Driving in Finland
Finland is a fascinating land of lakes and forests – a dream destination for the adventurous motorist.
The drive in Finland is incredibly scenic and traffic jams are rare. These things combined result in a breathtaking road trip you won't forget for a long time.
Hit the road
Although it’s possible to drive for hours without seeing any sign of the local police, you should pay attention to speed limits and drink-drive laws.
Fines are issued on the spot and will depend on your income – there's no upper limit. The blood-alcohol limit is 50mg and a reading of 120mg can land you in jail.
The coast road from Helsinki to Turku along the old Swedish King’s Road is spectacular. From Turku you can head out to the remote island of Aland using a series of small ferries.
Laws of the land
If you park after dark in a poorly-lit street you must leave on your parking lights and park in the direction of the traffic.
If the speed limit is 60 km/h or less, buses have priority when pulling out of a stop.
Trams always have priority.
Motorcyclists must dip their headlights during the day and wear crash helmets.
You must use your headlights at all times.
Finnish speed limits
|Road type||Speed limit|
|Urban areas||50 km/h|
|Outside urban areas||80km/h or 100 km/h (dependent on road quality)|
Planning on driving to another country? Take a look at our guide to driving abroad.