All you need to know to plan your conference trip to Helsinki and to make the most of your stay in the city.
Coming to a Conference?
Arriving at the airport
Always check out the up-to-date information on the transport links to and from the airport.
There're direct trains to the Central Railway Station. Just hop on either the I- or the P-train and get off at the last stop. The station is right in the city centre, near the University's City Centre Campus and its main conference venues.
The entrance to the train station is located in the corridor between the T1 and T2 terminals.
You'll have to buy a regional ticket before getting on the train as tickets aren't sold on the train. Tickets are available from:
- HSL ticket machines (at the train station entrance in the corridor between the T1 and T2 terminals, in the baggage claim hall in T2 and at bus stops)
- Alepa grocery store
- WH Smith kiosks (T1 and T2 Departures hall)
- R-kiosks (Arrivals hall 2A in T2)
- Tourist Info (Arrivals hall 2A in T2)
When using the ticket machine, please select the option "regional ticket" for journeys between the airport and Helsinki.
The Central Railway Station is the final stop.
The Finnair City Bus operates between the Central Railway Station and the airport.
The bus stops for both arriving and departing buses are located in front of Terminals 1 and 2.
A taxi from the airport to the city centre takes about 30 minutes. The taxi stands are located right outside the arrival areas of the terminals.
- Taksi-Helsinki: +358 (0)100 0700
- Airport Taxi Yellow Line: +358 (0)600 555 555
- Lähitaksi: +358 (0)100 7300
- Kovanen: +358 200 6060
Arriving on a ferry
Olympia Terminal is located at the South Harbour and there is a regular passenger ship link to Stockholm, Sweden. The terminal has an ATM, luggage lockers, a trolley rental, a restaurant, kiosk, and the Tallink Silja service point. Trams 2 and 3 stop next to the Olympia Terminal.
West Terminal 1
West Terminal 1 is located at the West Harbour and it serves ferries to and from Tallinn, Estonia. There is also a regular passenger ship link to St. Petersburg, Russia. The terminal has luggage lockers, a restaurant, café, kiosk, an ATM, money exchange office (open when the St. Petersburg ship is there) and the Eckerö Line, St. Peter Line and Tallink Silja Oy service points. Trams 7 and 6T stop at West Terminal 1.
West Terminal 2
West Terminal 2 is located at the end of West Harbour. There is a regular passenger ship link to Tallinn. The terminal has a restaurant, café, ATM, Tallink Silja and Eckerö Line service points. Trams 7 and 6T stop at West Terminal 2.
Katajanokka Terminal is located at Katajanokka, with a regular ferry connection to Stockholm and Tallinn. The terminal has a restaurant, kiosk, a money exchange, an ATM, luggage lockers, and the Viking Line service point. Trams 4 and 5 stop next to the Katajanokka Terminal.
Useful websites to plan your journey
- Transport links between the airport and Helsinki city centre
- Journey planner for the the City of Helsinki
- Long distance trains – Provided by the Finnish railway company VR
- Long distance coaches – Provided by Matkahuolto
Trams, buses, metro, commuter trains and ferry to Suomenlinna
The Helsinki region has an integrated public transport ticket system. This means that the same tickets can be used on buses, trams, the metro, commuter trains and the ferry to the Fortress of Suomenlinna (a popular place to visit whilst in Helsinki).
You can travel around the city with single tickets or with a day ticket. The tickets available on single-charge cards allow you to travel easily and at low-cost for 1–7 days. They are sold e.g. at the Helsinki City Transport service point in the Central Railway Station or at R-kiosks.
Please note that bus drivers sell tickets, but for tram and commuter train journeys tickets must be bought before boarding, for instance at ticket machines or R-kiosks. There's also a mobile application, which you can use to buy tickets.
You can also whizz around on one of Helsinki's yellow city bikes.
Taxi stands are located throughout the city centre.
- Taksi-Helsinki: tel. +358 (0)100 0700 (1,17€/call +0,25€/10 seconds + local call charge)
Download the "Useful information" leaflet
The University's main conference venues are located in the heart of Helsinki, in its City Centre Campus.
University Main Building (Päärakennus)
Think Corner (Tiedekulma)
The Töölö Towers offer both high quality fully furnished apartments as well as rooms to suit all travelling needs, at very competitive and reasonable rates. Co-owned by the University of Helsinki and Aalto University, the Töölö Towers are located centrally with excellent transport links to all campuses.
For more accommodation options you should visit the My Helsinki website, but to help you start off your search please have a look at the suggestions below. They are all just a short walk away from the University of Helsinki's City Centre Campus and many of the conference venues there:
- GLO Hotel Kluuvi
- Radisson Blu Plaza
- Scandic Kaisaniemi
- Hotel Arthur
- Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki
Around a hundred international conferences are currently being organised at the University of Helsinki, to take place within the next couple of years and covering a vast range of scientific disciplines. Please see our events calendar to find out what's happening at the University right now.