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Arriving at the Opera House

The Opera House is located next to the Töölönlahti bay at Helsinginkatu 58. Read this page to find out the easiest ways to get here.

Roadworks on Mannerheimintie

The major roadworks on Mannerheimintie are causing significant changes to transport links and routes around the Opera House. Please allow extra travel time and be prepared for exceptional routes and potential congestion. You can check your public transport options on the HSL Journey Planner.

Please note that zebra crossings near the Opera House will be closed and tram traffic will be on detour routes starting from June 3rd. You can see all the traffic arrangements at the intersection of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in summer 2024 on the map below.

For the latest information on the progress of the roadworks, please visit the Manskun katutyöt website (in Finnish).

Turning restrictions to Oopperankuja in June and July

During June and July, vehicles can only turn from Helsinginkatu to Oopperankuja from one direction. The only route to Oopperankuja runs northbound on Mannerheimintie, and turning is only allowed from the rightmost lane of Mannerheimintie. This lane also allows continuing straight towards the east on Helsinginkatu.

The driving restrictions to Oopperankuja begin on Monday, 3 June and are expected to last until mid-July. After this, turning to Oopperankuja will return to normal, but other temporary arrangements at the intersection will continue.

You can see all the traffic arrangements at the intersection of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in summer 2024 on the map below.

Entrance to Main Stage performances

The Opera House has two entrances: the main entrance on Mannerheimintie and the Töölönlahti bay entrance on Oopperankuja. If you’re coming to see a performance on the Main Stage or in the Main Foyer, you’re welcome to use either of the entrances. The main entrance usually opens 1.5 hours before the start of a Main Stage performance.

Do arrive in good time. Latecomers are not admitted to the auditorium until the interval if the performance has already started. We recommend arriving at the Opera house no later than 15 minutes before the start of the performance. More tips on how to make your visit a success can be found here.

Entrance to the Almi Hall and children’s events

Entrance to performances at Almi Hall, children’s events, and our customer service point is located on the Töölönlahti bay side on Oopperankuja. This is also the accessible entrance to the Opera House. In principle, the Oopperankuja entrance has the same opening hours as our customer service point.

Accessible entrance

Our accessible entrance is located on Oopperankuja on the Töölönlahti bay side of the building. The Opera House car park, which is reserved for visitors with limited mobility, can be found next to the entrance. Read more about accessibility at the Opera House.

Customer service point and Opera Shop

The customer service point and the Opera Shop with fan merchandise are located to the right from the Oopperankuja entrance. On performance days, the Opera Shop is open until the end of the 1st interval. If there is no interval, the shop closes when the performance starts.

Check the opening hours.

Public transport is preferable

Taking a tram or bus is the most convenient way to arrive at the Opera House. In the evenings, information screens in our lobbies display the next bus and tram departures from nearby stops. You can find the latest route and schedule information on the HSL website. You can also search for a route directly from the Route Guide below. After searching for a route, you go to HSL’s Route Guide.

Travelling to the Finnish National Opera and Ballet by train and bus is easy from outside the Greater Helsinki Area, too. The walk from Helsinki Central railway station to the Opera House takes approximately 20 minutes via the scenic route by the Töölönlahti bay. For bus connections, please visit the Matkahuolto website.


The nearest public car park is located on Mäntymäki field at just 100 metres from the Opera House (Mäntymäentie 1). A parking charge applies on weekdays until 9 p.m., but parking is free at all other times. Please allow enough time to find a parking space, as besides the Opera House, local parking serves the customers of the Kisahalli sports hall, the Olympic Stadium and the Bolt Arena, as well as the residents of the Töölö district.

Paid parking can also be found in the P-Töölö multi-storey car park under the Scandic Park and Crowne Plaza hotels. Please see this map for more car parks.

The small car park of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet on Oopperankuja on the Töölönlahti bay side is only for visitors with limited mobility or for short-term parking (15 min). After performances, the car park is reserved for taxis.


The taxi rank by the Töölönlahti bay is in use after every performance.

Arriving by bicycle

Arriving at the Opera House by bicycle is a breeze. Bike racks are provided next to both entrances.

There’s a HSL city bike station nearby.

Map of nearby areas

Explore our facilities

You can explore the public spaces of the Opera House by viewing the layout maps. Free cloakrooms and toilet facilities can be found near the entrances on Mannerheimintie and Oopperankuja (on the Töölönlahti bay side). The service counters of the Opera Restaurant are located at each end of the Main Foyer, in the Almi Hall Foyer, and in the Aino Lobby. Read more about the services and opening times of the Opera Restaurant.

If you want to check the location of your seat in the auditorium beforehand, please see the seat maps on our Stages page. You will find the row numbers at the end of each row and the seat numbers on each seat at both the Main Stage and Almi Hall auditoriums.