Helsinki is a relatively small city, and the options for getting to and from the airport are wonderfully straightforward. In addition, the city's coastal location makes it great for connections by ferry and cruise. Don't rely on signs in Finnish: We'll show you how to get into Helsinki with bus, boat, or taxi.
Getting Into Helsinki
Helsinki's Vantaa Airport is located 17 km north of Helsinki and is an easy bus ride away from the city. Bus 615 travels between the city's central train station and Vantaa airport, with a journey time of approximately 35 minutes. A one-way journey costs €2.50. Bus 615 departs almost every ten minutes from Terminal 1 and runs from 4 AM to 3:40 AM. Note that if you're traveling from 2 AM to 4:30 AM, the night fare of €4 will be charged. The FinnAir City Bus is another economical option for arriving in the city center. The bus travels from Vantaa Airport to the central rail station in 35 minutes. The bus runs from 5:45 AM to 1:10 AM and departs every 20 minutes. A one-way fare costs €5.90.
As is usually the case across Europe, taxis are expensive in Helsinki. If you grab a cab from the airport, plan to spend about €30. The journey from Vantaa Airport to Helsinki is approximately 30 minutes.
Arriving from the main train station
If you arrive in Helsinki by train, you'll be in a good position to access all the city's central destinations. The central station is also a transportation hub, with buses, taxis, tram, and metro stops right outside.
Arriving by ferry
Many ferry and cruise lines, including Tallink Silja and Viking, arrive in Helsinki's harbor every day. Viking cruises dock at Katajanokka Terminal, to the east of the city center. Tram 4T provides the best transport option for getting to your next destination. Tallink line cruises arrive on the opposite side of the harbor. The south harbor port is served by tram lines 1A, 3B, and 3T.
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