The best place to explore shopping opportunities is in the city centre, where all the big department stores and the most fashionable shops are to be found. Aleksanterikatu, Mannerheimintie and Esplanadi (North and South) are the main shopping streets. Esplanadi is where you will find many of the most famous Finnish design brands, such as Marimekko, Annikki Karvinen, Pertti Palmroth, Arabia, Artek and Iittala. Another street worth walking from end to end if you are interested in fashion is Fredrikinkatu.
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