Helsinki Layover Guide: Helsinki Vantaa Airport (HEL)

Don’t worry if you have a layover in Helsinki, Finland (HEL) Vantaa Airport as there is a lot to do. In fact, it is on the list of top airports in the world. It is only 3 mi. from the center of the Vantaa and only 10 mi from the center of Helsinki.

Thus it is very easy to visit during when in the city When heading out to check out the city, you can leave you bags in the airport lockers. They are in Travel Services. The cost is only 4 euros/24 hrs. and you can keep your stuff there for a maximum of 8 days. If you are taking a taxi to get to the center of Helsinki, it is about 30 mins and costs around 35 to 40 euros. It is also possible to take a bus, for additional info, click here.


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Things To Do During Layover In Helsinki:

City Tours

If there isn’t a lot of time, consider taking a tour. There are a lot of possible choice to choose including bus, bike, day tours, and more.


Market Square

The Kauppatori market square is the perfect area by the beach to get souvenirs, see Keisarinnankivi as well as the mermaid statue. You can also have a nice walk. At end of the dock you can take ferries to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Kauppatori is to the east of Esplanadi Blvd.



Located to the east of Market Square is Uspenski Orthodox Church. It is located on top of a little hill. Locals built the church in 1868. As such, it is a Russian feel accentuated by red bricks. It is among the biggest orthodox churches with 13 domes.


Suomenlinna Island

If you have a lot of time, take the ferry at market Square to go towards Suomenlinna Island and Fortress. The trip is only 15 minutes and there are about 2 to 3 ferries per hour. During the summer, you can take a walking tour of the area. In addition, the visitor center has a lot of info about the area.



Tuomiokirkko Cathedral was made 200 years ago. It is accentuated by green domes. It’s the most well known buidling in Helsinki. You can see plenty of artwork, the large organ, as well as visit the café. However, don’t forget to check out the rooftop. Here you can see the statue of Jesus with his Apostles. In addition, you can see the whole city very well.


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