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About Helsinki - Helsinki Vantaa Airport

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is one of the two airports serving to the city of Vantaa in Finland. It operates as the main airport for the city of Helsinki, its surrounding metropolitan area and whole Finland. The airport is located 5 km away from Vantaa city center and 17 km away from Helsinki city center. The airport was built in 1952 for that year’s Summer Olympics. In 1999, the airport was chosen as the best one among the Scandinavian countries. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is known as the most punctual airport of Europe. More than 3 million passengers use the airport each year.

Getting to the City Center from Helsinki - Helsinki Vantaa Airport

Helsinki, which is located in the Uusimaa region in the southern part of Finland, is the capital and most populous city of Finland. Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Finland within the Baltic Sea, Helsinki is among the leading European cities in terms of culture, finance, and science.

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which is located in the neighboring city Vantaa that is the border of the north and east of the city, welcomes the passengers traveling to Helsinki, Finnish and Swedish are spoken. The indented peninsula, which is in the southern part of the city, is also known as the city center. The central stations of all means of public transportation are located in the city center. Senata Square on the west coast of the city center constitutes the historical part of the city. There is a tourist information office near the Market Square which is in the south of Senata Square. You can ask every kind of question about transportation as well as you can buy tickets for various tours and museums at this office.

Metro, tramway, train, and bus are the most preferred means of public transportation. In addition, minibuses and ferryboats are also available for transportation between the coastal regions. The large overpass called Baana connects the Western Harbour area with Kamppi and Töölö Bay areas. This overpass facilitates transportation for pedestrians and bike riders. Public transportation in Helsinki is organized by the company named HSL (Helsinki Regional Transport), just like in the cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. You can buy tickets from ticket booths, from the drivers or by mobile phone to take advantage of public transportation. If you buy the ticket from the driver, the ticket costs a little more. You need to buy a different ticket to take a tramway; the price of the tramway tickets is more affordable than the tickets of other transportation option. These tickets are valid for one hour. If you are going to travel to the cities Espoo, Vantaa or Kauniainen, you need to buy an interregional ticket. These tickets are valid for eighty minutes.

If you are going to use public transport very often during the day, daily tickets will be more practical for you. The children under the age of seven can travel free of charge, while those who are under the age of sixteen can travel by paying half price of the tickets. Transportation options are very limited after midnight in Helsinki. Bus services are available until 2 am, while other public transportation vehicles generally depart for the last time before midnight. On weekends and official holidays, the buses departing from Elielinaukio and Rautatientori area near the railway station are available after 2 am; however, ticket prices cost twice as high as the standard price. Although ticket controls are very rare on public transport in Helsinki, ticket controllers get on the vehicles at certain intervals and ask for tickets. If you haven't got a ticket during ticket control, you have to pay a high amount of penalty.

There are various transportation options to reach the city from the airport. You can benefit from public transportation options such as train, private shuttle services or bus to reach the city center, where you can transfer and travel to different parts of the city, or you can get to anywhere you want in a shorter time by taking the advantage of taxi or car rental options.

Kutsuplus (Minibus Shuttles)

The minibuses shuttles called Kutsuplus are private-public transportation minibuses, which have recently been in service. These on-demand shuttles are the minibuses that depart by bringing together the passengers going to the same destination. The minibus shuttles that run on online reservation pick up its passengers at certain stops and drop them off at the places where they exactly would like to arrive. The cost of this journey depends on your destination and you have the opportunity to pay the price during booking by credit card. Kutsuplus option is much more affordable compared to taking a taxi.

Taxi

Although taking a taxi is more costly compared to public transportation options, it is a quite practical transportation option. You can get a taxi from the taxi stands at the airport, as well as you can book a taxi in advance by making an online reservation. VIP taxi service is also available if you prefer a more luxurious travel. Taxi minibuses called yellow lines can take up to 8 passengers. The minibus taxis don’t follow a specific route. All the passengers taken from the airport are dropped off in turn. The price of this service may vary depending on the number of passengers. If you want to take the advantage of this service, you can contact the yellow stands at the incoming passenger side of the airport.

