Finland is served by many international airlines
including Air Finland, Air France, American Airlines,
British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, IcelandAir,
KLM, IBERIA, Lufthansa, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines,
SWISS and United Airlines.
Approximate flight times: From
Helsinki to London is 2 hours 55 minutes, to New
York is 8 hours, to San Francisco is 10 hours
10 minutes, to Singapore is 14 hours, to Toronto
is 8 hours 45 minutes and to Zurich is 2 hours
is Finland’s principal international airport,
18km (11 miles) north of the city (travel time
– 25 minutes). Finnair City Bus and other
services operate to the city regularly (travel
time - 35 minutes). Taxi services are available.
Some Helsinki hotels run courtesy coaches. Airport
facilities include banks/bureaux de change, duty-free
shops, car hire (Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar),
hotel reservation service, VIP lounge, a 24-hour
electronic information system with four channels,
conference rooms, restaurants, cafes and cafeteria
The other international airports are Turku (TKU),
7km (5 miles) nrth of the city; Tampere (TMP),
15km (9 miles) from the city; and Rovaniemi (RVN),
10km (6 miles) from the city.
Departure tax: None
RAIL: Rail-sea links exist from
Hamburg, Copenhagen and Stockholm to Helsinki
or Turku. There is a rail connection between Haparanda/Tornio
in the north from Sweden, and daily trains to
Moscow and St Petersburg.
ROAD: Most direct road routes
include sea ferry links from Sweden or Germany,
though there is a northern land link via northern
Norway or Sweden to Finnish Lapland, which involves
travel within the Arctic Circle. Coach: There
are coach services from many European cities,
including direct services from London to Helsinki
or Turku and Gothenburg with a sea link from Sweden.
Car ferries sail daily from Stockholm and other
Swedish ports with Finnlines (website: http://www.finnlines.fi),
Silja (website: http://www.silja.fi),
Anedin, Birka, Eckerö and Viking Lines. Other
major Finnish ports are Turku, Naantali and Vaasa.
There are also ferry services to Finland from
Rostock and Travemünde (Germany) and Tallinn
(Estonia). Cruise lines with ships docking in
Finnish ports include Birka Line, Costa, Crystal,
Cunard, Eckerö Line, Fred Olsen, Kristina
Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O, Princess,
Radisson, Seabourn and Silversea.