Espoo Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Espoo

Helsinki Airport is located 20 km northeast of Espoo and serves as the region's principal travel hub. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is available from the airport for convenient travel to Espoo by road. There are no direct public transit connections, with rail changes required at Huopalahti, Helsinki. This makes car rental in Espoo particularly useful for onward travel.

What to do and see in Espoo

Despite being part of the Greater Helsinki area, Espoo has its own history and identity, with plenty of museums and attractions. Espoo takes its name from Swedish, probably after colonization in the 12th century. However, the history of Espoo is far older, with evidence of hunter-gatherers in pre-history through to the Stone Age Tavastians tribe that settled in the region.

Espoo Cathedral is the oldest surviving building in the city. Built in the 15th century, the church boasts an original granite exterior and important frescoes inside. While no other medieval buildings survive in current-day Espoo, there are several estates and manor houses dating from the era of Gustav Vasa, the King of Sweden who sought to develop the region. These include the Royal Manor in Espoo, a 16th-century estate that was rebuilt in the 18th century. To reach the mansion, you have to cross the country's oldest stone vault bridge.

Espoo's museums span modern art and cultural history. At the Glims Farmstead Museum, you can learn about rural life in the past and explore buildings dating from the 18th century. Espoo's museum quarter (WeeGee) on Ahertajantie contains Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo City Museum, Museum Leikki and Futuro House, a futuristic, pre-fab house designed by Matti Suuronen from the 1960s.

Espoo offers a broad range of retail therapy options and many shopping malls. In Tapiola, you'll find AINOA, Heikintori and Länsituuli, three neighboring shopping malls with fashion, fitness, dining and more. The large Sello Shopping Centre in Leppävaara is another favorite, offering over 170 stores with 30 restaurants and ample parking. In Matinkylä, you'll also find Iso Omena, home to over 220 stores and a movie theater complex.

A car or van rental in Espoo is a great way to explore the region while staying connected to Finland's capital, Helsinki. Finland is beloved for its hiking, sailing, biking and fishing opportunities, which are all easily accessed from metropolitan areas like Espoo. The advantage of driving offers access to the beauty of Nuuksio National Park, a stunning region of lakes and forests just 13 km from Espoo's center. You can also explore further-away wildernesses like Liesjärvi National Park, 80 km north, and Ekenäs Archipelago National Park, 90 km west along the coast.

Driving in Espoo

As Finland's second-largest city after Helsinki, Espoo is well-connected both to the capital and surrounding settlements with both local and long-distance roads. Several highways, including Finland's most comprehensive freeway system, are built around the city. These allow for convenient access both to and around Helsinki either by the Valtatie 1 or the Kehä III, a beltway that bypasses Helsinki.

Finland's freeway system is located exclusively in its more populous south. Largely consisting of three-lane divided highways, these provide links to Turku, Tampere, Lahti and Kotka, as well as to Helsinki. All are conveniently accessed from Espoo at Karvasmäki, an intersection connecting Valtatie 1 with the Kehä III (E18).

Aside from designated freeways, a network of roads is accessible, which includes highways to major cities (valtatiet) and regional centers (kantatiet), as well as regional roads (seututiet), which are popular on scenic drives. Most highways operate both mobile and static speed cameras, so ensure you're always driving at the specified speed.

In general, speed limits in Finland are 30 km/h in residential areas, 40 km/h in built-up areas, 50 to 60 km/h on larger streets and up to 80 km/h on rural roads and undivided highways. You'll see this same variety of limits in Espoo, including some 20 km/h zones close to hospitals and schools. On freeways, limits can reach 120 km/h. Remember, there are seasonal limits due to icy conditions of 100 km/h on freeways in winter.

Parking in Espoo is relatively straightforward. Multiple parking lots are in operation throughout the city, including at business addresses and designated city lots. The city even has the country's largest underground parking space at Tapiola. You'll find plenty of mobile-pay parking spots operated by companies like ParkMan. Download the app for convenient payment. Free on-street parking is also possible but limited. Espoo generally operates parking discs for on-street parking which must be displayed in the vehicle's window.

Driving in Espoo is generally less busy than in Helsinki but still subject to rush hour traffic. Try to avoid driving during peak times from 6:00 am to 9:00 am or 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, particularly on major roads. It should be noted that vehicles are driven on the right-hand side of the road in Finland and all neighboring countries. Seat belts must also be worn at all times, and mobile devices should not be accessed. Finally, there are no toll roads in Finland, making car rental in Espoo convenient.

Car and van rental in Finland with Enterprise

Enterprise Finland offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Espoo

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Espoo

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Espoo, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.