Train

A new railway line connecting the airport to the central railway station has been in service as of 2015. Journey by train takes about half an hour and the trains usually depart every 10 minutes. You need to buy a ticket by means of the ticket booths on the platform at the airport. The train is not very close to the airport for now. For this reason, you will have to get on the shuttle services running between the airport and the railway station to board the train until the construction of the last (airport) station is completed. You can arrive at the station in a few minutes thanks to the shuttle services.

Helsinki Central Railway Station is the central station of all trains and it is very close to the city center. The train lines Y, S, U, L, E, A, M, I, K, N, T, H, and R are the lines for urban transportation and these lines move in three different directions to the north of the central station. If you are going to travel to the neighboring cities like Espoo, Vantaa or Kaunianinen, it would be useful to remember that you need to buy an interregional ticket.

Bus

The intercity bus 615 departs every 30 minutes and takes you from the airport to the Helsinki Central Railway Station in about 30-40 minutes. You need to buy an interregional ticket to take the advantage of this bus line because the airport is within the borders of Vantaa. Once you arrive at the central railway station, you can benefit from transfer option by bus, tramway or metro lines that go to many parts of the city. Your ticket will still be valid for transfer since journey time doesn’t exceed one hour.

In addition, the Finnair City Bus is another alternative to reach the city center from the airport. This bus line departs every 15 minutes and goes to the central railway station from the airport in about half an hour. The bus ticket for this bus costs a bit more compared to the bus number 615 and doesn’t include transfer option. However, this bus line provides you with a more comfortable journey as well as it offers free Wi-Fi service during your journey.

If you are planning to go to the resorts in Espoo, the U-line bus, which provides inter-regional transportation service, depart from the airport to Leppävaara, Nihtisilta and Espoonkeskus regions. Transportation is mainly provided by tramway lines in the city center, while buses are much more preferred for transportation in other urban areas.

The buses departing from the bus terminal on Eliel Square near the central railway station move to the north side of the city and the buses departing from the terminal on Railway Square go to the east, while the buses going to the west depart from the underground bus terminal at the Kamppi Center, which is connected to the Kamppi subway station.

Tramway

Taking a tramway is a convenient option for touristic transportation. The tramway lines mostly provide transportation in the southern peninsula, which is the central part of the city, yet the extension of tramway network still continues. There are nine tram lines that provide transportation service throughout the southern peninsula in Helsinki. Taking a tram from the airport is not possible for now; however, if you get to the central railway station from the airport, you can go on your journey throughout the peninsula by tramway transfer.

Metro

Subway network of Helsinki provides transportation service on a much shorter route compared to other major European cities. Metro provides eastbound transportation from the city center in the south. The journey from Ruoholahti station to Mellunmäki or Vusaari stations takes a little more than twenty minutes. The westward extension of the metro network towards Espoo is currently under construction.

Rent a car

You can rent a car from the car rental offices in the terminal building once your plane lands at the airport. However, traveling in Helsinki by car is not a very practical option. Parking fees are quite high and it is very difficult to find a convenient parking space in the city; parking lots are charged at hourly intervals. However, if you are going to travel on weekends, you can prefer to rent a car since parking is free of charge at the weekend. You can also rent a limousine as a more luxurious option.

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2017
Getting to Helsinki - Helsinki Vantaa Airport from the City Center

Helsinki, a city in the Uusimaa region in the southern part of Finland, is the capital city of the country as well as it has a very crowded population. Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Finland within the Baltic Sea, Helsinki is among the most developed cities in Europe in terms of culture, finance, and science. Although the native language spoken in the city is Finnish, you can also come across some people who speak Swedish.

Passengers who want to visit this city travel to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport located in Vantaa, which is the border of the north and east of the city. The indented peninsula, which is in the south of the city, is also the central point in the city. The central stations of all means of public transportation are located in the city center.

