The trendy capital city of Finland oozes city-break appeal. Find out why it should be at the top of your travel wish list…
Those sensible (but stylish) shoes will be very handy when you set out to explore the charms of Helsinki. The neoclassical wonders of Senate Square; the sea fortress of Suomenlinna; the rock-hewn Temppeliaukio Church; the buzzing atmosphere of Old Market Hall. The quirky charm of this understated but fashionable waterside city is backed up by some seriously intriguing attractions.
We go further to bring you the widest choice of travel deals, including cheap Helsinki flights. Low fares are easy to find on flights from London to Helsinki, while you can also fly direct from other UK airports such as Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.
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The Finnish capital is quick and easy to get to: non-stop services from the UK take a little under three hours...
Finnair operates from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh, with British Airways joining it on the London route and Norwegian flying from London Gatwick.
There is also a swathe of connecting services to choose from if the direct flights don’t meet your needs. SAS via Copenhagen, Oslo or Stockholm, Lufthansa via Frankfurt, Air Baltic through Riga, KLM via Amsterdam and Air France through Paris are all options worth checking out.
Travel Super after touchdown by getting from the airport to the city with ease. Use our handy guide to suss out the best option…
Flights to Helsinki arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL), which is around 20 kilometres north of the city centre.
A Finnair bus transfer that is open to all runs between the airport and the city centre; tickets cost a little over six euros per person.
Public buses also operate, plus a train line that opened in 2015 to connect the airport to the city centre. A regional train ticket costs five euros (buy at the platform ticket machines or on the train) and the journey takes 35 minutes.
The frequency of transportation services from the airport varies throughout the year, as tourism winds down over the quieter winter months.
At certain times, you may therefore have to shell out around 45 euros for a taxi – or hire a car to get to your final destination.
Helsinki has a first-class public transport system, but hiring a car is the best way to escape the city and seeing more of Finland. Get it organised in advance and collect your vehicle at the airport (or a convenient downtown location).
We’ve helped you to find cheap direct flights to Helsinki. Now, let’s get you sorted with a great city hotel…
Though public transport is brilliant in Helsinki, it makes sense to stay as centrally as possible so that you can simply amble between the main things to see and do. The best hotels are located in central Helsinki and you won’t have any problems finding one to suit your style or your budget.
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