Arriving in Helsinki
Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world.
Around 200 international flights a day including low-cost airlines arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. You can also take taxi, the Finnair city bus or Bus 615 to the Central Railway Station.
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. I and P trains operate from the airport every ten minutes from Monday to Friday and on Saturdays, and every 15 minutes on Sundays. Journey time is approximately 27 minutes on I train and 32 minutes on P train. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines or from conductors. Please note that only cash and credit cards are accepted when purchasing tickets from conductors.
Buses from all around Finland arrive to the central bus station, from the largest cites approximately every hour.
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 by St. Peter Line as well as from Poland.
Transportation in Helsinki
With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, buses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Single tickets can be purchased from the driver or from ticket machines. Daytickets 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.
Public transportation at Helsinki-Vantaa airport and West Terminal
Helsinki Region Transport provides public transport services between Helsinki Airport and the metropolitan area. In addition, many long distance buses stop at the airport.
Useful timetable sites
- Journey Planner – A journey planning service provided by YTV Transport to the users of the Helsinki metropolitan area
- Train timetables – Provided by the Finnish railway company VR
- Long distance bus timetables – Provided by Matkahuolto
Taxis and car rentals in Helsinki
Taxis are easy to hail in the city centre except during the busiest periods. Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the centre.
There are several international as well as local car rental agencies to choose from.