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Riihimäki

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Riihimäki is in Tavastia Proper, about 70 km north of Helsinki. An industrial town of about 30,000 inhabitants, 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 still 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.

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.

By foot[edit]

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

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Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Kauppakeskus Atomi, Etelän Viertotie 2. Mo-Sa 8-21, Su 10-21.
  • 2 Merkos shopping area, Merkoksenkatu 5. Several big stores next to each other, including Citymarket, Gigantti and Biltema.

Eat[edit]

Hämeenkatu, the main street
  • Hesburger. Mo-Sa 10-21 Su 12-21. 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. Mo-Fr 9-21 Sa 10-20 Su 12-19. 5-10 €.
  • 2 Ravintola AsemaX, Asema-aukio, +358 19 449 333, . Mo-Fr 9-22, Sa 10-23, Su 12-20. Restaurant at the railway station. 10-30 €, buffet at lunchtime 10,20€.

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Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

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Stay safe[edit]

  • 5 Riihimäen poliisiasema, Temppelikatu 8, +358 295 430 311. Mo-Fr 8–16.15. Police station.

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