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How Much Did It Cost – Helsinki Budget

How Much Did It Cost – Helsinki Budget

I was determined to make sure my short Helsinki stay was to be much cheaper than my stay in Stockholm. The reason I was so confident as I had finally scored my first couchsurfing hosts and while I only had one night with them it sure saved me a packet overall.

It’s weird but I was also glad to be back on the Euro in Helsinki. I’m not sure if it was because I could understand how much things cost with it compared to the currencies in Denmark and Sweden or if it was just an easier currency to comprehend. I mean when you are counting your daily spent in 100’s it sure seemed strange to me.

Day Transport Hostel Attractions Breakfast Lunch Dinner Misc Total EU Total $AU
1 20 5.85 10.5 36.35 53.45
2 29.6 6 5 15.5 56.10 82.50

Transport

Transport was almost non-existant for me. I did skip paying for the tram to my hostel after arriving at 7am but hey I was almost a zombie and very very much hung over. Overall there was no need for transport costs in Helsinki as you can just walked everywhere. The only times i couldn’t walk were for the ferry out to Suomenlinna (£3.60) and to get to Tallin by ferry (£26).

Hostel

My original goal was to couchsurf for two nights in Helsinki and maybe book a hostel for another 1-2 nights if I liked it there. As it turns out I double booked the only hostel night I could get with my couchsurfing hosts. When looking for hostels I found it really hard to find many in town but again I booked a couple of days before leaving Stockholm so that might have been the problem.

As I arrived in Helsinki very tired and very hungover it was a bit of a blessing to be able to crawl into a bed at the hostel on arrival and catch 40 winks. Had I couchsurfed that first night I’m sure it would have been a long long first day.

Attractions

The first city ever where I haven’t spent a cent on seeing the sights. The church’s I visited were free, as was strolling around Suomenlinna. Even the couple of museums I visited were free but that was helped by the fact it was national free museum day or something like that (a tip from my CS hosts).

Food

I covered the cost of my lunch and a couple of snacks but otherwise I was looked after by my amazing couchsurfing hosts for both nights even thought I only stayed with them for the one. Having little to no food costs really is a godsend as that’s where I’ve been spending a lot of my money.

Miscellaneous

Introduced to the alcoholic joys of cider and a souvenir for my collection where my main misc costs for Helsinki. Alcohol is overly expensive here like in Sweden but with such warm weather I had to try out my cider drinking skills, especially as the first night I relaxed in a park with new friends.

Total Cost for Helsinki

Two days in Helsinki came in at a total of 92.45 Euro’s or 135.95 AUD (at an exchange rate of 0.68 Euro = 1 AUD). An average of 46 euros a day which after you exclude the ferry ticket to Tallinn becomes a very cheap stop off.

To compare the costs to today’s exchange rate, leaving Australia now (November 2014) it would cost you $132.14 AUD. It’s really not much considering I spent 2 nights and the best part of 3 days looking around Helsinki.

A combination of couchsurfing and luck really made my short stay here extremely cheap which just proves why as a backpacker you should include couchsurfing in your travel plans. Not only do you meet amazing people and learn new things about a city that you otherwise may not have but you also save your money.

It does require some additional pre-planning as you need to request a couchsurfing host and hope they get back to you and say yes before you arrive. All of which isn’t well suited for fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants travel but if you want to make your money last as long as possible you’d be a fool to ignore it as an option.

Next stop on my tour around Europe was Estonia and from everything I’d heard so far I was going have plenty of money left over for beers.

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9 Responses to How Much Did It Cost – Helsinki Budget

  1. LAUREN February 24, 2011 at 5:21 AM #

    Glad the couch surfing worked out well for you, mate.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM #

      Thanks Lauren, the couch surfing worked out really well and made my short time in Helsinki worthwhile.

  2. AYNGELINA February 24, 2011 at 1:29 PM #

    Couchsurfing really is a great way to meet amazing people and save money.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM #

      Completely agree Ayngelina and I’m hoping to do more of it this year.

  3. ABBEY HESSER February 24, 2011 at 7:57 PM #

    I find strange comfort in the Euro. Almost so much as to adopt it as my home currency. I find myself trading 1 to 1 in my mind from US to Euros. Which I know isn’t true, but I still do it.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM #

      haha Abbey I found myself thinking 1 for 1 at some points and well it was very much an un-doing on my bank account. It’s so easy to forget at times.

  4. MATT February 28, 2011 at 5:27 AM #

    Great way to save money AND meet cool locals eh? Well needed after your Stockholm trip! I surved in Oslo with these two great guys who I continue to keep up with today – and this was years ago! We drank soooo much the night we went out – must have cost us 100E, bloody expensive that place!

  5. THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM #

    Matt sounds like a good night out and you wouldn’t be the first to spend 100E in a single night.

    Yes after Stockholm I managed to keep a lot more money in my pocket thanks to the fun in the Baltic.

  6. GREG May 2, 2011 at 2:25 AM #

    Nice account of a day in Helsinki.
    Actually that was quite reasonable
    One further suggestion is to frequent forumks like http://finlandlive.info
    You may well have got a meeting and a room to sleep for free + brekki

    Then Finnish people are extremely helpful like this

    Best Regards
    Greg

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