Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Helsinki
Finnair runs a bus service at the airport with frequent departures and a direct route to the center of town makes it just as convenient as a taxi, but at a fraction of the cost (approx $5 against $30). The buses run from 5 A.M. to midnight, every 20 minutes during most of the day, and every 30 minutes very early in the morning and late at night.
The buses depart from right outside the terminal so there is no long walk with your luggage. They stop at the Inter-Continental Hotel and the central rail station where you will find the Finnair City Air Terminal. The buses sometimes make stops along the route to drop off passengers on request. Fare is 30 markka ($5), and travel time is 25 to 40 minutes.
The rail station is right in the center of town, so a taxi ride to your hotel would be brief. Many central hotels are within walking distance: The Seurahuone-Socis Hotel is right across the street from the rail station, and the SAS Royal is about a 10 minute walk away. Cross the road and head to the main bus park in the center of the road.Continue uphill and about a further 500m and across the street you will find the modern SAS Radisson Royal built in 1991
Vantaa airport is located some 20km north of the centre of Helsinki.
During our visit in November 2005 we chose to travel from Helsinki to the airport by way of the local bus.
Bus #615 and 615T both leave frequently from platform 10 of the bus station on Rautatientori, right by the central train station. Tickets cost 3.40 Euros and are purchased from the driver as you enter the bus.
Upon arriving at the bus station you will see clear signs indicating where the buses to the airport leave from. There are even pictures of aeroplanes on the bus stops at the relevant departure points.
Buses generally leave every 20 minutes or so during the day and the journey takes 35-40 minutes.
In addition to buses 615 and 615T, I believe there were also other buses going to the airport but I don't recall the numbers (you'll see them clearly marked on the bus stop at platform 10).
On my two trips to Helsinki, I arrived by plane (Lufthansa, GermanWings). The airport is located in the suburb Vantaa, which is located about 20 km north of the city centre.
You can get to the city centre by Finnair airport buses, local buses (No. 615 and 617) or taxis of different companies. If you are lucky and have a VT friend in Helsinki, they might even collect you.
Vantaa Airport is about 15kms from Helsinki city centre. Taxis cost about euro 25-30 though there are shared taxis which can be cheaper. Finnair runs a coach service to most of the large hotels for 5 euro but the cheapest way is public transport bus (no 615) which costs less than 5 euro per person.
To book the shared taxi you can contact phone 0600 555 555 to make a booking for a taxi minivan for up to 4 people.
All domestic and international flights land Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport which is situated 15 kilometres to the north of the city of Helsinki.
The international and domestic terminals are separate but connected by a walkway.
The cheapest way to travel from the city to the airport or vice versa is to use public bus number 615. It takes around 40 minutes and costs 3,40 €.
The second cheapest alternative is to use Finnair's own bus which will stop in major hotel and costs 5,20 €. I use Finnair's bus almost always when I have to go to the airport.
Taxis to the city centre will cost 25 € and up. There are also shared airport taxis (minivan) which will cost less (18 €).
Here are the alternatives to get from/to HKI's airport.
1. The cheapest way is to go by public buss. Buss number 615 leaves right outside the terminal on a regular basis (check ytv.fi for the timetable). Takes your approx. 40 min. to get to HKI's city centre (railwaystation). Costs: 3.40Euro.
2. Finnair city buss: Leave almost from the same point as the public buss. Pro: It only makes one stop before arriving at the city. Costs: 4.90 Euro.
3. Yello line taxi: Group taxi. Pros: the bring you right in front of where you want to be. One-two persons far is 20Euros. You have to wait a few moments before they leave and you might have to share the taxi buss with some other passengers. And if you are very unlucky, you are the last one they will drop off :) Location: When you get into the arrivals hall (after "customs") go straight to the right.
4: Regular taxi. Most expensive though fastest. Location, right outside of the arrivals hall.
You can have 2 buses from the airport to downtown: we took the Finnair one, which is more expensive but it was leaving few minutes before the other one.
Superfunny driver, a little bit "acid" inside :-)))
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Helsinki's airport is one of the nicest airports I know... and surveys have underlined my opinion quite a few times in the last years.
There are some good shops (make sure to get some bear or reindeer salami before going home, what a souvenir!), everything is close to another and people are really friendly. The only problem is that there are only two small non smoking areas in the whole place and the air in there is incredibly terrible!
As the airport is not in Helsinki but in Vantaa it's quite far away from Helsinki city centre. A taxi will cost you around € 30 but there's a Finnair Shuttle Bus which costs only 4,90 and it'll take you only 25 minutes to get to to Helsinki main station with it.
The Helsinki airport is located in Vantaa, quite close to the city centre.
If you are taking a domestic flight you are using Terminal 1 and international flights leaves from Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is actually also called terminal 3 and 4 depending on which check in area you enter. But don't worry about going to the wrong place, the airport isn't that big so you will not need many minutes walk to get to the right place.
Helsinki airport is also modern , super clean and easy to manoeuvre . We picked up our bags , found an ATM a city map and waited outside for our bus.