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					Getting Around Helsinki It is easy to get around Helsinki, whose public transportation system was rated second best in Europe in 2003. Public transport With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna (Sveaborg). Single tickets can be purchased from the driver, from ticket machines or even by sending an SMS text message by mobile phone (requires a Finnish service provider). Tourist tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for either 1, 3 or 5 days. They can be purchased from ticket machines, from the Tourist Information or from the Helsinki City Transport service point in the Central Railway Station. Regional tickets allow the holder to travel freely in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. Regional tickets and regional tourist tickets can be purchased e.g. from ticket machines. The Helsinki Card allows for unlimited travel on public transportation within Helsinki. On foot and by bike Helsinki is a conveniently compact city, so it is easy to get around on foot. There are also around 900 kilometres of bike paths that will get you anywhere. During the summer months you can try a city bike. These are standard bikes without gears and can be taken with a 2 Euro deposit. City bike racks are located throughout the city centre. Taxis and car rentals Taxis can usually be hailed from the street in the city centre, except during busy periods. There are also plenty of taxi stands throughout the city. You can order a taxi by phone by calling locally 0100 0700. There are also several car rental agencies to choose from. CAR RENTAL AGENCIES: ropcar, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Lacara, Auto Alex, Scandia Rent, Transvell, Eu-

Source: Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau.

From hotels to city centre Most hotels are within a walking distance from the essential venues of the conference. However, here are some more specific instructions: Best Western Katajanokka & Scandic Grand Marina The most convenient way of getting to the centre from the hotel is tram 4, which passes by both of the hotels. Hotel Ava Tram 7A goes past Hotel Ava from Mäkelänkatu towards the city centre. Also, most buses going by are heading towards the Railway Station, for example: Buses 62, 64, 66, 67 and 72. The buses 615 and 615T go from the airport to the hotel. Hotel Cumulus Olympia Trams 1 and 3B pass by the hotel from Läntinen Brahenkatu. Euro hostel Trams 4 and 9 leave from right in front of the hostel, and both go through the city centre. Also, the Hakaniemi metro station is only a short walk away. Hotel Helka Hotel Helka is close to the Kamppi metro station and a short walk away from tram 3B’s route. Hostel Satakuntatalo Hostel Satakuntatalo is located a very short walk away from the Kamppi metro station.

Other hotels are within 400 metres from the University of Helsinki For more information on timetables and routes, go to