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Explore Helsinki with a Local!

We provide private tours personalized for you and your group, and public tours and events. The main thing is interaction with a Local: you ask, we tell.

Have a look at our service selection in our online store!

Ready to book? Book your tour in English or in Finnish here. Booking for tours held in other languages, please contact us by e-mail!

An alternative to the traditional tours, big groups and tourist buses

Choose us, and you won't just "follow the umbrella"!

Helsinki With A Local private tours are held for your group only. Your Local will take care of your group and reply to your questions.

The itinerary is customized for you and there is flexibility in the program during the day if needed. This is the salad buffet of tours: choose 'the toppings' yourself - a program that interests you the most! You don't have to worry about opening hours or the best way to get around, your Local will take care of it all.

We'll walk and use public transportation, as locals do, so you'll see lots of local people during the day and you may blend in.

Also day trips to a nearby destination, such as Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi national parks and Porvoo mediaval town, are available.

Private tours are available 365 days in a year, price per group of 1 to 8

Price on private tours is per group of 1 to 8. If you'll decide to pay online, you'll save 10-50 euros! There is an additional charge for 9+ people. Your transportation (public transportation 8 €/adult/24 hours in Helsinki), possible admission fees, food or drinks aren't included. Local's costs are covered unless there are special requests such as fine dining.

We're available also on public holidays, as Midsummer Eve, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year. Please notice that there's different pricing on public holidays.

It's easiest to book online! Online availability for groups of 1 to 8 until 12 hours before your meeting all year round. Please send an e-mail for times outside calendar availability or if your group is 9+ people.

Where would You like to meet your Local?

We will meet you in the most convenient location for you: in the port, at the airport, in your hotel lobby, or elsewhere.

Meet your Local in the port

"Liisa gave us an amazing day in Helsinki. We requested a number of places to visit and Liisa made sure we got the most out of our limited day. She greeted us at the cruise ship terminal and showed us how to easily (and inexpensively) navigate the bus and later the trams. She was informative, friendly and flexible, making our journey both fun and interesting. We felt that we experienced how the locals live the way a friend would show you their hometown. She was well prepared!" on TripAdvisor after Day With A Local in July 2015

Cruise ship has just arrived in the harbour near Market Square.

Are you visiting Helsinki for a day on a cruise ship? The best option for cruise passengers is Day With A Local / Cruise Passenger Special (7 hours).

We'll meet you in the port and make sure you're back on time. Your day will be a combination of Helsinki highlights and local life, all customized according to your interests. Just share with us what you'd enjoy most - nature, culture, art, architecture, history, design, shopping, Finnish cuisine, events, something else? You will discuss and learn about the topics you are interested in, with plenty of time for taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere of the city.

If your cruise stops for a shorter time, you may also start Day With A Local (6 hours) or Half Day With A Local (3 hours) right from the port!
Recommended options for cruise passengers, total price for group of 1 to 8 incl. VAT 24 % *)
Online price
Day price
Day With A Local / Cruise Passenger Special (7 hours)
345 €
395 €
Day With A Local (6 hours)
295 € 335 €
Half Day With A Local (3 hours)
185 € 195 €
Additional hour/additional person 50 € 60 €
*) The price is for the whole group of 1 to 8. Your public transportation or other methods of transportation, admission fees, food or drinks aren't included. Local's costs are covered unless there are special requests such as concerts or fine dining.

Meet your local at the airport

"Thank You so very much!!! You were fantastic, both your knowledge & disposition!! Your disposition - voice & calmness, etc, perfect for a wide range of clients!" customer's greetings by e-mail after Stopover Special in September 2015

At Helsinki Vantaa Airport

If you'd like to meet us at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport or in the lobby of airport hotels, choose one of the following:
  • Stopover Special (5+6 hours) is our most popular option from the airport where you'll first travel to your accommodation and check in, then have an extended introductory tour in the city followed with a dinner, and the next day Day With A Local customized based on your interests.
  • Layover With A Local for 7-8 hours is the full day option from and back to the airport.
  • Layover With A Local for 4 hours is the best option, if you've got only a few hours between your flights for highlights of Helsinki in a worry free, relaxed way.
Recommended options for stopover visitors starting from the airport, total price for group of 1 to 8 incl. VAT 24 % *) Online price
Day price
Stopover Special (5+6 hours)
595 €
645 €
Layover With A Local (7-8 hours) 425 € 465 €
Layover With A Local (4 hours)
275 € 285 €
Additional hour/additional person
50 € 60 €
*) The price is for the whole group of 1 to 8. Your public transportation or other methods of transportation, admission fees, food or drinks aren't included. Local's costs are covered unless there are special requests such as concerts or fine dining.

