With dogs in Helsinki

Helsinki is a very dog-friendly city. Many accommodation providers and restaurants welcome dogs. Dogs are also allowed on public transportation. There are several dog parks in Helsinki and even a whole island for dogs where they also can swim.

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Dogs on public transportation

According to Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL), dogs can be carried on public transport, provided they do not disturb other passengers. No extra fee is charged for pets. On the metro and commuter trains, pets can only be carried in carriages with no sign indicating prohibition on the outside.

Small pets travel most comfortably on your lap, larger pets in the legroom. At stations, it is safer to use a lift than to take stairs.

Dog parks in Helsinki

The Public Works Department of Helsinki has built more than 80 dog parks around the city. In some of these parks there are specific fenced spots for large and small dogs. There are also a few beaches that are specifically meant for dogs.

One of the dog parks is located very close to Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, at the junction of Radanrakentajantie and Mäkelänkatu.

Always keep your dog on a leash in the city

Remember to always keep your dog on a leash in public areas. Even when on a leash, a dog must not be allowed onto public beaches, children’s playgrounds, the market place during opening hours or to a sports field maintained for public use, unless specifically permitted.

Dog owners must clean up after their dog in maintained areas.

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