University of Helsinki
Swedish University of
Practical conference matters
Hotels and travelling information
For additional information and questions about practical matters, please contact eRNAC2012@confedent.fi
General Travel Information
Helsinki-Vantaa airport is located about 20 km from Helsinki..
The average driving time between the airport and Helsinki is 30 minutes.
Finnair airport buses serve a connection from the airport to the center of Helsinki.
Taxis are also easily available.
Airport bus stops at the Railway station. Hotel Presidentti is about 350 meters West from the last bus stop.
Currency and banks
The monetary unit used in Finland is Euro.
Most Finnish services accept major credit cards. Facilities for cashing travellers’ cheques in Finland are available at banks and at most hotels. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays except for banks at the Helsinki International Airport. Foreign exchange agencies for example “Forex” in the city center are open on weekdays.
The electric current in Finland is 220V (50 Hz). Plugs and sockets are the same as in the Continental countries of the European Union. British and American participants need plug adapters for electrical appliances.
The congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, for loss of, or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the congress. Please check the validity of your own travel insurance.
The time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The average day-time temperature in June is +18-22 °C.
A light jacket or cardigan is advisable for evening outdoor wear.
The Congress Organization and the Congress Agency (Confedent International) act as agents only in securing hotels, transport and travel services and shall in no event be liable for acts or omissions in the event of injury, damage, loss, accident, delay of irregularity of any kind whatsoever during arrangements organised through contractors or the employees of such contractors in carrying out services. Hotel and transportation services are subject to the terms and conditions under which they are offered to the public in general. The Congress Organization and the Congress Agency reserve the right to make changes where deemed necessary without prior notice to parties concerned. All disputes are subject to Finnish Law.
Yliopiston Apteekki at the Helsinki City Center, address: Mannerheiminitie 96, is open 24 hours a day.
Pharmacies are marked with the sign “Apteekki”.
In the Helsinki City Center most shops are open from 9.00 to 20.00 on weekdays and from 9.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays. Some shopr may also be open on Sundays. The main shopping streets are Esplanadi, Mannerheimintie and Aleksanterinkatu. Stockmann and Sokos are the biggest department stores. Forum is the biggest shopping centre.
All major shops are located in the downtown area within walking distance.
Automatic Cash Dispencer
Use the automats called ”OTTO” for bank or credit card (VISA, Eurocard, Mastercard) withdrawals.
The Helsinki City transport tourist ticket entitles you to unlimited travel on all buses, trams, metro and local trains in Helsinki. The tourist ticket is valid for 1, 3 or 5 days. Tickets are for sale in most of the hotels, at Stockmann’s department store and R-Kiosks in the City centre.
Single city tickets are available on buses but not trams.
Taxis can be hailed in the streets or ordered by phone 0100 0700.