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Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport

Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL)

Overview

The main gateway for flights to Finland, Helsinki Vantaa International Airport is located in Vantaa, roughly 10.6 miles (17km) north of central Helsinki. First built for the Summer Olympics in 1952, the facility has been ranked among the world's best airports several times over the last 20 years.

The airport is clean and well-run, with a reputation for quick processing times and friendly staff members. Currently in the final stages of a major renovation, by early 2012 Helsinki Vantaa International Airport will see the addition of more shops and restaurants, as well as more seating areas for passengers.

Flights to Helsinki Vantaa International Airport are available from many destinations worldwide, including London, Moscow, Berlin, Athens, Edinburgh, Paris, Toronto, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul and Dubai.

Location

The airport is situated about 12 miles (20km) from Helsinki city centre.

Getting to the city

There are regular bus services between Helsinki, the Tikkurila railway station and the airport. From the city centre, catch Airport Bus 615 (620 at night) and from Tikkurila bus number 61 for the airport. Both journeys take around 30 minutes. Bus transfers from the airport to local hotels and parking areas are free of charge. The Finnair City Bus also transfers passengers to downtown Helsinki. Taxis to the city centre cost around €40 and take half an hour. Five car rental companies operate; their service desks can be found at Arrivals Hall 2 in the corridor between terminals. For the rental car parking area go to the ground floor of car park P3.

Time

Local time is GMT +2.

Contacts

Tel: +358 200 14636 or (0)9 82 771.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar are represented at the airport. Service desks are located at Arrivals Hall 2.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available at ranks outside the Arrivals hall of both domestic and international terminals. Expect to pay around €30 for the 30 minute journey into the city centre.

Facilities

The airport has several banks with exchange facilities, and there are ATMs throughout the airport. Numerous restaurants and cafes are available in the terminals, as well as duty-free shops and three shopping areas with a variety of retail outlets. Travel agencies, pharmacy and luggage storage are also available. There are several Internet kiosks and wireless Internet access is possible throughout the terminals.

Parking

Parking at Helsinki Vantaa International Airport is charged at rates ranging from €10-30 per day for up to three days, after which they charge €3-10 per day. Short-term parking for pick-ups and drop-offs is charged at €1 every 10 minutes.

Departure Tax

None.

Website

www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-airport

Airlines

Flights to Helsinki Vantaa International Airport are available via Air Berlin, KLM, Air Finland, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Czech Airlines, Finnair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Lufthansa, Spanair, TAP Portugal and Turkish Airlines.

Internet

The airport offers free wifi service.

Business Lounges

The airport's Conference and Congress Centre has nine meeting rooms for up to 140 people, and smaller rooms for two to eight people. There are also workstations located at the eService Bar near Gate 20.


Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.