Helsinki is easy to reach. It welcomes visitors arriving by airplane, train, boat, ferry, bus or car. Getting around in Helsinki is also handy thanks to the comprehensive public transportation.
The Helsinki-Vantaa airport is one of 25 airports in Finland operated by Finavia. It is located only 19 kilometres away from downtown Helsinki. The Helsinki-Vantaa airport serves 33 different flight companies and about 120 international flights daily.
Train is an easy mean of transporation to visit Helsinki from other Finnish cities. Daily connections run also to Russia; to St. Petersburg and Moscow. The main railway station is located in downtown Helsinki. It is the terminus for all local trains. Many of the city busses, trams and metro run by it too.
The central bus station is located only one kilometre away from the railway station and welcomes visitors from all around Finland. The largest cities have more than one bus traveling to and from Helsinki each day.
Ferries and larger boats operate in the Baltic Sea. The most common routes are between Helsinki and Stockholm (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia) and Rostock (Germany). Ferries also offer the possibility to take a car with.
Public transportation in Helsinki is comprehensive. Trams, busses, metro, local trains and ferries transport local people and tourists within the city and to the suburbs.
The same ticket can be used for all means public transportation. Tickets can be bought from the driver, at ticket machines or by using your mobile phone. Also some small stalls, like R-kioski, sell tickets for public transportation.
Public transport works by single tickets. Day passes and long-term tickets are also available.
Taxis are usually ordered but can also be picked up from taxi stations marked with a taxi sign. If a taxi is not reserved, it can sometimes be waived from the street.
Numbers for taxi services in Helsinki
tel. 0100 0700 (1,15€/call+0,08€/10s+service fee)
Airport Taxi Yellow Line
tel. 0600 555 555 (1,25 €/call+service fee)
Special price from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to down town Helsinki
tel 09 2316 5070 (service fee)
Special priced shuttle service from harbours to down town
tel 0100 7300 (0,984€/call+0,082€ /10s +service fee)