Once you’re set on joining us, there’s no fuss, really. Helsinki, with it’s convenient location, excellent public transport, easy going people and short distances to basically anywhere, is as simple to reach as this!

Arriving to town 

…by plane

The Helsinki Vantaa Airport is around 20 km from the city center. To reach downtown Helsinki, you’ve got three good options.

A taxi from the airport to the hotels in the centre will cost around 45 euros. A Finnair city bus or public transport bus number 615, both costing under 7 euros, will ultimately take you to the Railway Station – but if you’re staying at Cumulus Hakaniemi, you can actually hop off just at the doorstep of your hotel at Hakaniemi.

On the easy side, there’s also the newly opened Airport train service that actually is a circle line. So no matter how tired or disoriented you are after your flight, just look for a train and hop in, and it’s guaranteed to take you to town for a 5,5 euro ticket you can buy from the ticket sales carriage.


…by ferry

For a fan of the Baltics and Scandinavia, here are some good news. There are daily ferry services to Helsinki both from Estonia and Sweden. See Tallink Silja Line, Viking Line or Eckerö Line for alternatives.

From Länsisatama port, trams number 6T and 9 will take you to the Railway Station. From Katajanokka Terminal, take tram number 4, and Olympia Terminal, tram number 2 to centre.

…by train

Helsinki Central Railway Station is the last stop to any train coming south from anywhere in Finland. And also right in the center of Helsinki. So no hustle here, if you’re planning a little Tour de Finland before joining us at EARS – just sit back and enjoy the ride. For time tables and routes, see VR.


Getting around 

The city center is conveniently compact, so you can basically walk anywhere. To fulfill needs for small-scale adventure, you can also have a go with the praised city bikes, released on the streets just this summer!

Trams are also a convenient way of getting around, and there are a couple good routes for easy sightseeing, too. Hop on tram number 2 or 3 and sit back for an hour or so of views on the city!


Finnish 101

Hello – Moi
Thank you – Kiitos
See you – Nähdään
Cheer – Kippis
Where can I find a sauna? – Mistä löydän saunan?

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