What you should know before you rent a car
Where to rent a car in Finland?
Located in northern Europe, Finland is a member of the European Union and uses the Euro as its currency. The country shares borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia, as well as a coastline with the Baltic Sea. Its capital city of Helsinki is located on the southern tip of Finland, and is home to Helsinki Airport, which operates both domestic and international flights. The railway network in Finland serves a large number of destinations across the country, with services operated by the VR Group. Helsinki Central Station is the main train station in Helsinki. While visitors to Finland have the option of traveling around the country by rail, bus or plane, opting to rent a car and plan a road trip around Finland is an option which afford the most freedom. See the sights at your own pace, and rent a car from companies such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Keddy – all of which have desks in Helsinki, primarily at the airport.
What are the driving rules in Finland?
When renting a car in Finland, drive on the right hand side of the road. Drivers under the age of 25 should be aware that there may be a Young Driver Surcharge when renting a car, and a valid driver's license from your country of residence is required to rent a car in Finland. The driver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt when driving in Finland, while car horns should only be used in case of danger. Pay attention to the speed limit when driving in Finland: in residential areas, it is usually 20km/h; in urban areas, it's 50km/h; and on the motorway it's 120km/h. However, look out for traffic signs indicating the speed limit as it can vary.
On street parking is always indicated, and drivers should be sure to purchase and display a parking ticket, as well as being aware of any time limitations. Alternatively, parking lots are also available for longer stays.
Road trips in Finland
With stunning natural landscapes and well maintained, peaceful roads, Finland is a great place in which to rent a car and head off on a road trip around the country. Discover ski resorts, national parks and cultural city breaks with these three Finnish destinations best explored by rental car.
Why not begin your trip to Finland with a few days in its capital city of Helsinki? Wander down the centrally located Mannerheimintie avenue, stopping at the many interesting buildings and attractions which line the popular street. These include the National Museum, the Kiasma art museum, and the Parliament House. Just over 26 miles from Helsinki by road, the stunning Nuuksio National Park offers a natural escape, with hiking trails, camping opportunities, and beautiful lakes.
Found in the north of Finland, the region of Lapland is perhaps best known as the home to Santa. It's also home to a number of brilliant ski resorts and makes for a great place to enjoy a road trip in Finland! Rent your car from Kittilä Airport, before driving north to enjoy the ski resorts and natural beauty of Lapland. Ski resorts to visit include Levi, Rukatunturi and the Salla Ski Resort. Don't miss a visit to the festive Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. There's also plenty of opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, making Lapland a truly spectacular road trip destination.
Finland's second largest city, Turku can be found in southwest Finland on the country's coast. Historic sites not to miss in the city include the 13th century Turku Castle, and the stunning Turku Cathedral. Fans of the Moomins can drive the short distance outside of Turku to pay a visit to the Moomin World amusement park, while those looking for an escape to nature can head 26 miles outside of the city to the Kurjenrahka National Park. Alternatively, take a road trip to the Finnish capital – Helsinki is just over 100 miles away by car.