Practical information for visitors
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related travel and meeting restrictions, unfortunately we are not able to receive any guests or delegations from abroad during the year 2020.
If you are interested in participating in an International Week or ICT Summer School organised by Metropolia, please check the application procedure and deadlines. The contact details and further information on the application processes are available in the information box on the right. After acceptance from Metropolia you can proceed with the travel arrangements with the tips below.
Helsinki is a relatively small capital city and the public transportation system is excellent, so there are hundreds of accommodation options to choose from during your stay. The prices in a single room in the capital region are often from 70 € up to 170 € euros per night. You will find more information about the available housing options on the Visit Helsinki website or at hotel booking services sites.
Arrival to Helsinki
The Helsinki Airport is 20 kilometres away from the city centre of Helsinki, and the public transport system provides two connections: the train ride takes about 40 minutes and the bus ride takes about 50 minutes.
- Ring Rail Line trains I and P between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. Train runs every 10 minutes during daytime.
- The local bus number 615 between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. The bus leaves from right outside the arrival terminals.
Zone ticket ABC (4.60 €) is required for journeys from the center of Helsinki to the airport and vice versa. Purchase your ticket from a the ticket machine, outlet or with a HSL mobile phone app before the journey. There are no longer ticket sales in the trains.
Journey Planner will find you the best the public transportation connections in Helsinki region.
There are also Finnair shuttle buses between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. The Finnair shuttle bus is slightly more expensive than the local bus.
Taxis are available at the airport, including some special Airport Taxis or Yellow Taxis, which have cheaper rates for groups of clients going in the same direction.
Need an invitation letter, Erasmus+ or other official documents to be signed?
Official documents such as Erasmus+ Mobility Agreements and visa invitations are issued and signed by International Coordinators upon request.
Other practical information
- Helsinki in a nutshell (sights, events, restaurants, shops...)
- Public transportation schedules and tips for buying the single tickets
- Weather forecasts for Helsinki
Metropolia is required to collect information about all visitors (for Finnish national statistics). The name, home institution and period of stay of all international visitors will be saved in Metropolia's mobility administration system.
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