There are 22 domestic airports located in Finland.
Finnair runs an excellent network of domestic services.
For further information contact :
UK Head Office,
14 Clifford Street,
Telephone number: (0870) 241 4411
Fax number: (020) 7629 7289 or (0870) 787 4988
Other domestic airlines include Blue
1 and Golden
Money-saving offers available. Group discounts which vary between
15 - 35 per cent, depending on the size of the group. Senior Citizens’
fares giving special rates for persons over 65. Junior fares giving
special rates for children aged 12 to 16. Youth fares giving special
rates (with some restrictions) for persons aged between 17 and 25.
There are special ‘Midnight Sun’ packages
to Rovaniemi (Lapland) in June and July.
For further information, contact:
31-5 Kirby Street,
Telephone number: (0870) 744 7315
Fax number: (0870) 744 7310
on the inland waterways is serviced by regular water buses and the
ferries and there is a wide choice of routes and distances. Popular
routes are the ‘Silver Line’ between
Hämeenlinna and Tampere and
the ‘Poet’s Way’ between Tampere
Saimaa Ferries operate lake routes from Lieksa,
Koli and Joensuu. There are also regular
services on Lake Päijänne and Lake
Lake Päijänne Cruises run services from
Lahti, Heinola and Jyväskylä
and Roll Cruises operate from Kuopio
On Lake Pielinen, there are regular services, also
by car ferry. Overnight accommodation in small cabins and meals
and refreshments are available on the lake cruises. For more detailed
information on schedules and routes, contact the Finnish
Tourist Board (see Contact section).
There are 6000km (3700 miles) of modern rail
networks in Finland. VR Ltd (website: www.vr.fi)
operates an extensive rail service around the country.
The ‘Pendolino’ fast train runs at
a maximum speed of 220km (132 miles) per hour and is designed to
operate on all the main routes by the end of 2006.
Current lines include:
Other trains include express trains and seats must
be booked in advance, night and car-carrier trains, regional trains
and InterCity trains. Rail travel is cheap and
very efficient. Children under 6 years of age travel free of charge,
children aged 6 to 16 pay half price.
Special tickets offering discounts are available including: Group
tickets (minimum of 3 people), giving 20 per cent discount, valid
for 1 month; Finnrail pass, giving unlimited
travel for 3, 5 or 10 days within a period of 1 month, first or
Finnish Senior Citizens Rail Card for persons over 65
years of age, entitling the holder to a 50 per cent discount and
passport has to be shown.
Student Rail Discounts, entitling the student
to 50 per cent discounts with a valid student card.
Scanrail Pass, valid for 21 days for travel in
the Scandinavian countries with reductions of between 25 and 50
per cent for young people according to age.
Inter-Rail Ticket, valid in Finland, Eurail
Passes and Euro Domino passes are also
For further details and reservations, contact:
PO Box 488,
Telephone number: 3072 0902
Fax number: 3072 0111
There are 77,000km (47,000 miles) of road in Finland. The main
roads are passable at all times and are surfaced with asphalt
or sand and oil. There are weight restrictions on traffic during
April and May in southern Finland, and from May to early June
in northern Finland.
Traffic drives on the right hand side. Horn-blowing
is frowned upon in Finland. In some areas, warnings of elk, deer
and reindeer crossing will be posted by the side of the road.
Drivers involved in an elk or reindeer accidents should report
the event to the Police immediately.
An excellent means of transport in Finland. Coach services are
run by ExpressBus
and there are more than 300 services daily from Helsinki and connections
can be made to the most remote and isolated parts of Finland.
In Lapland, buses are the major means of surface
travel and the Bus stations have restaurants and shops. Baggage
left at one station is dispatched to its destination, even if
the bus transfers and different bus companies are involved. One
child under 4 is carried free (children aged 4 to 11 years pay
half fare). Seats for the coaches can be reserved in advance by
paying the full fare and reservation fee and timetables are widely
Group tickets are sold for groups travelling at least
80km (50 miles) and including at least 3 persons (at least 1 of
whom is aged over 12 years).
Students are entitled to a 50 per cent discount when travelling
a minimum of 80km. The state post offices also runs a bus service
with routes that serve the rural areas. Up-to-date details of
bus services may be obtained from Matkahuolto.
Available in every town and from airports or from the major hotels.
Taxi drivers are not tipped. Taxis have a yellow taksi
sign which is lit when the taxi is vacant and they can
be booked at taxi ranks or signalled from the street. Fares are
more expensive at nights (Sunday-Friday 2000-0600 hrs, Saturday
Cars can be rented in Helsinki and towns.
The minimum age varies from 19 to 25 years of age depending on
the car hire company and all must have a minimum of one year’s
driving experience. The rates usually include oil, maintenance,
liability and insurance, but not petrol. A few caravans are for
Seat belts must be worn by the driver and all passengers.
Car headlights must be kept on at all times day and night.
Cars towing caravans may not exceed 80kph (50mph).
Cars and caravans must have the same tyres.
Studded tyres are allowed from 1st October to 30th April or when
weather conditions are appropriate. From 1st December until 28th
February, snow tyres are a legal requirement for vehicles under
3.5 tonnes, it is possible to hire tyres.
Further information can be obtained from:
Autoliitto (Automobile and Touring Club of Finland),
Telephone number: (9) 7258 4400
Fax number: (9) 7258 4460
If involved in an accident, immediately contact:
The Finnish Motor Insurer’s Bureau (Liikennevakuutuskeskus),
Telephone number: (9) 6804 0611
Fax number: (9) 6804 0474;
National driving licence or International Driving Permit and insurance
Efficient and integrated bus, metro and tramway services, suburban
rail lines and ferry services to Suomenlinna Islands
are operated in Helsinki. A common fares system
applies to all the modes and includes the ferries, with a zonal
flat fare and free transfer between the services. Multi-trip tickets
are sold in advance. The peninsular location of Helsinki has led
to an emphasis on public transport. Tram no. 3
passes by most of the main tourist attractions – a free
brochure in English is available for those who wish to take a
This is available for 1, 2 or 3 days. Once purchased, it gives
free travel on public transport and free entry to about fifty
museums and other sights in the city. The card comes with a guidebook
giving details of the museums, sights and other discounts on offer,
for more information contact the Tourist Board for prices and
Travel times: The following chart gives approximate
travel times (in hours and minutes) from Helsinki to other major
cities/towns in Finland.