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.
From the city centre you can take tram number 4 to arrive to the conference venue.
When travelling to the city centre, please choose zones ABC when travelling from the airport to the city centre and vice versa.
Please note that it is not possible to buy a ticket on the train.
Buses to & from the airport
Line 615 and Finnair city buses operate between Helsinki Railway Station and the airport.
Line 617 operates between 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.
From the city centre you can take tram number 4 to arrive to the conference venue.
Taxi from Helsinki Airport to the city centre or to the conference venue
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.
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 with the taxi driver.
From Helsinki city centre you can take tram number 4 to arrive to the conference venue or you can take a taxi.
For tram tickets, please, choose zones AB.
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 necessarily 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 an official taxi.
Taxis normally accepts cash, debit cards, Visa Electron as well as common international credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Eurocard.
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, the 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.
Journey Planner – A journey planning service provided by YTV Transport to the users of the Helsinki metropolitan area https://reittiopas.hsl.fi/
Train timetables – Provided by the Finnish railway company VR https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/train-timetables
Long distance bus timetables – Provided by Matkahuolto https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/
Helsinki can be easily reached from anywhere in the world.
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, 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 (Helsinki Region Transport) also provides a train connection between the airport and the Helsinki central railway station. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines.
Buses from all around Finland arrive to Helsinki 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 as well as from Poland.
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.
Once in Finland you may wish to take the opportunity to see more of Helsinki or do an excursion from Helsinki. Below you will find suggestions of activities and/or places to visit.
Nuuksio in Espoo is one of the top nature attractions in Finland where you can experience the Finnish nature and the peaceful wilderness. In the National Park live dozens of endangered or near-threatened animals, plants and fungi species.
In Nuuksio, you can also visit Finnish Nature Centre Haltia. The exhibitions in Haltia let you explore all of Finland’s unique nature under one roof. In Haltia you will also find a restaurant and café.
The city's town plan is from the Middle Ages, the low small houses, picturesque yards and narrow streets form a historically unique wooden town milieu. The symbols of Porvoo – the red warehouses on the riverbanks – tell the story of seafaring and trading.
Fiskars is a beautiful old ironworks village where you will find exquisite design, great food and idyllic cafés. Fiskars is a quaint and historical ironworks village that has become a lively community of artists, designers and craftsmen. In recent years the village has also become home to several microbreweries and fine restaurants. Founded in the 17th century, the Fiskars ironworks is a popular destination for daytrips where visitors can enjoy exhibitions, boutiques and cafés. Fiskars stands out from more touristy attractions by its high-quality and ambitious products and design.
Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden. Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.
Suomenlinna is accessible only by water. The ferry departs from the east side of the Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace. The trip to Suomenlinna takes 15–20 minutes and offers magnificent views of Helsinki and the surroundings from the sea.
The ferry is part of the city transport network and all HSL tickets are accepted.
For more information www.suomenlinna.fi/en/
Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is situated in the heart of Helsinki, at the end of Fredrikinkatu. The building is often used as a concert hall thanks to the extraordinary acoustics created by the rugged rock surface of the walls. As an altarpiece they use a crack in the rock wall.
A spectacular atmosphere, unique architecture and excellent acoustics make the Rock Church one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki.
During the summer season (June-August) a guided tour on weekdays at 16:00 with no extra charge.
The normal entrance fee is 3 €. The tickets can be bought inside the church with most credit cards and cash. The tickets can also be bought from our cafe during June, July and August. With an advance ticket from our cafe or somewhere else you don’t have to queue in the ordinary ticket line and thus will have a quicker access to the church.
For more information www.temppeliaukionkirkko.fi/en/index/nimi.html
Sarfvik Golf is Finland’s oldest share-based golf course. Sarfvik is a highly valued club characterized by its high-quality, well-kept courses, considerate service, a peaceful and cosy environment valued by shareholders, and uncongested courses.
More info Sarfvik.
Hirsala Golf has grown to be known as one of the most highly respected golf courses in Finland since its opening in 2007. The par-72, 6,212-meter golf course has hosted the Finnish Open golf tournament twice, in 2011 and 2015. Hirsala is frequently visited by some of the best professional and amateur golfers in Finland due to the course’s excellent condition and challenging lay out.
More info Hirsala.
Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and most popular amusement park, located in the Alppila quarter of Helsinki. There are over 40 rides, many different games, as well as restaurants and cafés. The Main Gate is at Tivolikuja 1. It’s recommended that you use public transportation in order to avoid traffic jams.
The entrance to the park is free of charge.
Allas Sea Pool is a gardenlike oasis in the heart of Helsinki, next to the Market Square. There is a large pool area and magnificent saunas. There are three different saunas at Allas; women’s sauna, men’s sauna and a sauna for private events. The sauna for private events is also used as a mixed-gender sauna when there are no reservations.
In addition to swimming, bathing in the saunas and good food, Allas Sea Pool offers many options for wellness.
Löyly, an urban oasis occupying a stretch of beautiful Helsinki waterfront, offers a warm welcome and many delights for locals and visitors alike.
At Löyly, there are two different choices to enjoy sauna, public or private. Public saunas, a traditional smoke sauna and a wood-burning sauna, are open every day. After a good steam, when you feel like cooling off, both saunas offer direct access to outdoor seating area and the sea, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim, all year round.
The only remaining traditional wood-fired public sauna in Helsinki! There is no need to reserve time for the sauna, towels can be rented and you can buy refreshments and snacks. At Kotiharju, there is room for 20–30 bathers on the uppermost benches where the heat and steam (löyly) are the best (and hottest).
Löyly means pouring some water on the hot stones – there is a water tap on the stove (kiuas). The old rule is that whoever sits in the hottest place gets to decide whether or not to make more löyly.
The sea and the archipelago are significant characteristics of Helsinki. There are about 300 islands in the Helsinki archipelago, so there are plenty of places to visit. The islands are close by and to reach most of them takes 5 to 15 minutes.
Several carriers offer the opportunity to reach the islands and to experience the archipelago. Ferry routes and timetables, as well as travel tickets, vary by operator.