Day trips: Porvoo

On the opposite side of the river in Old Town Porvoo, a row of tradition, red wooden buildings line the river bank, the buildings of Old Town seen just behind them.
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The idyllic Porvoo is less than an hour away from Helsinki. Spend a day – or a week! – in this beautiful city where old and modern meet. Porvoo is surrounded by the most beautiful Finnish countryside, the sea and archipelago.

Porvoo in a nutshell

Founded nearly 800 years ago, Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland, best known for its unique Old Town district, high quality restaurants and charming cafés. Make an unforgettable romantic day trip to Porvoo or stay longer to truly experience everything this charming city has to offer. Porvoo promotes sustainable tourism so please try and see the city out of season too.

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Top 3 attractions

  • The Art Factory is where an old factory building meets modern arts and culture. A huge, buzzing complex with an art gallery, exhibitions, events, concerts, workshops, artists’ show & work spaces, cafés, restaurants, a movie theatre and a dance school – all year round.
  • The iconic riverside warehouses now house restaurants, pop-up galleries, B&B accommodation and more. The warehouses were painted red in the late 18th century, when King Gustav III of Sweden visited Porvoo.
  • Pellinge Islands off the coast of Porvoo were a special place to Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins. Pellinge offers magical scenery, summer music events, markets and quaint accommodation (small islands in the middle of the sea, for one).
The narrow cobblestone streets of Porvoo's Old Town are lined with charming boutiques in historical wooden buildings of different colours. On the right two women are selling a variety of handcrafts outside their shops.
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Distance from Helsinki

55 kilometres, under 1 hour.

How to get there

Several buses depart Helsinki every hour for Porvoo. The journey takes less than an hour. In summertime you can take a relaxing 3.5-hour cruise to Porvoo aboard the m/s J. L. Runeberg. 

Find out more about Porvoo on the VisitPorvoo website.

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The idyllic Porvoo is less than an hour away from Helsinki. Spend a day – or a week! – in this beautiful city where old and modern meet. Porvoo is surrounded by the most beautiful Finnish countryside, the sea and archipelago.