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Riihimäki is in Tavastia Proper, about 70 km north of Helsinki. An industrial town of about 29,000 inhabitants (2021), Riihimäki is an important railway junction.

Understand[edit]

Riihimäki isn't an old city, even compared with other Finnish cities. The first railway in the country (at the time a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire) was opened between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna in 1862, and the small station of Riihimäki was built pretty much in the middle of nowhere. A few years later a railway from Lahti and eventually all the way from the imperial capital St. Petersburg was opened, joining the first railway in Riihimäki and as such it became an important railway junction which it remains today, and a town started growing around it. In 1960 Riihimäki received city status.

Today Riihimäki is an industrial city, also home to some governmental functions like a garrison and Riihimäki Prison with the highest security level in Finland. The most notable attractions in the city are museums, such as the Glass Museum hosted in the former Riihimäen Lasi factory, and while Riihimäki isn't exactly a prime tourist destination, quite a number of travelers pass through every day.

Get in[edit]

View from a train window at Riihimäki railway station

By train[edit]

  • 1 Riihimäki railway station. Riihimäki is on the Finnish main north-south train line between Helsinki (commuter trains of the R, T and D lines about every 30 minutes) and Tampere (R commuter trains) (and further all the way to Northern Finland) and most trains stop here. In addition, there are some (about hourly) trains from Lahti (commuter trains on the G line). Commuter train lines R, T and D come in from Helsinki (about every half hour during daytime), R from Tampere, and G from Lahti. Coming from Helsinki airport, take train P to Tikkurila and swich to one of the trains from Helsinki there. Riihimäki railway station (Q3493838) on Wikidata Riihimäki railway station on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

The railway station doubles as bus station. You can get in by bus from nearby major cities, see the Matkahuolto home page for schedules. As downtown comparatively far off the motorway, many of the buses between Helsinki and Tampere don't stop in Riihimäki center but instead use the highway stop, its name is Riihimäki liittymä 19.

By car[edit]

Motorway 3 between Helsinki, Hämeenlinna and Tampere passes next to Riihimäki, in the east-west direction there's highway 54 between Lahti and Forssa.

Get around[edit]

Map of Riihimäki

By car[edit]

Traffic isn't busy and vacant parking lots are easily found.

By bus[edit]

Riihimäki has 7 local bus lines and a service line. Line #1 goes once an hour, other lines even less frequently. A single bus ticket costs €3.30 for adults and €1.70 for children. There is a route planner for local transport trips. Matka.fi route planner has information about regional routes. Routes and Tickets mobile app has an address based routing and also a ticket purchase option directly from the app.

By dial-a-ride[edit]

R-kyyti is Riihimäki's new dial-a-ride service, which operates according to customers' own routes and schedules. The service concept will be tested until the end of 2022. In the summer, June 6 to August 9, 2022, the R-ride will completely replace the scheduled local traffic and service line. In the autumn, August 10-December 31, 2022, the R-ride will replace the service line as well as the scheduled traffic for early mornings, evenings and weekends.

Order an R-ride with Matkahuolto's Routes & Tickets application or by calling +358 206 144 400 (ppm, M-F 07:00 – 17:00).

You can order a ride within the service area and operating time which is M-F 05:00-23:00, Sa Su 07:00-17:00. You can place an order immediately or in advance. Routes are created based on customer orders. The timetable is announced as a flexible interval so that passengers traveling in the same direction can be combined on the same routes.

In the summer, you can also order a ride to the beaches of Hirvijärvi and Paalijärvi, when you book an arrival at the beach at the following times (departure from the beach must also be ordered during these times):

  • M-F 10:00, 13:00, 16:00 and 19:00
  • Sa Su 10:00, 13:00 and 16:00

By foot[edit]

As it's a small town, pretty much everything is within walking distance.

By bike[edit]

There is a bike sharing system using bluetooth and the Donkey Republic about €1.50/1 hr, €4/5 hr, €12/24 hr. For longer stays becoming a member is cheaper: €9 or €18/month covers all trips of less than 1 hr respectively 12 hr, also in other towns using Donkey Republic – but you need to register as member in the country of your card (available: most countries in western Europe and USA). Customer service , +358 44 716 0644 daily 09:00–21:00. Several towns in south-east Finland use the same system, which is in use also elsewhere in Finland and abroad.

By scooter[edit]

See also: Finland#By motorised scooter

You can rent electric kick scooters for use in the centre from Finnish Swup.

By taxi[edit]

  • Taksi Häme, iTaksi: see Tavastia_Proper#By_taxi
  • Lähitaksi, +358 100 7300 (extra charge: €1.92+€2.5/min+pvm). Traditionally the main taxi dispatch service in the capital region outside of Helsinki. Smartphone app: Taksini Daytime M–Sa €3.90+€1/1.45/km+0.90/min, nights and holidays €7.90+1.05/1.55/km+0.99/min; prebooking €7/14; the lower km and prebooking fees for 1–4 persons.
  • Menevä Riihimäki, +358 50-471-0470 (head of office), toll-free: 0800-02120 (booking). Also bookable by app or web. Fixed price based on calculated route and time if destination address given when booking by app or web. Flag fall M–Sa 06:00–18:00: €4, other times and holidays: €7; 1–4 persons €0.90/km + €0.90/min, 5–8 persons minimum €20, €1.60/km + €0.90/min (March 2021).
  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 1 [dead link] Kauppakeskus Atomi, Etelän Viertotie 2. M-Sa 08:00-21:00, Su 10:00-21:00.
  • 2 Merkos shopping area, Merkoksenkatu 5. Several big stores next to each other, including Citymarket, Gigantti and Biltema.
  • 3 Femmatori, Etelän Viertotie 1, +358 50 4306 510. Large flea market.

Eat[edit]

Hämeenkatu, the main street
  • Hesburger. M-Sa 10:00-21:00, Su 12:00-21:00. The national hamburger chain has restaurants in Merkos, the Atomi mall and the ABC service station. €5-10.
  • 1 Subway, Etelän viertotie 2, +358 10 820 0420. M-F 09:00-21:00, Sa 10:00-20:00, Su 12:00-19:00. €5-10.
  • 2 Ravintola AsemaX, Asema-aukio, +358 19 449 333, . M-F 09:00-22:00, Sa 10:00-23:00, Su:00 12-20:00. Restaurant at the railway station. €10-30, buffet at lunchtime €10.20.

Drink[edit]

Cafés[edit]

Bars and pubs[edit]

Nightclubs[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Stay healthy[edit]

Pharmacies[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

  • 5 Riihimäen poliisiasema, Temppelikatu 8, +358 295 430 311. M-F 08:00–16:15. Police station.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Riihimäki
Hämeenlinna ← Janakkala ←  N European route E12.svg S  HyvinkääHelsinki
TammelaLoppi  W Finland road sign F30-54.svg E  HausjärviHollola


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