Under these pages you can find information about some of the services in Tampere: advice & information, banks & other money matters, health care services & pharmacies, internet access, library, newspapers & magazines, post office, radio, religious communities, shopping, student discounts, telephone & calling, TV and transportation: buses, cycling & taxis.
Check out also SITR/Living -> Free Time in Tampere for finding information on free time services like sports facilities and culture.
In Tampere there is an Immigrant Advice Centre (address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 12) providing multi-lingual information and guidance services for all immigrants free of charge.
For more information: Immigrant Advice Centre
For finding information on Finland, please see SITR/Living -> Links -> Finland.
There are many banks in Tampere: e.g. Nordea, Sampo Pankki and TSOP (Tampereen seudun osuuspankki). There are offices of these banks in and around the city centre. Banks in Finland are usually open Mon–Fri 10.00–16.30. On weekends banks are closed.
The currency of Finland is the euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Cash dispensers are usually marked as Otto and they are open 24/7. Credit, debit and Visa Electron cards are widely accepted in Finland. Exchanging money is possible in Forex (location: e.g. in Stockmann department store/Hämeenkatu 4).
The general emergency telephone number in Finland is: 112.
The universities have health care services for their students.
UTA and TUT students -> FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service, YTHS in Finnish)
TAMK students -> Tampere City Student Health Care
The City of Tampere provides also health care services. Here is information about telephone health service and the first aid unit Acuta at the Tampere University Hospital.
Information and advice every day at 7-22 o’clock: tel 100 23, or, when calling from a mobile phone: tel 03 10023.
Open 24 h every day
Tel. (03) 311 611
Address: Teiskontie 35, Building K
More information on health services of the City of Tampere can be found at: Tampere Health Services
There are also many private clinics in and around the city centre, but they are expensive, so make sure you have a proper health insurance.
Pharmacies sell medicines. There are many pharmacies in and around the city centre of Tampere. The following pharmacy in the city centre of Tampere is open daily during 7–24 o’clock: Yliopiston apteekki, address: Hämeenkatu 16.
The main post office in Tampere is located near the railway station in the address: Rautatienkatu 21. There are also several smaller post offices in and around the city centre. When posting items, you can drop stamped mail into an orange (or sometimes blue) mail box or take it to a post office. Stamps can be purchased also e.g. in most corner shops, kiosks and university book stores. For more information: Posti (Post Office) -> in English.
There is freedom of religion in Finland. About 80 % of Finns belong to the Evangelical-Lutheran Church and about 1% of Finns belong to the Orthodox Church of Finland.
Religious services are available in different languages (e.g. English, Swedish, German) in Tampere. There is e.g. a Sunday Service in English every Sunday at 16 o’clock in the Old Church (Vanha kirkko) by the Central Square.
For information on Tampere Islamic Society:
Tampere Islamic Society ; Address: Yliopistonkatu 60 A
For information on the Catholic Church in Tampere:
Catholic Church in Finland ;Tampere Catholic Church - Address: Amurinkuja 21A
For information on the Anglican Church in Finland:
For information on the Jewish Community in Finland:
Here is information about buses, cycling and taxis in Tampere. More information on traveling in Finland (e.g. trains and long-distance buses) can be found at: SITR/Living -> Traveling in Finland.
The local buses in Tampere are run by Tampere Public Transport. Single bus tickets are available to buy from the bus driver, but for regular users of the buses a Travel Card is the most convenient and affordable choice. Travel Cards can be purchased from the Service Point Frenckell (address: Frenckellinaukio 2B, ground floor; near the Central Square). Students under 25 years of age can obtain a Travel Card for young persons. Students who are 25 years of age or older can obtain a Travel Card for adults or a Travel Card with student status* (*please check the conditions for obtaining a Travel Card with student status from the Service Point Frenckell). It is possible to load different kinds of ticket products into the Travel Card, e.g. a 30-day Season Ticket, a Stored Value Ticket or both. Travel cards can be reloaded at the Service Point Frenckell, in all R-kiosks and in many other places.
When standing at a bus stop, remember to wave your hand for the bus driver (the bus may not pick you up unless you signal the bus driver). Timetables, routes and other information are available in Internet or in book form (you can get your copy from the Service Point Frenckell). For more information: Tampere Public Transport
Cycling is also a convenient way to get around in Tampere. For obtaining a bike at an affordable price, please look for ads and notice boards. The police station in Tampere arranges also an annual auction (usually in September and in April), where all the recovered bikes, which no one has claimed, are being auctioned. Tampere Employment and Training Centre Etappi (address: Sarvijaakonkatu 28 & 30) has a bicycle workshop, where you can buy a used bicycle. For more information: Etappi Bicycle Workshop
There are also Tampere City Bikes to rent. For more information: Tampere City Bike -> in English
To get a taxi, you can go to a taxi rank (located in and around the city centre e.g. at the railway station and at the Central Square) or you can call 0100 4131 from a mobile phone. Taxis are quite expensive in Finland, especially at night. No tip is expected.