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Helsinki Airport won’t have a train station with rail link to the city until 2014, but passengers can either travel by taxi to the city or use bus service 615, a shuttle service leaving for Helsinki Central Train Station and some of the airport hotels.
The shuttle service takes between 30 to 55 minutes to get to the central train station, depending on the time of day – rush hour can be very busy, causing some delays. At night the route into central Helsinki is covered by bus line 620N.
Helsinki Vantaa Airport trains can also be boarded at a train station in Tikkurila, which is located only 5 km from the airport. This train station is covered by bus service 61, which runs 6 buses per hour to and from Tikkurila train station. On Saturday and Sunday and on public holidays this service offers just four services per hour. The bus takes 20 minutes to travel to both terminals.
For passengers who are pressed for time there are Finnair Express airbus services that reach Helsinki Central Train Station in just 30 minutes.
The new train network linking the airport and Tikkurila as well as connecting with the central train station in Helsinki will provide passengers with the fastest mode of transport yet, reaching Tikkurila train station in just 8 minutes, while covering the distance to the main train station in central Helsinki in merely 20 minutes.
At Tikkurila train station passengers can board commuter and long-distance trains that travel to Helsinki’s central train station as well as taking passengers to other Finnish destinations like Tampere. The train station also offers onward travel across the borders to Saint Petersburg and Moscow in Russia for example. Trains from Helsinki Vantaa Airport’s nearest train station in Tikkurila also offer direct train connections to Lahti, Kouvola, Vainikkala and Vyborg.
Passengers requiring destinations like Turku should board airport bus service 540, which runs to Espoo Train Station, from where trains leave for Turku and other parts of Finland and Scandinavia.
Advance train tickets bought online can be considerably cheaper and the first port of call for train travellers in Finland is usually the train information website at http://www.vr.fi . Here train passengers will find up-to-date timetables and ticket prices alongside special offers.
Buying an advance ticket for Helsinki to Turku will cost from EUR 16.00 one-way, the same price as a ticket from Helsinki to Tampere will cost. Travelling from Helsinki to Vaasa by train will cost EUR 35.00 for a one-way ticket, while a trip to Lappeenranta will cost EUR 26.00 one-way.
Passengers requiring travel connections to Lapland or Russia for example can also buy advance tickets from the aforementioned website. Finland’s most northerly train station is located in Kolari, which is reached via the towns of Oulu, Kemi and Tornio.
Once passengers reach Lapland, Finland’s most northerly part, they have to continue their journey from the train station at Kolari by TrainBus, which links to the most popular ski resorts. The same service also offers onward travel to the train stations Kemijärvi, Rovaniemi and Kemi, from where passengers will be transported by TrainBus to other ski resorts in Lapland.
These TrainBuses are operated by Matkahuolto, Finland’s principal bus and long-distance coach operator. Passengers also need to board the TrainBus for their return journey from the resorts to the train stations in Lapland to finally return to Helsinki.
For more information about trains from Helsinki Airport, please visit the official website at http://www.helsinki-vantaa.fi.