About Helsinki

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. Helsinki is a modern, compact city easily explored on foot and located between the East and the West.

The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands and many of the islands can be reached by a regular ferry from early morning until late at night. The fortress of Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular sights. It is only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki Market Square.

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Helsinki facts

  • Centre of Finland’s administrative, educational and cultural life
  • Finance and business centre of Finland
  • Founded in 1550, capital since 1812
  • Population 650,000 (1,4 million in the metropolitan area)
  • Universities: Five large institutes of higher education and research


By air: Direct flights from over 130 destinations, 60 airlines operating.

By train: Daily service from St. Petersburg, travel time 3.5 hours.

By sea: Ferry services from Estonia, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Russia.

Learn more

Helsinki Tourist Information:

The Official Travel Guide of Finland:

Flying to Helsinki

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (IATA code: HEL) consistently ranks among the best in the world and is located just 20 km from the city centre. Website in English and in Finnish.

Helsinki Region Transport (Helsingin seudun liikenne HSL) provides public transport services between Helsinki Airport and the metropolitan area. In addition, many long distance buses stop at the airport. For more information check here. Train and bus schedules, ticket prices and routes are available at HSL website. Tickets can be purchased at the airport from a ticket machine or via the HSL mobile app.

Airport train from Helsinki Airport to the city centre

The train connection between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki city centre takes about 30 minutes. There are two services: local train I and train P (Ring Rail Line) every 10–20 minutes. A regional ticket is required, please note that it is not possible to buy a ticket in the train. Tickets can be purchased at the airport from a ticket machine or via the HSL mobile app.

The entrance to the train station is in the corridor between terminals 1 and 2.

Finnair City Bus from Helsinki Airport to the city centre

There is a regular airport bus (Finnair City Bus) running every 20 minutes between the airport and the city centre (Helsinki Railway Station), and several local buses are also available. The bus journey takes around 30 minutes. Finnair City Bus ticket cost 6,80 € and it can be bought from the driver (cash and credit cards are accepted).

The bus stops for both arriving and departing buses are located in front of the terminals.

Local bus from Helsinki Airport to the city centre

Buses number 615 and 415 connect the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport with central Helsinki. These buses depart from platform 25 outside of Terminal 2. Tickets can be bought from the ticket machine at the platform or from the driver.

Taxi from Helsinki Airport to the city centre

Taxis are conveniently located in front of terminals 1 and 2. The airport taxis are available 24 hours a day, read more here. Airport Taxi Yellow Line offers a possibility to order taxi in advance at Helsinki Airport. Taxis charge around 40-45 € for the journey and they accept both credit and debit cards and cash.

Helsinki Harbors

Helsinki has three passenger harbors in Helsinki, ferrys arriving from Estonia, Sweden, Germany, Poland, and Russia. More of the terminals can be found from the Port of Helsinki website. It is easiest to get to the ports in the centre of Helsinki by tram; Länsisatama, Olympiaterminaali and Katajannokka terminal. All terminals have excellent connections to central Helsinki and taxis are available in front of the terminals. For public transportation, please check the HSL Journey Planner for the best routes.

Helsinki Central Railway Station

Helsinki Central Railway Station is located in the heart of the city (address Kaivokatu 1, Helsinki). There are excellent connections from the railway station to all parts of the city, the neighbouring cities, the harbours and the airport. There is also daily train service (travel time 3.5 hours) to and from St. Petersburg, Russia. Finlandia Hall can be reached in 12 minutes by walking or in 8 minutes by tram (number 4 toward Munkkiniemi or number 10 toward Pikku Huopalahti).

Getting around

Helsinki is a compact city to explore on foot, as most of the sights and hotels are within convenient walking distance of the city centre. There are also maps available with recommended walking routes.

City bikes

There are 1400 bikes and 140 bike stations in Helsinki available from May to October. Registration and further information including prices: www.hsl.fi/en/citybikes.

For pure pleasure, Helsinki has much to recommend it. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles to the city.

Public transportation

Helsinki has a well working public transport system consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway and ferry services. The public transport system is comfortable and reliable. For tickets to public transport, you can use the HSL Mobile ticket app to buy single tickets or day tickets. Tickets are also sold in selected parking ticket machines within the city center.

Helsinki Region Transport provides public transport services (bus, tram, metro). Please check the HSL Journey Planner for detailed route instructions. You can search for routes based on street addresses, places or significant buildings, for example the Finlandia Hall.


Trams are the main mode of public transport in the inner city. Tram tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine (~2.50 €). Trams 4 and 10 stop on Mannerheimintie in front of Finlandia Hall (National Museum stop/”Kansallismuseo”).


The metro line in Helsinki stretches from Ruoholahti to Vuosaari via the city centre. Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine (~2.90 €).

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