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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €25–35
  • Bike hire per day: €10–20
  • Lunch buffet: €8–14
  • Two-hour bus/train to next town: €8–30
  • Standard hotel double room: €80–130
  • Two-course meal with wine: €50–80
  • Car hire: €40–50 per day
  • Museum entry: €5–10
Top end (more than)
  • Room in boutique hotel: €150–300
  • Upmarket degustation menu with wine: €100–350
  • Taxi across town: €20–30
  • Two-hour husky sled ride: €90–140


Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; some nationalities will need a Schengen visa.

Get the latest visa advice for Finland from our community.

When to go and weather


Getting to Finland

Finland is easily accessed from the rest of Europe and beyond. There are direct flights from numerous destinations, while Baltic ferries are another good option.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Finland

You can set your watch by Finnish transport. For bus timetables, head to www.matkahuolto.fi, while for trains it's www.vr.fi. A useful combined journey planner for Finland’s public-transport network is online at www.journey.fi.

Bus Around the same price as trains, but slower. They cover the whole country and rarely need booking.

Car Hire widely available; week or weekend deals booked in advance are much better than sky-high day rates. Automatic transmission is rare; book well in advance and expect a hefty premium. Drive on the right.

Air Generally expensive, but you can get some good deals on Lapland routes. Multitrip journeys are generally cheaper than one-way flights.

Train Generally modern and comfortable, with good coverage. Book busy routes in advance.

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Finland is incredibly child friendly, and is a terrific place to holiday with kids. Domestic tourism is largely dictated by children’s needs, and child-friendly attractions abound in the height of summer, while winter brings its own snowy delights, including Santa.

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Working and volunteering

In most cases a residence permit is required to work in Finland, but there are exceptions, such as fruit- and berry-picking jobs of no more than 90 days. Comprehensive information is available at www.migri.fi. Contact the Finnish embassy or consulate...

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