Helsinki Ferry Ports and Terminals

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Within Helsinki, there are presently four ports and six terminals for catching a passenger ferry. This can change though, as ferry operators come and go from the scene. There is presently:

  • Vuosaari - Hansa Terminal
  • Katajanokka
  • South Harbour - Olypmia Terminal
  • South Harbour - Makasiini Terminal
  • West Harbour - Terminal 1
  • West Harbour - Terminal 2

Knowing the correct ferry terminal is really important, because they are distributed across the city. Use this map and our guide below to know which ferry terminal you belong.

Map of Helsinki with ferry ports marked.
Map of Helsinki with ferry ports marked.

Hansa Terminal, Helsinki Vuosaari Vuosaaren satama

Vuosaari Harbour is the main cargo port of Helsinki, located in the Eastern Suburbs. Many large cargo ships call to port here. In addition, passenger ferries from Finnlines (going to/from Lübeck/Travemünde Germany), Finbo Cargo (going to/from Tallinn-Muuga), and Tallink-Silja (also to/from Tallinn-Muuga) operate here. The ferries to/from Tallinn-Muuga harbour are restricted to passengers travelling with vehicles.

Due to its location on the outskirts of Helsinki, it is best to take these ferries if you are travelling with a vehicle, so as to avoid the congestion of the city center. Nevertheless, the port can be reached without a vehicle by taking the metro to the final stop, and then transferring to a brief bus.

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Katajanokka Terminal, Helsinki Katajanokka

Katajanokka Terminal is located around 2km from the center of Helsinki. It essentially is in the center, located a bit beyond the old market and Allas Sea Pool on the island of Katajanokka. Viking Line is currently the only commerical operator going from here, with ships departing to Tallinn and Stockholm. Katajanokka Terminal can be easily reached by walking 20 minutes from the central railway station, or by a tram (there are no busses here). Beware that the tram can fill up quite heavily prior to departures.

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Aboard a ferry docked at Olypmia Terminal, towards the left is Makasiini terminal, and to the right, a Viking Line ship docked at Katajanokka.
Aboard a ferry docked at Olypmia Terminal, towards the left is Makasiini terminal, and to the right, a Viking Line ship docked at Katajanokka.

Olympia Terminal, Helsinki South Harbour Olympiaterminaali

Olypmia Terminal is also very close to the center of Helsinki. Whereas Katajanokka stretches to the east of the old market, South Harbor goes south from the old market. From Olympia Terminal, the only ferry seeing regular pasenger service, is Tallink-Silja's daily departure to/from Stockholm. Olympia terminal can be reached with tram, or walking within 20 minutes from the central railway station.

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Makasiini Terminal, Helsinki South Harbour Makasiiniterminaali

Makasiini is the closest ferry terminal to the city center, located in South Harbour, between the old market and Olympia Terminal. Currently the only ferry operating here is St. Peter Line, which departs to Saint Petersburg fairly frequently, as well as rarely to Tallinn and Stockholm.

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Terminal 1, Helsinki West Harbour Länsiterminaali 1

Helsinki West Harbour is at the end of the area of Jätkäsaari, where two new ferry terminals have been built. Terminal 1 is the closest to the city center, and it currently serves Tallink-Silja ferries to Tallinn. It can be reached by tram, or by a ~40 minute walk from the central railway station.

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View towards Jätkäsaari and West Harbour, with Terminal 2 closest, and Terminal 1 in the background.
View towards Jätkäsaari and West Harbour, with Terminal 2 closest, and Terminal 1 in the background.

Terminal 2, Helsinki West Harbour Länsiterminaali 2

Terminal 2 of Helsinki West Harbour is located beside Terminal 1. It's an impressive new passenger ferry terminal serving ferries from Tallink-Silja and Eckerö Line. It can be reached from the same tram as Terminal 1, just one extra (and the final) stop, or by walking around 45 minutes from the central railway station.

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