Katajanokka is technically an island, although only a narrow canal separates it from the rest of the city centre. The quays here are the first berths in Helsinki after the island fortress of Suomenlinna.

The centre of town is about a kilometre away. You will easily be able to see one of the two cathedrals.Highslide JS

Nearby is Katajanokka Terminal. This actually serves scheduled ferries sailing to Stockholm and Tallinn, not cruise passengers, but it is open daily from 8 in the morning to 9 in the evening.

The terminal contains a restaurant, a kiosk, a money exchange bureau and an ATM. Next door is Katajanokka post office.Highslide JS

Tram number 4T starts from Katajanokka Terminal. Senate Square and the Lutheran Cathedral are six stops away.

Tram 4 also passes nearby and follows the same route (see map). Highslide JS

Trams into the town centre are fast although, if your cruise ship arrives soon after a ferry from Stockholm or Tallinn, they may be crowded.

There is also a taxi rank outside Katajanokka Terminal. The ride to the Market Square in the centre will cost about eight euros. The distance is so short that most of the fare is the starting price.Highslide JS

The obvious alternative is to walk. You can easily see where the city centre is, marked by the green copper domes of the Lutheran Cathedral. Several parallel streets leading towards it.

On the way you'll pass the red brick Orthodox Cathedral with its gilded cupolas.

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