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Arriving in Helsinki

Helsinki’s nearest airport is Helsinki-Vantaa airport. From the airport, there are many easy connections to the city center (train station). The new train connection is the easiest and fastest (every 10 min.; duration: ca. 30 min. to center; cost: € 5,50). For more information and other connections (Public bus, Finnair City bus, Taxi), visit this website.

Helsinki is also easily reached by ferries from Stockholm (overnight trips) and from Tallinn (several ferries, duration ca. 2 hours). There is also a direct train connection to St. Petersburg (4 hours).

Public transport and taxis

You can find information about timetables and routes of public transport at the Helsinki Journey Planner. Ticket fares can be found here. There are numerous taxi stands around the city center. To order a taxi, you can call +358 100 0700 at any time (more information here). Taxis can also be hailed.

Accommodations

For other hotel options in the center of Helsinki, see here.

Airbnb – Apartments in the city centre, Kallio, Hakaniemi and Sörnäinen are close to both the University and Oranssi.

Restaurants and Cafés

In Helsinki’s city center you can find plenty of restaurants and cafés. For restaurant tips, check out eat.fi and Visit Helsinki or ask any of the organizers.

Nearby cafés:

  • Karl Fazer Café, Kluuvikatu 3
  • Café Engel, Aleksanterinkatu 26
  • Espresso Edge, Liisankatu 29
  • Ciao Café, Aleksanterinkatu 28
  • Torrefazione Fratello, Yliopistonkatu 6
  • Café Neuhaus, Unioninkatu 32
  • Gran Delicato Galleria Esplanad, Kämp Gallery, Pohjoisesplanadi 29

Internet access

Throughout Helsinki’s city center, there is a free and fast Wi-Fi connection provided by the City of Helsinki. In and around the University of Helsinki, one can gain access to the internet using eduroam. If you have already an eduroam user account from your home institution, you can use this to gain access at the University of Helsinki.

Other information

Information on the University of Helsinki: Guide for Visitors

Tourist information: Visit Helsinki, Helsinki’s main attractions

Information on events, shopping, museums etc.: Helsinki This Week