Previously known as Urban Helsinki bus tour, the newly renamed Helsinki Living & Design bus tour offers you an insight into urban Helsinki life, modern architecture, and ever-stylish Finnish design.

You’ll learn about the history of the area and hear stories about everyday life in the capital. The comfortable double-decker bus offers an informative audio guide, which is available in 10 languages to help you familiarise yourself with the city and it’s urban design sights. 

The tour also has a 45-minute stop at the Iittala and Arabia Design Center, home to the celebrated design and lifestyle brands of the same name. At this stop you’ll have the opportunity to interact with working artists and undertake guided tours. The center also offers a store and cafe on the 2nd floor for refreshments and souvenirs. 

Did you know

Iittala was established in 1881 in the village of Iittala in Southern Finland and started life as a glass factory.

Arabia was established slightly earlier in 1873.

The Iittala logo was designed by Timo Sarpaneva.

Know before you go

The tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and you can enjoy a guided commentary along the way, in 10 languages: Finnish, English, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

How to get there

Departures from Esplanade Park, Fabianinkatu. Tours run daily from 1.30pm.


1. October 2020 - 30. April 2021
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 13.30
Saturday 13.30
Sunday 13.30


Closed: 24th-26th December

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Esplanadin puisto, Fabianinkatu, Helsinki