Helsinki Vantaa Airport

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Helsinki Vantaa Airport (HEL) Guide

General Information

Airport Name:
Helsinki Vantaa Airport
Airport Code:
The Airport is situated 18km north of Helsinki
(0)9 82771 or 61511

Directions & Transportation

You will find the taxi ranks directly in front of both terminals
Public buses to Helsinki leave from outside both terminals. (Nos 415, 451 and 615 to the city centre) The Finnair city bus (private coach) also goes to the city centre.
Coach, Bus , Car or Taxi.

Airport facilities

Airport Info:
There are information desks in departures and arrivals in International and Arrivals in Domestic.
Extra luggage can be left at storage at Travel Airport Services. (09) 61513900 .Coin operated Lockers are available at International, Ski rack as well as small items can also be stored.
A couple of banks and several Foreign Exchange points are located in the International Terminal. ATMs and internet booths are readily available.
More Services:
The International Terminal has a pharmacy, baby care and changing rooms and feeding and nappy rooms.
Eating & Drinking:
When travelling abroad, you have two duty-free shops and numerous speciality shops to choose from. There is a wide selection of goods available ranging from delicacies, gifts, watches, jewellery, men and women?s fashion, clothing, shoes, bags, electronics, magazines, books and a wide choice of souvenirs. For passengers travelling to states outside the Schengen Agreement, there is also a duty-free shop and cafe after passport control. Early September will see the completion of a new shopping area in the long-haul gateway area, which will be home to a large duty-free shop, four new speciality shops and a refurbished restaurant world. Passengers on non-domestic flights can also shop in the Domestic Terminal on departure and arrival. Global Refund points can be found at Stockmann, Helsinki Airport Duty Free and the Tax Free Plussa shops near gates 26-28. There is also a Global Refund point at the Travelex currency exchange bureau near gate 30.
Cafe Aleksanteri 24 h Special coffees, fresh-baked pastries and cakes. International Flights T2, Departure Halls 2 - 3. Open around the clock. Tel. (09) 818 3753. Cafe Tuuli Sweet and salty delicacies as well as refreshing drinks. International Flights T2, Gate Area 11 - 29. Open daily according to departing flights. Tel. (09) 818 3746. Carrols 24 h Hamburgers, salads, refreshments, coffee and pastries. International Flights T2, Arrivals Hall 2. Open around the clock. Tel. (09) 753 9537. Cesar´s Food Market Pizza, pasta, stuffed baguettes, buffet breakfast and lunch daily. International Flights T2, Service Floor. Open daily 6.00 - 19.00. Pizza restaurant open daily 10.00 - 19.00. Breakfast buffet daily 6.00 - 9.30. Tel. (09) 818 3730. Fly Inn A la carte panorama restaurant. International Flights T2, Departure Hall 3, Terrace Floor. Open daily 11.00 - 22.00. Tel. (09) 818 3750. Fresh Coffee & Bar International snacks and drinks, coffee, pastries. International Flights T2, Gate Area 30 - 33 (Non-Schengen area). Open daily according to departing flights approx. 5.00 - 22.30. Tel. (09) 818 3745. Helsinki Airport Congress Visit the Gourmet Nova Finland web site for details on the airport congress centre and airport restaurants. For inquiries and reservations, tel. (09) 818 3737. Intermezzo A la carte restaurant, cafe and bar, with a separate room for private occasions. Domestic Flights T1, Departure Floor. Café open Mon - Fri 5.15 - 20.00, Sat 5.15 - 19.30 and Sun 9.00 - 20.00. Bar and restaurant open Mon - Fri 11.00 - 20.00, Sat 11.00 - 19.30 and Sun 11.00 - 20.00. Note! Longer opening hours until April 30, 2004. The restaurant closes at 21.00 hrs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tel. (09) 818 3772. Maku & Nautinto Coffee, refreshments, sweet and savoury snacks. Domestic Flights T1, Gate Area 11 - 29. Open daily 5.30 - 24.00 hrs. Tel. (09) 818 3774. Mar Lodge Eastern wok dishes and other exotic foods. International Flights T2, Gate Area 11 - 29. Open Mon-Fri 12.00 - 18.30, Sat 11.00 - 16.30 and Sun 12.00 - 18.30. Tel. (09) 818 3760. The Oak Barrel Irish pub with extensive range of whiskies and beers International Flights T2, Gate Area 11 - 29. Open Mon - Sun 7.00 - 19.30. Tel. (09) 818 3763. Pronto Steaks, hamburgers and pizza. International Flights T2, Gate Area 11 - 29. Open daily 11.00 - 20.00. Tel. (09) 818 3742. Robert´s Coffee Fresh roasted coffee and other special coffees, fresh pastries and sandwiches. International Flights T2, Gate Area 11 - 29. Open daily according to departing flights approx. 5.00 - 21.30. Tel. (09) 818 3762. Sky Cellar Wine Bar Qualified wine selection, antipastos and cheese plates. International Flights T2, Gate Area 11 - 29. Open 11.00 - 20.00.
Business Facilities:
The Congress Centre in the International Terminal offers full facilities including 9 conference rooms for up to 140 people, audiovisual equipment and catering.The VIP Centre (tel: (0)9 8277 3117; e-mail: has four VIP lounges, and three teamwork rooms, as well as a separate VIP President terminal for hire. The eService Bar (tel: (0)9 6151 3924; e-mail:, with Internet connection, workstations and a stylish rest area, is situated in the gate area of the International Terminal (near Gate 20).
Disabled Facilities:
The airport has lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets. Passengers are advised to contact their airline prior to travel for further assistance. There is an information service for the hearing impaired (tel: (0)9 8277 3377) and all information desks at the airport are fitted with induction loops. There is disabled parking available in front of the Domestic and International Terminal, and in the various car parks.

Useful Information

Airlines Served:
Finnair (City Terminal, Asemaaukio 3, PHONE: 09/818-800 or 0800/140160). Delta (Salomonk. 17B, PHONE: 09/612-2020). SAS (Keskusk. 7A, PHONE: 0106/8000 or 09/2280-2222). Lufthansa (Yrjönk. 29A, PHONE: 0106/8660). SwissAir (Mikonk. 7, PHONE: 09/6937-9028). British Airways (Aleksanterink. 21A, PHONE: 0800/178-378). Air France (Pohjoisespl. 27C, PHONE: 09/870-0710). From the U.K. Flying time from London to Helsinki is 2 hours, 45 minutes. Finnair (14 Clifford St., London W1X 1RD, PHONE: 0171/408-1222). British Airways (Speedbird House, Heathrow Airport, London TW6 2JA, PHONE: 0181/759-1258; 0345/222-111 reservations), and some charter companies fly from London to Helsinki.
Airport Taxes:
12 Euros
Activities near the Airport:
Helsinki is a very pleasant city in which to spend some time and the centre is easy to walk. Suomen Museum ? Mannerheimintie 34, History buffs will enjoy a stroll through here. The artefacts are well set out and give one an idea of Finland?s past. Kaivopuisto Park ? A lovely area on a nice day with lots of shade and paths. This former spa has a popular bar/restaurant. Well worth stretching those legs before the flight. Kauppatori ? You can?t miss this one in the heart of town is this Market/Bazaar with something for everyone, so if it?s a bunch of bananas or a last minute gift for your auntie.