Finland Transport

Get in


Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the main international hub of Finland, and the base of Finnair and Flybe Nordic. The other would be Tampere Porkkala and Lappeenranta Airport.


The train from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki become increasingly popular, stopping at Vyborg, Kouvola and Lahti along the way. However, there are no direct trains between Sweden or Norway and Finland.


Bus would be slowest way to Finland with cheap price and less comfort. But you can take a bus from Russia, Sweden or Norway. There are two daily express buses to Vyborg and St Petersburg from Helsinki, one originating in Turku. There's also one daily from Tampere and three weekly from Lappeenranta.


Ferry is a memorable way to Finland. Baltic ferries are some of the world's most impressive seagoing craft, especially considering they are passenger ferries rather than cruise ships.
Get around


There are three major airlines selling domestic flights, Finnair, SAS and Norwegian. In addition, Air Baltic, Wingo and Air Åland fill in a few gaps. These airlines operate regional flights from Helsinki to all over the country, including Kuopio, Pori, Rovaniemi and Ivalo.


The railroad network is operated by VR and the best option to travel around Finland. The trains are generally very comfortable, especially the express services. Overnight sleepers are available for long-haul routes. Finland participates in the Inter Rail and Eurail systems.


Buses are generally slightly expensive and slower than trains. But sometimes it is the only choice to someplace, like Lapland, since the rail network doesn't extend to the extreme north. Matkahuolto offers long-distance coach connections to all parts of this country. And Onnibus offers a cheaper alternative for long-distance coaches on routes Helsinki–Turku, Helsinki–Tampere, Tampere–Pori and beginning from the autumn 2012 also Turku–Tampere–Jyväskylä and Jyväskylä–Oulu.


Taxis are comfortable, safe , expensive and heavily regulated by the government. You can get a taxi in a taxi rank or by phone. Hailing cabs off the street is impossible.


Taking a bike can be a quick, healthy and environmentally friendly method of getting around locally. The roads here are generally paved well.


Lake cruises are a great way to see the scenery of Finland in summer.


Car rental is possible in Finland but generally expensive. Traffic drives on the right, and there are no road tolls in Finnish cities or highways so far. Roads are well maintained and extensive, although expressways are limited to the south of the country. Note that headlights or daytime running lights must be kept on at all times when driving, in and outside cities, whether it's dark or not.