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Passengers requiring onward travel by train from Helsinki Central Train Station should board bus line 615 services at the airport, as this line goes to the main train station in the city centre. En route, the bus drops off and collects passengers at some of the major hotels.
In central Helsinki passengers can either board HRT (Helsinki Region Transport) buses, the tram or the underground/light rail metro system. The tourist board sells the Helsinki Card, which allows visitors to save money on entrance fees to the major attractions as well as permitting them to travel “for free” on public transport.
The Helsinki Card can be bought at the airport from one of several tourist information stands, which are located in the arrivals halls. The Helsinki Card costs EUR 36.00 for one day for an adult, EUR 46.00 for two days and EUR 56.00 for three days. Children aged 7 to 16 pay EUR 15.00, EUR 18.00 and EUR 21.00 respectively.
The Helsinki Card allows passengers to save 35% on the fare for the Finnair City bus to the city centre and back again to the airport. Participating shops and restaurants reduce their prices by up to 20% for Helsinki Card holders and discounts are also available on tours to St Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm. Even leisure activities like swimming and visits to the sauna or bowling lanes benefit from discounts thanks to the Helsinki Card.
Line 615 buses from Helsinki Vantaa Airport cover the distance to the city centre in roughly 30 to 55 minutes, depending on the time of day. At night bus line 620N takes over this route, running until 11.00 pm at night. Bus line 61 covers the route to Tikkurila Train Station.
Finnair operates express buses from Helsinki Vantaa Airport, a far more upmarket service that covers the distance into the city centre in just half an hour.
The Finnair Express service leaves the airport every 20 minutes from platform 10 at Terminal 2, starting the service at 05.45 am and finishing at 01.10 am at night. The Finnair Express service also covers Terminal 1, a journey that takes merely a few minutes. At Terminal 1 the Express service leaves from platform 1 for city centre destinations.
A single journey on the Express bus costs EUR 6.20. Passengers travelling from the city centre can board Finnair City buses from 05.00 am onwards, where the services leaves from Elielinaukio Elielplatsen Laituri, platform 30. The service also stops at Hesperian puisto Hesperianparken in Mannerheiminitie (road). The final Finnair City bus of the day starts from Elielinaukio at midnight, reaching at Mannerheiminitie 3 minutes later to collect any night time passengers for the airport.
Helsinki Vantaa Airport buses also leave from the airport’s own coach terminal, providing coverage of the entire country with their Express coaches.
Its counterpart can be found in the city centre, near the Central Train Station, where another coach terminal links not just city destinations in Finland but also connects to cities of the Baltic States, Russia and various other Northern European city destinations.
Helsinki Airport buses to Espoo Train Station are available through service 540; from Espoo passengers have onward train connections to Turku and other parts of Finland. Passengers requiring onward coach travel to other major cities in the country should telephone Finland’s main bus operator Matkahuolto on +358 200 4000. The company is the main provider of TrainBus connections that link Finland’s rail network via coaches with some of the most popular ski resorts located in the northern most regions of Finland.
Helsinki Vantaa Airport buses to airport hotels are free of charge, as are the transfer shuttles running to the various parking lots for long and short term parking at the airport. The shuttle service leaves the terminals every 15 minutes.
For more information about Helsinki Airport buses, please visit the official website at http://www.helsinki-vantaa.fi.