There are two ways to travel: fast and slow. You can get here fast, with nonstop flights from cities all over Europe and Asia. Information about Before Travelling to Finland (visas etc.).
Helsinki Airport is your most likely point of international arrival if you are travelling to Finland by air. Although the Lapland airports of Rovaniemi and Kittilä are increasingly popular for winter visitors.
Helsinki provides direct scheduled connections to over 120 international destinations Worldwide. There are quick nonstop flights to destinations in Asia and daily flights to New York. All routes are operated frequently. Every week, 1,100 international and 700 domestic scheduled flights depart from Helsinki Airport.
All scheduled flights to/from Helsinki are available from Helsinki Airport travel planner service. Helsinki Airport is a modern, busy but efficient hub and the base airport in Finland. The airport resembles a bustling small town with its variety of shops and services.
There are two terminals, T1 and T2, at Helsinki Airport. Please check before arriving at the airport which terminal your carrier uses. Both terminals at Helsinki Airport are open 24/7. Terminals T1 and T2 are connected by a corridor and they are parts of the same building. The distance between the terminals is approx. 300 metres.
Transportation to/from the City of Helsinki – Public transportation
Finland is easy to reach by sea from Sweden, Estonia and Germany throughout the year.
Not only do the vessels sailing between Finland and its neighbouring countries offer pleasant and comfortable transport, but they provide an abundance of refreshing and relaxing services as well.
The wide selection of on-board restaurants ranges from gourmet quality to fast food. The ships also have bars, discos and excellent shopping opportunities along with fun-filled playrooms for the little ones, while the bigger vessels provide spas and excellent conference facilities.
Cruise Finland is the marketing brand of Visit Helsinki. Cruise Finland aims to increase the competitiveness of Finland and Helsinki in the Baltic Sea cruise market. The partner destinations are Helsinki, Turku, Mariehamn, Kotka and Rauma. The activities of the network are coordinated by Helsinki Marketing Ltd, which is fully owned by the City of Helsinki.
Rail travel between Finland and Russia has increased significantly in recent years. The fast speed Allegro, only 3,5 hours, has four departures per day from Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Reserved seat ticket and a Russian visa are obligatory. Passport and customs controls are conducted aboard the moving train and the authorities start inspections already after the train’s departure from Helsinki or St. Petersburg.
The Tolstoi train to Moscow via St Petersburg operates a daily departure between Helsinki and Moscow.
International Railway Tickets
A trip by train is always an experience: you meet new people, you hear different languages, you see beautiful sceneries. Choose the right rail pass for you and travel by train in Finland, Scandinavia or whole Europe.
Eurailpass is for comfortable train travel throughout Europe. There are many different kinds of passes that can be used in Finland like Eurail Global Pass, Eurail Finland-Sweden Pass, Eurail Scandinavia Pass and Eurail Finland Pass. You can buy a Eurail Pass if you are a resident of a non-European country.
Explore Finland by train with the Inter Rail Ticket
InterRailing is the budget-friendly way to Experience Europe. The two main options: The Global Pass or The InterRail Finland Pass, which entitles you to nearly unlimited rail travel in Finland. InterRail Passes can only be used by European residents.
There are many ways to come to Finland by car or by bus. The internal borders of Schengen countries can be crossed anywhere, provided that you are not carrying goods that must be declared. Therefore you can cross the border from Finland to Sweden or Norway anywhere you wish.
There are 9 official border-crossing places between Finland and Russia, , 6 between Finland and Norway and 10 between Finland and Sweden.
The most used border-crossing places by car are Vaalimaa (from Russia), Karigasniemi (from Norway) and Tornio (from Sweden).
Driving licence: A valid driving licence issued in an EU country is valid throughout the EU.