Arriving to Helsinki by plane

Helsinki Airport (HEL) offers 130 destinations around the world, 350 departures a day and is the leading long-haul airport in Northern Europe. Helsinki Airport has been selected as being among the best airports in Europe since 1997.


From Helsinki Airport to Helsinki city centre

The Helsinki Airport is well connected to the Helsinki City Centre.

A new train connection (ring rail link) is now open to connect the Airport to the City Centre.

Bus 615 takes you directly to the Helsinki central railway station in the City Centre.

A one-way fare (regional ticket) on bus or train is 5.00€. For bus schedules, please see the Helsinki Region Transport website.

The Finnair Airport Bus also offers connection from the airport to the Central Railway Station. A one-way fare is 6.30€.

If you decide to take a taxi, the cost is around 45-50€ from the airport to the City Centre.


Getting to the Conference Venue

To reach Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre from Helsinki city centre, take tram 7A, 7B or 9 or any commuter train. From Pasila station, there is a 300-metre walk to Messukeskus (see the map below). From the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, the P-train reaches Pasila station in about 30 minutes.

Enter the Conference Venue through the Congress Centre doors (to the right of Holiday Inn, on Rautatieläisenkatu).

A taxi from the airport to Messukeskus takes about 15 minutes.

For more information, please see travel and parking info and area map on the conference venue website.

The Ring Rail Link was opened in July 2015. Construction is still going on to finish the direct entrance from the terminals to the Airport station. It will be completed later in the autumn. Now there is a free shuttle bus to take you from the airport terminal to the Helsinki Airport station. (See more here.)


Arriving to Helsinki by train, coach or ferry

The Central Railway Station and Long-Distance Coach Station ('Linja-autoasema') is located in the Helsinki city centre, in the Kamppi Shopping Centre. Helsinki is easily reached by ferries from Estonia, Germany and Sweden. The ferry harbours are only 1-2 km away from the city centre.


Helsinki Public Transportation HSL logo

The Helsinki City Public Transport Company, HSL, offers free public transportation to all delegates of the ESERA 2015 conference. You will receive your free Regional travel card with your conference pack at the time of registration. With the Regional travel card, you can travel on all buses, commuter trains, trams, Metro and the Suomenlinna ferry within Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen. See here for more info on travel in general: HSL.

The HSL Journey Planner is a handy tool when you want to find the most convenient route and schedule to take you from point A to point B in the Helsinki Metropolitan area (e.g. from the Airport or Central Train Station to your  hotel).

You just type in the address of your starting point (e.g. Railway Station, Helsinki) and the address of your destination (e.g. the street address of the Conference venue: Messuaukio 1) and the website will give you the itinerary, including public transportation schedules and walking directions.

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 Map to help you navigate to the conference venue: