Helsinki islands and waterfront sites can soon be visited more easily by customers without boats of their own with the BOUT ride service: boat riders will be able to book rides conveniently from boat owners with their smartphones. The BOUT boat ride service will be launched on 8 September 2018. At first, rides can be booked and offered on weekends, and expanded service will be available next summer.
The BOUT boat ride service has already been named the Uber of boats, as it makes it easy to book low-cost boat rides with an app for mobile devices. Boat captains operate as entrepreneurs, for whom BOUT gives a platform to sell rides. Helsinki residents and visitors can book boat rides between more than 50 predefined pickup and drop-off locations in the Helsinki and Espoo archipelago and on the cities’ coastline.
Waterbus from Jätkäsaari to Hietalahti and Market Square
The NorsöLine water transportation company will be providing waterbus transportation on the route Jätkäsaari–Hietalahti–Market Square. The water route will offer a new transportation alternative to residents and visitors to Jätkäsaari. The service will be tested in conjunction with a Jätkäsaari housing fair 1–9 September (Kaupunkielämää Jätkäsaaressa, “city life in Jätkäsaari), when all rides will be free of charge.
The waterbus stop in Jätkäsaari is located at Saukonpaasi in the vicinity of the terminal stops of tram lines 8 and 9.