How to get to Helsinki?

Helsinki, set by the beautiful Baltic Sea, is an easy access city – you can travel to Helsinki by plane, boat or train and the easily manageable city center is only a short commute away from the airport.

Most international airlines offer direct or connected flights to Helsinki, and Helsinki Airport is a modern and easy airport to navigate. The airport is located just outside the city boarder, and travel from the airport to the city center is quite easy.

How to get from the airport to the city centre by train:

Commuter trains I and P (see link for schedule) are a fast and convenient way of traveling between the city centre and the airport. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. From the train station at Helsinki Airport you can walk directly to your terminal without having to go outside. To get to or from the airport, you will need an ABC ticket.
Single tickets and day tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app (follow link to download application) or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and many other sales points (see link for list of sales points) throughout the city. Tickets cannot be purchased onboard commuter trains. 

How to get from the airport to the city centre by bus:

Finnair City Bus (follow link to Finnair City Bus website) operates between Helsinki Airport and the city centre (Elielinaukio) every 20 minutes and takes around 30 minutes. Single tickets can be purchased online in advance or from the driver.Bus 615 (“Lentoasema-Rautatientori”) and bus 415/415N (“Lentoasema-Elielinaukio”) also operate between the airport and city centre.
To get to or from the airport, you will need an ABC ticket, which you can purchase from HSL ticket machines, HSL mobile app (follow link to download application) or from the driver in cash. Tickets purchased from the driver are slightly more expensive than other single tickets.

How to get to city center by taxi:

The journey between Helsinki Airport and the city centre by taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs around €40-45. As taxi fees depend on the chosen taxi company, you may want to check the price estimate as you choose your taxi at the terminal.

For more detailed information on how to get to Helsinki and links to various transportation schedules please visit this Helsinki city page.

Where to stay while in Helsinki?

Hotel accommodations

Helsinki offers a wide variety of accommodation possibilities, but we have negotiated a few special deals for our participants.

The following hotels offer a special price for ISHF participants booking a single standard room. The booking code to mention while making your reservation is mentioned below under each hotel description. Please note that each hotel has a certain quota of rooms reserved for ISHF participants.

Sokos Hotel Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki is a friendly, relaxed and urban hotel in the heart of Helsinki. It is located in the city centre, just a few steps from Esplanadi, Market Square and the Central Railway Station and the University of Helsinki.

Room fares for ISHF participants: 185€/night (incl. VAT)

Booking reference: BISHF 2021

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki website

Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Newly renovated Sokos Hotel Presidentti is also located in the city centre only a few hundred meters from the central bus station and metro, right by Kamppi Shopping Centre and close to the Finnish Parliament House.

Room fares for ISHF participants: 189€/night (incl. VAT)

Booking reference: BISHF 2021

Sokos Hotel Presidentti website

Radisson Blu Aleksanteri

Located in the very heart of Helsinki, in the midst of the elegant Design District, the hotel combines the best parts of a home-like boutique hotel and a major international chain. Inspiration is offered by nearby design shops, galleries and parks for picnic. The hotel is close to public transportation, less than 100 meters from the closest tram stop and only minutes from the city center and Helsinki’s top attractions.

Room fares for ISHF participants: 180€/night (incl. VAT)

Booking reference: BISHF

Radisson Blu Aleksanteri website