Travel

 

Arriving in Helsinki

Helsinki can be easily reached from anywhere in the world.

By plane

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. You can also take taxi, train, the Finnair city bus or Bus 615 to the Central Railway Station.

By train

There are excellent train connections to Helsinki from all major towns in Finland as well as from Lapland. There is also a daily train service from St. Petersburg and Moscow. The Central Railway Station is a landmark itself in Helsinki.

HSL also provides a train connection between the airport and the Helsinki Central Railway Station. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines.

By bus

Buses from all around Finland arrive to the central bus station, from the largest cites approximately every hour.

By ferry

There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia and Sweden, see e.g. Tallink Silja Line, Viking Line or Eckerö Line, as well as from Germany by Finnlines. All the ferry companies offer also a possibility to take a car with you. Helsinki can be reached by ferry also from Russia as well as from Poland.

 

From Helsinki Airport to city centre

Airport train

The train connection between Helsinki city centre and Helsinki Airport takes about 30 minutes. There are two services: train I and train P. Schedules, ticket prices and routes are available at HSL website. At the airport you can buy a train ticket from the following spots: HSL ticket automates, Alepa Grocery Store, WH Smith, R-kioski, Tourist information or by using HSL mobile ticket app.

Please note that it is not possible to buy a ticket on the train.

Buses to & from the airport

Line 615 and the Finnair City Bus operate between Helsinki Railway Station and the airport.

Line 617 operates between the Hakaniemi market square and the airport on rush hours from Monday to Friday.

The timetables of other trains and buses in the Helsinki metropolitan area are available in the HSL Journey Planner.

HSL buses will drop off and pick up passengers only in front of T2 at Helsinki Airport.

Taxi from Helsinki Airport to the city centre

Taxi ranks for the below agencies are located closest to terminals 1 and 2. Agency-specific price information is available in front of the terminals, on the information screens next to the taxi ranks.

Lähitaksi https://www.lahitaksi.fi/en

Taksi Helsinki https://taksihelsinki.fi/en/book-a-taxi/

Vantaan Taksi – Helsinki Airport Taxi http://helsinkiairporttaxi.fi/en/taxi-services/taxi-from-airport/

Other taxi agencies may also offer their services to Helsinki Airport’s passengers. Where the agency is not one of those specified above, the customer agrees on the price separately.

 

Travelling by taxi in Helsinki area

There are several taxi companies providing taxi services. You can choose any taxi from a taxi stand, call a taxi company directly or use an application for a booking. Price may vary depending on the time, taxi company, way of booking or extra services; ie. seat for children or if you have pets travelling with you.

Always ask the driver for a receipt for your ride. It is very useful in case you have any questions later i.e. concerning lost goods or when giving feedback about the ride.

Taxis no longer necessary have a taxi sign on the roof. However, the number of the taxi license must appear in the side window, backrest or elsewhere, this way you’ll recognize the official taxi.

Taxis normally accepts cash, debit cards, Visa Electron as well as common international credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Eurocard.

 

How to use public transportation

Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Sipoo, Kirkkonummi, Siuntio and Tuusula form an integrated public transport area where traveling is easy and affordable. The entire area has an integrated ticketing system, and HSL’s tickets are valid on all buses, commuter trains, trams, Metro and the Suomenlinna ferry.

The price of the ticket depends on the zone(s) in which you wish to travel: the price varies according to the number of zones in which you travel, i.e. whether you travel within one municipality or in several municipalities. You can transfer from one vehicle to another with the same ticket.

With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, buses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Single tickets can be purchased online (mobile ticket), from the driver or from ticket machines. Single ticket is valid from 80 to 100 minutes depending on the zone. Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days. Regional tickets allow the holder to travel freely in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa. Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city.

More info here.

Useful timetable sites

 

Travel around

Once in Finland, many delegates wish to explore the country, or the neighbouring countries more extensively. There are a variety of choices, for example visiting the Finnish Lapland, taking a cruise to the neighbouring cities of Stockholm, Tallinn or St. Petersburg.

You can also look www.visitfinland.com and the travel sites of your host cities www.visitespoo.fi and www.visithelsinki.fi.

  

Image: Visit Helsinki / Jussi Hellsten