There are direct flight connections daily to Helsinki from all major European cities and numerous direct intercontinental flights (e.g. from New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Osaka). Helsinki can also be reached by ferries from Sweden, Estonia and Germany.
Travelling to Finland a valid passport (for the citizens of the Nordic and EU countries an official identification card with photo is sufficient) is needed.
A visa is required from the citizens of some countries. Kindly contact your nearest Finnish embassy or consulate. More information on visas at the web site of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Getting to Helsinki from the Airport
All international and domestic flights land at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, which is located in Vantaa, 20 kilometers to the north of the central Helsinki. There are two adjacent terminals, connected by a short walkway:
- T1: SAS, Blue1 and other Star Alliance airlines, plus such airlines like Air France and KLM.
- T2: Finnair, oneworld partners and most other airlines
Regular taxis to the center cost €30-40. Shared Airport Taxi  (tel. 0600 555 555 for bookings) mini-vans start from €27 for two (mind that infants count as an adult.) A train line to the airport is under construction, but until it’s completed in 2014 or so, public transport options are:
- Regional bus 615 (€4, every 15 min), about 40 min to the Central Railway Station in the heart of Helsinki. The price includes onward transfers to tram, bus, metro, etc.
- Finnair City Bus (€5.90, every 20 min), about 35 min to Central Railway Station via Scandic Continental Hotel. Credit cards accepted, slightly faster and uses luxury coaches, but no further connections included in the ticket price.
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