Helsinki Transport Guide
The public transportation in Helsinki is integrated and tickets are valid on all forms of transportation in the city, including the Suomenlinna ferry. Passengers with regional tickets can travel freely from Helsinki to the nearby towns Espoo, Vantaa and Kerava.
Helsinki is the only city in Finland that is served by a tram and rapid-transit metro system. The tram transportation system in Helsinki is one of the oldest and slowest in Europe. The metro has 17 stations, while the Rautatientori metro station is the busiest one.
Local bus network operates from 5:30 to 23:30 and buses run every 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the route. The daytime bus routes marked with N operate from 23:30 until 1:30. Buses connect Helsinki to its suburbs and the nearby cities.
Helsinki bus station, situated in the Kampii Centre, is one of the busiest in the world with daily arrivals and departures of 1400 long distance and intercity buses. Frequent bus connections are available from Helsinki to Turku, Mikkeli, Tampere, Pori, Lahti, Porvoo and other cities in the country.
Long-distance trains and intercity trains depart from Helsinki Central railway station. There are train connections available to cities in Finland, as well as, the major cities in Russia.
During the summer, over 300 international cruisers dock at the Port of Helsinki, allowing 400,000 passengers to explore the city.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) is operated by Finavia. The distance to the city centre is around 17 km.
Shuttle buses operated by Finnair, depart every 20 minutes during the day. Local buses 617 and 615 run from Helsinki Airport to Helsinki. The underground train station is within a short walking distance from the terminals and serves the train lines I and P. The service is limited during the night hours.
The taxi service in Helsinki is metered and regulated by the Government. Different starting fees apply for weekdays and weekends. For large luggage and each additional passenger after the second, an extra cost applies. If you hire an airport taxi in advance, a certain pre-order fee applies. It will be added to the taxi fare once you board the taxi.