Purple-edged copper Lycaena hippothoe, foto: Pekka Malinen

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Flight connections

Helsinki Airport boasts more than 180 international landings each day, which makes it the second busiest airport in Northern Europe. Helsinki is served by around 40 international airlines. There are several daily and direct connections to Helsinki from all major European destinations, most within a 3-hour flight. Helsinki also serves as a hub to Asia. Finnair has more than 80 direct flights a week via the most direct route from Helsinki to 13 destinations in Asia.

Helsinki Airport has been rated among the best by its users for many years. The airport operator Finavia provides a wireless network at the airport with free and unlimited online access. The national carrier, Finnair, was awarded the most punctual airline in the world. Environmental aspects are also taken into consideration – operating with new aircrafts, Finnair cuts back on fuel consumption and emissions by 20 to 30 percent.

Helsinki Airport is located 19 km from the centre of the city. There is a direct train connection from the airport to the city centre running every 10 minutes, with a travel time of less than 30 minutes. In addition, a regular airport bus runs every 20 minutes between the airport and the city centre, and several local buses are also available.

Train and ferry connections

Helsinki is easy to reach from Russia by train. There are daily connections from both St. Petersburg and Moscow. The trip by train between Helsinki and St. Petersburg takes only 3.5 hours. Frequent bus services in the Baltic countries connect Latvia and Lithuania with the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and from Tallinn the fastest ferry to Helsinki takes less than two hours. There is a large selection of crossings every hour. There are also ferries from Stockholm to Helsinki. A ferry departure operates each evening, taking you overnight to your destination through the beautiful archipelago. You can also reach Finland by ferry from both Germany and Poland.