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Cycling in Helsinki

Female biker in Helsinki's Kalasatama district

Cycling in Helsinki is growing more and more popular. A recent survey found that more than half of Helsinki residents say they cycle weekly. Most say they use their bikes primarily because they are an easy way to get around.

Helsinki has over 1,500 kilometres of well-maintained cycling paths. The city strives to keep these routes safe and pleasant, as cycling is a very sustainable mode of transport. It keeps traffic under control, reduces harmful emissions and brings many social and health benefits.

What are Helsinki’s biking rules?

Can I bicycle on the sidewalk? Do I need a light? MyHelsinki has put together a great list of tips for cycling in Helsinki. Rules about biking are taken seriously in Finland.

Bicycle routes

If you are looking for great cycling routes in the city, the MyHelsinki website is a great place to start. It has several articles on the subject, starting with this one on three popular routes. Another features a nice selection of cycling routes in Helsinki’s Central Park, a verdant forest that runs the length of the city. My Helsinki has also collected information on bike shops in Helsinki for all of the city’s avid cyclists.

Last but not least, cyclists can use the HSL Journey Planner to map out the ideal bike route for their commute or leisure time. Simply adjust the settings to indicate a bike as your mode of transport. To learn more about HSL, see our section on Public transport.

City bikes

Cycling in Helsinki is easy even if you don’t own a bike! Since 2016, Helsinki has had a city bike service for residents and visitors to the city. This convenient bike sharing option is available between April and October each year.

Simply buy a daily, weekly, or season pass and collect a bicycle from the bike station nearest you any time you need it. When you are done, you can return the bike to any station. 

A day pass costs EUR 5, a pass for a week costs EUR 10, and a season pass costs just EUR 35 – a very inexpensive price for the use of a bike for seven months! All passes allow for unlimited rides of up to 30 minutes.  

Helsinki City Transport also runs the centrally located Helsinki Bike Centre, which is open from May to September. The Helsinki Bike Centre provides emergency bicycle repair, tyre pumping, supervised parking for bicycles, and advice and information on cycling and bicycle repair for everyone in the city.

Year-round cycling

Helsinki is stepping up its winter maintenance of 150 kilometres of bike paths, in order to encourage cycling year-round. Currently, 12 per cent of the city’s adult residents do so.

Winter is no reason to stop biking in Helsinki, as this short video from Visit Helsinki shows.