Getting to Helsinki

Shot from a height, opposite is a view of Helsinki Harbour, Allas Sea Pool and Katajanokka District under scattered clouds and a blue sky.
Helsinki Airport
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By plane

Helsinki Airport consistently ranks among the best airports in the world and serves around 350 flights a day to locations around the world, including 25 direct flights a week to China. 

The journey time between the airport and city centre is around 30 minutes.

How to get from the airport to the city centre:

  • By train:
    Commuter trains I and P are a fast and convenient way of travelling between the city centre and the airport. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. From the train station at Helsinki Airport you can walk directly to your terminal without having to go outside. To get to or from the airport, you will need an ABC ticket. Single tickets and day tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and many other sales points throughout the city. Tickets cannot be purchased onboard commuter trains. 
     
  • By bus:

    Bus 615 (“Lentoasema-Rautatientori”) and bus 415/415N (“Lentoasema-Elielinaukio”) also operate between the airport and city centre. To get to or from the airport, you will need an ABC ticket, which you can purchase from HSL ticket machines, HSL mobile app or sales points like R-kiosk.

  • By taxi:
    The journey between Helsinki Airport and the city centre by taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs around €40-45.
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The location of the Finnish capital is optimal as part of the Nordic region that borders Russia, is close to the Baltic markets and offers fast flight connections to Asia.
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By boat

There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Tallinn, Estonia by Tallink Silja LineViking Line and Eckerö Line and to Stockholm, Sweden by Tallink Silja Line and Viking Line. Helsinki can also be reached by ferry from Germany by Finnlines and Russia by St. Peter Line. All the ferry companies also offer the possibility to take a car with you. Information on the different passenger terminals can be found on the Port of Helsinki website

All Helsinki ports are suitable for international cruise ships. Most of them are easy to reach on foot, by public transport, taxi, shuttle buses or sightseeing buses. For further details, see map of cruise quays by the Port of Helsinki.

Trams are a convenient way to get to ferry terminals:

  • West Terminal (Länsiterminaali): trams 6T and 7
  • Olympic Terminal (Olympiaterminaali): trams 2 and 3
  • Katajanokka Terminal (Katajanokan terminaali): tram 5
At the ends of platforms 8 & 9 in Helsinki Central railways station, a large array of green plants and a handful of small trees have been placed in large flower boxes on raised decking. The glass canopy of the station stretches into the distance and a man in a blue coat is walking past.
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By train

There are excellent train connections to Helsinki from all major towns in Finland as well as Lapland. There is also a daily train service from St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia.

The Central Railway Station is located in the centre of the city, and is a landmark of Helsinki in itself.

Viewed from the side, a bus crosses a bridge over a frozen river in winter. In the distance two men are chatting whilst standing on the river, one is sitting on a snow mobile.
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By bus

Buses from all around Finland arrive to the central bus station at Kamppi, from the largest cities approximately every hour. The Kamppi bus station is centrally located and can also be reached by metro. 

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The location of the Finnish capital is optimal as part of the Nordic region that borders Russia, is close to the Baltic markets and offers fast flight connections to Asia.