For car drivers
Parking in the Helsinki metropolitan area
Park and Ride parking is a convenient way of avoiding the congestion of downtown Helsinki. Park and Ride facilities are located close to public transport stops and stations. You can park your car at one of the facilities and continue by metro, bus, tram or commuter train. Parking is usually free of charge if you have a public transport ticket. Park and Ride
In the suburban areas, parking is often free of charge but parking time may be limited. Parking prohibited zones are used to restrict street-side parking especially in new residential areas.
These parking prohibitions may apply to the entire neighbourhood or an individual street.
In downtown Helsinki, parking is allowed only in designated parking spaces. Parking is subject to a charge usually Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 7pm and in some areas also on Saturdays. Parking time is limited. Parking spaces are divided into three payment zones. Parking is most expensive in the city centre. Private parking facilities are also available in the city centre.
Parking areas in Helsinki
The Transportation and Traffic Planning Division of the City Planning Department is responsible for the planning of parking arrangements in Helsinki, such as the location and number of parking spaces and the location of traffic signs.
Kansakoulukatu 1 A, email@example.com, tel. 310 1673 (switchboard)
www.hel.fi/ksv > In English > Traffic Planning
Parking permits and control
The Public Works Department’s Parking Control grants residential, corporate and veterans’ parking permits, controls parking in Helsinki and tows away illegally parked cars. Customer service, Pohjoinen Makasiinikatu 9, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 310 39 000. www.hel.fi/pysakointi/English
The police grants parking permits for disabled persons and controls adherence to parking regulations.
Helsinki Police Department, Punanotkonkatu 2, permit affairs tel. 189 3125. www.poliisi.fi > In English > Licences
The Public Works Department issues permits for temporary traffic arrangements when additional parking spaces are needed. Land-use monitoring, Liukumäentie 4, email@example.com, tel. 310 38 500 www.hkr.hel.fi > In English > Permits