Helsinki Crowned Europe’s Busiest Passenger Port

New terminal and ferry helped boost passenger numbers especially between Helsinki and Tallinn.

File picture of passenger ferry at Port of Helsinki / Credit: @portofhelsinki Instagram

The Port of Helsinki has become the busiest passenger port in Europe according to new figures.

In 2017, 11.8 million ferry passengers sailed through the port. The next biggest competitor was Dover on the south coast of England which had 11.7 million passengers.

Last year also saw a record number of cruise passengers, with 478,000 – bringing the total number of travelers at the port to 12.3 million.

Passenger Traffic Director Kari Noroviita says that Helsinki is not competing directly with Dover, but the new numbers give them bragging rights.

Tallinn Traffic

The growth of Helsinki ports can be attributed to the ever-increasing traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn.

In 2017, nine million passengers sailed between the two capital cities, an increase of 3.2% on the previous year. A new passenger terminal in Helsinki, and a new Tallink ship on the cross-Baltic route helped boost the numbers.