By Suomenlinna ferry
Ferries to Suomenlinna Fortress Island operate all year round.
Public transport reaches Suomenlinna
Ferry transport to Suomenlinna is part of the public transport system in Helsinki, which means ferries accept both regular travel tickets and regional tickets. If you do not have an HSL travel ticket, you will need to purchase one from the ticket machines on land, as the ferries do not accept cash.
Ferries run on every day of the year
Helsinki Region Transport HSL organises the Suomenlinna ferry traffic, its timetables and tickets, and the ferries are operated by Metropolitan Area Transport Ltd. In practice, however, Metropolitan Area Transport Ltd’s subsidiary company Suomenlinnan Liikenne Oy operates the ferries.
Private operators manage the ferries to other islands in Helsinki, and the routes, timetables and ticket prices for these ferries depend on the operator.
The ferries to Suomenlinna operate from the Market Square every day of the year and from Katajanokka on weekdays. In the Market Square, the departure dock can be found near the Keisarinnankivi memorial statue of a double-headed eagle. Katajanokka dock is located right at the end of the Katajanokka peninsula.
The ferries operating from the Market Square to Suomenlinna main dock are M/S Suokki, M/S Suomenlinna II and M/S Tor. Service ferry M/S Ehrensvärd departs from Katajanokka and arrives at the service dock of Suomenlinna. The journey to Suomenlinna takes around fifteen minutes.
Passenger pavilion in the Market Square
The passenger pavilion in the Market Square terminal was completed in 1952 for the Helsinki Summer Olympics. Since its construction, the building has served as the waiting area, and ticket office in the summer, for the passengers of Suomenlinna ferries.
In summer 2020, the passenger pavilion was renovated with respect to its style and construction era. The pavilion’s wooden frame was renovated, the oak lining, floor and roof were replaced, and the lamps were restored. Carpenters refurbished the window frames so that everything that could be preserved was renovated, while only the damaged parts were replaced with new oak materials. The entrance doors were replaced in the original style, and original handles and kickplates were used in them. The bench in the waiting area was also renovated.