Connections from Helsinki Central Station

When you arrive by train at Helsinki Central Station, you are already in the city centre. Many sights are a few minutes away. There are excellent connections from the railway station to all parts of the city, the neighbouring cities, the harbours and the airport by commuter trains, buses, trams, metro or taxi.

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On foot

Many of Helsinki´s sights and places of interest are within walking distance of the railway station. Along Mannerheimintie are the Parliament House (500 m), the National Museum (700 m), the Finlandia Hall (800 m), the Opera House (1.5 km), the Olympic Stadium (2 km), the Ice Rink (2.5 km).

In the immediate vicinity of the railway station are the National Theatre (100 m), the Botanical Gardens in Kaisaniemi Park (400 m), Hakaniemi Market Hall (700 m), the Helsinki City Theatre (700 m).

You can also walk from the railway station through the Esplanade Park to the Market Square (1 km), and from there on to the ship terminals (1.5 km from the station).

Click on this link to check the location of your destination, e.g. an attraction or harbour on a Helsinki City map: Helsinki maps.

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Public transport

You can continue your journey from the railway station by VR´s commuter trains, Helsinki City Transport´s (HKL) buses, trams and metro, as well as by regional buses or taxi.
  1. Commuter and long-distance trains.
  2. Buses e.g. to eastern suburbs
  3. Terminus of some of the regional buses to Vantaa and Helsinki City buses.
  4. Taxis.
  5. Buses to the airport.
  6. Trams Nos 3B, 3T and 6 stop in front of the railway station. Trams 3B and 3T are circular lines by which you can return to your departure point. Trams Nos 4, 7A, 7B and 10 stop in Mannerheimintie.
  7. Access to metro.
  8. Train information.

HSL Journey Planner

Connecting services in Helsinki and the metropolitan area (Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen) public transport are conveniently viewable in HSL Journey Planner. The service includes all the metropolitan area street addresses and lots of other sites. You can also search for foot and cycle routes in the Journey Planner.

Helsinki City Transport (HKL) timetables and route maps: buses, trams and metro.

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Journey.fi Route information

On the Journey.fi Route Information pages you can search for a train connection and the local transport connecting services. The Route Information service proposes the best option, including the requisite walking distances. The Journey.fi service includes in addition to VR's long-distance and commuter services, the HSL (Helsinki Metropolitan Area) public transport connections, the HKL (Helsinki City Transport) services and Matkahuolto long-distance timetables.

Helsinki City Transport (HKL) timetables and route maps: buses, trams and metro.

Journey.fi Route information

Connections to airport

There are good bus connections from Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport: travel by HSL buses 615, 451, 415 or the Finnair City bus. The journey takes about half an hour.

HSL buses

HSL bus 615 leaves at Railway square (Rautatientori) and buses 415 and 451 leave at Eliel Square (Elielinaukio). At the Airport the buses leave in front of the terminals.

HSL bus timetables:

Bus 615 from Railway Square
Bus 415 Eliel Square
Bus 451 Eliel Square

Bus departure platforms:

Bus 615 platform 5 Railway Square (HSL)
Buses 415 and 451 platforms Eliel Square (HSL)
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, platforms (Finavia)

Finnair City bus

Finnair City bus leaves by the railway station at Eliel Square.

Finnair bus timetable and platforms (Finnair)


At Helsinki railway station and at the Airport, there are taxi stands immediately outside the buildings.

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Connections to the harbours

You get from the railway station to the harbours on foot, by taxi or by public transport. The South Harbour can be reached by bus or tram, the West Harbour by bus, tram or metro, and the Sörnäinen Harbour by bus.

South Harbour

  1. Makasiini Terminal (fast boats to Tallinn)
  2. Olympia Terminal (Silja Line)
  3. Katajanokka Terminal (Viking Line, GTS Finnjet)
  4. Market Square (ferries to Suomenlinna and Korkeasaari; departure point of water-bus tours)

West Harbour

  1. West Terminal (Tallink Silja and Eckerö Line to Tallinn)
  2. Taxis and buses to West Terminal

Vuosaari Harbour

  1. Hansa Terminal (Finnlines)
  2. Taxis and buses to Hansa Terminal

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