Helsinki Central railway station

As we had some free time after lunch and before dinner, we decided to walk around the city since the local tour guide had already advised us that most attractions are accessible by foot from our hotel.  After taking a power nap in the hotel, we walked to the Helsinki Central railway station (Finnish: Helsingin päärautatieasema, Shorthand used by the Finnish Transport Bureau: Helsinki C).  It is a widely recognised landmark in central Helsinki, Finland, and the focal point of public transport in the Greater Helsinki area.

Every day, about 200,000 passengers use the station, which is the point of origin for all VR commuter rail network trains, and the Rautatientori metro station – the busiest station of the Helsinki Metro.

The railway station has come a long way.  It was first constructed in 1860, and the most recent renovation was completed in 2009-2010 with a new fleet of trains as well.  According to the local tour guide at the half-day city tour earlier that day, we were told that there is a long-distance train from Helsinki all the way to Beijing, China.  Guess how long will the journey take?  7 days by rail!  Think unless you have all the time in the world you would not want to waste time like that hehe.

The distinctive station with its clock tower & the 2 pairs of statues holding the spherical lamps

Train platform

Just a side-note that after returning home from this Scandinavia holidays, Singaporeans were all going gaga about the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.  I read that the Tanjong Pagar station was actually modelled after the Helsinki C.  Taking another look at my pictures again, our station does have some resemblance with the Helsinki C.  Or do all railway stations usually look like that?  Haha


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