Meet your Local anywhere in Helsinki: in your hotel lobby, at the Central Railway Station, or other preferred meeting point

"We had a very limited amount of time in Helsinki as we were on a flight layover. I saw this brochure in the airport and contacted them right away. #1: I was super impressed at how quickly Liisa replied. She was so helpful and accommodating from her very first response #2: Liisa even met us in our hotel lobby and the time of our choosing! " on TripAdvisor after Introduction To Helsinki With A Local in January 2016

On many of our tours we visit Töölönlahti Bay, outdoors area loved by locals.

For tours starting anywhere inside Helsinki, for example from your hotel lobby, have a look at these options:
Recommended options from anywhere in Helsinki, total price for group of 1 to 8 incl. VAT 24 % *)
Online price
Day price
One And Half Days With A Local (3+6 hours)
445 € 495 €
Day With A Local (6 hours)
295 €
335 €
Half Day With A Local (3 hours) 185 € 195 €
Introduction To Helsinki With A Local (1.5 hours) only from Stockmann's or 1 km distance away 95 € 105 €
Day Trip To Porvoo With A Local (7 hours) by bus all year round or by boat summertime 395€ 435 €
Additional hour/additional person
50 € 60 €
*) The price is for the whole group of 1 to 8. Your public transportation or other methods of transportation, admission fees, food or drinks aren't included. Local's costs are covered unless there are special requests such as concerts or fine dining.

Contact us already today

Feedback & Contact Form | helsinki(a)daywithalocal.fi | phone +358 44 4000 404

You will reach us best by e-mail and we will reply to your message within 24 hours, usually faster. If you don't receive our message, please check your Spam folder. You can also chat with us on Facebook.

If you try to contact us by phone we may be unable to answer if we are with customers, please send e-mail and we will call back as soon as possible!

Where would You like to go with a Local?

It's your decision where we go during Day With A Local, organized for your group only. All tours are customized according to your wishes and interests.

Path to Lammassaari island

Helsinki highlights: Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki highlights: Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church / Church in the Rock)

View from Pitkäsilta bridge

Kruunuvuorenlampi in eastern Helsinki

From Pihlajasaari island

You can see Helsinki archipelago with a RIB boat, operated by our cooperation partner FinRIB

Outdoor café in Töölö

Art nouveau in Helsinki

In Seurasaari open air museum

View from Eläintarhanlahti Bay

Kuusijärvi lake in Vantaa

Nuuksio National Park

Vallila neighbourhood

At Kuusijärvi lake

In Sipoonkorpi National Park

Public tours from April to December 2016

On our public tours price is announced per person. Tours are held in English on Fridays and Saturdays, rain or shine.

  • Welcome To Helsinki Walk on Fridays at 5 pm (2 hours) - On this introductory walk in the city center (2.5 km / 1.5 miles) you will learn how to navitage in Helsinki from a Local's point of view while seeing the heart of the city. You will get a lot of tips for the rest of your stay. Sign up at latest at 4 pm on the day of the tour!
  • Helsinki Get Together on Fridays at 7 pm (2.5 hours) - On a 3-stop get together straight after Welcome To Helsinki Walk you'll meet new people in a social and relaxed atmosphere (venues & bars vary). Sign up at latest at 4 pm on the day of the tour!
  • Kallio Explorer on Saturdays at 11 am (3 hours) - Visit the area 'on the other side of the bridge', loved by locals for its culture and bohemian lifestyle. Sign up at latest at 11 pm the day before the tour!