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Finland Getting There - International Travel
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The national airline of Finland is Finnair (AY) (website: www.finnair.com)

Finland is served by many international airlines including Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, IBERIA, IcelandAir, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, SWISS and United Airlines.

Approximate flight times from Helsinki to:

London is 2 hours 55 minutes
New York is 8 hours,
San Francisco is 10 hours 10 minutes
Singapore is 14 hours
Toronto is 8 hours 45 minutes
Zurich is 2 hours 55 minutes.

International airports

Helsinki (HEL) (Helsinki-Vantaa)

Finland’s principal international airport located 18km (11 miles) north of the city with a travel time of 25 minutes.

Finnair City Bus and other services operate to the city regularly with a travel time of 35 minutes.

Taxi services are available from the airport. Some of the Helsinki hotels run courtesy coaches.

Airport facilities include banks/bureaux de change and duty free shops.

Car hire

The following companies are represented at the airport:


Other facilities

VIP lounge, a 24-hour electronic information system with 4 channels, conference rooms, restaurants, bars and cafes.

website: www.ilmailulaitos.com

The other international airports:

Turku (TKU), 7km (5 miles) north of the city

Tampere (TMP), 15km (9 miles) from the city; and

Rovaniemi (RVN), 10km (6 miles) from the city.

Departure tax: None.


Car ferries sail daily from Stockholm and other Swedish ports with Anedin, Birka, Eckerö, Finnlines, Silja and Viking Lines.

Other major Finnish ports are Naantali, Turku and Vaasa. There are also ferry services to Finland from Rostock and Travemünde in Germany and Tallinn in Estonia.

Cruise lines with ships docking in Finnish ports include:

 Birka Line
 Eckerö Line
 Fred Olsen
 Kristina Cruises
 Norwegian Cruise Line
 Seabourn and Silversea


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 there are daily trains to Moscow and St Petersburg.


Most of the 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 services operate from many European cities, including direct services from London to Helsinki or Turku and Gothenburg with a sea link from Sweden.
Useful travel links
AA route planner directions and maps within Finland.