Laundry Mats in Helsinki

July 25, 2010 Katja Presnal

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
Töölöntorinkatu 7
00260 Helsinki
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.

Open:
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)
Punavuorenkatu 3
Helsinki

Open:
Mon-Thu 8AM–8PM,
Friday 8AM–6PM,
Saturday 10AM–3PM,
Sunday 12PM–4PM.

Easy Wash itsepalvelupesula (laundry mat)
Kalevankatu 45
Helsinki

Open:
Monday-–Thursday 10AM–8PM
Fridays 10AM–6PM
Saturdays 10AM–4PM
not open Sundays

KALLIO part of the town

Puhtola
Laundrymat (they also have folding service)
Agricolankatu 13,
00530 Helsinki

Open:
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.

More links:
Fonecta list of laundry mats
City magazine’s laundry mat test

PS. If you have travel related questions, let us know! Skimbaco team includes several world travelers, and specialize in travel in Europe and the USA.

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (0)

  1. Donna Presnal

    The laundry mats in Finland seem like a lot more fun places to do laundry, than the ones here in the US. You can’t get a cup of coffee at ours, much less a sauna!
    It would be a pleasant experience rather than a drudgery!

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