Helsinki has a simple and extremely efficient public transport system, rated one of the best in Europe, making it easy to hop onto trams, buses, the metro or a ferry with a single ticket purchased from the driver, ticket machines or even the HSL mobile app. Special tourist tickets are available for visitors allowing for one, three or five days' unlimited use of the public transport system. There are also plenty of taxis available to be hailed, ordered by telephone or boarded at one of the many taxi ranks. A car in the easily navigable city of Helsinki poses no problems and it is easy to drive yourself around should you so desire. There are several car hire agencies available.
The city is compact and pleasant so that getting around on foot is an attractive option. Many of the most popular attractions are clumped together and can be easily navigated on foot. There are also many lovely parks to walk through. Alternatively, in summer make use of the hundreds of kilometres of bike trails by picking up a bicycle for a small coin deposit at one of the bike racks dotted around the city centre.
Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport
The airport is situated about 11 miles (17km) from Helsinki city centre.
Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL)
LocationThe airport is situated about 11 miles (17km) from Helsinki city centre.
Getting to the city
There are regular bus services between Helsinki, the railway station and the airport; bus transfers from the airport to local hotels and parking areas are free of charge. The Airport Bus also transfers passengers to downtown Helsinki.
TimeGMT +2 (GMT +3 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar are represented at the airport. Service desks are located in the corridor between the two terminals.
Taxis are available at ranks outside the Arrivals hall of both domestic and international terminals.
Transfer between terminals
Terminals are in the same building and within easy walking distance of one another.
Helsinki-Vantaa International has several banks with exchange facilities, and there are ATMs throughout the airport. Numerous restaurants and cafes are available in the terminals, as are duty-free shops and shopping areas with a variety of retail outlets. Sleeping pods, a play area, travel agencies, a pharmacy and luggage storage are also available.
Parking is available at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport.