Getting to Helsinki
Possible routes include:
- Plane to Tallinn (TLL), then ferry to Helsinki.
- Plane to Stockholm (ARN), then ferry to Helsinki.
- Plane to Tampere (TMP), then shuttle bus to Helsinki.
- Plane to Helsinki (HEL).
Details on available airline and ferry options are as follow:
Airlines are booked over 6 months in advance, for the summer season, so the sooner you purchase your tickets, the cheaper.
Please note that it's pointless to ask Finns for ticket prices, because the airlines practice different pricing policies for each country, even on the same flight. The country of departure is the decisive factor.
To help your local travel agency give you the best possible price, send them the link to this page.
Via Stockholm (ARN)
One budget flying option is via Stockholm, because a greater number of airlines fly there than towards Helsinki, so the price competition is stiffer. Make sure your travel package includes a ferry ticket from Stockholm to Helsinki (see Ferry section below).
Via Tallinn (TLL)
Our Estonian neighbors are just 80km south of Helsinki and several airlines offer affordable flights to Tallinn. Once you get there, take one of several ferries to Helsinki (see Ferry section below) or, alternately, an extremely fast helicopter flight that gets you to Helsinki in only 17 minutes!
Helsinki-Tallinn in only 17 minutes!
- Easy Jet
Cheap flights to Tallinn from Berlin or London.
- Tallinn Airport
Via Tampere (TMP)
Another budget flying option is via Central Finland:
From the Tampere-Pirkanmaa airport, the easiest way to Helsinki is using Ryan Air's own shuttle bus, which gets you straight from the airport to Helsinki's central bus station.
Directly to Helsinki (HEL)
Flying directly to Helsinki is still an expensive destination, in most cases.
Connecting flights from almost anywhere via Paris.
Direct flights to Helsinki from almost anywhere in Northern Europe and Scandinavia.
Connecting flights from almost anywhere via London Heathrow.
Direct flights to Helsinki from almost every European capital, plus Canada, Japan, and United-States.
Cheap direct flights from Köln.
Connecting flights from almost anywhere via Amsterdam.
Connecting flights from almost anywhere via several German cities.
Connecting flights from almost anywhere via Copenhagen.
From the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport, the easiest way to downtown Helsinki is using the express shuttle bus. It costs about 5 EUR and takes you directly to the main railway station. To get to debconf from airport, see our How to get HUT guide.
Check prices for the Helsinki-Stockholm direct route.
Bargain: both Viking Line and Silja Line offer travel package deals that include your SJ train ticket towards Stockholm for half the normal price!
Ferries go between Helsinki and Tallinn, downtown to downtown.
If coming from abroad by plane, taking a reputable taxi (avoid independant taxi drivers!) from the Tallinn airport is the cheapest and safest way to get to the Tallinn harbour.
Finnish National Railways (VR)
Connections from the two Russian capitals, St-Petersburg and Moscow.