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Porvoo (Swedish: Borgå)  is a scenic small town 50 kilometers east of Helsinki, Finland. Dating back to the 14th century, its iconic red wooden buildings on the riverside are a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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 By bus
There are buses from Helsinki's Central Bus Station to Porvoo every 15-30 minutes. Standard/express services cost 10,30/13,20€ one-way and take 55/65 minutes, so the surcharge is hardly worth it — the expresses just stop in Porvoo on their way to points further east.
 By train
There is no regular passenger train service to Porvoo, but the Porvoo Museum Railways  run a vintage 1955 Lättähattu ("Flat Hat") Dm7 from Helsinki to Porvoo and back on Saturdays in July/August only. The trip takes 1.5 hours and costs €15/25 one-way return for adults, half price for children. As of 2008, the train leaves Helsinki's Central Railway Station (platform 11) at 10:52 AM and sets off back from Porvoo at 4:30 PM. No reservations, cash only.
 By boat
The m/s Runeberg  cruises from Helsinki to Porvoo between May and September three to five times a week, departing at 10 AM and returning at 4 PM. The trip takes 3.5 hours one way and costs €22.50/33.00 one-way/return, half price for children. On Saturday, you can also opt to take the boat one way and the train back (€33). The boat leaves from Linnalaituri on Helsinki's Market Square, opposite the President's palace.
 By bicycle
Bike fans may want to consider pedaling the 50 km along the scenic King's Road  from Helsinki to Porvoo.
 Get around
Porvoo is best explored on foot. Parents will, however, probably want to leave the baby carriage at home: the Old Town's streets are cobblestone and often hilly.
In the summer time, you can also opt to clip-clop your way through the streets with a horse and carriage. The Museum Railways also operate occasional steam train excursions.
The town is famed for its many wooden buildings, picturesquely perched by the Porvoo River (Finnish Porvoonjoki, Swedish Borgå å). These are concentrated in the old city (Fin: Vanhakaupunki, Swedish Gamla Stan), a few hundred meters northwest of the modern city centre, and on a fine summer day a stroll around them is very delightful indeed.
In the old part of Porvoo there are lots of lovely little shops where you can buy anything from dollhouses to hand made jewelry. Many are, however, open only in the summer.
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