Endless roads, vast forests and an inimitable tranquility make Finland ideal for traveling individually by car. Travelers appreciate the low volume of traffic and the relaxed attitude of the Finns on the road. Find out more about driving in Finland here.
DRIVING IN FINLAND
The Finnish road network is well developed. In the north, where some roads are not tarred, bumps can appear after long periods of rain, despite good maintenance. In winter, even these roads are mostly cleared of snow. Be considerate of cyclists and watch out for suddenly appearing reindeer (in the north) and moose. If you run into an animal, call the emergency number 112 immediately to alert the nearest police station.
It is mandatory to drive with dipped headlights during the day, all year round. Of course, seat belts are also required. The alcohol limit is 0.5.
Unless otherwise stated, there is a speed limit of 50 km / h in urban areas and 80 km / h on country roads. Where there are signs, 100 km / h apply on country roads and 120 km / h on motorways (100 km / h in winter). On the Åland Islands, 70 or 90 km / h applies on country roads.
Many petrol stations are open around the clock. (Attention: foreign credit cards are not accepted everywhere.) Winter tires are compulsory for the cold season, tires with spikes are also recommended to ensure good grip on the roads.
TOLL IN FINLAND
To the delight of many motorists, there are no tolls on Finnish roads. In addition, due to the low population density, traffic jams are extremely rare, so that you can usually estimate the duration of the car journeys.
ARRIVAL IN FINLAND – HOW TO TRAVEL TO FINLAND
According to countryaah, Finland is a country located in north Europe. Many roads lead to Finland which is short for FIN by abbreviationfinder. Whether an extended journey by car overland, by ferry from various German ports or by plane – ultimately, time, demands and money determine the choice of the right means of travel. We have put together a number of travel options for you. We would also be happy to help you book a suitable travel package.
One of the most popular travel options by car is a combination with a ferry crossing from Sweden, Denmark or Germany. In addition, ferry crossings from Talllinn (Estonia) and St. Petersburg can also be used to get there. Arrival by land is also possible, albeit a tedious one. The route leads via Poland and the Baltic States to Russia and finally to Finland.
WITH THE FERRY
Arriving by ferry is very popular, so the choice of providers is correspondingly broad. From Germany, the Finnlines shipping company operates from Lübeck-Travemünde in around 27 hours.
From Sweden, the Estonian shipping company Tallink sails from Stockholm to Helsinki in around 17 hours and to Turku in around 12 hours. From Estonia, Helsinki can be reached several times a day in around 2 hours by fast ferry.
You can reach Finland all year round with scheduled flights from many airports. Scheduled flights usually take place (several times) a day. Most international planes land at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (19 km north of the city). We will be happy to check the current prices and book your flight to the north. Various buses are available to continue your journey. Bus 615 shuttles between Helsinki Central Station and the airport every 10 to 50 minutes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. (last departure from the airport), depending on the time of day. A trip takes about half an hour. The Finnair buses, which run to the train station about every 20 minutes, are a little faster.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR ENTRY
Travelers from EU member states are allowed to import the following goods; further information on the entry requirements is available on the website of the Finnish customs authorities.
– 110 liters of beer (over 0.5%) or
– 10 liters of other alcoholic beverages (over 1.2% ethyl alcohol), such as spirits or long drinks made from ethyl alcohol or
– 20 liters of alcoholic intermediate products (max. 22%), such as z. B. Aperitifs or
– 90 liters of wine, of which a maximum of 60 liters may be sparkling wine (also includes long drinks and ciders from fermentation).
Alcohol and alcoholic beverages may only be imported by people over the age of 18. The age limit for importing alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of more than 22 percent by volume is 20 years.
Travelers over 18 years of age are allowed to import the following quantities, provided there are no warnings about the health damage of tobacco products in Finnish and Swedish as well as information about tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide content and identification information:
– 200 cigarettes or
– 50 cigars or
– 100 cigarillos or
– 250 grams of other tobacco products
Travelers from EU member states are allowed to bring agricultural products into Finland without restriction. Special regulations may apply to certain plant species.