Helsinki Airport (HEL), also known as Helsinki Vantaa Airport is the main international airport serving Helsinki and the region. It is situated in the city of Vantaa, approximately 17 kilometres north of Helsinki. The airport is operated by Finavia and it is one of the leading airports in Northern Europe. As for the passengers, Helsinki Airport handled more than 17 million of them in 2016 and the number is still rising.
Airport shuttle bus: The city centre of Helsinki can be easily reached by regular Finnair Citybus operated by Pohjolan Liikenne:
- Buses depart from Terminal 2 (and stop by Terminal 1) and arrive at Eliel Square (bus and railway station)
- Buses run every 20 minutes from 00:00 to 23:40 and the trip usually takes around 35 minutes
- The price of a single adult ticket is 6.20€ (for children 3.10€) and you can buy them online, from a bus driver or at the bus station
Local bus: Another possibility is taking a local bus, line 615, which connects Helsinki Airport with the main railway station (fin. Helsingin päärautatieasema) and it also stops in Kartanonkoski:
- Buses depart from Terminal 2 every half hour and it takes 45 minutes to reach Helsinki → full timetable
- Prices of tickets vary because it depends whether you buy it from driver or from a vending machine, or if it is a daily or a night ticket. Here you can see the list of all prices. Regular single ticket bought from a driver costs 3.20€.
Line 617 – connects Helsinki Airport with Hakaniemi market → timetable
Train: There are two train lines from Helsinki Airport which lead to the central railway station:
- Line P – stops at Tikkurila railway station, departs every 10 mins from 00:00 to 23:48
- Line I – stops at Huopalahti railway station, every 10 mins from 00:18 to 23:58
- Tickets can be bought online, from vending machines on the platform or in train and the price of a single ticket to Helsinki is 5€ (regional ticket)
- See here the route of both lines
Taxi services: Some of the official taxis, like Kiwi, offer direct transport to the central station in Helsinki for 45€. So if you are traveling in 3 or 4, we could say this option is not too expensive.
Transfer: In case you need a direct transport to your accommodation, then you might consider ordering a private transfer. That way you’ll avoid waiting for a taxi. Your driver will wait for you with a name sign and don’t worry if your flight is late, the company will monitor it.
Renting a car at Helsinki airport: Renting a car is a great idea if you plan to visit other cities, or if you want to explore Helsinki yourself. You’ll find several rental companies at the airport, such as Hertz, Avis and Budget, or better, book your car online for a carefree journey.
Renting a bus at Helsinki airport: Should you come in a group of 10 or more, then check out offers of bus rental companies. It is more practical and convenient, but have in mind that renting needs to be done in advance, so that the bus companies have enough time to organize the meeting point, and all other details.
FAQ – bus and transport from Helsinki airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: Not at all, buses and trains are running every day 0-24, so you won’t have any problems getting to the city. The cheapest option, however, is taking a local bus nr. 615 which will cost you 3.20€ if you buy the ticket from driver.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Sure, the closest hotels to the airport are Hilton Helsinki Airport Hotel (4*) and GLO Airport Hotel (4*), both situated in the airport area. If you are looking for a cheaper accommodation, try Forenom Hostel Vantaa Airport, only ~2 km from the airport.
Q: I would like to visit Helsinki in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Of course, it will take you 30-40 minutes to get to the city, depending on which means of transport you pick. And since buses and trains run to and from the airport all day every 10 to 20 minutes, there is no worry of missing your next flight. And if you don’t know where to leave your luggage, there are lockers available at the airport for 5/6€ a day.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, you can exchange your money at one of 7 exchange offices located at the airport, or withdraw money from Otto ATMs at Terminal 2. Still, it is advisable to have at least some euros on you since the currency rate may vary.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Helsinki. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: Yes, direct buses from Helsinki Airport are operated by Matkahuolto company and they provide transport to other major Finnish cities like Tampere, Oulu, Turku, Salo and many others. We recommend visiting Kakslauttanen resort, the home of Santa Claus and magnificent Northern Lights – the experience you don’t want to miss!