Helsinki Journals

Helsinki Transport

An October 2010 trip to Helsinki by LenR

Helsinki Airport Photo, Helsinki, Finland More Photos
Quote: Helsinki is a relatively small city and public transport is good so getting around is not difficult. We found the trams particularly easy to use. We strongly recommend buying a Helsinki Card or a transport day ticket as this makes travel so much easier.
Helsinki Airport Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki Airport was opened in 1952 for the Helsinki Olympic Games. Today, the airport handles nearly 13 million passengers a year and provides around 20,000 jobs. The airport is in Vantaa, 19km north of Helsinki. Measured by the number of destinations connected to this airport, this is the leading long-haul airport in northern Europe. It is however, far from the busiest. The airport has direct flights to over 120 destinations around the world and there are 300 departures a day.We found it easy to navigate the airport and so I was only mildly surprised when I saw that in its December-January issue, British Monocle magazine named Helsinki Airport the Best Airport for Connections. The magazi...Read More

Helsinki Airport
19 Km from the centre of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Central Railway Station

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Helsinki Central Railway Station Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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The main railway station is located in the very heart of Helsinki. Both commuter traffic as well as long- distance trains depart from this station. It is the main hub of transportation in the city--trains, trams, busses, and airport bus services all come there. The original prize-winning scheme for the Helsinki Main Station was made in 1904 by Eliel Saarinen. The outer structure of the station was finished in 1914, but due to the war, the station was only put into operation in 1919. The station is used by around 200,000 people each day making it Finland’s most visited building.This classic building has some wonderful touches inside and out, especially the large sculptures on the building o...Read More

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Helsinki Central Railway Station
Kaivokatu 1
Helsinki, Finland
0600 41900

Ferry

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Viking line ferries Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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International ferries travel from Helsinki to Stockholm and Tallinn, and since 2010 to St Pertersburg. The ferries are a very popular way to arrive into or depart from Helsinki. The terminals are close to the centre of the city, a short drive from hotels. We travelled from Tallinn on one occasion and could almost have walked to our hotel. There are currently only two ferry operators and we have only had experience with one so cannot compare the services.The well-publicised SuperSeaCat service which was established in July 2006, and delivered a high speed ferry service between Helsinki in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia ceased operations in 2008 due to lack of funding and increased competiti...Read More

Tram

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On-board tram Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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The tram is the main means of public transport in the inner city. Around 200,000 passengers use Helsinki’s extensive network of tram lines every weekday. About 55 million journeys are made by tram each year. Apparently the Helsinki tram network is one of the oldest electrified tram networks in the world.The new trams in particular are extremely silent and comfortable and we really enjoyed using them to get around the city. All city maps show tram routes so it is difficult to get lost. There are 12 tram lines in operation at present with three special lines operated during the summer. The system, which currently extends for about 90 kilometres, has been expanded in recent years and more extensions are ...Read More

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Airport bus Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Internal bus routes can be found almost everywhere in Helsinki and for some parts of the city these buses provide the backbone of the public transportation system. While some buses operate in the central city, many of the buses operate as feeder lines for the Helsinki Metro or the commuter rail network. This is especially true for eastern Helsinki. Most regular lines are operated between 5:30 and 11:45, and some until 1:30am. The Kamppi Bus Terminal which is located in the heart of Helsinki, is the busiest bus terminal in Finland. Every day, the terminal has around 700 bus departures, transporting some 170,000 passengers. As in many other cities, bus routes are not nearly as obvious as tr...Read More