The Bottom Line
NOTE: The program described below has been discontinued due funding issues and vandalism, and may or may not be offered in the future. We'll post an update here as soon as there's news. Meanwhile, use Helsinki's public transportation system to get around.
Using a CityBike in Helsinki is the eco-friendliest way to get around Helsinki, and probably the cheapest (apart from using the Helsinki Card's free public transportation.)
- Free transportation (2 Euro deposit).
- Healthy and eco-friendly.
- Not an option in colder months.
- 26 CityBike stands are scattered across Helsinki.
- Bicycle helmets are recommended, and can be rented.
- You get the 2-Euro coin deposit back at any bike stand.
Guide Review - CityBikes in Helsinki
Helsinki CityBikes are a great free service for anyone to get around Helsinki on a bicycle during the warmer months. You just put a 2 Euro coin in as a deposit, and cycle away. There are 26 CityBike stands in Helsinki, which you use to pick up and return the bicycles (to get your deposited coin back).
CityBikes in Helsinki are locked at a Citybike stand; using your own lock in order to store the bike elsewhere is frowned upon. (If you find an abandoned Citybike, you can get the 2 Euro deposit by returning the bicycle to one of the Citybike stands.)
Helsinki has a CityBikes map which delimits the city's area in which the bikes may be used.
Don't worry, it covers basically the entire city of Helsinki.
If you'd like to rent a bicycle helmet - which is not required, but recommended for the CityBikes - visit Jugendsali at Pohjoisesplanadi 19 in the center of Helsinki. Have fun cycling!