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Helsinki International Airport
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 Address Helsinki-Vantaa Airport,
PO Box 29,
FIN-01531 Vantaa,
 Location The airport is located 18km (11 miles) north of Helsinki
 Country code 358
 Airport code HEL
 Telephone (0)9 82771 or 61511
 Fax (0)9 8277 3296
 Email information.efhk@fcaa.fi
 Website www.ilmailulaitos.com
The airport, with 2 linked terminals for national and international traffic, is located in Vantaa, 20km (12 miles) from the city centre.

Helsinki is served by direct flights from all the major European cities. There is a daily service from New York and direct flights from Miami, San Francisco and Toronto (in North America), and from Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo (in East Asia).

Number of Terminals


Transfer between Terminals

The International and Domestic terminals are only 250m (274 yards) apart and are linked by a walkway.

Major airlines

The national airline is Finnair (telephone number: (09) 600 8100 or 818 800, 24-hour automated telephone service in English, e-mail: information@finnair.fi, website: www.finnair.fi).

Over 25 other airlines fly to Helsinki, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, Iberia, Lufthansa and SAS.

Approximate Flight times to Helsinki:

 From London 2 hours 50 minutes
 From New York 8 hours
 From Los Angeles 17 hours 15 minutes
 From Toronto 8 hours 40 minutes
 From Sydney 27 hours 30 minutes (plus stopovers)

Arrival/departure tax

The departure tax of €12 is included in the price of the ticket.

Time Zone

GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)

Airport facilities

Money and communications

2 banks and several bureaux de change can be found in the International Terminal. ATMs are situated on all the floors of the airport. Internet kiosks are also available within the terminal.

Eating and drinking

There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and bars in both terminals.


There are numerous shops at the airport.

Other facilities

The International Terminal has a pharmacy, travel agencies and 3 baby care and play rooms with feeding and nappy changing facilities.

Disabled Facilities

The airport has lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets, Passengers are advised to contact their airline prior to travel for further assistance.

There is an information service for the hearing impaired (telephone number: (0)9 8277 3377) and all information desks at the airport are fitted with induction loops.

There is disabled parking available in front of the Domestic and International Terminal, and in the car parks.

Conference and Business Facilities

The airport’s Congress Centre (telephone number: (0)9 818 3737) in the International Terminal offers 9 meeting and conference rooms accommodating up to 140 delegates, with full audiovisual equipment and catering.

The VIP Centre (telephone number: (0)9 8277 3117; e-mail: vip.efhk@fcaa.fi) has 4 VIP lounges, and 3 teamwork rooms, as well as a separate VIP President terminal for hire.

The eService Bar (telephone number: (0)9 6151 3924, e-mail: reception@eservicebar.com), with Internet connection, workstations and a stylish rest area, is situated in the gate area of the International Terminal (located close to Gate 20).

Information and help desks

Information desks (telephone number: (0)2001 4636) are available on the Departures floor and Arrivals floor in the International Terminal, and on the Arrivals floor of the Domestic Terminal.

Driving Directions

From Helsinki city, drive north along Tuusula road Highway 45 and follow signs for the airport.

From the west and the east, get on Kehä III (Highway E18 or Highway 50) and follow to the airport.

Car Parking

Indoor car parks are available near both of the terminals. P1 and P2 are close to the International Terminal, P3 and P4 are close to the Domestic Terminal and P5 serves both terminals.

Short-term, business and long-term parking are available (telephone number: (0)9 8277 3200). Short term parking is also available in front of the terminals at 2 extra parking lots, P30 and P31.

Car Hire

Car hire companies represented here include Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. Car hire desks are situated in the Arrivals hall 2 of the International Terminal T2.

Transport to the city



Taxi ranks are located in front of both terminals with a journey time to Helsinki of 30 minutes.

Standard taxis charge €25, while shared taxis, operated by Yellow Line (telephone number: (09) 106 464, website: www.airporttaxi.fi) cost €17 and the journey time is approximately 20-25 minutes.


Bus 615 goes to Rautatientori (Railway Square) every 20-30 minutes and bus 617 to Elielinaukio. The fare for both buses is €3 with a journey time of approximately 35 minutes. A Finnair City bus (telephone number: (09) 4157 5100, website: www.finnair.fi) costs €4.50 or €3.50 with the Helsinki Card and stops at the Scandic Continental and Radisson SAS Hesperia (a joint stop), terminating at the railway station. Buses run to meet all the flights.

Airport Hotels

The Scandic Hotel Gateway (telephone number: (0)9 818 3600) is located at the airport.

Other hotels close to the airport and with free bus transfer include:

The Ramada Hotel Airport (telephone number: (0)9 4157 5100)

Bonus Inn Airport Hotel (telephone number: (0)9 825 511)

Holiday Inn Garden Court (telephone number: (0)9 870 900)

Cumulus Airport Hotel (telephone number: (0)9 4157 7100) and

Comfort Hotels Pilotti (telephone number: (0)9 329 4800).
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