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About Finland (FI)


The most sparsely populated and smallest of the three Scandinavian kingdoms, Finland (FI) is an interesting mix of impeccably modern cities and unspoiled nature. With most of its population found in the comfortable, smartly designed cities in the central and southern regions, Finland’s upper half of Finland is defined by a plethora of lakes and small towns and fishing villages scattered across the landscape. Finland is primarily known for being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and its language and cultural traditions that make it unique among Nordic nations. The majority of international visitors will enter the southern gateway of Helinski, and head for the southwestern coastal destinations of Turku, the central provincial capital of Jyväskylä, or the up-and-coming city of Seinäjoki.

  Getting around

Driving in Finland is a thoroughly pleasant if not somewhat pricey experience. Its extensive network of roads offers access to major cities and pristine wilderness alike, but car hire rates — and petrol prices — are among the highest in Europe, but if you’re here by necessity or the desire for country’s uniqueness, that may not be important. Unlike its neighboring Nordic countries, Sweden and Norway, the geography of Finland is mostly flat or rolling plains, with minor mountain ranges in the extreme north.

With the high quality of roads, one does not need to be a particularly expert driver to navigate a vehicle around the country. Summertime road construction may cause a few delays, and congestion is to be expected in Helinski, but otherwise, your biggest worry will be encountering a moose on the highway. As public transport is fairly limited to urban areas, distances between attractions will make it necessary for visitors to rent a car in Finland.

  Choosing your car

Rental cars in Finland are provided by the most reliable vendors in the world. Although it will be a challenge to find a truly cheap car rental, compared to the rest of Europe, you won’t be lacking for choice when it comes to vehicle type. Choose you car from Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, and Alamo. All the vehicle types are available: minicars, compact sedans and economy 3-door hatchbacks, standard and fullsize 4-door sedans, 7-12 seater minivans, estate wagons, and all-wheel drive SUVs, the latter of which are highly recommended for driving in winter conditions and rural areas.

  Tips and advice

1

You’ll get a better rate on a car hire in Finland by booking for three or more days.

2

You may have heard that fines for speeding in Finland are based on income, not speed in excess of the limit. This only applies to Finnish citizens. Foreigners are generally hit with a modest fine and a stern warning to obey the law.

3

All time-sensitive road signs in Finland use military time, plus typographical shorthand for weekdays, Saturday, and Sunday. Thus, a sign prohibiting left turns on weekdays between 7:00-9:00 AM would be marked: Ei Ole Vasenta Käännöstä 7-9. For no left turns on Saturdays, 7-9 would be in parenthesis (7-9). All Sunday restrictions will be in red letters.

4

Some GPS are loaded with software that warns of fixed safety cameras in the vicinity, and these are completely legal in Finland. Radar detectors, on the other hand, are totally illegal and use may carry severe consequences.

5

Finland operates an exceptionally popular overnight car-carrier train between Helinski and Lapland, saving at least a full day’s drive one-way. These sleeper trains are a godsend for travelers on a limited schedule. Most car hire companies allow your vehicle on the train; however, your vendor may ask you to sign a waiver and pay a small fee.

6

Using your car horn for anything other than preventing an accident or warning of a hazard is not only against the law, but considered extremely rude.

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

90 kph  | 55.9 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

120 kph  | 74.6 mph
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Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

EUR
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

122
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Finland Driving Ideas Guide


Finland has it all - from the incredible scattering of islands in Europe's largest archipelago, to the hilly countryside of Lapland.  With midnight sun in the summer, and the allure of the Northern Lights in winter, Finland possesses a wealth of rare beauty and truly distinctive ambience.

Bordering the beautiful Baltic Sea, modern Finland is an ideal destination for travellers looking for something different. There is so much to do, without spending a lot.

Helsinki to Turku — great day drive

Helsinki is one of the cultural hot spots of Northern Europe - an ideal holiday destination for art lovers; those prefer the vibrant nightlife, and outdoor enthusiasts. At the eastern end of Helsinki, is Punavuori, home to the most inspirational array of bars, vintage shops, boutiques, galleries and more.

The best day drive from Helsinki is to lively Turku, a city filled with plenty of events and things to do. A mere 165km, it is a pleasant trip with lots to explore along the road. The main sights in Turku include the Aura riverfront, market square, castle and cathedral.

Cruising the Bothnian Coast from South to North

Cruising through summertime Finland is wonderful fun and a unique adventure. A good place to start is the 900km-long Bothnian Coast Road, along the Gulf of Bothnia. Consider doing the whole route over 3 days.

Not the fastest route, but definitely the most scenic combining sea, nature and culture in the form of charming coastal towns, lively cities, old wooden parish villages, maritime national parks, small roadside cafés and much more. Don’t forget to share your incredible experiences along the way.

Rauma is the southernmost city on the Bothnian Coast Road.  Sammallahdenmaki and the wooden buildings of Old Rauma are the main attractions. The next stop, Pori, has the Bothnian Sea National Park stretching off its coast. The 6km Yyteri beach in Pori is a great place to take a break. A visit to Pori Jazz Festival in mid-July, is a highlight. From here Vaasa is an hour’s drive north.  Known as the sunniest city in Finland it is a fantastic place to overnight.

Less than two hours up the road from Vaasa lies Kokkola. The Neristan wooden town of Kokkola is full of charming houses, cute shops and friendly people.

On the way to Oulu, stopping at the sand dunes in Kalajoki offers a refreshing beach break. Oulu is the biggest city in the region and another great place to overnight. In summer you will get caught up in the numerous festivals.

At the northern end, the city of Tornio is nestled on the shores of both the Torne River and the Bothnian Bay. Tornio is often referred to as the Gateway to Lapland and an amazing place to end the trip.

Winter driving in Finland — Rovaniemi to Ivalo (Inari-Saariselka) in Lapland

In Northern Finland, winter lasts nearly six months. Staying indoors waiting for the thaw isn't an option, and so Finns find a multitude of ways to enjoy winter. Skiing is always popular, as are other winter sports, or even a reindeer or husky-pulled sleigh ride.

Situated at the junction of the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers on the Arctic Circle, in the midst of a rugged wilderness, is Rovaniemi, Lapland's capital city. On route the 288km from Rovaniemi to Ivalo, you can stop at the friendly village of Sodankyla for a taste of local winter cuisine. In Finland’s Inari-Saariselka region you are surrounded by the Arctic nature and the Sami culture. Remember not to miss the Northern Lights in Finland, which is best viewed in the Kilpisjarvi region in Lapland.

In Finland there is never a dull moment, and we believe you should spend time doing more, without spending more.  To find the best deals and choices for rental cars and accommodation you need not look further than Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels.

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