Helsinki Metro might not be the oldest one in the world but it’s definitely the coolest – and that’s not just because it’s the most northern metroline in the word.
The metro is a timeless design and usually on time. Designed in the 70s, the trains have held on to their signature color orange ever since. Orange was chosen to cheer up the sometimes gray city and it gives a nice edge to the otherwise typically Scandinavian minimalist forms.
Living right next to a Metro stop, I use it almost daily. Where do I go, you ask?
Kamppi station is under a large shopping center. If you look up at the ceiling at the platform you can see the “Roots of the City”. The artwork that shows where from around the world the Helsinki residents are originally. Can you spot your home city?
Coming up from the platform of Central Railway station stop, you will land at Kompassi – one of the favorite meet up points in the city. At the heart of the city, “the Compass” is a great place to start exploring Helsinki.
Next up is Helsingin yliopisto, which is closest to its namesake the Helsinki University as well as Senat Square and Helsinki Cathedral.
To dive into the edgier parts of the city you can choose either the Hakaniemi or Sörnäinen stop.
Get yourself a day ticket and off you go exploring the city! And don’t worry about getting lost – the metro only has one line!