Useful travel information

There are over 150 direct flights daily from all over the world to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Helsinki Airport is served especially well from European destinations. Finnair (One World Alliance) has direct flights to Helsinki from all major cities in Europe.

Finnair discount

Delegates can take advantage of discounted event fares from Finnair, when you book your Finnair flights between 9 September–3 December 2019 and travel between 26 November–10 December 2019.

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Navigate your way to Helsinki

By air

Helsinki is a well-connected airport, flight connections can be searched here. The airport is serviced by a train station for a quick and easy connection to downtown Helsinki.

Finnair Discount

Discounted event fares can be booked only through the designated landing page with booking engine. Finnair service fees and other surcharges, travel agency service fees, taxes, airport fees, and other third party fees are not discounted and are subject to change.

By train

There are excellent train connections to Helsinki from all major towns in Finland, and a daily train service from St. Petersburg (3,5 hours) and Moscow (13,5 hours) in Russia.

The Central Railway Station is located in the centre of the city, and is a landmark of Helsinki in itself.

By car

Finland is also easily accessible by car from Eastern and Central Europe; and there are several car-carrying ferry options with Tallink, Viking Line and Finnlines.

By sea/ferry

There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Tallinn, Estonia by Tallink Silja Line, Viking Line, Eckerö Line and Linda Line, and Stockholm, Sweden by Tallink Silja Line and Viking Line. Helsinki can also be reached by ferry from Germany by Finnlines and Russia by St. Peter Line. All the ferry companies (except Linda Line) also offer the possibility to take a car with you. Information on the different passenger terminals can be found on the Port of Helsinki website.

Most Helsinki ports are easy to reach on foot, by public transport, taxi or shuttle buses.

Paasitorni congress centre

The European Space Week 2019 takes place in the congress centre Paasitorni, a one-of-a-kind architecture with rich history.

Paasitorni is located in Siltasaari, Helsinki, right next to Hakaniemi, beside Eläintarhanlahti Bay. The location is close to nature, yet central. Paasitorni is easily accessible, and there are ample entertainment and cultural services in the immediate vicinity, as well as a variety of accommodation options within.

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Paasitorni by public transport

We recommend arriving at Paasitorni by public transportation. Many bus and tram lines run through Hakaniemi, and there is a metro station as well. The Central Railway Station is roughly a kilometre away, a distance easily covered on foot or by bicycle as well. Paasitorni provides parking for bicycles on the side flanking Saariniemenkatu. There is a direct train from Helsinki Airport to the Central Railway Station.

Metro, tram and bus

For an easy way to locate Paasitorni, visit Reittiopass.

Trams 3, 6 and 9 will take you directly to Hakaniemi market square from the front of the Central Railway Station. Several buses departing from Railway Square (at the Central Railway Station, next to the Finnish National Theatre) have stops in Hakaniemi. These include bus numbers 62, 68, 71 and 75. If you arrive by metro from the city centre, get off at Hakaniemi station.

Paasitorni by car

Delegates arriving by car can find parking spaces in the vicinity of Paasitorni. The spaces are subject to a charge. The car park at Jaffa Station (Arena Center Hakaniemi) provides long-term parking options.

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Good to know about Helsinki

Weather & daylight

December brings below-freezing weather to Helsinki, Finland. As winter begins its fiercest days, the daily temperature averages at -4°C. The average high temperature is 0°C, while the low is a cold -7°C. View weather forecast times .

Time Zone & Daylight

The time zone in Finland is EET, UTC/GMT +2 hours.
December sees short days, you can expect it to be light out during EUSW between 09:00 – 15:30. We advise you to wear an appropriate reflector when walking on darker roads. View sunrise & sunset times .

Currency & Money

The official currency in Finland is the euro (€). The most commonly used cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are accepted practically everywhere. ATMs can be found easily throughout Helsinki.

The largest ATM network in Finland is called OTTO. These 24-hour cashpoint machines are widely available and accept the following international ATM and credit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, EuroCard, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus and EC.

 

Public transportation

Helsinki’s secret is that you can get everywhere even without a car. Helsinki has a well working public transport system (HSL) consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway and ferry services.

With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days, and Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city.

Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines, R-kiosks and other HSL sales points or by using HSL mobile application. On buses, you can also buy your ticket from the driver.

Public transportation

Helsinki’s secret is that you can get everywhere even without a car. Helsinki has a well working public transport system (HSL) consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway and ferry services.

With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days, and Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city.

Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines, R-kiosks and other HSL sales points or by using HSL mobile application. On buses, you can also buy your ticket from the driver.

Walking and biking

Helsinki is a compact city to explore on foot, as most of the sights are within convenient walking distance of the city centre. Even if you’re in the buzz of the city, green areas, parks and the sea are around the corner.

Another popular and convenient way to get around is by bike. You can either rent a bike or use city bikes, shared-use bicycles that can be borrowed for a fee by anyone in central Helsinki, residents and visitors alike. City bikes are shared-use bicycles that can be borrowed for a fee by anyone in Helsinki and Espoo, residents and visitors alike.

 

Wi-Fi

You can connect your laptop or mobile phone to a wireless network in many places throughout the city centre e.g. in several cafes, restaurants and libraries.

For free WiFi, connect to “Helsinki City Open Wlan”. There are plenty of hotspots available in the city centre and at harbours. Also most hotels offer their guests a free internet connection. For the international research and education community, it is also possible to use Eduroam service while in Helsinki.

Pharmacy & medical care

There are a number of pharmacies around the city. Look for the sign “Apteekki”, which means pharmacy in Finnish. Yliopiston Apteekki at Mannerheimintie 96 is open 24/7.

Emergency duty: Haartman Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4, +358 (0)9 3106 3231. Open 24h.

Medical care: Terveystalo Kamppi, Jaakonkatu 3, +358 (0)30 6000. Open 24h. Mehiläinen Töölö, Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 17 C, +358 (0)10 414 00.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in Finland and a service charge is added in hotels and restaurants. Finnish people do tip (max 10%) only if they wish to appreciate good service or delicious food. It is not obligatory to give a tip to the taxi drivers.

Language

Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. Street signs in Helsinki are in both languages. English is widely spoken and most Finns also master one or two other foreign languages.