Getting to Finland
You can fly, cruise or drive. The train is also an option if you’re coming via St. Petersburg, Russia.
Arriving by plane: Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) airport near the capital city is the country’s biggest airport and offers many connections to and from other parts of the country and abroad. Besides Helsinki, there are a handful of national airports, such as Rovaniemi and Kittilä in Lapland, that offer direct international flights. Check the options for your point of departure.
Arriving by boat: Helsinki has boat connections with Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia. You can also arrive by boat via Vaasa (from Umeå, Sweden), Turku (from Stockholm, Sweden) and Hanko (from Nynäshamn, Sweden). There are many companies that offer Baltic Sea cruises – some of them also stop at ports in Finland for day trips.
Arriving by car: In the east, you can cross the land border from Russia via nine designated crossing points. On the northeastern border of Finland, you can drive in via Sweden and Norway. You can also drive your own car to a boat and then cross the Baltic to Finland.
Arriving by train: The Allegro train runs between Helsinki and St. Petersburg, Russia. There are four roundtrips daily and the ride one way takes only 3.5 hours. For more, visit national train operator VR’s site.