Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Guide (HEL)

Airport info
Code: HEL
Address:
Helsinki Airport, 01531 Vantaa, Helsinki, Finland
Location:

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is located 19km (11.5 miles) north of Helsinki.

No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +358
Telephone:
0200 14636.
Map:
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport map

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the largest airport in Finland and is one of the busiest in Scandinavia. Our guide to the airport is full of useful information about terminal facilities, nearby accommodation options, local transport and parking. 

Airport news

The first stages of a €900 million project to improve the airport are due to commence in 2014. Key features of the six-year programme include the extension of Terminal 2, improvements to the check-in area of Terminal 2 and the addition of a new satellite terminal.

Information

General airport information desks are situated in both terminals. There is a tourist information desk in the arrivals area of Terminal 2, which also sells transport tickets.

Website
www.finavia.fi/en/
Transfer between terminals

The terminal buildings are only 300m (328 yards) apart and are linked by an internal walkway.

Driving directions

From Helsinki city centre, drive north along the Helsinki to Tuusula motorway (motorway 45) and follow signs for the airport.

From the west and the east, travel on motorways E18 or 50 respectively, and turn onto the northbound motorway 45, before following signs for the airport.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: HSL (tel: (09) 4766 4444; www.hsl.fi) bus 615 departs from outside both terminals and runs to the city centre (journey time: 40 minutes; fare €3). Bus 620 also connects the airport to the city centre at night. Additional services run to other destinations in and around the city.

The express Finnair City Bus (tel: (09) 818 503; www.finnair.fi) links to Helsinki city centre (Central Railway Station) from outside the terminals (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: €6.30).

Taxi: Taxi ranks are located in front of both terminals and include Airport Taxi (tel: 0100 4800) and Yellow Line (tel: 0600 555 555) – a full list of providers is available on the airport’s website. The journey time to Helsinki is about 30 minutes, while the fare is around €50.

Terminal facilities

Money

There are ATMs and currency exchange kiosks in the arrival and departure areas of both terminals.

Communication

Wi-Fi internet access is free within designated areas. Alternatively, there are internet kiosks in various locations within the terminals where customers are charged a fee. Charging points for mobile devices are available throughout and include wireless charging stations.

Food

There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and bars in both terminals, including a 24-hour fast-food restaurant in the Terminal 2 arrival area and a round-the-clock café in Terminal 2 Departures.

Shopping

There are numerous shops at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport selling designer items, electronics, duty-free goods and souvenirs such as woollen jumpers, Moomin gifts, liquorice sweets and cloudberry jam.

Other

Children's playrooms are available at departure gates 16, 20, 30 and 38. A pharmacy is on hand in Terminal 2 Arrivals to deal with minor medical issues. An on-site spa area includes a pool, saunas and a massage service.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

The Helsinki Airport Congress centre (tel: 0207 629 732) in Terminal 2 has nine meeting rooms; the largest of which seats 140 people. These rooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual and communications systems.

A VIP service in Terminal 2 offers a range of services, including check-in, security screening, and passport control and customs inspections.

Airport lounges include the Aspire business lounge, which offers refreshments and shower facilities, and the cosy, family-friendly Almost@home lounge.

The Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport (tel: (09) 5840 9445; glohotels.fi) features a private meting room with an adjacent sauna, while the Hilton Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Hotel (tel: (09) 73220; www3.hilton.com) has an extensive range of meeting and conference facilities for up to 350 delegates.

Disabled facilities

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is accessible to disabled passengers, with dedicated toilets and spacious lifts on every floor. Disabled parking spaces are available in front of both terminals and in the main car parks. Information desks are equipped with induction loops and staff have been specially trained to cater for passengers needing assistance.

It is recommended to notify the airline of any special requirements, such as use of wheelchair or oxygen tank, when booking travel.

Car parking

There are three parking options at the airport: Lomaparkki (long-stay parking), Pikaparkki (short-stay parking) or Bisnesparkki (parking for business travellers). The airport's website has full details on prices and booking methods.

Car rental

Car hire companies Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt are represented at the airport, with desks in the concourse between Terminals 1 and 2.

Hotels

There are two hotels within the airport complex, while several other hotels can be found nearby. A greater choice of accommodation is available in the city centre.


Cumulus Hotel Airport

(09) 4157 5100.

Complete with the benefit of free guest parking, Cumulus Hotel Airport is connected to the nearby Helsinki-Vantaa Airport by a shuttle service. Leisure facilities here include a gym and saunas, while there are meeting rooms for business visitors.

Hilton Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Hotel

(09) 73220.

Hilton Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Hotel is within the airport complex and is linked to the main terminal via a covered walkway. This imposing hotel has extensive meeting/conference space, a sauna and its own Finnish restaurant.

Lentajankuja 1, Vantaa 01530, Finland

Holiday Inn Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

(09) 870 900.

Among the less expensive options close to the airport, the Holiday Inn boasts a business centre with meeting rooms, mini-gym and bistro style restaurant. A water leisure park and large shopping mall are located nearby. The hotel operates a shuttle service to the terminals.

Bonus Inn Airport Hotel

(09) 825 511.

A five-minute complimentary shuttle ride from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Bonus Inn Airport Hotel has a bar, restaurant and two saunas. Free Wi-Fi internet is available in every room.

Airport Hotel Bonus Inn, Elannontie 9, 01510 Vantaa, Finland

The Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport

(09) 5840 9540.

Featuring small yet stylish windowless rooms, Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport is located within Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and is available to guests on a day or overnight basis. The hotel reception is open 24 hours a day and facilities include a bar.

Terminal 2, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport , 01530 Vantaa, Finland
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