Senata Square on the west coast of the city is made up of the historical buildings of the city. Thanks to the tourist information office near Senata Square, you can ask every kind of question about transportation and get help about many things, as well as you can buy tickets for various tours and museums. Metro, tramway, train and bus are the most frequently preferred means of public transportation. In addition, ferryboats are also available for minibus and intra-bay transportation.

The overpasses called Baana provide a short route especially for pedestrians and bike riders to reach the areas Kamppi and Töölö Bay from the Western Harbour area. Public transportation is organized by the company named HSL (Helsinki Regional Transport), just like in the cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. If you want to take advantage of public transportation, you can buy tickets from ticket booths, from the drivers or by mobile phone. However, if you buy a ticket from the driver, the ticket price is a little more costly compared to other options.

If you want to get on tramway, you need to buy a different ticket. The price of the tramway tickets is more affordable than the price of other public transportation tickets. Both tickets are valid for one hour as soon as you buy them. If you are planning to travel to the neighboring cities like Espoo, Vantaa or Kauniainen, you need to buy an interregional ticket. These tickets are valid for eighty minutes. If you are going to use public transport very often during the day, daily tickets will be more economical for your travel budget. If you are traveling with a child under the age of seven, your child can travel free of charge. Passengers who are under the age of sixteen can travel by paying half price of the tickets. It is hardly possible to take advantage of public transportation in Helsinki after midnight.  Public transportation vehicles generally depart for the last time before midnight, while bus services are available until 2 am. The buses departing from the Rautatientori area near Elielinaukio and the railway station on weekends and official holidays are also available even after 2 am; however, ticket prices cost twice as high as the standard price.  It is unlikely to come across ticket control on public transport in Helsinki. However, auditors sometimes get on the vehicles and ask for tickets. If you haven't bought a ticket, you have to pay a high amount of penalty during ticket control.

There are many alternatives to reach the airport from any part of the city. Depending on your location, you can benefit from public transportation options such as metro, train, tramway or bus to reach the city center, where you can transfer to train, bus or private shuttle services to get to the airport. If you wish, you can also shorten the length of your journey by taking the advantage of taxi or car rental options. 

Kutsuplus (Minibus Shuttles)

The minibuses called Kutsublus are provided with a new system that offers an alternative solution for public transportation. These minibus shuttles serve on demand; the minibuses pick up the passengers going through the same route and drop them off at the places they want to arrive. You can buy your ticket using the online reservation system to benefit from these minibus shuttles. The cost of this journey depends on the distance to be covered. If you prefer to take this shuttle service to reach the airport, you can benefit from the service at the comfort of a taxi for more affordable prices.

Taxi

Taking a taxi is undoubtedly the most practical and comfortable option to get to the airport. However, it may sometimes be difficult to get a taxi in the city, especially on weekends, at night, on special days, or on holidays. There are many taxi stands in various parts of the city. Alternatively, it is possible to get a taxi in the city if you can phone for a taxi by contacting the taxi stands or make an online reservation.

VIP taxi service is also available for a more luxurious travel. Taxi minibuses called yellow lines run on the basis of a system similar to Kutsuplus option. The taxi minibuses with 8-passenger capacity pick the passengers up from various parts of the city and drop them off at the airport. The price of this service may vary depending on the number of passengers and the distance to be covered. If you want to take the advantage of this service to reach the airport, you need to make an online reservation in advance.

Train

The construction of the railway line connecting the airport to the central railway station has been completed as of 2015. The trains running on this line depart every 10 minutes and the journey time takes about half an hour. You can buy your ticket by means of the ticket booths at the central railway station.

Once you get off the train, you need to take the private airport shuttles to reach the airport. It only takes a few minutes to get to the airport by these shuttles. Once the train line construction has been completed, you will be able to benefit from direct transportation to the airport. Helsinki Central Railway Station, which is the main station where all the trains depart from, is located in the city center.

