How to get from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to the city center:
Option 1: Taxi. The quickest option is to take a taxi at the stand right in front of the terminal building. The taxis are official and will charge a metered fare (approximately 40 euros to the center of Helsinki). The drivers speak English. You can also pre-order a flat-rate taxi from flat-rate taxi.
Option 2: Finnair City Bus (White bus with ''Finnair'' written in large blue). It costs 6.30€, leaves every twenty minutes and takes you to the central railway station.
Option 3: Public transportation. Helsinki Region Transport provides public transport services between Helsinki Airport and the metropolitan area. We suggest using the Journey Planner (Simply insert From: ''Airport'' and To :''Railway'' and it gives you the most suitable options). Travel time should be about 45-50 min.
Information about tickets and fares: Tickets and Fares
Note 1: Single tickets are cheaper when purchased from a ticket vending machine (2.50€) than from the driver or conductor (3.00€). They are valid for one hour after purchase.
Note 2: Mobile tickets require a Finnish mobile phone number.
Automatic journey planner: Journey Planner
This is an extremely helpful tool! Journey planner tells you how to get to your destination + Travel time + Route on the map.
What to do in Helsinki?
[i] Tourist Information: Tourist Information. Open Mon–Fri 9–20, Sat–Sun 9–18. Offers information about everything and sells tickets for sightseeing tours. Also sells combination tickets (Helsinki card) for public transportation, museums and exhibitions. The shop is conveniently close to our conference site.
Tourist brochures can be downloaded here: Brochures
Looking for some tips on how to enjoy your time in Helsinki? You can start here: www.visithelsinki.fi
Finally, here are some recommendations of our own:
1. Senate Square (Senaatintori): Sightseeing buses leave every half an hour during the day (10–16). Tickets cost about 25 euros, depending on the tour.
2. Market Square (Kauppatori): The ferry to Suomenlinna fortress island leaves every 20 minutes. Round trip costs 5 euros. The island is very popular among both locals – as a summer picnic venue – and tourists alike and has many historic sites, museums and restaurants.
Sightseeing tours by ship leave every hour between 11–16, and some cruises including a dinner leave in the evening. Tickets cost 20–40 euros depending on the tour. Lunch/dinner onboard costs about 15–40 euros.
The ferry to Korkeasaari zoo. Open 10–20. A combination ticket for the zoo and ferry costs 18 euros.
Old Marketplace Hall nearby the Market Square: http://vanhakauppahalli.com. Serves nicely as a lunch place.
3. Ateneum Art Museum (National Gallery): The museum has a jubilee exhibition of Tove Jansson, the author and creator of the Moomin characters and stories. Open Tue, Fri 10–18, Wed–Thu 9–20, Sat–Sun 10–17. The entrance fee is 12 euros.
4. National Museum of Finland: Open Tue–Sun 11–18. Entrance costs 8 euros.
6. Avanti! Suvisoitto: A series of concerts in Porvoo between June 26–29th. A bus from the central bus station to Porvoo takes about one hour. The concerts are held at the Art Factory, which is a 10 minutes walk away from the bus station in Porvoo. There is also a festival bus from Helsinki to Porvoo leaving from in front of the Museum of contemporary art Kiasma. The bus ticket is about 12 euros in each case. The tickets to the concert cost between 12.50 and 32.50 euros. See http://www.avantimusic.fi for more information and http://www.lippu.fi for tickets.
7. Seurasaari Museum: The bus 24 goes to Seurasaari island (end of the line), which is an open air museum showcasing finnish rural life of 17–19th centuries. The island has a beautiful park/forest scenery and is perfect for picnic and hiking. Open 11–17. A bus ticket costs 3 euros (2.5 euros from a ticket machine) and a ticket to the museum 8 euros.
8. Nuuksio national park: Hiking routes in a pristine forest. To get there, you need to take a train from the Central Railway Station to Espoo Centre (Espoon keskus) and take the bus 85(A) to the end of the line, the last stop is called Kattila. For more information see http://www.outdoors.fi/destinations/nationalparks/nuuksio
9. List of 25 Galleries in Helsinki: http://www.art-info.com/location/finland/locihels.htm
Other events: There are also other events taking place in Helsinki, for example, free concerts; see http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/whats-on/events-in-helsinki
More information on sights, museums etc. in Helsinki Visitors Guide and http://www.visithelsinki.fi
Want a quick glimpse of our little city? Here's a cute homemade (not by us) video of Helsinki in its beauty : My Helsinki