Local information


By plane
Helsinki Airport connects the city to the world and is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the city center. Commuter trains I and P transport you between the city center and the airport. You will need an ABC ticket, see the route planner, schedules and ticket buying options via HSL.

By boat
There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Tallinn, Estonia, operated by Tallink Silja Line, Viking Line, and Eckerö Line, and to Stockholm, Sweden, by Tallink Silja Line and Viking Line. Helsinki can also be reached by ferry from Germany through Finnlines. For details, please visit the website of each operator. The ferry terminals are connected by trams. For tram schedules and tickets, please refer to HSL (Helsinki Regional Transport).

Helsinki is connected by train to all major cities in Finland. Coming from the north of Sweden? Make your way to Tornio and catch a night train. All train tickets and schedules are available via VR.

Buses from all around Finland arrive to the central bus station at Kamppi, Helsinki. See schedules and tickets via Matkahuolto. There are also international buses from the Baltics operated by Flixbus.

Public transportation

Helsinki has good public transportation, connecting with trams, metro, buses, boats, and city bikes. The route planner, schedules, and tickets are easily accessible via HSL.

Banking and payments

In Finland, the official currency is the Euro. Orange-colored ATMs branded as Otto are available in many locations. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted and are increasingly preferred over cash. In restaurants and taxis, service is included in the price, so tipping is not necessary but is optional.


For emergencies, dial 112 for Ambulance, Police, or Fire Department services. Numerous pharmacies (apteekki) are located in the city center.


The average daily temperature in Helsinki in October ranges from +5 to +8 degrees Celsius. Rain is also a possibility, so be sure to bring a jacket and an umbrella.


Planning to extend your stay beyond the conference? Visit the My Helsinki webpage for information on public saunas, restaurant recommendations, and other local experiences.