The train lines Y, S, U, L, E, A, M, I, K, N, T, H, and R are the lines departing from this central station to various parts of the city. These lines move in three different directions from the city center to the north. It is also possible to benefit from intercity transportation to the neighboring cities like Espoo, Vantaa and Kaunianinen by train. However, you need to buy regional tickets to benefit from this service.

Bus

If you want to go to the airport by bus, you firstly need to reach the city center. The bus number 615 departing from Helsinki Central Railway Station departs every 30 minutes and arrives at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in about 30-40 minutes. Since the airport is located within the borders of Vantaa city, you have to buy an interregional ticket to get on this bus. The Finnair City Bus is another bus departing from the Central Railway Station to the airport. This bus line departs every 15 minutes and goes from the central railway station to the airport in about half an hour. The bus ticket for this bus costs a bit more compared to the bus number 615. In addition, you cannot benefit from free transfer while boarding the Finnair City Bus. However, you can enjoy a more comfortable journey thanks to the Finnair bus as well as you can take the advantage of free Wi-Fi service on the bus.

If you have traveled the places outside the city center in Espoo and if you are planning to get to the airport from these places, you can get on the bus 540 of the interregional U-line departing from the Leppävaara, Nihtisilta and Espoonkeskus regions. In the urban areas other the city center, the buses are preferred more frequently compared to other means of public transportation. Therefore, you can firstly get to the city center by bus if you are planning to go to the airport from a distant place in the city. The buses departing from the north side of the city center arrive at the bus terminal on Eliel Square and the buses departing from east go to the terminal on Railway Square, while the buses from west arrive at the underground bus terminal at the Kamppi Center, which is connected to the Kamppi subway station.

Tramway

If you are planning a touristic travel, the tramway is quite an affordable option for transportation. The transportation network in the northern part of the city is provided by the buses, while transportation in the central southern peninsula is provided mostly by tramways. Extension of the tram line still goes on in Helsinki. Nine tram lines surrounding the peninsula serve its passengers. Taking a tram is not a very practical option to get to the airport. If you are at a distant location from the central station of the peninsula, you can get on the tramway and transfer to a bus or train to the airport.

Metro

Subway network of Helsinki provides service in a much smaller area compared to Europe in general in terms of urban transportation. Once you arrive at the city center from the airport, you can travel from the southern peninsula to the eastern part of the city. It takes about 20 minutes traveling from Ruoholahti station to Mellunmäki or Vusaari stations. The extension of the metro network westward towards Espoo is still under construction.

Rent a car

Renting a car from the car rental offices in the city center is another alternative you can prefer to reach the airport. However, if you are planning to spend some time in the city before going to the airport, it is likely to have parking problem and parking fees are quite high in the city. Parking fees are charged hourly at parking spaces, which sometimes offer free service options on weekends. If you are looking for a more comfortable travel option, you are advised to rent a limousine.

Airport Information

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is a very developed airport that offers various facilities. It is quite enjoyable to spend time at the airport while waiting for your flight. The airport offers private sleeping pods, so you can relax and even sleep in a quiet atmosphere in the middle of the airport. You can rest inside the pod from 15 minutes to a few hours. Under the pod, there is a section where you can store your suitcases. Some parts of the airport offer these sleeping pods free of charge.

At the airport, you can often find the kiosks where newspapers, magazines, and snacks are sold, ATM machines, Rent a Car offices, souvenir shops and currency exchange machines. You can also take advantage of the meeting rooms at the airport.

You can buy many luxury products at affordable prices at Duty Free stores in the terminal buildings. Many luxury restaurants are at your service as well as popular cafés and fast-food chains such as Starbucks and Burger King.

In addition to these, you can also find bookstores and the shopping stores that sell watches and jewelry. You can charge your electronic devices in the energy sockets section. If you are traveling with your children, you can spend time in the playground section designed for children, as well as you can enjoy your time in the comfortable VIP section while waiting for your flight.

Last Updated: 16 Mar 2017

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