Did you know that Helsinki Airport isn’t actually located in Helsinki? It is in fact in the neighbouring city called Vantaa but it is easier to call the airport just Helsinki Airport. The name used to be Helsinki-Vantaa Airport but they re-branded the name to be only Helsinki Airport which I think makes it easier for everyone. In this article I will tell you what are your options to get from Helsinki Airport to Helsinki city centre and how much they approximately cost. Prices are accurate during the time this article was written.
Means of transportation from Helsinki Airport
Even though Helsinki Airport is in the city of Vantaa it isn’t very far away from Helsinki city center. The train, Finnair city bus and taxi will take you to Helsinki centre in 30 minutes. The local buses take a bit longer than that. So here are your options for the transportation.
The taxi policy in Finland changed recently. It used to be more regulated and the prices were the same for every company. When you reach the taxi station at Helsinki Airport, you will notice signs that explain the rates for different companies. The official taxis are metered but you can also negotiate your own price.
I would say that 40-50 euros is a regular price to pay for the trip from the airport to the Helsinki city centre. By taxi it takes about half an hour to get to the centre depending on the traffic. During the peak hours of 15:30-17:30 it may take longer than that.
A second option is to try the Airport Taxi Yellow Line which is a group taxi. They cost slightly less than the taxis mentioned above but you will probably have to spend a bit more time waiting for others to fill the van or wait for them to be dropped off on the way. The Yellow Line has their own counters at Terminal 1 and at Terminal 2.
You can also try Uber or Yango or other local taxiapp services but as far as I know, they won’t be allowed to drive in to the official taxi station which is reserved for the partner companies. This means you might have trouble finding each other at the airport. However, the drop-off area is open for all services.
The train is no doubt the easiest way to go to Helsinki centre by public transportation. The train station is inside the airport and it only takes 30 minutes with the P-train to the centre. When heading back to the airport from the city centre you can take the I train. Both trains operate on a circle route but it’s quicker to take the P train to the centre and I train back to the airport.
Make sure to buy the train tickets inside the terminal building. There are no conductors selling the tickets inside the train so remember to buy your tickets before the ride. Traveling without a ticket might cost you an expensive fine.
The ticket that you want to buy is the ABC ticket which covers all the three zones. The airport is located in zone C and the centre in zone A. From the ticket machine the ticket is 4,60€. If you plan to buy the day ticket for the Helsinki centre region it is only AB ticket so it makes sense to buy the ABC ticket to the airport separately and AB ticket for your stay.
If you prefer using a mobile app for your ticket purchases, the HSL app is available for Android and Apple devices.
Finnair City Bus is the quickest bus to the centre. You can pay the tickets online or buy them from the driver. On the bus you can pay by cash or with the most common credit cards. The prices are 6,80€ from the web and 6,90€ from the driver. You can also use Finnair Plus points but it’s probably best to save them for something else.
There are also direct public buses 615 and 415. For the bus 615 the ride takes 50 minutes and for 415 one hour. Bus 617 operates during rush hours but the final stop of that bus will be in Hakaniemi from where you need to take either another bus, a tram or the metro to reach the centre.
The prices for the bus tickets are the same as for the train. ABC-ticket is the one that you need to buy and when you buy it from the machine it’s 4,60€. If you buy the ticket from the driver it’s 6,50€ . Note that you can only buy the tickets from the bus driver with small cash meaning less than the 20 euro notes.
Like mentioned earlier, if you prefer using a mobile app for your ticket purchases, the HSL app is available for Android and Apple devices.
I hope you found this article helpful for finding the way from Helsinki Airport to the Helsinki city centre!