|Finland :: Ground Travel|
Travel by Water: Ferries are available over the larger lakes, as well as cruises and steamboat trips. Ocean ferries and cruises service the Aland group of islands.
Travel by Road: The best way to experience the countryside is to hire a car. There are numerous companies offering these services. A word of warning though, is that the roads can be quite treacherous in the winter months - snow tyres are compulsory. Obtain rates and book prior to arriving - the rates may be better.
Helsinki Bus Station offers information about bus services operated privately. The services are very efficient and reliable with great networks in the city and nationally. Taxis are readily available until midnight, when all public transport stops. Taxis are expensive and you will be charged from the time of call, not from collection. There are taxi pick up points - making the trip a little cheaper.
What Side of the Road?: Driving is on the right side of the road.
Speed Limits: Town - 50 kph; open road - 100 kph; motorway - 120 kph
International Driving Permit: Your drivers license is accepted.
What is an International Driving Permit? The 1949 (IDP) is a special licence for tourists, authorised by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications. It is proof that the holder possesses a valid driver's licence issued by a competent authority in their country of residence.
How do I obtain one? You can obtain an application by either contacting your local Automobile Association office to pick-up or have an application mailed to you. Links to the Automobile Association sites for the following countries are provided below.
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