As Finland’s capital, Helsinki is in many ways the hotspot of the country: economic, cultural and touristic, as the one million overnight guests who travel annually to the Finnish capital know well. The capital is located on the southern coast of the country, just across the Gulf of Finland from nearby Estonia. The summers are usually as mild as in Germany and travellers can admire a scenic snowscape in winter. Flights to Helsinki bring travellers to and from the Scandinavian metropolis from all parts of the world.. Book your Economy Class flight to the Finnish metropolis and travel to Helsinki (HEL) with SunExpress!
Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) is the nation’s largest airport, with about 16 million passengers travelling on different airlines, such as SunExpress, each year. Freight transport plays an important role. Completed in 1951 on the occasion of the Olympic Games, the airport comprises two terminals and three runways. It is located 15km north of the city centre and is close to the cities of Espoo, Hyvinkää, Vantaa and Lohja. A crossing to Tallinn in Estonia by ferry is also possible.
The city of Helsinki, especially the heart of the old town, boasts some historical buildings that travellers should not miss seeing on a tour through the city, including the Lutheran Cathedral Church and the imposing Felsenkirche. The latter is a sacred structure built directly into a rock. The Suomenlinna fortress and the Sibelius Monument are also worth seeing. Since the old town of Helsinki occupies a relatively small area, tourists can visit most sights on foot. Alternatively, special sightseeing buses will take you to the main attractions.
In the Ateneum, visitors will find a large collection of Finnish works of art from different eras; this art museum is considered particularly impressive and is popular with visitors. The Seurasaari, an open-air museum on an island at the gates of the city, is much quieter. Here, you will find exhibits showing life in Finland in days gone by. Reconstructions of the classic houses of earlier times can be visited during the summer months, but the museum building is open all year round.
If you are travelling to Helsinki with children, the Korkeasaari Zoo is a great destination. This spacious zoo is home to many native and exotic animals from all parts of the world. Children will also enjoy an excursion to the Linnanmäki fun park near Helsinki. Traditional activities include, of course, a visit to a Finnish sauna. There are plenty of opportunities in the city to try this, including at the Kotiharju sauna, the oldest public sauna in the capital.
Helsinki is the economic centre of the country, so it is the starting point of many business trips. Business meetings take place in the hotels and restaurants of the metropolis, and when the business is successfully concluded, participants often visit the sauna together. The airport Helsinki-Vantaa offers business travellers a great gastronomic choice while waiting for an outward flight or after a return flight; Wi-Fi is available in the restaurants and the lounges of the various airlines provide their business customers with quiet zones for work.
There are various modes of public transport to and from the airport, including the Ringbahn, which can take passengers by S-Bahn to the city centre within 30 minutes of their flight to Helsinki. The bus line 615 also goes directly to the airport. If you prefer to travel by car from Helsinki airport, you will find car rentals in the link between the two terminals. From here, it is only a short walk to the car park, where hire cars are available.