A very good friend of mine, Maria Bailey of Mom Talk Radio (and BSM Media and MomTV) sent me a message on Facebook this morning on her way from St. Petersburg to Helsinki “On my way to your homeland tomorrow via ferry. Can’t wait to get there. I just want to find a laundry mat so badly. Please tell me they exist.”
If you google for it, here might be some helpful words to know in Finnish.
Laundry mat = itsepalvelupesula
Cleaners = pesula
Self service = itsepalvelu
open / opening hours = auki / avoinna
The prices for laundry mats are around: one wash 4,50- 6 euros, dryer 1,80 – 3,50 euros.
Laundry detergent available for 1-2 euros.
The price varies how large your load is.
Some of the Helsinki Laundry Mats
Töölö part of the town
Kahvila Tin Tin Tango
Te. 09 2709 0972
+358 44 70 92 710
Highly recommended, but you need to call to reserve the washer. Tin Tin Tango is a coffee shop with laundry mat and sauna facilities. Perfect place to wash your clothes, take a bath yourself and try out the Finnish sauna culture – or just enjoy a cup of Finnish coffee while waiting for your laundry.
Mondays – Thurs 7 AM – midnight
Fridays 7 AM-2 AM
Saturdays 9 AM-2 AM
Sundays 10 AM – Midnight
Prices: One wash is 4 euros, dryer 2 euros, wash detergent 1,20 euros per wash.
CLOSE TO CENTER, walking distance from Mannerheimintie:
Rööperin Itsepalvelupesula (laundry mat)
Easy Wash itsepalvelupesula (laundry mat)
not open Sundays
KALLIO part of the town
Laundrymat (they also have folding service)
Mon – Sun 10AM–10PM
Service weekdays 10AM–5PM, Saturdays 10AM–2PM.
Good question. I have never seen one, and while the apartments in Helsinki are tiny, many apartment buildings have a laundry facility for the tenants, and students use their parents washers, and I have to say, I have never needed one while living in Finland, so I had to dig some information. Thanks to Kristiina Pääkkönen of MEMEgroup and Benny Alexander Tulirinta who immediately stepped up to help.
Dry cleaning and cleaners are very expensive in Finland, and so is the laundry service at hotels, so laundry mats really would be ideal for travelers, but I wouldn’t really call them cheap either.
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