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How to get from Helsinki airport to the city centre

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, located on the stunning Gulf peninsula. This lovely city is known for its red-brick Uspenski Cathedral, Fascinating National Museum and warming national dishes. Anyone that loves history, architecture or Finnish cuisine is bound to love Helsinki.

To reach the city centre from Helsinki airport, you have three options; taxi, train or bus. Taking a Helsinki airport taxi or private car is by far the quickest and most convenient option. A good budget transfer option is the I and P trains as they only take 30 minutes. Your final option is the 615 public bus, which takes around 40 minutes to reach the city centre.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €45 20min 24/7
Train €9.20 30min 04:00–23:59
Bus €9.20 40min 24/7

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How to get from Helsinki airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Helsinki airport to the city centre is the most convenient and the quickest transfer option. Helsinki airport taxis and private transfers are available 24/7 and take around 25 minutes to get to the centre of Helsinki.

Taxi fare from Helsinki airport to city centre

The local drivers at Helsinki airport don't offer a set-rate fee for the journey into the city centre. Instead, you will pay a fare that has been calculated using a taximeter. The average cost for this journey will be around €45, but additional fees for travelling at night, excess luggage and the number of passengers may be added.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Helsinki airport to the city centre is the quickest and most comfortable option, especially during the cold winter months in Finland. You won't have to wait at a freezing cold train or bus stop and your driver will drop you off directly at the door of your accommodation in Helsinki.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling with a group or young children, taking a Helsinki airport taxi could work out around the same price as paying for the 4 individual public transport tickets, but is far more convenient.

Useful Tips

Most taxi drivers in Helsinki speak English, but only the basics. Try writing down your address in the city centre to avoid any confusion.
Ensure your taxi driver resets the meter before you begin your journey.
If you travel at night, the cost of your taxi could be higher.

How do I get from Helsinki airport to the city centre by train

Taking the Helsinki airport train is a good option if you're travelling on a budget and with light luggage. Two different train lines run from Helsinki airport, I and P. They take around 30 minutes to reach the city centre and cost €4.60 one-way.

How much is the train from Helsinki airport to the city centre?

A one-way ticket for the Helsinki airport train to the city centre is €4.60. You will need to purchase an ABC ticket at the airport is located in Zone 3. You must buy your tickets before entering the train from the machines found in the station.

Cost

€4.60

Trip Duration

30 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 10 minutes for the I and P trains.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The I and P Helsinki airport trains run from 04:00 to 24:00

Where do I get it from?

The I and P trains can be found at the Helsinki airport train station, located on the arrivals level between Terminal 1 and 2.

Convenience

Although the train is a good budget option, if you arrive after 24:00, you will have to wait up to 4 hours until the next av available train. Furthermore, once you arrive at Helsinki train station, you will then need to find alternate transportation to reach your hotel.

Editor’s Note

As the train bypasses all of the traffic in Helsinki, it's a great quick transfer option if you're on a budget and travelling during rush hour.

Useful Tips

Not all the ticket machines in the station accept cash so be sure to carry a card with you.
There's limited luggage storage on the I and P trains.
The trains operate on a loop, so you can take either the I or P train and arrive within the same amount of time to Helsinki city centre.

How to get from Helsinki airport to the city centre by bus

There's one public bus line that runs from Helsinki airport to the city centre, the 615 bus. This public bus costs €4.60 one-way but has a long wait time and takes at least 40 minutes to reach Helsinki.

How much is the bus from Helsinki airport to the city centre?

The public 615 bus costs €4.60 one-way and you can purchase your tickets from the driver in the local currency.

Cost

€4.60

Trip Duration

40 Min.

There's a waiting time of up 30 for the public 615 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Helsinki airport bus 615 is available 24/7

Where do I get it from?

You will see the 615 bus at the bus stops in both Terminals 1 and 2. It leaves from platforms 12 and 25.

Convenience

If you're travelling on a budget or are a single traveller, taking the Helsinki airport bus is a good option. It runs all day and night long and is fairly frequent. However, once you reach the city centre of Helsinki, you will need to choose a different mode of transportation to reach your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Although taking the bus is a cheap transfer option, if you have a lot of luggage you may wish to use a different mode of transportation as there's very little luggage space available on board.

Useful Tips

The bus drivers accept payments in both cash and by card.
If you're wanting to pay in cash, be sure to carry change in Euros with you as the driver can't always break large bills.
Try to arrive 15 minutes before the bus is due to depart to ensure you can get a seat.

Frequently asked questions

How far is it from Helsinki airport to the city centre?

Helsinki airport is located 20km away from the city centre. You can take a taxi, the Finnair or 615 bus or the I and P trains. To get there by taxi, it will take around 20 minutes in light traffic, by bus it will take 30-40 minutes and by train it will take 30 minutes.

How to get from Helsinki airport to the city centre?

You have three options when it comes to travelling from Helsinki airport to the city centre; taxi, train or bus. Taking a Helsinki airport taxi is the quickest and most convenient option at 20 minutes travel time, but it costs the most at €45. The I and P trains take 30 minutes and cost €4.60 for a one-way ticket. The Finnair bus costs €6.90 and takes 30 minutes, while the 615 public bus costs €4.60 and takes 40 minutes.

How much is the train from Helsinki airport to the city centre?

Taking the Helsinki airport train costs €4.60 one-way and takes 30 minutes to reach the city centre. You can purchase your ticket before you enter the train from the machines in the station.

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