Car Hire Finland

Finland is one of the most northern countries in the world, with its lakes, pine forests sea views makes driving and explore with booking rent a car Finland a must for your trip. There is so much to experience in Finland that you will want an uncomplicated way to get around. The roads are well made and maintained, so you can use your Finland car hire to see everything from the home of the midnight sun, the northern lights and its biggest draw Lapland, the home of Father Christmas. Whatever your reason to visit the nation, Finland rent a car is a handy way to get around this beautiful country.

There are places of interest for the traveller to see in Finland. Car hire Finland lets you take in the history and its culture that the country has to offer. From the capital Helsinki, to the forests of Lapland, Finland is an exciting country for the traveller to explore. Rental car Finland is popular and convenient method, you will need to book well in advance to get the dates and the type of car you desire.

A desire to explore the country you are visiting is really important so rent a car Finland lets you take it easy along the roads of the country and also get from place to place in comfort and style. There are many options for car hire Finland that you will want to decide early and get the most from your trip. It is easy to make a booking and the cars are modern and well-maintained, so don’t worry about your Finland rental car experience – it will be just like driving your own car!

The Country

Finland is not just a collection of pine forests and lakes, its vibrant cities in the south of the country are a big draw to tourists and travellers alike. And after all the sightseeing, chill out in one of Finland’s other exports, the sauna.  But first visit places such as –

  • Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi
  • Gösta Serlachius Museum
  • Suomenlinna UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are other cities and sights, as we will see later in this guide.

The country is home to approximately 5.5 million people, the official language spoken is Finnish, Swedish is also spoken. Finland has land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east and covers a total land area of 338,424 km2 (130,666 square miles.)

The brief summer months in Finland is June to July, while the winter months are November, December, January and February. The weather in the country is temperate, with four distinct seasons although

The nations sporting obsession is ice hockey, along with winter alpine sports, they also enjoy football and have players in leagues across the world.

Driving Tips

As with any new experience, you will need to know what you are letting yourself in for. Check all the rules of the road before you leave for Finland to ensure you stay safe, do not draw attention to your hire car and making sure that nothing is left in the vehicle when it is unoccupied. Here are some of the more important ones –

  • The driver is responsible to make sure all occupants of the car wear seat belts at all times.
  • It is the ownership of the driver to ensure that all children under 15 are safely restrained, the penalty is €35.
  • The drink drive limit is 0.5 mg per ml, the maximum level of alcohol in the blood permitted is 0.05%.
  • You must carry an international drivers licence with you at all times while on the road in Estonia.
  • Children must be placed in a child seat or child restraint. Where a child restraint/seat is not available, a child who is 3 years and over must travel in the rear seat of the vehicle using a seat belt or other safety device attached to the seat. A child under 3 years old may not be transported in a vehicle without child restraint/seat.
  • They drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on left. Vehicles coming from the right have priority at junctions. Vehicles should be overtaken on the left, unless the driver of the vehicle to be overtaken has indicated his intention to turn left.
  • Traffic from the right normally has right of way – check for signs advising against this.
  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.
  • It is compulsory to carry warning triangles and a reflective jacket in Finland.
  • Park in the direction of traffic and at least 5 metres from any pedestrian crossing or intersections. Most cities will have parking meter areas, however should there be no meters in the vicinity, a pay-and-display parking voucher must be purchased and displayed on the dashboard. These can be found at any local petrol stations
  • Police are able to impose fines on the spot of up to €115, but are unable to collect these. Any fines should be paid at any local banks within 2 weeks. For more serious offences there can be a minimum daily fine of €6 per day (the amount is based off the person’s income). Foreign drivers have the right to not disclose their income, in which case the fine will be standard
  • It is advisable that vehicles should have their headlights on at all times of the year. Horns should not be used in urban areas unless involved in a dangerous situation or poor visibility.
  • If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental supplier and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill.
  • If you breakdown you must put on your reflective jacket and place the reflective triangle behind the vehicle to warn other drivers. You must notify the rental car company and suppliers for advice and assistance.
  • Winter tyres are compulsory on all vehicles for the months of December, January and February. In other months, the use of winter tyres is optional.
  • The major cities can be very busy at rush hour so leave plenty of time for your journey
  • On an open road, the speed limit is 80 kph / 50 mph.
  • The speed limit in built up areas is 50 kph / 31 mph.
  • The speed limit on the motorway is 100/120 kph / 62/75 mph

Make sure you know what to do when driving in Finland be safe and stay on the right side of the law.

Airports in Finland

Finland has transport links to the rest of the world through trade and other activities. Here are some of the busiest airports in Finland –

  • Kajaani Airport
  • Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
  • Mariehamn Airport
  • Turku Airport
  • Savonlinna Airport

The best way to get the most from your car hire Finland is to book from the airport so you know you have the transport you need. Do this in advance to get the best prices available.

When driving on the roads of the Finland you want to be safe. You should research the rules of the road, as said before, but also have the following numbers programmed in your phone on case of emergency. For the police, ambulance and fire brigade is 112.

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