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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.

Ongoing roadworks on Mannerheimintie

Transport connections are currently being impacted by the Mannerheimintie roadworks between and around the Kiasma Museum of Modern Art and the Opera House.
Tram lines 4 and 10 and some buses on Mannerheimintie are being diverted via Arkadiankatu and Runeberginkatu, which adds a few minutes to all travel times. Please check the HSL Route Planner for information about your public transport connections.

Only one lane of traffic is in use on Mannerheimintie, so please account for possible congestion and longer travel times when arriving by private car. The Mäntymäenkenttä car park can only be reached via the Mäntymäki entrance from 4 September. Toivonkatu will also be closed from 11 October.

Zebra crossings near the tram stops for the Opera House will be closed from 14 November. The zebra crossing on the north side of the Helsinginkatu tram stops will not be in use, but a replacement zebra crossing will be available on the Töölönlahti bay side, at the Oopperankuja junction. Likewise, the zebra crossing on the south side of the Mannerheimintie tram stops will be closed, while the crossing on the Töölö Sports Hall side will remain open. Please also note that the zebra crossing across Mannerheimintie from the Opera House towards Runeberginkatu (next to the Carelia restaurant) is not in use.

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. 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.

Parking

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.

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.